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Smartphone Technology for your Car

Have you lost your car keys? Relax, because now you can just get out your Smartphone and no, not to call the mechanic to come and open your car, but to open your car door with technology. C’mon, we have flying cars now, so why not incorporate the most basic of technologies to open a car door? And anyway, it is a smart … not a “dumb” phone mind you. Let us find out together how we can do this and learn several car tips that can come in handy when we get stuck.

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Sounds Like Trouble — Car Noises to Listen For

It’s easy to compare the performance of a car to that of a human body. Whenever something is not functioning correctly in the car, there are usually telltale symptoms such as the squealing of brakes. Of course, all cars emit some sort of sound, whether they are straight from the factory or have several thousand kilometers worth of mileage. The art, therefore, lies in deciphering normal car noises from worrisome car noises. More often than not, the noises worth paying particular attention to will be irregular, signaling a problem with the car. They include screeching, knocking, grinding, squealing, and scraping.

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BE FORWARD Awarded Letter of Appreciation from Mongolia

On June 17th in Mongolia, BE FORWARD was awarded a letter of appreciation from Mr. D. Battulga, Chairman of Ulaanbaatar City Citizen's Representative Council. The Chairman showed appreciation to BE FORWARD for their continued support to Mongolia by donating household goods (about 42 million yen worth) to Mongolian orphanages and facilities for those with disabilities.

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Keeping Your Toyota Air Filter in Check

Air filters prevent the entry of dirt, dust, and other impurities into the engine’s cylinders. Whether it is in a vehicle or a ventilation system, such as an air conditioner, the air filter works to achieve the same goal—filtering out the tangible impurities in the air before the air enters the machine’s mechanical compartment. The average Toyota car should have two kinds of air filters, which are the cabin air filter and the engine air filter.

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The Importance of Vehicle Safety Ratings

Your car can cost you an arm and a leg—literary! While it’s common sense that not all makes and models are equal when it comes to safety, what many people don’t realize when buying a car is the importance of carefully comparing each vehicles safety rating. Some vehicles do offer more passenger and driver protection than others and contrary to common belief, the big vehicles are not necessarily the safest.

There are ways to assess the safety of a car before purchasing it. On the same note, it is very important to keep up with current trends manufacturers are adopting for increased car safety.

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Car Care Advice - Dos and Don’ts of Washing Your Car

Believe it or not, in some countries like Kenya or the United Arab Emirates, the highway patrol can stop you if your car is too dirty. This means that washing your car is not optional. Luckily for some people, washing their own car is therapeutic. It is their way of unwinding after a long week in the office with the boss breathing down their neck.

Many people, men especially, tend to treat their cars with so much care and affection—taking note of even the tiniest scratch—that it’s easy to think that they have fallen in love. However, even with such good intentions, not many car owners know the correct steps for protecting their car’s exterior when washing it themselves.
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Toyota HiLux Surf (4Runner) – Most Capable SUV

Today, the Toyota HiLux Surf, also called the Toyota 4Runner in some countries, is a midsize sport utility vehicle (SUV), but it wasn’t always that way. In the beginning, the Surf was little more than a compact Toyota pickup truck with the back of the cab removed, a couple of seats added in the rear, and a fiberglass cap. Eventually, the Surf underwent some major transformations to become one of the most capable SUVs available.

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BE FORWARD and Malawi Strengthen Business Ties

On Friday, June 13th H.E. Reuben Ngwenya, Ambassador of the Republic of Malawi to Japan stopped by the BE FORWARD office along Embassy delegates to meet with our President, Hironori Yamakawa and employees.

BE FORWARD exports to Malawi through the Dar es Salaam port in Tanzania and provides delivery all the way to the Tanzanian – Malawi border. H.E. was introduced to the BE FORWARD operations and discussed the current business and future prospects in Malawi.

Here are of a few photos from the visit below.

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Compact SUV Comparison: Toyota RAV4 vs. Honda CR-V

In the beginning, there was the sedan, and families who outgrew their sedans had few choices between their current car and full-size sport utility vehicles (SUVs), except for station wagons. In 1996, Toyota practically invented the compact SUV segment with the Toyota RAV4, though it was an instant success. However, today, practically every automaker with a full lineup now sells compact SUVs, including the other contestant in our comparison, the Honda CR-V.

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Nissan Tackles Dirt in a Whole New Way

Depending on where you live and how you drive your car, dirt, dust, and grime can be a huge problem. Of course, no one wants to be seen in a dirty car, and owners spend lots of time, money, and water to keep their cars clean, if only for aesthetic purposes. One car wash, in Cape Town, South Africa, for example, runs about R36 average per car, across various hand washing services. Of course, a basic wash and go is cheaper, while a full detail inside-and-out will cost considerably more. Of course, you could also go the DIY route and wash your car yourself, which isn’t particularly difficult.

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