types of vehicles and their uses

Today, We take a closer look at various types pf vehicles and their uses. we would also be talking bout types of cars models, classification of vehicles and car body types. there are many car types available on the auto market. And this article will show you different classes of car.  

different classes of car

types of vehicles and their uses

Here is a list with 9 different types of vehicles:

1. Sedan Vehicles

This is one of the most common types of automobiles in the world: the sedan. A four-door car that can fit an entire family. These cars are popular because they are affordable, reliable, and can handle any kind of environment. Anytime you drive by a home’s driveway, you will inevitably see a sedan.

And a sedan doesn’t need to be a Toyota Corolla or a Honda Civic; it can be a Jaguar, BMW, or a Mercedes Benz.

2. SUV

One of the biggest trends occurring in the auto market today is the prevalence of sport utility vehicles, or SUVs. More consumers are buying a Ford Explorer, Jeep, or Nissan to satisfy the desire for an SUV. People like SUVs because they can adapt to any condition, environment, or driving style.

Whether you are the designated carpool driver at work or you have an extended family (two sets of twins and your grandmother), then a SUV is the car for you. Also known as “people carriers,” SUVs are produced with the concept of space, comfort, and adaptability. You have a third row, too, so that is an added benefit for these SUVs.

It’s also an important car to have in your household for your growing family, the endless trips to the supermarket, and the big move for your son’s post-secondary journey.

3. Crossover Vehicles

A crossover integrates the style, features, and benefits of an SUV and a hatchback. While they are put together like a standard automobile, they consist of unibody construction that is often found in SUVs.

Of course, there are plenty of other advantages of driving a crossover:

  • Improved efficiency that helps you save on gasoline.
  • More dealers are partaking in competitive pricing, so you get the best deal possible.
  • Many crossovers have third row seating, which is a benefit for parents expecting another child.
  • All crossovers give you one thing: more options (minivan perks, SUV functions, sedan basics, etc.).

4. Coupe Vehicles

Similar to a sports car, the coupe is a closed two-door vehicle with a fixed roof. It also contains just two seats or a smaller-than-average rear. So, what is the main difference between a coupe and sports car? The back of the shape, a removable rooftop, and a different aerodynamic.

Indeed, every manufacturer will have its own definition of what a coupe is.

5. Sports Vehicles

It is true that driving has become a lost art form. Nobody drives stick shift anymore, technology has become front and center, and more drivers are concentrating on their smartphones than the open road.

But, if you’re a purist who loves to drive, then a sports car – or a roadster or a supercar – is the vehicle of choice:

  • Porsche
  • McLaren
  • Ferrari
  • Viper
  • Lamborghini
  • Alfa Romeo
  • Bugatti

And the list goes on.

6. Luxury Vehicles

Like the sports car, a luxury car fits the personality of the driver: posh, dependable, and handsome. A luxury vehicle, while may be expensive, can last a lifetime because it uses the best available parts. Some luxury cars on the open market?

  • Jaguar
  • BMW
  • Mercedes
  • Audi
  • Lexus
  • Tesla

We would say a Cadillac, too, but this isn’t your grandparents’ time! For those looking for a little more style and glamor, there are also different types of luxury vehicles for any events and occasions, such as luxury limousines and black car services that can transport you to your red-carpet event.

7. Convertible Vehicles

A convertible may be a pain to have in the middle of winter, but it is certainly one of the most pleasurable things to have in the spring, summer, and the first half of autumn. By removing the rooftop, you can not only enjoy the open road, but also the open air. It’s great to feel the wind on your head.

8. Pickup Vehicles

Believe it or not, the pickup truck is the most popular vehicle today as more people are buying pickups than ever before. It’s tough to conceive, especially since we equate pickup trucks to rural communities, people who do heavy lifting, and construction. But there you have it: the pickup is at the top.

But what’s interesting about the pickup is that the carmakers are realizing how more motorists are buying the pickup, so they’re trying to make it more family-friendly with more space in the back.

9. RV Vehicles

Don’t you just feel like ditching your life’s responsibilities and hit the open road with all the comforts of home? Well, that’s what an RV, or recreational vehicle, is all about.

The RV is a trailer that maintains living spaces for you and your family.

There are multiple kinds of RVs:

  • Motorhomes
  • Caravans
  • Campervans
  • Popup campers
  • Truck campers
  • Fifth-wheel trailers

An RV is perfect to see your country and neighbouring lands as well.

If you’re thinking about getting a car, there are plenty of things you need to consider. Apart from the brand, price, and color, the type of car also matters a lot. You need to ask yourself some questions like “Who will be using the car?” and “How many passengers will be riding?” to make a final decision on what car to  buy.

Here are some of the most common car types and their best uses.

1. Sedan

The sedan is the all-time classic, all-time favorite car. This is the typical four-door small-to-medium sized vehicle used by individuals, couples, and families. The versatility of sedans make them one of the best-selling vehicles of all time. If you want a low-budget yet high-performance vehicle for up to 5 riders, the sedan is a good option.

2. Van

A van can come in various sizes, from minivans to full-size mini buses. Vans have an iconic rectangular body, with a small hood and no trunk, rather an open space at the back for luggage. They can also carry up to 20 passengers depending on the seating allocation. Some vans are used for industrial purposes, such as for freight and shipments.

3. SUV

An ideal vehicle for large families, SUVs have spacious interiors that can hold up to 10 passengers. Some SUVs have a convertible back area that can transform from extra seating to cargo storage. The SUV is also ideal for long-distance travel on all kinds of roads. It’s heavy duty and comfortable even for infants to ride in.

4. Truck

Trucks are usually larger and they are specifically designed to carry cargo. Pick up trucks are often used for personal driving, and they are not as heavy duty as industrial ones. However, they still have that hardcore appeal that makes them ideal for men.

5. Hatchback

A mix of the sedan and van, hatchback cars are quite attractive for families who love to travel. The trunk is transformed into a storage unit that bulges up, taking the space from the roof down to the taillights. Unlike vans, though, the hatchback still has a rounded shape that makes it more structurally similar to a sedan.

Now that you’re more familiar with the different types of vehicles, which one do you think matches your needs the best? Make sure you think it through before shelling out your hard-earned money. And finally, keep your new car in its best condition with KevianClean Car Care Products!

COMMON CAR PARTS

A woman showing how to install a radiator by sliding it into the front part of her car.

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RADIATOR

The radiator is a heat exchanger used to remove heat from the coolant in the cooling system to prevent your vehicle’s engine from overheating. Hot coolant is routed through the radiator, where the coolant can exchange heat with the passing air.

For general maintenance on your radiator, check your coolant levels twice a year. Replacing a radiator can take most of the day, but is a doable DIY job. If you need to replace your radiator, use AutoZone’s how to guide to get the job done right. Additionally, you should reference your vehicle’s repair manual, as each vehicle is slightly different.2

AC COMPRESSOR

The AC Compressor is responsible for pumping coolant throughout your system and starting the process of cooling your car. Without it, the AC system will not work. Summer heats show that your vehicle’s AC system is essential, so AutoZone has put together advice on how your AC works and how to recharge your AC if it is not working.

Duralast battery on a shop table in front of an open Nissan Altima.

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BATTERY

The battery stores energy in chemical form so it can be released as electricity to run your vehicle’s electrical components. Other terms you may run into when talking about a car battery are:

  • Battery Terminal: A means of connecting the battery to the vehicle’s electrical system. The three types of battery terminals are post or top, side, and L.
  • Battery Capacity: The energy output of a battery measured in amp/hours.
  • Cold Cranking Amps: Abbreviated CCA, this refers to the amount of current that the battery can supply to the vehicle.
  • Group Size: The group size is just what it sounds like, the size of the battery. Common group sizes are:
    • 24
    • 24F
    • 25
    • 34
    • 35
    • 51
    • 51R
    • 52
    • 58
    • 58R
    • 59
    • 65
  • AGM: This stands for absorbent glass mat, a design in which sulfuric acid is absorbed by a fiberglass mat, making the battery spill-proof and better at holding a charge.

AutoZone wants to make sure you have the right battery for your vehicle, and you have all the trustworthy advice you need when it comes to batteries.4

ALTERNATOR

The alternator is an electricity-generating device that converts mechanical energy to electrical energy in the form of alternating current. It is used to supply power to your vehicle’s electrical system along with the battery. The alternator also recharges the battery using mechanical energy generated by the motion of the vehicle’s parts.

If you notice that your battery is not working and appears to be swollen, your alternator could have a faulty voltage and has overcharged the battery. Stop into your local AutoZone to help you get back on the road.

New CV axle sitting on a shop table

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AXLE

The front and rear axles are cross members supporting a vehicle where the wheel hubs are attached. Axles are also part of your suspension system and are responsible for sending power to the wheels from the engine through the transmission and differential. They link the wheels to the vehicle and support the weight of each.

CV axles have inner and outer joints with a “boot” on each end. CV axle failures are usually caused by a broken or leaking boot. You can read more about warning signs to tell if your CV axles are going bad in this article.

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BRAKES

A car’s brake system is used to stop or slow a vehicle and/or prevent it from moving when stopped or parked. The two most common systems are disc brakes and drum brake systems. Some of the most common disc brake parts include:

  • Caliper: Non-rotational components of disc brakes that straddle the disc and contain hydraulic components forcing the brake pads against the rotor to slow or stop the vehicle. Can be found in the front or rear of a vehicle.
  • Brake Pad: The pad of friction material that is pressed against the disc by the caliper, to slow or stop a vehicle. It is also a term often used for brake lining.
  • Brake Rotor: Disc-shaped component that revolves with hub and wheel. The lining pads are forced against the rotor to provide a friction surface for the brake system, to slow or stop a vehicle.

Drum brake systems mostly consist of a brake drum and shoes. The shoes are covered in friction material that is pressed against the inside of the drum to create friction and slow the vehicle.

Do you hear squeaky brakes and see a brake job in your future? We can help you get started. Whether it is bleeding your brake fluid or knowing which kind of brake pad to buy, AutoZone has what you need to get the job done, DIY style.7

SHOCK ABSORBERS (SHOCKS AND STRUTS)

Shock Absorbers are a hydraulic device used at each wheel of the suspension system to help control the up, down, and rolling motion of a car body by dampening the oscillations or jounce of the springs when the car goes over bumps, thereby contributing to vehicle safety and passenger comfort. Also referred to as a shock or strut, depending on which the vehicle is equipped with.

A typical shock absorber has three functions:

  • Dampen the effect of spring oscillation in order to control the ride stabilization of a vehicle
  • Control body sway
  • Reduce the tendency of a tire tread to lift off the road surface (a problem often caused by static unbalance)

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TRANSMISSION

The transmission is a gearing device of a vehicle that provides variable ratios between the engine output and the differential input. Automotive transmissions are more complex than bicycle transmissions, but they play the same basic function, allowing the driver (or engine computer) to select smaller or larger gears to optimize driving conditions without working the engine too hard. There are two types of transmission:

  • Automatic Transmission: A transmission in which gear ratios are changed automatically using automatic transmission fluid (ATF). Shifts are controlled by the engine computer. Some automatic transmissions are continuously variable (CVT), or shiftless transmissions which can change seamlessly through a continuous range of effective gear ratios.
  • Manual Transmission: A manually shifted gearing device in the power train that allows variation on the relationship between engine speed and road speed.

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CATALYTIC CONVERTER

The catalytic converter is an automotive exhaust-system component, made of stainless steel, containing a catalyst to reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOX), and/or hydrocarbon (HC), and carbon monoxide (CO), in tailpipe emissions. It is used to remove pollutants and make exhaust gasses less harmful to the environment.10

MUFFLER

The muffler comes just before the end of the exhaust pipe and is responsible for reducing the noise emitted by the exhaust system. It restricts exhaust gas flow, which leads to a quieter ride. Some mufflers restrict gas flow more or less, which results in quieter or louder exhaust noise respectively.11

TAILPIPE

The tailpipe is the pipe that carries exhaust fumes from the muffler or catalytic converter to the rear of the vehicle.12

FUEL TANK

A storage tank for gasoline that powers your vehicle.

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