driving in the rain

Welcome back to the VIP European Auto blog! Last month we had an in-depth drive on some of the best car shows and groups to take part in over the coming month. This time, we wanted to mention some safety tips specifically for driving in the rain. While Arizona isn’t the wettest place on Earth, we do occasionally have these bursts and we figure it’s worth mentioning. Driving in The Rain Few moments can simultaneously be as peaceful, relaxing, meditative, and stressful, white-knuckle grip inducing like driving in the rain. The steady pitter-pat...

Welcome back to the VIP European Auto Interiors blog! Last time we talked a lot about ways to beat the heat, get outta the sun during these swelteringly hot days, and today we are going in a somewhat similar vein. This time, however, it is not about hitting the sights or attractions to beat the heat, nah! It’s all about the upcoming events in the auto and car scene! Temperatures should be cooling, god willing, and that means it’s time to show off your wheels. Without any further ado let’s get into it, here are THE upcoming car and auto events i...

It’s safe to say that summers in Phoenix tend to be pretty brutal with 100 degree weather, so we want to give you a few ideas of places to visit in Phoenix this summer! We’ll give you a few indoor and outdoor areas that are fun, family friendly, and easy to get to for a good time.VIP European Automotive wants to give you some ideas to l avoid the summer heat or enjoy it!Desert Botanical GardensYou probably wouldn’t expect beautiful flowers and greenery in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, but the Desert Botanical Gardens provide...

Welcome back to VIP European Auto blog and part two of Driving in 1776. Thinking back on transportation in the 18th and 19th centuries is amazing how far along we have come. Today we have self-driving Uber and multiple transit systems. Read below to see just how in a century life changed immensely for almost every American.20th Century TransportationLand TransportationDuring the 1900s railroads were still very large modes of transportation; however, in the beginning of the century cars were introduced. To own an automobile was a lu...

There you are, watching the Declaration of Independence being signed in the year 1776. It’s hot inside and outside, showers are not an everyday occurrence so there is a slight smell, and all you can think about is entering your nice air conditioned Tesla vehicle. Well, actually you didn’t have a Tesla back then … or air conditioning, or cars in general.Since it’s around that time of year with a National Holiday, many of us wonder how people survived back in the beginnings of America. There was no plumbing, heating, air conditioning, or elec...

Summer is fully here. There’s not deny it. May’s weather was touch and go there for a bit, but now in June the sun has fully settled into place, turning us all to ash. We have all had that terrible experience of entering our cars to have our backs seared to a nice crisp.Did that picture give you the willies like it did for us? It’s awful, right?Now, you gotta imagine, that kind of heat cannot be good on the leather… can it? As the temp heats up and the sun spends more time beating down it’s important to take a few precautionary steps fo...

If you’ve been a reader of our blog for some time then you know we love summer time road trips. Each year we talk about the trips to take, stellar roads to drive, and more. We love our cars (and trucks, and Jeeps, and and and!), and this beautiful, amazing country we get to call home. There are thousands of sites and sights scattered across the country and if you jump into the driver seat with a full tank and a desire you’re going to have a great time. But! If you adequately prepare and pack your bags and car for the adventure, you’re bound to ...

Here at VIP Interiors, automotive upholstery is our bread and butter. Repairing it, installing it, you name it we live and breathe it. That could be laying out new carpet inside antique vehicles or repairing a soft top convertible with a tear. The world of automotive upholstery is wider than most might realize. That’s what we are here to talk about this time on the blog.UpholsteryUpholstery is the trade of making stuff comfortable. Adding seats, padding, springs, fabric, webbing, covers, etc. to furniture. As long has man has been craft...
leather seat repair

This month we are giving some basic tips on fixing leather seats. If you haven’t read the last entry, we’d suggest going back and reading. It’s on how to use a leather repair kit to fix the small tears and cracks in a leather seat. But kits are not the only way to take care of these. You want to make the fix yourself (for now, until you can get into the shop of course,) use a patch like so!Fixing Leather with a PatchBefore you begin the process, you need to carefully select a proper leather patch. This will be something that matches the...

Welcome back, grab a seat and pull out your notebooks. We’re going back to class! Last time we gave a basic rundown of what automotive upholstery is, who does it and why. A decent enough overview to understand what it is we do here at VIP Interiors. This time around, we’re going to go into the tools we use and how they work. You should leave this page with an understanding of how we do what we do. The Tools of the Trade, What Goes in an Automotive Upholstery Repair Kit Bone FolderDespite it’s grim name, the bone folder serves a pretty ben...