Thursday, December 25, 2008

74 Cardinal Tips to Keep your Car in Great Condition

Operating Your Car

We've compiled our best expert advice, surprising tricks, and maintenance and fix-it tips to prolong the life of your car!

1. Be patient during the break-in period
You've bought your dream car and now you want to make it last at long as possible in top condition. Here are some things to remember as you pull it out of the dealer's lot:

  • During the break-in period, typically the first 1,000 miles (1,600 km), keep your speed under 55 mph (88 kpm) or to the speed recommended by your car's manufacturer.

  • Avoid heavy loads on the drive train, such as towing trailers, and loading the roof rack or trunk with heavy construction materials.

  • Do not allow your new car to idle for long periods -- this is good advice for the life of your car, but especially during breakin. The oil pressure generated by doing so may not be sending oil to every part of your engine.

  • Use only light to medium acceleration, keeping the engine rpms below 3,000 for the first few hours of driving.

  • 2. Drive with care everyday
    Being car considerate shouldn't stop after the break-in. Drive with care every day and your car will reward you with longer intervals without repair.
  • Do not race your car's engine during start-up.This is a quick way to add years of wear to your engine, especially if it's cold outside.

  • Accelerate slowly when you begin your drive.The most wear to the engine and drive train occurs in the first ten to twenty minutes of operation.

  • Warming the engine by letting it idle in the driveway is not a smart idea.The engine doesn't operate at its peak temperature, resulting in incomplete fuel combustion, soot deposits on cylinder walls, oil contamination, and ultimately damaged components.

  • Put less strain on your engine and automatic transmission by shifting to neutral at red lights. Otherwise, the engine is still working to push the car even while it's stopped.

  • Avoid driving at high speeds and accelerating quickly, especially when it's very hot or very cold outside. Such driving behavior will result in more frequent repairs.

  • Extend the life of your tires with careful driving. Observe posted speed limits. Avoid fast starts, stops, and turns. Avoid potholes and objects on the road. Don't run over curbs or hit the tire against the curb when parking. And, of course, don't burn rubber.

  • When turning your steering wheel, don't hold it in an extreme right or left position for more than a few seconds. Doing so can damage the power-steering pump.

  • Consolidate your short driving trips. Most of the wear and tear -- as well as the pollution your car generates -- takes place in the first few minutes of driving. Doing several errands at once, during low traffic hours if possible, will keep your engine happier longer.

  • 3. Buy gas at reputable service stations
    Ask whether the gas you buy is filtered at the pump and if the station has a policy about changing the pump filters regularly. If you get a song and dance, find another gas station. Some stations don't have pump filters, making you more vulnerable to dirty gasoline. Other stations may not mix alcohol and fuel properly -- or worse, water down their product. Find a station you trust and stick to it.

    4. Don't fill up if you see the tanker
    If you happen to see a gasoline tanker filling the tanks at your local gas station, come back another day or go to a different station. As the station's underground tanks are being filled, the turbulence can stir up sediment. Sediment in your gas can clog fuel filters and fuel injectors, causing poor performance and possibly necessitating repairs.

    5. Go easy when you're stuck
    When stuck in mud or snow, don't make the problem worse by damaging an expensive component. Gently rocking in an attempt to free the car is fine. But if it looks as though you're really stuck, don't keep at it. Throwing your car from forward to reverse repeatedly, as well as spinning tires at high speeds, can generate lots of heat and spell trouble for transmissions, clutches, and differentials. It may be cheaper in the long run to call the tow truck rather than risk big repair bills down the road. It's a good idea to carry a traction aid in the trunk, such as sand, gravel, or cat litter.

    6. Lighten up your key chain
    Does your car key share a chain with a dozen or more other keys? That's a pretty heavy load hanging off the car key when it's in the ignition.The weight, combined with bouncing while you drive, can wear out the tumblers inside the ignition and eventually lead to ignition switch failure.To add years of service to your ignition switch, purchase a lightweight key chain that allows you to separate your ignition key from the others. Drive with only the ignition key in your ignition. If your ignition key "sticks" when you try to turn on the car, it's a warning that your ignition switch is about to fail. Replace it before you get stranded.

    7. Choose a good car insurer
    Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, disaster inevitably strikes -- typically in the form of an accident. Make sure that your car will be repaired to the best possible standard by finding an insurer that will pay for parts from the original manufacturer and guarantee the repairs it authorizes.

    8. Keep an auto log
    Keep a pad and pencil in the glove compartment and use them to record your gas fill-ups and mileage. If you notice that your gas mileage worsens, mention it to your service man. It may be an early warning sign that something is wrong with your car.

    9. Preserve your car during long-term storage
    If you are not going to use your car for more than a month, store it properly to prevent unnecessary damage and repairs upon your return.

    • Fill the gas tank to help prevent condensation from accumulating in the gas tank. Add a fuel stabilizer and drive the car around a bit to distribute the additive to engine parts.

    • Wash and wax the car thoroughly to protect the finish.

    • Place a vapor barrier on your garage floor. A 4-mil polyethylene drop cloth will do.

    • Disengage the parking brake to help avoid brake corrosion.

    • Put the car on jack stands to take the weight of the vehicle off the wheels and tires.

    • Disconnect and remove the battery to keep it from draining. Place the battery on a trickletype charger. Or periodically drain the battery, using a small light bulb, and then recharge it with a low-volt charger.

    • Plug the tailpipe with a rag to prevent moist air from infiltrating into it.

    Car Interior

    10. Park in the shade
    Of course, a garage is always the ideal place to park your car. But if one isn't available, minimize interior damage from UV sunlight and heat by always trying to park your car in the shade. If no shade is available or if you find parking under a tree results in bird droppings, use a car shade to minimize the sun's impact. As a bonus, you'll have a cooler car to step into on hot sunny days. Car shades come in two basic types: those that you unfold and place on the front windshield and rear window, or pleated types that attach to the windshield posts (with adhesive), window frames (with Velcro), or the windows themselves (with suction cups).

    11. Clean the inside, too
    Vacuum and sponge your interior every time you wash your car. Dirt particles are abrasive, and spilled liquids, such as soda, can be corrosive.Vacuum your interior thoroughly with a powerful vacuum (small cordless models are generally too weak). Use the appropriate wand heads when vacuuming. The bare metal wand can mar and scratch surfaces. Sponge vinyl surfaces clean with a solution of mild detergent and water.

    12. Clean dash gauges carefully
    Use a soft damp cloth to lightly wipe dust from the clear plastic lenses on your dashboard. Too much pressure will scratch them. Too many scratches can make it difficult to read your gauges under certain lighting conditions.

    13. Let floor mats take winter's beating
    Use floor mats to protect carpeting. The best type for controlling salt, slush, and mud in winter are rubber wafflestyle mats. They stay in place, don't allow the water to seep through, and are easy to wash clean. Carpet-style mats are helpful, too. Shake, vacuum, or wash as needed; replace them as they wear through.

    14. Blast mats with the hose
    When washing your car, drag out the rubber or carpet floor mats and blast them with the hose.This will dislodge dirt particles that, if allowed to build up, will grind holes in your mats. Let the mats dry thoroughly in the sun before reinstalling them.

    15. For stubborn carpet or mat stains
    After vacuuming floor mats or interior carpeting, apply foam rug cleaner to resistant stains as directed by the maker. Work the foam into a few square feet at a time, using a wet sponge or brush. Vacuum when dry.

    16. Preserve door and window seals
    Wipe a rubber protectant (such as Armor-All) or silicone on door and window weatherstripping to keep it in good condition. Don't use an oilbased product, such as WD-40, because the oil will damage the rubber. Regular cleaning and treatment of your car's weatherstripping will also lessen the likelihood of your door sticking to its rubber seal in cold weather, a common cause of damage to the rubber.

    17. Fix bad weatherstripping immediately
    If your weatherstripping is letting rainwater leak into the interior of your car, take a look at it and decide if you can repair it or if it needs to be replaced. Small leaks can be handled with brush-on seam sealers. Resecure loose sections, not otherwise damaged, with trim adhesive. Torn sections may be repaired with special caulking available at auto parts stores. You may also be able to extend the life of worn-but-intact sections by inserting foam rods, available at automotive stores, into the hollow section of the weatherstripping. If you decide to replace entire sections of gasket, don't simply buy generic stuff such as you'd use around the house. Buy a product that matches your car's original weatherstripping -- it's available in a wide variety of profiles from dealerships and automotive mail-order catalogues.

    18. Keep leather from drying out and cracking
    Leather cars seats are durable and don't require a lot of maintenance. After a few years, however, the seats can become soiled. Use a leather cleaner to remove dirt and stains.Then apply a leather protectant formulated for pigmented or top-coated grain leather (the leather used for most leather car upholstery). Protectants will resist stains and make the upholstery easier to clean in the future. Choose a protectant that includes conditioners to keep your leather supple.

    19. Use upholstery cleaners on soiled seats
    The same upholstery cleaners you use at home can be used on your car's upholstery. Use them sparingly, however, to avoid saturating the fabric. Use a clean cloth to wipe away the foam. On velour seats, brush the fibers gently to avoid matting them and to preserve the original texture of the fabric.

    20. Renew fabric upholstery
    Spraying fabric car seats and carpets with a fabric protectant, such as Scotchgard, will make them resist dirt and stains, and make them easier to clean. Thoroughly clean the fabrics before using one of these products and then test the product on an inconspicuous place to be sure the treatment will not discolor the fabric.

    21. Place a towel under baby seats
    All manner of food bits and liquids can accumulate under a baby seat, where they can permanently stain the upholstery. Place a sheet of heavy plastic and an absorbent towel under the seat to prevent damage, and re-secure the seat according to the manufacturer's directions.

    Read the rest of the tips here.

    Thursday, October 2, 2008

    Tips on Driving a Car Bargain

    You can buy some time and money, not to mention, be free from headache, when you are about to make your second largest purchase you will ever make after a home. All you have to be is be street-smart though not really a whacko. How to be that? Just stick to these tips:

    1. Allow yourself to linger on each shopping option. This is an important decision, and it entails careful thinking.

    2. Shop toward the end of the calendar year. Since most shoppers are busy on completing their Christmas shopping, you might end up with a better bargain for cars. You can also get a good buy during late summer or early fall, when most car owners sell off their cars for the next year's.

    3. Make sure that the car you dream of is the car that you truly need. Make sure that you can pay off the car totally; make it a point to match your loan term to the time you expect to own the vehicle.

    4. Don't forget to test-drive and do a thorough inspection of the car, to really know the car you're buying.

    5. Lastly, the Internet can be the most helpful tool you need in your research for cars.

    One major point to consider for you to make a major hit online?

    Search for the truck, car, or SUV that you like then list it down; make a contrast of all the vehicles then make some sort of profile for the car you've chosen.

    Do this and you'll be driving around in no time! Just don't do overspeeding.

    Thursday, September 4, 2008

    Don’t Lease during “Rainy” Days

    When your credit card stays unused for some time already and it’s just tempting to lease a car, knowing that you only have to give a low monthly payment and repairs are not one of your concerns already, the best thing to do is think harder.
    Car leasing might sound a good car deal option for anyone buried neck deep in debts, especially with its growing popularity and the number of topnotch cars available for lease in the market. Think ahead of your financial situation; once you start leasing a car, at the end of the contract, you would have to lease another car or buy out your current leased car. This means you would be a slave to your car dealership for your monthly payments for another three to five years.
    So if you have a hefty amount for savings, try to pay all your debt and instead settle for a used car. Car leasing is good for those who were able to save up for the rainy days and there’s still some coming in from another source. With this used car option, you can actually own the car and there won’t be down payments and monthly payments to haunt you for years. You can get good price packages for a used car also.
    Otherwise, do look for other alternative ways of earning and look for a car lease deal that would suit your needs well.


    Tuesday, August 19, 2008

    Tips in Buying the Right Used Car

    Buying a used car requires more than just patience; it demands an excellent dose of wit to figure out the best used car you can have. To make things easier for you, we stumbled upon these tips for you to land on a reliable used car.

    1) Find out the reason why the car is being sold. There are a couple of hints you need to be keen of. First, if the owner bought a newer model of the same car, then that means he likes the car and might be that he has other needs to take care of, hence more car features. This is given that the car owner is also of good reputation. If the owner, on the other hand, bought another model and hints on unreliability, then that means the car won’t be a good buy.

    2) Ask for receipts of purchase of parts and for any repair or modification to find out what have been done to the car for sale. It’s not a good choice when the car has undergone a lot of modifications. It means that its makeup is not intended for hard use, except when there’s a greater purpose of use other than what the car can offer in its original makeup.

    3) So how does the car look? Just make sure that the interior is clean and well maintained. No stains or worse holes on the car seats and the rubber mats are in place. No scratches anywhere in the interior. Try to check if there is overspray of paint on the outside then it might be caused by an accident. Also if there are considerable marks on the tire, that means it has been abused in acceleration, which is not good for the engine. A vehicle report can sometimes hide a couple of things about the car so it pays to be work around it.

    4) Determine the market value of the car by doing research and car reviews. You can check on other dealerships for the price of the same model and relatively same condition with the car you want to buy.

    With these tips, you can be sure of the right used car without having to pay more than what you deserve.


    Monday, August 11, 2008

    Top Ten Tips for Finding the Best Car Lease

    1.Check for the car details.
    The easiest way is to check the P11D price. The term is taken out from the form the tax man uses to record car details.

    2.Check the payment system.
    It's basic for whatever purchase you make. How much down payment you need to make and how many months left to pay the rent?

    3. Check if the road fund licence is for the full term?
    Full-time road fund licence should be included in the contract.

    4. Ask if there is a delivery charge or what they call an administration charge.

    5. Find out the name of the finance company behind the contract.
    Your broker should tell you the complete details of the financing company as well as the contract and services they offer. If not, then he's bluffing.

    6. Determine the coverage of maintenance.
    Remember that it should cover all scheduled and remedial maintenance work, unlimited tires, batteries, and exhaust systems.

    7. Figure out how mileage charges are calculated.
    Some financing would use the two tier system: 5 per mile for the first 2,000 miles.

    8. Verify how contract refurbishment costs are calculated.

    9. A car's condition should be commensurate to the age and mileage. To make sure of the accurate measurements, refer to the BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental & Leasing association) guide.

    10. Don't forget to ask the financing company these questions: How much leeway can you get to vary from your contract? And also if you're going to buy the car at lease end, how is the buy-out price calculated?


    Monday, August 4, 2008

    So What Is a Baby-friendly Car?

    To make sure what’s the best car for your newborn, or your soon-to-be kids, you need to follow six steps to ensure that you have a well-suited car for your teeny-weeny Junior.

    Here are the six steps:

    Check on the car seat of your brand-new car. It may be better to buy a new car seat and fit it yourself to the new car; this is to make sure that you know how to do it. 80% of cars in the United States are said to have improperly installed car seats. This usually is the cause of death or injury of babies straddled on cars. A correctly installed car seat doesn’t move an inch. Almost all of the new cars have the ISOFIX system or the LATCH system. To double-check on the installation of your car seat, you can bring your brand-new car seat and install it at the dealership; let them judge if you did the right thing. You can check on the rear and front-facing installation for your convertible. If you doubt on the exactness of the car seat’s installation, you can check it out with a free child seat inspection center.

    To make things easier in picking out the right car seat, you can avail of the baby travel system; it’s a prepackaged set that includes a car seat, baby stroller, and a car seat base.

    The second step concerns moving your baby in and out of the car. For cars that have detachable carriers, try putting on some weight on the carrier, about 15-20 lbs or 7-9 kg, and pull it out and put it in the car again in this some kind of role play for travelling with a baby. If your carrier is not detachable, try to put a life-size baby doll on it and pull it in and out.

    Try to choose a car that would allow the stroller to fit in snugly and leave room also for grocery bags and other stuff you do when you get to buy stuff with your little kiddo along. But that is just not enough; you have to make sure also that even with your baby and the other stuffs are inside the car, you can still move them freely.

    Check out the rear windows. Avoid cars with deeply sloping windshields since this will allow sunshine to stream down on the baby at the rear seat and might cause heatstroke and sunburns.

    Next step is to get into the role playing part again. Try to hoist that diaper bag on your shoulder; and do the getting in and locking and getting out and unlocking of the car with the carrier or stroller with corresponding weights on it.

    Another scenario to be considered is when an extra adult wants to sit beside the carrier or the stroller. Putting yourself in the shoes of that person, you need to put in the stroller or carrier with the corresponding weights and sit beside it. Try to feel if you’re comfortable in that arrangement.

    Choose a car with enough space in front to stand over and reach out for the carrier or stroller at the back of the car.


    Monday, July 28, 2008

    How to Choose the Best Car for You

    With the millions of choices for that best car, it would take quite a long time for you to figure what it is. To lessen the hassles and seemingly unending time of negotiation and/or interrogation, we came up with these steps to follow:

    Know what kind of car is it that you need.

    The keyword here is need, not want. You better ask yourself what is your primary use of the car, how many people will usually ride on it, how long is the range of your driving, and in what terrain do you usually use it for.

    You can ask these defining questions: Do I like automatic or manual transmission? A 4-wheel or 2-wheel car? What safety features do you want and what is its capacity?

    How much is the car that you can afford?

    It’s rule of thumb among veteran car buyers that 20% of your take-home pay should be the only amount that you can shed for your car. So calculate how much you can afford for a car before you do the shopping.

    Should you buy or lease that car?

    Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages for buying or leasing a car. If you are in for the latest model for a few years for a lesser pay, and no hassles when you want to sell or trade in your car, then leasing is for you. But if in case what you want is a car that you want to own for good with no mileage penalty then buying is for you.

    How much would the car cost to own it?

    There are four things you need to consider before you buy or lease a car: maintenance cost, fuel economy, insurance, and depreciation costs.

    Research for options.

    It’s not like you have to do the legwork and visit dozens of dealerships in your community; all you need to do is shop online and read, read, read. You will find that more informative that is. You can start by looking for good car sites.

    Schedule your test drive.

    Before you go to that dealership and ask for the key to test drive your car, you better give a call first just to make sure that the car in the exact model and color is available. Then it would help to build rapport with the salesperson involved in the negotiations.

    Get ready for the purchase.

    After you test drive all the cars that you found viable for a buy, you come up with a top ten list of all the cars and decide from there.

    It can be confusing to choose any thing that you want to purchase, especially if you have a budget to consider; so think before you buy.


    Monday, July 21, 2008

    Gearing Up for That Car Accident Culprit

    You came from a soiree with some of your colleagues at work. Your half-drunk and half-driving, then wham! These pointers would help you out when you’re in that scenario:

    Any driver or car owner should have the always-neglected first aid kit which should include flares, cones, or warning triangles, to aid you in case you’re in a remote area. It might help to have camera or a mobile with cam always to help you document the event and/or gather evidence of the accident.

    Move your vehicle, any person involved in the accident, or any matter at that, that may cause further damage to the area or what might happen to be a traffic obstruction. Call for a tow truck if necessary.

    Cooperate with any authorities but ask for your Miranda rights. Don’t divulge anything other than facts because it might incriminate you.

    Document everything. Make a sketch of the accident scene and gather the specific info on the make, model, license plate of the car. Take pictures or videos of the accident scene.

    Ask and get the license plate number, driver’s license number, name of driver and owner, address, contact info, insurance company, insurance policy numbers.

    If there are witnesses, ask for their name, age, address, other contact details. Entrust them or their testimonies to the police and no one else.

    Report all the pertinent information you gave to the police to your insurance company. You may include the evidence you had gathered.

    No man in his right mind would like to have an accident, but it’s a must to be ready if it happens.


    Monday, July 14, 2008

    What Does Your Car Insurance Cover?

    Bodily Injury Liability- Your insurance covers the claims against you when you have an accident and somebody died or was injured.

    Property Damage Liability- Your insurance covers the property damages you have incurred in a car accident. It’s a requirement for all states except three.

    Medical Payments- Your insurance takes care of all charges when you are injured or any occupants of your car in an accident. This is optional in some states, and in others, medical payments is replaced by personal injury coverage.

    Uninsured Motorist Protection- Gives you coverage when you or any occupants of your car are injured by an uninsured or hit-and-run drivers. You also have underinsurance coverage when you’re injured by any driver who has minimal insurance coverage.

    Collision Coverage- Your insurance covers all damages to your car up to its book value. Collision coverage has a deductible. It’s the amount you have to pay per claim before the insurance takes effect. The lower the deductible, the higher the premium.

    Comprehensive (Physical Damage)- It covers all damages you incur from nonaccident causes like vandalism, flood, theft, wind, hailstorms. Like the collision coverage, it also has a deductible.


    Monday, July 7, 2008

    How to Give Your Car a New Look

    Repainting your car takes a lot of cash from your pocket and a lot of time too. So before you decide to hand in your car to the nearest repair shop, it’s worth to consider a few tips first. The following are some pointers for evaluation to find out if your car is really worth the repairman’s time:

    Even before you start shopping for a body paint and repair shop to help you with the repaint job, try to check first the level of repair needed for your car’s body. It might be that you can use some paints and other products for car finishing that can enhance the original color of your car. These products can help you for proper oxidation of your car and for removing light scratches and chalky feel. All you need is a can of primer, spray paint, sandpaper, and some car wax. You also need to have a discerning mind to know if you would have to do some patch-up work or a total body repaint for your car, and if you can do the patch-up by yourself or ask assistance from a repairman.

    Another factor to consider whether to give it a custom or production repair is the length of time you will be using the car. Whether it is under lease and your contract is about to end or it would be a long time first before you can surrender your car to the dealership, try to figure out what costs more. Usually, car owners would resort to a repaint before returning the car to the dealership since it would cost much to be paying for the car’s residual value. Repaint is better for luxury cars but if your car is an old model and the scratch is not that visible then go for a patch-up job.


    Monday, June 30, 2008

    How Can You Fortify Your Car in Winter?

    It’s the time of the year when everyone’s eyeing for a December vacation or how to spend the holidays; but unknown to you, it’s the dreaded time for your car. Why, it’s when its engine and batteries will be tested again by frost-biting cold.

    There are, however, ways to save yourself from a car running amok due to engine trouble at a snowy bank in the middle of nowhere. Here are some tips:

    1. Take advantage of the fair fall weather by doing a general clean-up of your car. Wash it and use a car wax to protect your car from falling snow or hailstorms. Somehow the coat will lessen its impact on the car’s body.
    1. You have to make a complete overhaul of garbage in your car’s interior to get rid of that musty smell. An upholstery cleaner will do miracles to make it inviting for passengers. You can also vacuum the whole interior and spray it with a freshener to give it a fresh, homey smell. And just for the snowy months, you might want to avail the services of a vinyl floor mat or a rubber mat.
    1. Strengthen your engine power by giving your car a test drive. Remember that with all additional usage for engine due to winter car features, i.e., defrosters, heaters, and frequent use of wipers, it’s in death row every winter. You also would have to check on your batteries’ voltage. A voltage lower than 12.4V requires you to recharge or replace it. And while at it, you need to check if all the lights in your car are functioning.
    1. Make sure you have the right fluids for your car. This will lubricate most parts of your car that might stiffen due to the cold temperature. Take time to check on leaks all over your car too.
    1. Lastly but surely, you need to ensure that you have in the car’s trunk the ice scrapper and snowbrush with soft bristles. Additional equipment would be an emergency kit and a collapsible shovel.

    There are a couple of things you just have to be ready about when the air is blowing colder, signaling the winter months. First thing to keep is presence of mind.


    Tuesday, June 24, 2008

    How to Drive with Less Fuel: A New Routine

    If you are a fast and furious driver of an expensive car, your greatest fear would be that of the gasoline consumption of your car. We were able to collect valuable information on how to cut back on the liters that your engine is eating up every day.

    You just have to make this part of your routine:

    1. Read your manual and find out what fuel is the most compatible with your engine. Always remember to use the low-octane fuel.

    2. Make sure that your gas cap is tightly closed. Take note that gasoline is so easy to evaporate.

    3. Knowing that fuel is easy to evaporate, it’s a common technique to park the car in a shady area to stall the evaporation process. You can roll down the windows or the sun roof too.

    4. Do a timely maintenance check-up for your engine. You can have regular filters, spark plug, and air filter replacements to make sure that your engine will be consuming minimum amount of fuel.

    5. They call this the best cost-effective technique to save fuel. That would be choosing the car with the best mileage.

    6.Lessen your speed. The faster your speed is in driving, the more fuel you are consuming.

    7.Don’t drive if it’s not necessary or if there’s a better alternative like walking or biking instead.

    These are about as simple as when you put one foot on the clutch and drive!


    Monday, June 16, 2008

    What to Do and Not to Do in Used Car Buying

    Buying a used car might take more time and patience than buying a brand-new one. Here are basic tips for you to follow to make sure that your choice is fool-proof:

    Do research before you strike a deal. The best document to ask would be a used car history report.

    Ask somebody who knows about cars to help you choose.

    It would be impractical to buy a car which is a remnant of a serious accident, specifically a frontal collision.

    Test drive the car you have chosen. You might discover some defects as soon as the car hits freeways and highways, especially rough terrains.

    Don’t get a car that requires minor repairs. They might turn big in due time.

    Never buy a car that has survived a flood. You could be heading to a whole world of problems regarding corrosion, transmission, and the likes.

    Contrary to what is implied by most buyers, treat salespersons in dealerships well. Instead of giving you a nightmarish quote for the selling price, you might be able to haggle to the least.

    Don’t just believe in hearsay when you pick your choice. Double-check and do research.


    Wednesday, June 11, 2008

    How to Avoid Mistakes in Car Buying

    Do your homework.

    Salespeople are after their profits and not your advantage. To avoid the trap of high monthly payments or the worst deal, do research on your own and ask experienced buyers for advice.

    Don’t forget to test-drive the car.

    To make sure that the car has no defects and that the amenities and features of the car would really suit your needs, hit the road now!

    Don’t buy add-ons and accessories from the dealer.

    Most of these are sold relatively high, as they take advantage of the sale and bank on more profits.

    Be sure of the color and model you want.

    Don’t compromise one over the other.

    Be sure whether you want a car lease or buy a car instead.

    Don’t just jump into the bandwagon because everybody is into it. Lease when you have to or buy when you want to, but bottom line is, do research and weigh the pros and cons.

    For more info, read on Car Buying Mistakes to Avoid.

    Friday, March 14, 2008

    Few basic car maintenance tips:

    • Regular oil changes are very important to keep your engine in a good shape.
    • Wash your car regularly, wax it once in a while to keep the car body shiny and free from corrosion.
    • Take care of any minor concerns as soon as you can, so it won't cause serious problems and an expensive repair later
    • Use only original parts

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