If buying a new car is complicated, even more so is that of a used car. A complication of choosing the model joins the more interesting to find one that is in good condition, a task that we must resort to all common sense you have and, above all, good observation skills. Some of the tips of buying a new car used also for opting for a secondhand.
1. – Be clear about what kind of car you want
For a model that we are looking to buy second hand, usually have more flexibility to choose, within our budget because we find a greater choice of different segments and in different states. In any case it is important that we are clear on the type of vehicle you want to buy and its engine.
2. – Choose either the place of purchase
We must choose the place of purchase: establishing specific transaction, dealer or an individual. To refine and streamline the search a little, we can use the print ads in magazines or newspapers, specialized websites or specific means for the purchase and sale between individuals.
3. – Asesórate
If we have the advice of an expert in the field, the better. It is common to hear that the model that we like has been owned by an elderly lady, with driver, who always kept in garage and barely used. It is advisable to test each and every one of the different sections that make up the vehicle: body, engine, transmission, interior, looking for possible body and paint repairs that betray a bad deal. Normally gums windows, the “waters” in painting, bubbles or pitch differences between two body components made betray a bad repair. We should also seek leaking engine fluids, transmission or cooling system. An effective way to detect these latest incidents is upload it to an elevator to carefully observe the state of the underbody.
4. – Take a walk with your usual driver
We can ask the owner to give us a ride in the car driving it. We will look at your driving, if the engine requires a lot, if you make changes quickly and if your driving, try to conceal vehicle problems (with handling the steering wheel can hide the address “pulls” to one side, if it takes too long to shift gears can mean it scratches, brakes well in advance if the brakes can not be good). Later we drive us to verify that there are no problems with the car and our driving style. Read the rest of this entry »
In the heat of the success of the special series of Wrangler launched in 2012 and in response to customer demands constantly seeking new and unique adaptations of this iconic model, Jeep first introduced the world to the public in Paris special series Jeep Wrangler Moab.
With the evocation of the Moab region, located in the U.S. state of Utah and known worldwide as the ideal destination for lovers of life and outdoor activities and off-road driving, this is a new special series tribute to those who identify with the values of Jeep and choose an unconventional lifestyle. Introducing this new adaptation of the iconic Wrangler, the Jeep brand intended to state once again that in a Jeep Wrangler any driving experience, even the most committed, it can become something unique and a total fun, thanks to cutting-edge technology and a unique domain offroad world.
The special edition Moab is a customized version of the Jeep Wrangler Sahara and will be available in the first quarter of 2013 in the configuration of 2 and 4-door, with the efficient 2.8-liter turbodiesel engines. In Spain will be available with 2.8 CRD engine and manual or automatic.
The exterior of the new special series is notable for the new bonnet with hump, the hardtop body color, tinted rear windows and wheel arches in black. The Jeep logo on the characteristic seven-slot grille is matte black alloy wheels and 17-inch gloss black are the same as riding the Rubicon version, the largest off-road capability, suggesting its ability to function in extreme driving situations.
Finally, at the finish of the new special series highlights the lower side protection “Rock Rails” and the fuel tank cap in black signed by Mopar. Read the rest of this entry »
One obstacle that has prevented the massive spread of electric cars is the cost, since it is significantly higher than that of the cars driven by combustible fuels. Although when compared, we see that compared to that higher initial cost, we have a compensation on the cost of the energy that drives because it is cheaper the longer the distance traveled.
The advantage, apparently does not stop there, because we can also see a difference at the level of maintenance, since electric cars do not require oil filter changes, air filter or fuel filter , timing belt not used.
This is what raises the French manufacturer Renault , which after several studies states that the maintenance of electric cars would be 20% cheaper in Spain than fossil fuel cars. As we see, the advantages of joining the growing environmentalist current.
To secure these benefits, the brand is preparing a maintenance network for electric cars, which is divided into two types, periodic review can be performed at any authorized agent of the network, while repairs that require some assembly or disassembly, have 78 Centres Renault ZE . It also has 27 Renault Pro + Centre, dedicated to commercial vehicles.
Also insurance costs for electric cars will be 20% lower than those of conventional cars in Spain. Perhaps the economic benefits of adopting an electric car does not look as impressive as expected by users, but we must not forget that these may be added benefits for the planet.
Auto insurance is often misunderstood by the general public but it is more understandable than you may think.
Basic coverage is a term often used to describe that coverage necessary to drive legally, and comprehensive coverage is often used to describe covering your auto and passengers. There is, however, more to auto insurance than those two basic terms.
Liability is the coverage needed to legally drive in the United States, but it is also an important coverage to consider when protecting your assets such as a home or retirement account.
This is because if you are found at fault in an auto accident, you may be sued for large sums of money.
If the court finds you at fault and you do not have enough liability insurance, you will pay out of pocket for every dollar over your coverage limit. This makes liability a very important aspect of auto insurance and one to consider wisely.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners breaks liability into three parts: bodily injury, property damage and uninsured motorist coverage.
Bodily injury liability coverage pays for bodily harm you cause others in an accident at which you are considered at fault. It does not pay for damage to your car or injuries in your car.
Property damage liability covers damage to the property of others, including other vehicles, buildings, fences or trees. Uninsured motorist coverage protects injury to you or your passengers in the event that you are injured by a hit-and-run, or uninsured driver.
Some states have no fault laws, which means that your auto insurance policy covers you in an accident regardless of fault. Read the rest of this entry »
Mileage has become one of the most important aspects of a car nowadays. With gas prices so high, it is understandable why so many people would want to maximize the mileage they get out of their cars as much as possible. There are things that many of us do, usually without realizing it, which are costing us fuel. Here are a few tips that can help you save fuel in the long run.
1. Use the right gas
Just because high-octane fuel is more expensive does not mean that it is better for your car. The truth is that any performance improvements are usually just a placebo effect that you tricked yourself into believing. Unless the manual of your car specifically asks for high-octane gas, you aren’t doing your engine any favors by buying the more expensive, premium gas. Your car will do fine with regular unleaded fuel, your engine is better off and you save money on gas.
2. Don’t idle when possible
To put it simply, idling the car simply wastes gas. There are, indeed, situations where you don’t have any option other than idling. However, you are better off stopping the engine completely at most stoplights. Usually if you are going to be stationary more than 30 seconds, you save gas if you shut off the engine and then turn it back on again, although there is still debate regarding when it is better to turn off the engine.
3. Inspect the tires
The state of your tires has a profound effect on your fuel economy. A lot of people neglect their tires until it is too late. Inspect them regularly and make sure that your tires are balanced and properly inflated if you want to drive as efficiently as possible.
The most successful automakers have several models of cars all out at once. According to their needs it is their intention to offer a diverse lineup of vehicles so people can choose the one they want. These companies can end up producing dozens, even hundreds of models by the time they are done. However, not all of them are this successful. It can just as easily be applied to the automotive industry, though the term “one-hit wonder” is often used to describe singers with just one hit single.
This company is the epitome of “one-hit wonder” since it not only created just one car, but a very famous and instantly recognizable one, at that. The car in question, the DMC DeLorean 12, was prominently featured in the Back to the Future film franchise, one of the most popular comedy series of all time. This did not help DeLorean from avoiding bankruptcy, even though the car had become an icon.
Gumper, also known by its full name of Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH, is a German automaker. Founded by a former Audi director, Gumpert produced the Gumpert Apollo S in 2008. The car, despite not being the best looking supercar in the world, was tremendously fast. In fact, it set a new lap record when it was featured on Top Gear. Even with the success, the company lost financial backing and was forced to declare bankruptcy in 2013.
Putting Hennessey here is kind of cheating since it is a tuning house, not an automaker. However, it did built its own car, the Hennessey Venom GT which was, for a brief period, the fastest production car in the world. Until the company develops a new model, the label “one-hit wonder” still applies.
Once upon a time, many moons ago should we add, becoming a taxi driver was as easy as hopping into your vehicle and waiting for customers. Suffice to say, it’s certainly much more different to this nowadays and as well as having to acquire and pay for extensive licenses, there is also the small matter of passing the test.
While the regulations differ amongst local authorities around the country, on the most part you will need to pass the DSA taxi assessment in order to drive a taxi legally. Fortunately, whether you are looking to become a Bury St Edmunds cab driver or one in the opposite side of the country, the test remains the same. Here, we’ll detail exactly what it is comprised of and what you will need to do to pass it.
What does the DSA taxi assessment involve?
The start of the test is actually very similar to that of a normal one, with the examiner asking you to perform the standard task of reading a number plate. Suffice to say, if you can’t read the plate correctly, you will not be allowed to complete the rest of the test.
As you would expect, the practical assessment is much different to your standard test. You won’t be randomly given a manoeuvre to perform; on all tests the examiner will ask you to merely turn your vehicle around so it faces the opposite direction.
In terms of the driving time, this is significantly reduced as well and you should only expect to be driving normally for around ten minutes. Another big difference in relation to this arises from the guidance you are provided and throughout the duration of this element of the test, you will not be given any instructions so will simply be driving at your leisure. To tailor the test to a real-life taxi scenario, your examiner may ask you to routinely stop at the side of the road to mimic the process of a passenger embarking and disembarking.
There is also an element of theory in the assessment. You’ll most likely be asked what steps to take if a passenger leaves their belongings behind, while the standard Highway Code questions that are common in the normal driving test will probably be put to you as well.
For those drivers who wish to obtain the maximum qualification, there is a voluntary wheelchair exercise. This will allow you to appropriately deal with disabled passengers and the test will ask you to safely load a wheelchair in and out of the car, as well as demonstrating that you know how to secure the wheelchair brakes. In other words, it’s another string to your bow but could net you that extra fare if you are qualified in this respect, and the next taxi driver in the waiting bay isn’t.
What documents are required?
From a documents perspective, it’s identical to the standard test and you merely have to bring both the photo card and paper part of the license. For those drivers who own an older license, you may have to bring a passport to prove your identity.
Are Run Flat Tyres Suitable For Everyone?
Run flat tyres have been on the market for years and if you look through the history of them, you’ll see that they first came available back in the 1930s. Suffice to say, the technology that they use has developed significantly over the times and many drivers insist on using them in a bid to temporarily safeguard against flat tyres.
For those that are not aware, we’ll proceed through a quick run-through on what a run flat tyre is. In simple terms, they have much stronger sidewalls than the average tyre and this means that if the tyre is deflated for whatever reason, the sidewalls are of a sufficient strength to support the vehicle during transit. When we describe the technology like that, they really do seem too good to be true. However, as we’ll now decipher, there are both pros and cons to the tyres and they are certainly not for everyone.
What are the benefits of run flat tyres?
The main benefit of the tyres can be summarised pretty well in that last paragraph. The fact that the structure of the tyre retains its shape even during blowouts means that they are regarded as being very safe tyres and a driver is unlikely to lose control of his vehicle in the event of a puncture.
Furthermore, the fact that a driver doesn’t have to immediately pull over and interrupt their day is another key advantage. While run flat tyres will not run indefinitely, they will comfortably complete most journeys with a lot of manufacturers saying that you can travel around 100 miles at limited speed.
The issue of convenience also leads us onto our third and final benefit; the spare tyre. While you might not think it on first glance, this additional load will make a difference to your vehicle and you will experience slightly better fuel efficiency when you remove it and start using the run flat tyres. In some cases, you might also benefit from additional storage space – with a lot of these tyres being positioned in the boot of the car.
Why are they not suitable for all drivers?
Unfortunately, the tyres are by no means perfect and there are some barriers. The main reason a lot of drivers will decide against the tyre is the cost and while it is now possible to purchase cheap tyres of the standard variety, run flat ones are only produced by a selection of manufacturers and this means that the costs are much higher. Of course, you will only have to buy four tyres rather than the five you would need with the spare wheel, but you will still be spending more money in total.
Some drivers simply don’t like the way that the tyres react to the road either. Due to the structure of the wheel, the drive is seen as being much harder and you will most certainly experience a bumpier ride. Of course, this will affect some cars more than others, but you will be able to note the difference nonetheless.
Finally, there are some suspicions that they might not be as safe as the experts make us believe. Due to the fact that the structure of the tyres is so rigid, it is difficult to tell when one of the wheels has lost its pressure. This means that unless you have a TPMS installed, you will not be alerted when your tyre is running on empty. Needless to say, this certainly isn’t desirable if you’re stuck in the middle of a long journey.
It’s important to be aware of some key approaches to take when buying a used car; this can include comparing the market as much as possible before making a second hand purchase, as well as inspecting a car as thoroughly as you can.
You should also make sure that you go on a test drive, and that you check a vehicle’s history and registration, as well as different hire purchase and financing options. Taking these approaches can help you to get a good deal on a used car.
1 – Comparing the Market
Depending on what kind of used car you want, you can stand to benefit from comparing online and offline markets for a vehicle; if you’re buying online, you might receive more choice and competitive bidding on particular cars than if you went through a local dealership. However, you can also improve your chances of receiving a durable used car by exploring the options available at an authorised dealership, which offer guarantees and minimum stands for buying a car. For example, BMW have a chain of authorised dealerships that provide only the best used cars and servicing options; check out www.cooperbmw.co.uk for examples of these deals.
2 – Inspecting a Car
You should have a checklist in place when inspecting a used car for the first time; look into the engine to see whether there is an unusual amount of oil around a sump, and inspect the body of a car for any scratches or unusual areas that may have been welded together. Other features that should be checked before buying a used car include tyre air pressure, brake pads, and the responsiveness of a steering wheel.
3 – Going on a Test Drive
It’s crucial to be able to get a feel for a used car; this means going on a test drive, and ideally with a friend who can accompany you to listen out for any unusual noises. How well does the car handle, and do you receive any noticeable give when you brake? You should also be wary about the level of comfort you can enjoy in the car’s standard seating position, and whether you’re able to complete maneuvers accurately and safely.
4 – Checking a Vehicle’s History
Make sure that you check a used car’s history and documents during a prospective purchase; this means looking at elements like a car’s VIN number, its MOT record and history, as well as any evidence of past accidents. It’s also worth checking to see if there is any remaining finance that hasn’t been paid on a car, and at whether insurance policies have been transferred away from a vehicle.
5 – Assessing a Higher Purchase Agreement
You can make a used car purchase more reasonable by looking into the options available for spreading payments over several months; not all dealerships will offer hire purchase, and you’re most likely to receive a payment plan through an authorised dealership. Approved used dealerships can offer the best payment packages and maintenance schedules for cars, which won’t always be available through other sellers.
Kenny James is a freelance automotive writer. He is currently working with Cooper BMW to raise awareness of the many dealerships and the great deals on used BMW’s available. Kenny enjoys sharing his knowledge of cars with everyone he meets, online or offline.
One of the biggest concerns of businesses in the industrial field these days is their impact on the environment. Over the last several years information about the impact that air pollution has on the environment has become more readily available, making it easier for business owners to understand what it is that their business contributes. This information can be a hard pill to swallow for some, but it opens the door to many different kinds of improvement.
This is pointed out not to shame the businesses, but to educate them. With every business that learns how to positively impact their business practices for their environment’s sake, the business world itself becomes more green.
It is not unlike a trickle down process. A large business can take the steps to address their air pollution by using products like the Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers from OxidizerService.com. From there, they let their employees know what an impact they were having.
An employee could then take that information home and put it to use in their own lives. Maybe they decide to bike to work, or carpool to save on the amount of air pollution and emissions being created. In this sense, each business that helps to better their carbon footprint is also helping their employees become educated on how to lessen their own.
For motorists, maintaining the condition of your car is an important part of sitting behind the wheel. Unfortunately, it’s not something we all give enough thought to.
Car servicing may not be your biggest priority when managing car ownership but it is important nonetheless. For those unsure of where to get started, here are the top three car servicing tips to make it easier for you to manage.
1. Go regularly
Perhaps the most obvious piece of advice, it is surprising how many people neglect their car servicing. In fact, a recent poll revealed that of 21,510 respondents a staggering 12% missed or delayed their service schedule while another 8% didn’t bother at all.
This means a combined 20%, or one-fifth, are neglecting their service schedules – potentially to the detriment of their car.
Service schedules are put in place to maintain the quality and condition of your vehicle so it’s important you stick to it rigidly. Not only will it reduce the chance of severe deterioration on perishable parts but it will also ensure your car continues to run as efficiently as possible; something which is good for both the environment and your pocket.
2. Go branded
While there are many parts of a car service that you can do yourself or outsource to a generic outfit, it is always recommended to go to a branded garage which offers the high level of service you deserve.
New vehicles all come with manufacturer; branded parts used in their construction and while replacing or repairing these with patent parts later down the line may be cheaper initially, you may notice a reduction in efficiency or quality as a result.
This is why sticking with brands is important. Not only will these parts be guaranteed to fit perfectly into your vehicle, offering a snug seal with no room for loss of power, performance or efficiency, but they may also last longer and thus prove a shrewd investment.
To make sure your chosen garage uses the right parts, look for those which are backed by brands. If you have a Volvo, then opting for a specific Volvo garage will ensure quality at every turn and means you get the peace of mind you need.
3. Go local
You want a good quality service on your car but that doesn’t mean you want to travel for it. You can find plenty of local garages and firms that can help but it’s important they come with the recommendations and guarantees of quality that you need.
Car servicing Farnborough is just one example of the local searches you can do but it’s vital that you check that the place you use is accredited by the appropriate authorities.
An Alfa Romeo is a fascinating vehicle; from 1962 and its first two-seater coupe, the Giulia, Alfa have been ripping through the British Countryside ever since. With its beautiful roaring sounds, intrinsic designs and powerful engines the Alfa Romeo range has had many a person wanting more.
So, what is there to look for in an Alfa Romeo? It is an exciting purchase with an unpredictability that excites many an Alfa fan but when making an investment the excitement may turn to worry. Here are some tips on what to look for in an Alfa Romeo – whether it’s a two seater, you’re after or something from their MiTo range.
With a reputation of being a powerful, aggressive sports car manufacturer, the drive is something you can definitely count on with Alfa. Get a real feel for the vehicle by taking it for a good test drive. Trying different turns, roads, braking patterns will help provide a better summary of what the vehicle is like and you should always test the exhaust pipe, engine, water cooler and petrol tank for any leaks – as with any vehicle.
Planning a long route with the seller will also be beneficial as you can test it out on different terrains to see how it would cope with longer journeys. Paying close attention to the engine’s power output is also recommended – you may just be surprised by how high those numbers go.
If you want to test drive a more family orientated car from the typical two-seater sports car then the 5 star safety rated Alfa Romeo 159 is the perfect family saloon. Built with consideration and care the 159 can provide a family with exactly what they need. If you are looking for a newer model the MiTo and the Giulietta have received critical acclaim over the last few years. They look unmistakably like an Alfa and compete in the market well. You can find out more about these models at www.alfaromeo.co.uk.
The Alfa has to look like an Alfa. The robust but elegant design, dominating shape and bold colours are what make an Alfa different so be sure to check the log book for any changes to its appearance that might detract away from the overall value of the vehicle.