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Your car is a large investment and you want to make sure that investment is super safe. Your house if you own one may be your largest investment but next to that if you’re like most people your car is the second.

There are many kinds of insurances out there and the agent is usually on commission and so of course wants to sell you more. But is more always better, or is less better in some cases? You don’t want to over pay for insurance you’ll never  use or that doesn’t even come close to fitting your needs.

What Is Comprehensive Insurance?

In a nutshell, comprehensive insurance protects you from loss and damages to your vehicle that are events not related to a collision. This type of insurance covers things like theft, vandalism, natural disasters like floods or tornadoes, fire, falling objects like trees and riots where people roll your car over or set it on fire.

So, how do you get the insurance comprehensive or otherwise that’s best for you? In the following section I’ll go over some of the things your insurance agent might just leave off when helping you choose a policy.

Covering Your Insurance Needs

1. Where do you live and how is your car stored when you aren’t driving it? Let’s face it if you leave a nice car out at night in an area where there is high auto theft or smash and grabs you might want to consider comprehensive insurance as a good idea.

If your car is garaged and there is ample security you might want to have this weigh in on your consideration as well.

2. If you live in an area where there are tornados, serious hail, super high winds that knock over trees and various other acts of God then full on comprehensive might just be money well spent. The reason being that if you don’t have comprehensive insurance companies won’t cover this type of damage.

3. Do you live in an area where there is a lot of civil unrest and or vandalism? If yes, you will want to consider whether or not your car could become a casualty in such events. If your car is garaged at work with security provided and garaged at night at your home then this one factor may not carry much weight because your risk of exposure might be low.

4. If you’re in an auto loan for your car with the bank or another lending institution then you will need to check with them to see if you’re required to carry comprehensive or not. Many require it especially on new cars or newer used cars.

5. How old is your car and what is your car worth? If you’re driving a car that doesn’t really have that much value then comprehensive may not be the way to go.

However, if you’re driving a nicer car or newer car that would have a high replacement value then it’s likely a good idea.

It all boils down to this; if your insurance company doesn’t require you to carry comprehensive auto insurance and you have plenty of money so that when you care gets damaged from anything we’ve discussed above and many more things we haven’t you can just pay for it out of pocket then you may not need it.

However, if your car would cost more to fix than you are willing to cough up in cash all at one time then you should strongly take purchasing it under consideration. Because with auto damage, it’s not a matter of if but more a matter of when.

About the Blogger

Toni King is an insurance agent for over 10 years and very experienced in car insurance. Being a comprehensive agent Toni deals in American and Mexican insurance as well. As you can see Toni is one of those that will actually tell you everything you need to know.

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Dec
02

Get Your Car Winter and Snow Ready

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This winter has been rumoured to be one of the worst for over 60 years with a lot of snow, ice and cold temperatures heading our way. This means it’s time to take action and make sure that your car is in full working order and prepared for the conditions that could soon be occurring.

There are a number of checks that you should carry out and ones that could actually be lifesaving during times of severe weather, and we’ve listed some of the most important ones below.

Brakes

With ice and snow around your brakes are essential as, although you could still slide and skid on the roads, you are at a much lower risk of damaging your car or yourself if you have fully working brakes. Check as to whether the pads and the discs are worn as this can often be the case over time. If they are visibly in bad condition you may want to replace the pads or discs and these can come much cheaper than you may think.

Also pay attention when driving as if you are noticing that you have to apply a lot more force to your brakes to get them to react, this is a big sign that something isn’t as it should be.

Lights

Head lights, fog lights, full beams and side lights are all needed throughout the winter months as the darkness draws in. While parked outside your home, check that these are all in working order and also make sure your hazards work correctly.

If any of the bulbs are broken, new ones are not expensive or hard to come by. They can be fitted within minutes and it’s just a matter of unscrewing the old, and replacing with the new.

Tyres

It is a legal requirement that the tread on your tyres should be a minimum depth of 1.6mm the entire way round across the central ¾ of the surface. They can easily become worn in hard conditions as well as if your wheel alignment is off. Have a professional check that the alignment is correct as if not this could wear down your tread significantly quicker.

Check your tyre pressure along with the car manual and make sure that the correct measurements are adhered to. This will also improve the overall performance of the car and save you money on petrol.

Wipers

As the rain starts to lash down and storms become more frequent, wipers are essential to be able to maintain your visibility. Take a look at the wiper closely to be sure that it is properly intact and is not about to come apart. These are extremely simple to replace and cost a small amount, so if you notice that they are at risk of becoming less effective take action.

Windscreen

Any chips can soon turn to cracks during the winter which can be a great deal of expense. If water gets into a chip and then freezes, the expansion of the water as it turns to ice can force the glass to break. It is a quick process to fill in chips and can often be done without claiming on your insurance policy.

With grit also being spread on the roads when ice and snow is due to occur, this can cause damage to your windscreen. Keep an eye on any chips that occur and take action as soon as possible if you notice any.

Essentials

You can prepare as much as possible for the winter weather, but sometimes accidents do happen and your car could break down. If this happens, call help immediately and wait for assistance. Due to the cold weather conditions, do not try to walk miles for help if not needed so always make sure your car has the essentials for this situation.

Pack a blanket to keep warm, a shovel to help you if you are stuck, and some snacks and water to make sure you are fed and watered while waiting.

Even though these checks are essential, common sense and good driving are still of paramount importance. Make sure that, in extreme conditions, you only drive when needed and avoid any unnecessary journeys.

This post was written by Amy Bennett who has recently carried out a full winter preparation on her car. She replaced lights and brake parts to make sure that they were in full working order. She purchased these at bargain prices thanks to Dunmow Motor Factors.

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Nov
18

Do You Know How To Properly Test Drive a Car?

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Being able to sit in a brand new car is an exciting experience for a lot of people, and that car salesmen still understand that there is no better way to clinch a sale as taking the prospective buyer out for a test drive. That is why test drives are important for both the customer and the salesperson.

Once you have selected a car that you are interested in, ask the salesperson if you can take the car for a test drive. It is a good idea to get the salesperson to drive the car out onto the road whilst you sit in the passenger seat, that way you can get an idea of what the car is like for visibility and road noise. You can also perform some visual test drive checks such as where the required controls and such are located.

Once you get your turn behind the wheel, the salesperson might want you to take a circuitous route that will lead you back to the dealership. This is convenient for them, however, it is unlikely that you will get the right feel for the car by just taking a few left or right hand turns. It is much better to take the car along a route that may be similar to the kind of route that you are used to. This will help you to get a proper feel for the car, the way it handles hills for example, or how responsive it is on the open highway. Only then will you be able to get a proper feel of the car and whether it is suitable for you to drive everyday.

Test Driving On The Open Road

Once you get the car out onto the open road there are some things that you need to make a mental not of when driving the car, such as how the car accelerates and handles in traffic, hill climbing power, engine noise, ride comfort and any unusual noises. This is due to the fact that if there are any problems, these are the kinds of problems that you are going to have to put up with on a daily basis.

In order to clinch the deal the salesperson may start pressuring you with questions in relation to what they need to do to get you to buy the car. However, it is important that you do not commit to buying the car at this stage no matter how much you love it, as it is important to get to know more about the car. So, it is important to remain strong and resolute in the face of what is usually pressure sales techniques by the salesperson.

Once you get back to the car dealership, again remain non-committal even in the face of the pressure that the salesperson may put you under. Ask the salesperson as many questions as you can about the car, as well as asking them to give you a comprehensive tour of the car and its features. Only when you have as much information about the car and how it drives should you make a commitment to buy it, however, it is prudent to also test drive another model  of the car in order to make a comparison.

David Lye lives in Sydney and he has a great passion for cars, photography, business, online marketing and travel. David started the website www.privatefleet.com.au in 1999.

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Nov
15

5 Worst Driving Habits in the UK

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As motorists there are many driving habits which really get under our skin. The Car Buying Service have produced this infographic detailing the top 5 worst driving habits in the UK.

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The state of the UK roads is a constant source of concern for road users and now the Government is weighing in on the issue, attempting to establish ways to increase road safety. Young drivers are at the heart of the debate as 20% of accidents involve drivers aged between 17 and 24.

Over the years, car manufacturers and vehicle accessory makers such as brigade-electronics.com, have strived to produce and implement features that improve the overall safety of a vehicle. They have worked to reduce the number of accidents as well as the damage that is caused to both the car and the occupants should an accident take place.

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The New Age

As young drivers are often to blame for the high number of accidents and road incidents, the Government is proposing an increase in the amount of learning, which takes place.

As it stands, drivers are able to apply for a provisional license at the age of 16 with the view of passing a driving test and gaining a full driving license when they have turned 17. This is set to change and drivers will not be entitled to a full license until they are 18 years old and cannot apply for a provisional license until they are 17, but the changes do not stop there…

Implementing a Curfew

When a driver first passes their test, they are keen to be out on the road as much as possible, carrying multiple passengers and embracing the independence and freedom, which comes with the ability to drive. New drivers need to build confidence and an understanding of how to drive competently and safely.

The Government is considering the prospect of a curfew which restricts driving times and will prevent the common occurrence of new drivers travelling late at night, under the influence, or under immense pressure, all of which result in accidents. Young people are more likely to die as a result of a car accident than they are from drink or drug related complications.

Driving will be prohibited between the hours of 10pm and 5am unless a passenger over the age of 30 accompanies them.

The Proposal

The Government has considered a number of different factors that contribute to the high number of road accidents that involve young drivers and produced a full proposal that could be passed in the coming months.

Below is a thorough overview of the proposed changes…

  • Drivers can apply for a provisional license at the age of 17 but are unable to attain a full license until they are 18
  • They must complete 100 hours of daytime practice
  • They must complete 20 hours of nighttime practice
  • Once the driving test has been passed at 18, a green ‘P’ will be attached to their vehicle to let other drivers know they are a new driver
  • A driving curfew will be in place to prevent driving between the hours of 10pm and 5am
  • There will be a ban on all mobile phones, even hands free devices whilst driving
  • They are banned from carrying passengers under the age of 30
  • The legal alcohol limit will be reduced for young drivers
  • After a 12 month probation, drivers will attain a full license and all restrictions will be lifted
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A fifth of all UK deaths on the roads involve those aged between 17 and 24 and the Government and campaigners are frantically trying to reduce the number of people that are killed in preventable circumstances.

Although the proposed changes are yet to take effect and it is uncertain whether they will, the new structure for young drivers could certainly significantly increase road safety.

This article was written by freelance writer and mother of three, Kathryn Thompson. Follow her on Twitter: @katht35

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The Tesla Model S will be featured in a series of Electric Car Guest Drives hosted by the EV Quorum car club.

The San Diego event will be held on Saturday, November 9 from 11am-5pm in Balboa Park.

In a single afternoon, participants can drive six different electric cars including the Tesla Model S.

Participants who become members of EV Quorum are eligible to drive any of the electric cars on display. There is no charge for guests although an invitation, available through advance registration on the club’s web site, is required. EV Quorum membership is just $19.80 and includes a one-year subscription to Electric Car Insider Magazine.

There will be educational exhibits about electric cars, charging stations and solar car charging systems at the event. Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be available. EV Quorum organizers said that guests are welcome to bring their own food and beverages, but emphasized that this is a no-alcohol gathering whose primary activity is driving.

This picnic in the park provides entertainment for non-driving family members and friends including lawn bowling and other kid-friendly games and entertainment.

The San Diego Electric Car Guest Drive will be held in Balboa Park on Saturday, November 9 2013 from 11am to 5pm.

Details, guest invitations and driver registration are available at ElectricCarGuestDrive.com

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Oct
16

Buying a Used Car

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Oct
15

Top 10 classic car buying tips

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Okay, so you like the idea of owning a cool old car – something that’s a hoot to drive, be a total head-turner and grant you access to a whole bunch of new, fellow classic car fans as well as benefits such as cheap insurance, cheap parts and zero depreciation.
But how do you go about buying your first old car, and what things ought you consider before joining the wild and wacky world of classic car ownership? Here’s our top ten tips…
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1. Be realistic

Think about where and when you’ll be using your new retro pride and joy and choose accordingly. There’s little point buying a 1950’s open top two-seater if you need to use it on the motorway, or to transport your kids and family dog. Perhaps a classic VW estate might be more appropriate here.

2. Storage

Consider where it will be kept? A garage is essential for a soft top, unless you want wet floors and the risk of a vandalised ripped hood. If you’ve got a lockup, make sure your car will fit – a classic Volkswagen camper might be too tall.

3. Price it right

Set a budget and stick to it. There’s no point spending more than you really wanted on something exotic that might only get used once a fortnight. Even though you might have your heart set on a VW Bay Bus, sometimes it’s the less expensive classics, like an old VW Beetle or Golf Mk1 that will provide the most fun.

4. Do your homework

Join a club so you can chat to fellow owners, visit a specialist and read the relevant buyer’s guides to find out everything there is to know about the car you’re about to buy. You can then go armed with this information when viewing to avoid landing a lemon.
Ensure you can source and buy the spares parts you need for your vehicle before you part with your money. Companies like VWHeritage provide excellent service and expert advice and supply VW classic parts and Complete Automobilist offer classic parts by mail order or online.

5. Narrow your choices

Be specific, get a very shortlist of cars that interest you. Better still, target a specific make and model so you don’t waste time looking at too many different cars which can lead to disillusionment.

6. Buy the best

Repairing a basket case is fun if you can do the work yourself, but it’s not always economical. Those who’ve spent dark nights and dented their bank balances restoring a wreck always recommend buying the best car you can afford to avoid the risk of going bankrupt trying to repair an absolute dog that needs everything doing. Body repairs are usually the most expensive part to do properly.

7. Ask an expert

If you’re still not sure you’re qualified (or confident) enough to make a wise purchase or there’s gaps in your technical knowledge, ask an expert to take a look. A club official might be willing to accompany you when viewing cars for sale – alternatively, pay a specialist.

8. Suck it and see

Always view as many cars as you can. That way you’ll be able to make an accurate assessment of good cars and bad cars. Information is power and when you finally spot the right one, you’ll be able to make an on the spot decision.

9. Step back

It happens to us all, but try not to let your heart rule your head. It’s all too easy to get carried away and buy a car that’s either riddled with problems, overpriced or just not right for your needs.

10. Enjoy

Once you’ve got your mitts on a totally sound classic, be sure to get out there and enjoy it. No point hiding it away in a garage – get to shows, take a continental tour, help out a friend on their wedding day. After all, classics make fabulous wedding cars!

By Ian Cushway

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The Ford brand is synonymous with the motoring industry with models such as the Fiesta, Focus and Mondeo selling thousands each year throughout the past decade, with many going to new or inexperienced drivers looking to find their first car. When buying your first car, or one that hasn’t been handed down to you anyway, you don’t want to go splashing the cash on something brand new off the production line, so a used car becomes the option.

In this instance, you need to make sure that whatever model you’re buying is roadworthy and reliable. Ford is known for being one of the most reliable brands on the market with cars that seem to run and run, and if you visit any Jennings showroom you’re sure to find plenty of high quality used Fords that are perfect for new drivers.

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So having established that you want a Ford, what else do you need to keep your eyes peeled for? After all, it’s not as simple as buying a car based on the badge because we all want something different from the vehicle we buy. One of the major things to look out for, of course, is the price of the vehicle. This is often the first thing prospective buyers look at whether they’re shopping online or at a showroom.

Having a budget, and most importantly sticking to it, is essential to finding the best car for you and your needs. As a first time buyer, you often don’t have a great deal of money saved up and you don’t need anything too ‘flash’ with all the latest motoring innovations, you just need something that will get you to and from college or work safely, so set yourself a budget and don’t go beyond it.

Next, look into the history and mileage of the car. While many cars will go on for mile after mile, some have lived particularly hard lives and may have undergone numerous different repairs. If the service history is filled with receipts for repair work you may want to steer clear because it could be that the car is on its last legs and you don’t want to be breaking down on your way to college day after day.

Another important tip is to make sure that you take it for a test drive, and a significant one, not just around the corner. Make sure that you take it on a road you know reasonably well with junctions, roundabouts, twists and turns so that you can get a real feel for the power and handling of the vehicle and pick up on any positives and negatives. Also, where possible, get out of the vehicle and give it a thorough inspection under the bonnet, checking all of the dials and lights work and that the tyres are in good condition. You don’t want to be sticking to your budget only to have to spend even more bringing the vehicle up to scratch.

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Oct
14

Biggest Driving Mistakes and Fails

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As a driver, we often pick up bad habits, drive the way we want to and become less concerned about the rules, regulations and the general consideration that should be given to other road users. Instead we are possibly more focused on the music we are listening to or the areas we are driving through than what’s happening on the road around us.

It is quite amazing how quickly we disregard everything that we have learned and make our own rules… It doesn’t matter if you’re a relatively new driver out in your first car or an experienced driver out in your fifth car that you recently bought from http://www.twwhiteandsons.co.uk to cope with your growing family, there are common driving mistakes that we all make at some point and not only are they the exact opposite of what we have been told to do throughout our driving lessons, but they are often quite illegal in the UK!

For instance, something many people aren’t aware of is that it is deemed to be an offence if you let your car run out of petrol. Traffic police are able to charge drivers with Driving without Due Care and Attention because of risks including causing multicar pile-ups when you end up stranded in a lane on the road, and, let’s be honest, it is something that you should be aware of and able to avoid.

Tailgating

Driving too close to the car in front is not only a form of intimidation but it is now an illegal driving move and will result in drivers being punished with a £100 fine.
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Poor Navigation Skills

This is something that most people suffer with, the stress of having to navigate around unknown places is often overwhelming but it can lead to some very bad situations. Common sense is the most obvious tool in combating this and it is wise to remember that the sat nav is not always right.

Running a Red Light

This has incredibly serious implications, it could cause head on collisions, accidents and is now punishable with a £100 fine and 3 penalty points. Red lights are there for a reason and although there is great argument about how quickly they change colour they must be adhere too.

Accidents

The most common part of driving and something you are lucky if you manage to escape, accidents happen whether they are your fault or someone else’s. Small bumps, little knocks, anything can happen but it is best to avoid them at all costs simply by following the rules of the road and being vigilant.

Mobile Phones

A very serious problem that is the biggest cause of road related accidents and deaths and there is a far bigger crackdown on drivers that use phones when driving. Mobiles are distracting and will eventually result in a near miss or an accident. A £100 fine and three penalty points are the punishment unless the accident is more serious and a prison sentence can be incurred.

Improper Use of Lights

Car headlights serve two purposes, to let other drivers know you are there during poor visibility and to allow you to see the road ahead whilst driving. Not using them properly is a serious risk to you and other road users.

Not Signalling

For the same reason as the use of headlights is important, drivers need to let other road users know where they are going to limit the chances of collisions and as simple courtesy.

Constant Braking

Not only is braking constantly annoying, but it uses far greater amounts of petrol and will encourage another driver to go into the back of you as they are unsure what it is you are doing and trying to achieve.

Not Gripping the Steering Wheel

You need to have a good grip on the steering wheel to stop the car from veering off the road, losing control of the vehicle and being able to guide the car at all times.

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Driving comes with legislations and rules that need to be adhered to at all times to make sure the road is a safe environment for everyone. Certain driving offences can result in punishments and for those that are deemed to be a real risk to other road users often find themselves losing the privilege of driving. Serious offences such as speeding, using a mobile phone, driving erratically and being an unsafe driver for example are some of the areas that can result in the harshest punishments. Fines and penalty points are the biggest punishments and a certain number of points SHOULD result in an automatic driving ban for a set period of time. Once a driver has reached 12 penalty points on their license they are forced to attend court that will determine the length of the ban, in some extreme cases judges are able to overturn the ban yet this should be for rare situations and other punishments should be in place. There are now more people driving around with an excessive number of points, which undermines the law and the way in which drivers should follow the road rules. Bad driving can quickly result in points and fines which will affect the cost of insurance premiums as insurers see you as a risk and a bad driver that could cause them a higher number of pay-outs as a result.

Young drivers are trying to turn this around by having a black box installed from companies such as InGenie, which monitors the way they drive and highlights where they are going wrong. They are then less likely to pick up bad habits after leaving the young drivers category and is something that could be suitable as a way to deter experienced drivers that repeatedly offend whilst driving from doing so in the future? If the punishments that are currently in place are not going to be enforced then there needs to be another solution and other penalties in place of the more severe punishments that are clearly not effective or taken seriously.

It has been reported that the lack of enforcement is so serious that one woman is currently still on the British roads after equating a staggering 42 points on her driving license. As the rules become more lenient, the conditions of our roads and the drivers upon them will worsen and there will be a higher number of cases of accidents and collisions that are a result of poor driving. The rules are in place for a very specific reason, to keep people and pedestrians as safe as possible, it is not something to be taken lightly and there is now a growing concern at the standard of driving and the way in which other people will be affected. Rules are not meant to be broken yet there seems to be little impact on those that do. The strength of other road rules will now weaken as nothing seems to be taken as seriously as it once was, those that repeatedly drive poorly and put other people in danger really have no place on the roads.

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Sep
12

10 Emergency Items To Keep In Your Car

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Unfortunately, no matter how much time and care you dedicate to car maintenance, it’s likely that you will run into unexpected car trouble at some point over the years – just like every other driver.

But, as Benjamin Franklin once said, ‘By failing to prepare, you prepare to fail’, and if you stock your car with a few items that might well really help you out in an emergency, you could prevent your small problem from turning into a complete disaster…

Here’s 10 things that no car should be without.

A map

Most of us rely on technology to get us where we’re going nowadays, but it’s best to have a back-up in case batteries run out, you lose signal or you encounter any sort of other electronic failure.

A flashlight

Essential for exploring under the hood, or generally finding your way in the dark – be sure to regularly check that the batteries are still working, though!

A tow rope

A tow rope can help transport your car to a safer place or to the garage for repair in the event of a breakdown.

Jumper cables

If your car battery runs flat – and you can flag down a helpful fellow motorist – these can get you back on the road with minimum fuss.

First Aid kit

The bigger the better! A First Aid Kit, especially a well-stocked one, could help you out in a jam when the medical aid you need’s a long way away or a minor health niggle is making it difficult for you to concentrate on driving.

Multi tool

Let’s face it, a versatile multi tool is a good piece of kit to have on you at all times, but it’s especially useful when it comes to coping with any of your car’s mechanical troubles.

Owner’s manual

Owner’s manuals can be pretty hefty, so you might feel tempted to leave yours at home. But don’t – it’ll definitely be worth all that space it takes up if you suddenly need to find out what the deal is with that mystery flashing light on your dashboard…

Hard copies of your breakdown cover information

You might have your details stored electronically, but you should also always keep the contact phone number and your policy information on a print out too.

Snacks and water

Break down in an isolated area and you could be there for a while… Keep a cereal bar, fitness bar or similar in the glove compartment, along with a bottle of water, and remember to replace regularly.

Blanket

A blanket will keep you warm if you run into trouble in cold conditions, or protect you if you need to lie down on the road to look underneath the car.

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This blog was provided by The Car People Manchester, a UK-based used car dealer with showrooms in Sheffield, Manchester and Wakefield.

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Sep
10

The New Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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The iconic Corvette Stingray has had a facelift, a bit of rest and recuperation and come back better than ever for 2014 in the latest attempt by Chevrolet to make it onto the list of big guns in the sports car category with the likes of Porsche, Ferrari and co.

The new model, known inside the walls of the Chevy factory as the C7, has been made as a direct competitor to the Porsche 911, a car that has been a global sensation whereas the Corvette Stingray, whilst being immensely popular in the States and available to buy from Chevrolet Edinburg TX, hasn’t had the same effect. Throughout the States it’s a phenomenon, a truly outstanding piece of American engineering that has remained popular with the die-hard Chevy fans; but now it’s time to break the global market.

CorvetteThe good news for Chevrolet in that respect is that the latest Corvette is right up there in terms of their best releases. For decades the American sports car has sat in the shadow of the German, Italian and Japanese offerings, but in 2014 we might finally see an American model near the top – if not at the top – of sports car sales across the globe.

The 6.2-litre V8 455bhp engine is the most efficient ever put under the bonnet of a Corvette, helping to create value for money as well as smiles per mile. The performance hasn’t been compromised, something you often experience with more efficient engines, with a smooth and comfortable ride combined with the beast under the bonnet making the machine roar down the highways.

It’s also been made much lighter than other models, thanks to an aluminium chassis that helps the driver to throw it into the corners with much more confidence that you’ll come out on the other side rather than fighting it to prevent it from going straight on!

Finally, you have the styling, the most important thing in the eyes of many motoring fans and particularly those who remain loyal to the Chevy brand. The Corvette is an American icon, just like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe and as such it needs to maintain its identity. It’s been given a bit of a makeover to bring it into the present day, but don’t worry – it’s still a Stingray.

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Sep
10

Delaying Vehicle Depreciation

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The cost of cars has always been notoriously high depending on the age, make and model of the vehicle. In order to regain any of the investment made when first purchasing the vehicle, the car needs to be well cared for in an attempt to delay the idea of vehicle depreciation and earn a good resale value when the time comes.

How to Delay Depreciation

Keep the Car in Good Condition

The most important thing to do is to keep the car in the best possible condition. The upholstery needs to be clean and undamaged as does the paintwork, the alloy wheels and every possible feature within the car. It is worth investing in things like car wash equipment, fabric protection such as seat covers and regular services to ensure everything is working perfectly.

Keep the Mileage Down

A high amount of mileage will directly affect the vehicles price. Few people will want to spend a large sum of money on a car that has travelled a lot, this not only means they are getting less for their money but a car with high mileage is more likely to begin to have mechanical faults which will cost the new owner. A car that has reached 100,000 miles is usually unwanted by many buyers.

Keep to the Servicing Schedule

Manufacturers will have guidelines in terms of the regularity of servicing and will also provide a servicing book, which the garage carrying out the work will then stamp as a validation of the service. A full service history is worth a substantial amount of money as buyers are able to see the car has been well cared for and the likelihood of faults is slim.

Keep a Record of Repair Work

If the vehicle requires any work, whether it is a mechanical problem or something on the exterior, evidence of this must be kept. It is deemed to be as important as an up to date service book. Buyers need to be aware of what it is they are buying and taking on and need to know of any potential future problems.

Keep in Mind Desired Traits

Fuel efficient cars tend to have a better resale value, as they are the latest desired trait within vehicles. There are many developments in fuel technology and cars that are fuel efficient not only help the environment but are also cost saving for drivers.

Once cars reach three years old, they lose around 60% of their original value, which equates to a loss of 20% a year. It is a substantial amount of money to lose and owners are finding that they are greatly out of pocket far quicker than usually expected. The more luxurious and expensive the vehicle is the faster they begin to depreciate, it is often far better to purchase a car that is around 1-2 years old as they depreciate at a much slower rate. For older cars, it is best to try to keep hold of the vehicle until they have reached 100,000 miles, once this amount of mileage has been reached cars usually hold their price although it will not be anywhere near the original sale price of the car.

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Sep
10

What to Look for in a Used Suzuki

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Written by a Guest Blogger

Buying a Suzuki, or any car for that matter, should be an exciting time in your life. Whether it’s a cool little Swift or a family-sized Grand Vitara, you’re buying a model from one of the most respected manufacturers in the whole industry, famous for producing both stylish and reliable models throughout their range.

As a customer, you first have to make a decision between buying a brand new model and buying a used vehicle. This decision is often made for you based on your financial situation, but there is nothing wrong with buying second-hand cars, especially Suzuki’s from trusted dealers such as Suzuki Brownsville.

SuzukiIf you have decided on a second-hand model, your next consideration needs to be around your budget. If you have, for example, $5,000 to spend on your car you will need to remember to factor in tax and insurance. Some dealerships will pay for your tax as part of the purchase agreement, others will not and you’ll have to arrange this yourself. It is a common oversight to think “I have $5,000 to spend on a car” when in actual fact you may have to reduce that by as much as $1,000 or even $1,500 to cover your insurance costs.

You do sometimes have the option to buy a vehicle on finance, paying for it in installments. If this is the case, make sure you take the time to think about how much you can afford to pay each month so that you don’t end up regretting the decision several months down the line because you can’t afford to do anything else or make other essential purchases or payments.

Next, make sure that you’ve done plenty of research so you can look around the car you’ve seen with some background knowledge. For instance, you can look into the fuel consumption, carbon dioxide emissions, value depreciation and reviews from owners of the same vehicle to see if it fits into your idea of the perfect car. Then, make sure you do thorough research on the specific vehicle when you get there. Look at all of the paperwork including the service history to see if it has had any major repair work done or if it is due any, and also look at the quality of the paint and bodywork to check for signs of damage or rust.

You should also be considered in your decision, not rushing into a purchase because if you do you may miss out on a better deal elsewhere or you could end up paying more than you wanted to. Visit different dealerships to see a variety of cars – even if they’re the same model, you can still compare quality and price – and speak to people you know who own the same car or read online reviews.

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