Posted by kentang123 at October 24, 2016

Category: Maintenance

The average advertised price to replace 4 tires is $400 to $600 for the top tire size sold. Even $1000 is not out of the question. Insuring that you get the most mileage out of your tires is extremely important. Tires are the link between the vehicle and the road, and are constantly subjected to the forces of acceleration, stopping and turning for a vehicle that weighs an average of over 4000 lbs.! Of course you’re going to see tire wear, but the longer you can make your tires last, the less money you will spend maintaining this part of your automobile. Keeping your tires in good shape requires more than just keeping an eye on tire wear and air pressure. It also means practicing safe driving habits, avoiding bad habits, and maintaining all the components of the steering and suspension systems

Proper Tire Maintenance:
Tire Pressure: The tires are your main connection to the road, so be sure they are inflated properly. Under-inflated tires provide less traction, can reduce fuel mileage and can wear out prematurely, so check your pressure at least once a month to ensure you are driving on properly inflated tires. As the temperatures drops, so does the pressure in your tires. The proper tire pressure for your car is not necessary the pressure stamped on the tire. Your vehicle should have a sticker located on the driver’s side door jamb or on the rear edge of the driver’s door that lists the manufacturers recommended tire pressure. Check your tire pressure at least once a month and before every long trip.

Rotation: Tires tend to wear unevenly. The front tires tend to wear on the outside edges because the tire leans over when you turn a corner. With the majority of cars having the engine in front, the front tires also typically bear more weight than the rear tires. Front Wheel drive vehicles have the as well as the engine in front, adding to the weight differential. Rotating tires keeps them from wearing unevenly which extends the life of your tires, saving you time and money in the long run. A side benefit is that regular rotation will make your ride smoother and handling safer. During rotation each tire and wheel is removed from your vehicle, and moved to a different position. Your owner’s manual will tell you how often to rotate your tires, but as a rule of thumb, it should be done every 5,000 to 8,000 miles.

Balancing: Tires and wheels are not perfectly balanced when they are manufactured. When your tires were fitted to the wheels originally, they were measured on a balancing machine. Correction weights are applied to counteract the combined effect of the tire and wheel unbalance, your tires were balanced. The minute you pull away from the tire shop on your new tires, they begin getting out of balance again. Every bump and corner affects balance; so does tire wear, over time, your tires get out of balance again. That’s why it’s important to have tires balanced regularly. There are some warning signs that your tires have become out of balance. You begin to see uneven wear or a vibration over 40 mph especially if the front tires are out of balance. How often should you have you tires balanced? With typical use every 4,000 to 6,000 miles or every time you have your tires rotated.

Safe Driving Habits Help Maintain Your Tires:

Watch your Speed: High speeds will generate excessive heat, which increases the rate of tire wear.

Avoid High Speed Turns and Curves: Taking turns and curves at high speeds will ultimately wear down your tire’s tread unevenly. Hard cornering transfers the weight of the car to the outside wheels, increasing the load on the shoulders, which can significantly increase wear.

Avoid Fast Starts and Panic Stops: Continual acceleration and fierce braking wear away patches from the tire tread, leading to bald spots that can expose a hole in the casing. With tread wearing away from this style of driving, handling is compromised and stopping distance is lengthened. Go easy on the gas and brake, and you’ll have more tread on your tire and less on the pavement, lengthening the time between tire replacements.

Be Aware Of Rough Road Surfaces: Everything you hit in the road, from potholes to debris, has a direct impact on your tire life. Travel on rock and gravel roads is rough on rubber. It tends to take little chunks out of the tire as the sharp pieces of the road act somewhat like sandpaper on your tires.

Avoid Carrying Extra Weight: Overloading your vehicle stresses your tires and can lead to damage. Don’t carry unnecessary stuff in your trunk.

Curbs: Hitting a curb is never a good thing. Running over curbs, or striking one with the sidewall of your tire, can cause a blowout.

Suspension/Steering System Maintenance:
Maintenance of the tires themselves and good driving habits are a good start to optimum tire life, maintaining the suspension and steering system completes the package. The tires are your vehicle’s link to the road and your suspension and steering system is your link to the tires.

Getting all the mileage you can from your tires can be accomplished by getting routine Alignment checks before any irregularities in tread wear show up. Many auto repair shops will do an alignment check for free. Or you can wait until you see problems like

1) Wear on one edge but not the other
2) Uneven wear (alternating high and low) on the
outer edge, known as “feathering”
3) Indentation on the tire surface, known as
“cupping”

Alignment is a complex topic covering a number of parts; basically your tires ’t pointing in the right direction and affecting your safety and the durability of your tires and all the parts controlling them. Misalignment can be caused by imperfections in the roadway (potholes, road crown, rocks) and as suspension parts get worn they tend to bend and flex creating stress & strain forcing the car to pull out of alignment. An alignment is a process of loosening bolts adjusting the position on the component and tightening it back up until the wheels are facing the right direction.

Alignment checks include a complete inspection of all the components of the steering and suspension systems. Worn parts can be replaced before a problem develops.

Regular alignments also satisfy your tire warranty requirements. If your tires carry a warranty or “lifetime certificate,” check the fine print. It’s likely that it includes the requirement of getting periodic alignments to keep tires from wearing incorrectly. Don’t let your warranty be voided by a lack of proper maintenance.

We recommend an Alignment Check every 6000 miles. A lot happens over the course of 6000 miles, pot holes, rough stretches of road or worse a curb jumps out in front of you. If your tires are bowed out of alignment by just .017 in., it’s the equivalent of dragging your tire sideways for 5 miles for every 1,000 you drive. Depending on how severe the alignment is, you can take an 80,000 mile tire and wear it out in 40,000 miles. Obviously if you have an alignment that is severely out, you can wear the tires out in a couple thousand miles.

American Auto Air in Reno uses the latest digital technology to check the alignment on your vehicle and certified technicians to inspect your steering and suspension system components.

Proper Maintenance of your tire and suspension system will provide you optimum tire life, better handling, and a safer ride. And in case you don’t maintain your tires American Auto Air & Repair also has a wide selection on tires available to fit your vehicle.

Posted by kentang123 at October 24, 2016

Category: Maintenance

Here is some analysis on failure models in the process of using the clutch.

Skid
Clutch can affect a smooth start, transfer power and shift smoothly for the motorcycle and it is an important part to make the motorcycle safe, practical and comfortable.

There are many different reasons for this phenomenon:

1. Different material of the clutch friction plate. The wear-resisting performance for those high quality clutch kits are much better than those common clutch under the test of same load and usage time. Of course, the price of high quality clutch is also much higher than the common one. The motorcycle rider can choose high quality or common one according to their needs.

2. Motorcycle overloading will cause abnormal wear of the clutch. With the serious wear, the clutch will suffer skid soon, so it is better for the rider not to overload your lovely motorcycle.

3. Improper maintenance of engine.
3.1 The engine oil has not be changed for a long period, then the oil will have high viscosity and there will be iron scrap inside, which is the main reason for the wear and tear on the surface of clutch friction plate.
3.2 When the clutch control is loose, and the users don’t adjust it in time, then the clutch will be always in the half clutch for a long time, which is a dangerous running condition.

Abnormal noise
Change of load or the moment of clutch engagement during the period of driving the motorcycle may cause abnormal noise.

There are several reasons:

1. The uneven abrasion between friction plate and steel plate will cause sharp sound at the moment of clutch engagement.

2. The contact surface of center bush and pressure plate is too dry because there is no oil on due to the oil viscosity, and then the friction plate will do dry friction and produce abnormal sound.

3. Locking mechanism or adjusting mechanism is loose in the process of using will cause the clutch lose dynamic balance. After a long period of usage, there will be abnormal sound between the parts.

The above three factors which cause clutch noise can be solved by daily maintenance, replacement or adjustment.

In addition to the above three reasons, if the flatness of friction plate is terribly bad or the thickness is uneven, then these will also cause abnormal noise. This requires clutch manufacturers be in strict accordance with the standard and control the height difference and flatness, in order to reduce clutch noise.

Friction plate burnout
The friction material fall off from the friction plate, that is friction plate burnout.

The main reasons are as follows:

1. the friction material doesn’t bond firmly. Main phenomenon is that some friction material is left on the plate after burnout. This kind of situation is very rare, because friction plate manufacturer will do an overall test about the adhesive force before they leave the factory.

2. The friction plate can’t carry too much load and then cause the friction burnout. In this situation, the friction material will fall off, charring on the surface and have a burning smell. This kind of phenomenon is caused by many factors, such as overload, poor quality of engine oil, poor friction materials and incorrect clutch operating mode, such as climbing with half clutch or speed up and gear shift when going up the slope.

Plate burnout have a large influence on driving safety, and will easily lead to major accidents, thus motorcycle drivers need to enhance their safety consciousness, use your motorcycle in a correct way and do regular and reasonable maintenance for your motorcycle.

Posted by kentang123 at September 21, 2016

Category: Autos & Trucks

Diesel engines, like gasolene engines, are both internal combustion engines. Fuel is mixed with air when it goes into the engine and that mixture is compressed internally, within the engine’s cylinders. After a while, the fuel ignites, driving the piston down and turning the shaft, that is connected to the vehicle’s transmission and turns the wheels. The piston then moves up within the cylinder, which pushes the gases out of the engine and out the pipe as exhaust. Then the cycle repeats, many times per second.

If the engine has additional cylinders, it tends to run better and therefore build additional power since the combustion events happen terribly close in time. However, the greater the number of cylinders an engine has, the more advanced and inefficient the engine becomes. Depending how the cylinders are organized conjointly incorporates a bearing on performance, vibration and different factors. That’s true for gas and diesel engines.

Where diesel and gas engines differ however is the fuel enkindled within the engine. In a gasoline engine, the air and fuel is compressed and at a certain point within the order of the cycle, a plug ignites the gas. However in a diesel motor, there are not any spark plugs. Once diesel oil and air are squeezed enough, the acute compression generates enough heat that the mixture then combusts. This is often called “compression ignition,” and it’s the premise of how a diesel motor works. Once an internal-combustion engine has combustion ignition, we usually name it “knock” and it will ruin the engine. However diesel engines are engineered to make the most of it.

Because diesel motors use compression ignition, which may quickly ruin a gasoline engine, they have to be created terribly robust. And since they are available from a workhorse heritage, they have an inclination to be extremely reliable and want a minimum of care. Each one accustomed means plenty of additional weight, however with trendy producing ways, the load penalty for a diesel motor has been greatly reduced and therefore the engine’s weight is currently usually on par with gas engines.

Also, a diesel motor is much more straightforward than a gasoline engine since it’s got no spark plugs and therefore the associated electrical system required for them. So now, cars and SUVs will run on diesel and have performance more similar to a gasoline engine, however with the fuel consumption rate and responsibility of a diesel motor. In general, a diesel motor can outlive a gasoline engine in terms of what number of miles or hours it will run before it desires major service, thus repair bills are smaller and usually a lot longer apart for a diesel motor.

 

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Posted by kentang123 at September 21, 2016

Category: Autos & Trucks

Most motor vehicle insurance providers usually offer different types of cover. The three most common include Third Party Only, Third Party Fire & Theft and Comprehensive. You might use all of these over the course of your driving career or just one, but in either case, you need to know what sets each type apart so you can select the one suited to your needs.

Third Party Only

Third Party Only insurance is often confused with Road Traffic Act Only insurance. The latter of these, which is usually not sold anymore, offers the absolute bare minimum you need to meet the requirements of the Road Traffic Act of 1988. Third Party Only insurance provides just a little more, exceeding what the Act requires. It provides liability cover to third parties (others involved in your accident), but that’s about it. You can use it to pay for damage or injury to others, their vehicles or other property they own, but it doesn’t protect you, your car or your property.

Third Party Fire & Theft

This type of insurance is more common than Third Party Only. It offers the third party liability cover of Third Party Only, but in addition, as the title insinuates, you also get protection from having your car stolen or damaged in a fire. It still will not cover injury to you or damages to your vehicle or property that result from an accident.

Comprehensive

Comprehensive covers everything Third Party Fire & Theft does, but you also can make claims for your own injuries, vehicle damage or property loss in accidents. You also might get other perks rolled into this type of cover, too, depending on the insurance provider you’re using. For instance, your insurance might cover getting you a rental vehicle free of charge while your own is being repaired. It also could cover things like roadside assistance.

Which Type of Insurance Should I Get?

Very generally, Third Party Only and Third Party Fire & Theft both are good options if you drive a relatively cheap car that it wouldn’t cost too much to fix or replace on your own if written off by the insurance company (totaled). You also might want to consider them if you feel sure you could do a lot of the repair work yourself. The decision of whether to use Third Party Only or Third Party Fire & Theft usually comes down to whether you feel it’s worth it to insure yourself, your car or your stuff a little more.

Young drivers also can find Third Party Only or Third Party Fire & Theft helpful. Although rates vary and sometimes are higher than what you’d pay for more cover, these options tend to be less expensive overall and, therefore, are attractive to young motorists who don’t have as much money to spare. For the same reason, anyone with a tight budget can investigate whether these choices are more economical for their specific circumstances. Another reason you might opt for them is because you want to deter yourself from making claims that could be covered under Comprehensive but which would drive up your rates over time.

Comprehensive insurance makes much more sense for people who have more expensive vehicles and property they would like to protect. In fact, some insurance companies require this type of cover on particular vehicles. You might choose it if you think you might enjoy having the perks that sometimes come with this type of cover, as well. It is the policy option to select when you want to be sure that you won’t have to pay much out of pocket in a wider range of circumstances. In many instances, it is a more expensive choice because your company is accepting greater risk by covering you under more situations, so it can be harder to get if your budget is tight.

Conclusion

Part of car insurance basics is getting the right type of cover on your vehicle. You can opt for any of the three main types of vehicle insurance–Third Party Only, Third Party Fire & Theft and Comprehensive–to get on the road. It’s always a good idea to reevaluate your circumstances regularly to see if the insurance you have is a good deal and providing the amount of cover you need.

Posted by kentang123 at September 21, 2016

Category: Autos & Trucks

Failing to provide driver information

When you commit an offence, you will receive an S172 request.

You will receive 6 penalty points for not returning the form. The available defences you can use are S172(4) and s172(7)(b) RTA 1988. A defence is valid if you demonstrate that you have used reasonable diligence to track down who was driving the vehicle at the time of the offence, or that you have never received the request form to provide the necessary information.

No insurance

The offence of driving without insurance, assumes the drivers guilt in the first instance. If you plead guilty or are convicted, your licence will be endorsed with 6 – 8 points. It is quite common for a policy to be cancelled due to a missing payment, and for the driver to be unaware that they are not legally covered.

A special reasons argument can be used if you can show the court that you genuinely and honestly believed that you had insurance in place.

Speeding

The penalty for speeding offences is 3 – 6 points, a discretionary ban if warranted by your offence, court costs as well as a fine.

S89 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 contains the law on speeding offences.

Contesting speeding allegations has become more difficult recently following recent case law, meaning that you now need to provide expert evidence if you are going to be successful.

Drink driving

The legal drink driving limit is 35mg in breath.

Drink driving carries a minimum driving ban of 12 months. The three defences for drink driving are that you were not the driver of the vehicle, you were not driving in a public place, or that you didn’t drink alcohol until after you had finished driving.

Avoiding a drink driving ban is also possible if you are able to prove that you unwittingly drank the alcohol, that it was an emergency situation or that you only drove a short distance.

If you have been stopped for drinking and driving in the London area then you need to speak to specialist drink driving solicitors London who will be able to help you to keep on the road.

Drunk in charge of a vehicle

To be found guilty, the prosecution need to show that you were above the legal drink drive limit and that you were in charge of the vehicle at that time. A defence for drunk in charge is to show the court that you didn’t plan to drive until you were under the drink drive limit.

If you are found guilty then you face 10 points and a discretionary driving ban.

Mobile phone

A mobile phone offence is deemed to have been committed if you are holding & using the phone while driving. Using a mobile can be a grey area and consequently some courts have differing opinions on the offence. Being stationary at traffic lights or in a temporary hold up is still classed as driving.

Driving without due care and attention

Your driving level needs to be proved to have dropped below the level of a competent and careful driver if you are to be convicted of driving without due care and attention. Motoring offences covered by driving without due care include things such as low speed car park bumps, scrapes and dings, as well as undertaking on a motorway.

At the discretion of the police you can be offered a Driver Improvement Course instead of prosecution.

Failing to stop/report an accident

If following an accident, damage was caused to property, a person or another vehicle, then you are legal under a duty in accordance with S170 RTA 1988 to stop and exchange details. After an accident, you have up to 24 hours to report the accident to the police if you were not able to exchange your details at the time.

Carrying 5 – 10 penalty points or a discretionary ban this is a serious offence. If you don’t know damage has been caused, you have a defence if you can show it was reasonable you didn’t know that you had been involved in an accident.

Dangerous driving

To gain a conviction against you, the prosecution needs to establish that at the time of the offence, your driving standard fell far below that required, and also that it was obvious to any competent and careful driver that the driving was dangerous. This is a serious motoring offence and as such carries a minimum 12 months driving licence ban, which includes an extended re-test before you can drive again, as well as a possible prison sentence if your circumstances warrant it.

No licence

This offence causes confusion.

If you are not displaying L plates and have never passed a driving test then this is an example of an endorseable offence. Should the DVLA request that you return your driving licence to them and they suspend your driving entitlement, this would be non-endorseable. It’s not the case that your insurance is invalid in the case of ‘no insurance’ offences, this is a misnomer.

Posted by kentang123 at September 21, 2016

Category: Autos & Trucks

In your quest to find the best car insurance for less, you might forget how the type of car you drive will affect the cost of your insurance. When you’re out shopping for a new car, you should consider the cost of insurance in order to keep your car on the road. Of course, there are other factors that determine your monthly premiums, but the car itself plays a critical role.

For example, insuring a sensible Toyota Aygo 1.0 VVT-i costs about seventy percent less than it costs to insure the Volkswagen Phaeton W12 450 Motion LWB that you’re so taken with. That’s quite a difference! So if you’re on a shoestring budget, start by purchasing an insurance-friendly car. The following five tips should set you on the path to success.

Research premiums

Before you head out to the car dealership, get online to compare quotes for the year, make, and model you’re interested in. The results might force you to change your mind. Although there are ways to cut the costs of your premiums, such as foregoing comprehensive coverage and increasing your excess, you should never sacrifice quality coverage for a flashy new car.

Avoid high-performance vehicles

Large SUVs, luxury cars, sports models, and other fully loaded vehicles attract premium car insurance rates because they’re expensive to repair or replace. The car’s safety is another crucial consideration – a small sports car built for speed generally offers limited safety features and attracts more reckless drivers than a modest family sized sedan. The fact that these cars are also gas guzzlers will also increase your costs.

So if you’re not prepared to pay the extra costs to keep your dream car on the road, you’re better off avoiding high-end vehicles. A sensible choice won’t wow your friends, but it will be easy on your pockets.

Research the average costs for repairs

Insurers charge premium rates for cars that are expensive to repair, or if the parts are hard to find. Determine the costs to repair and maintain the vehicle in your area before you purchase the car. There are many resource sites where you’ll find the average cost of repairs based on the category. Or you can take a different approach and just search for cars that are cheapest to repair and choose some worthy considerations from that list. This research will cut your insurance costs, but you’ll also safeguard your pocket from costly repairs for damages that are not covered with insurance.

Know the stolen vehicle statistics

You’ve probably guessed: cars that typically attract thieves are more expensive to insure. You can find out about stolen-car statistics through AVCIS, the Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service or similar organizations. Fortunately, your brand new car will not be a prime target for thieves so your insurer might cut you some slack in this area.

Get a less expensive model

The extra features that are included as a standard part of high-end cars might be convenient for you, but costly to repair. So your insurer will include your built-in navigation system and sunroof in their rate calculation tool and jack up your premiums. A new car will drain your pockets as it is, so you’ll need to do everything possible to cut back on your car insurance. Forego the luxuries, and you’ll not only save money on the sale price of the car but also reduce your insurance premium.

Final thoughts

When it comes to getting the cheapest car insurance quotes, family-friendly four doors are usually a safe bet. The modest but popular Chevrolet Spark is a sensible car that won’t hurt your pockets to insure. Other cars you can consider are Ford’s Fiesta and Ka, Peugeot’s Partner Tepee, and Skoda’s Fabia Hatchback and Estate.

However, if you’re set on purchasing an imported luxury vehicle, then be prepared to pay a hefty insurance premium for all the trappings.

Either way, you should do your homework to investigate how your choice of car will affect your insurance premium. A healthy dose of reality before you buy will have an immense impact on what you pay out each month to keep your car on the road.

Posted by kentang123 at September 21, 2016

Category: Autos & Trucks

There are low-priced used trucks on sale these days while you know where to find them. Searching for a new used truck that will fits your requirements generally is a lot easier to discover these days when compared with before. Through the fantastic beauty of know-how, you can simply create a savings fund internet so as to find semi trucks for sale or lifted trucks on sale. To get the results that you need, you can benefit from the search motor. You can possess a greater chance that you shop for different trucks available from various web sites with direct sales link with awesome discount rates which help the buyer to get impressed. Even some seller provide money back option to show the trust provided on the product which is kept for sales.

When you want to narrow down your options, you can simply search in line with the price range that you have in mind. Simply make use of the search engine as well as type affordable trucks for sale that are listed below $5000 or dramatically reduced. If there can be a particular make or model that you would like then you can only search for this as effectively. You may limit down your options by entering the actual zip code since you make your look up you kid get better results and ensure it is easy so you might find what you are searching for. There are so many trucks for sale that you can find out there creating an online business.

Through the search engine, you can find various sellers coming from different car stockbrokers, dealerships, car auctions, private sellers yet others. You need to get extra careful and even evaluate the person that’s selling the numerous semi trucks on sale. Sometimes, it can be hard that you know if purchasing a used truck will probably run well if you have purchased it.

There are websites that focus of selling cheap lifted trucks where you can definitely find a good place to receive quality used vans. These websites will be quite reputable and they also inspect and look at the trucks so that they can really run well on the highway. Through this, you will have a great assurance for the used truck for you to purchase.

There are additionally different websites with local dealerships that you find cheap employed trucks. There are pictures in addition to a great list of features so as to make an educated decision. Through having a reputable and superb dealership, you can visit dealers and see trucks that you can purchase. By using a dealership, then the truck dealer just might help you find the truck that you wish to buy.

Posted by kentang123 at September 21, 2016

Category: Autos & Trucks

Cars with high performance engines and a high price tag are often put into their own category when it comes to car insurance. The quickness with which your car can reach a high speed is both a potential safety hazard and something that makes your car attractive to thieves. Both of these factors are red flags for insurers, who want to insure cars with a low risk of needing a theft claim and low repair costs. You can certainly shop for discounts, but prepare to be held to a high standard. If you’re new to the world of performance car ownership, here are some key considerations regarding insuring your valued car.

1. Security is a Large Factor

If an insurance company sees your high performance car as an easy target for theft, your insurance premium will almost certainly increase. A performance vehicle is not inexpensive to replace, making security measures an important upgrade if they are not already factory fitted. Features like an immobiliser will give your insurance more peace of mind. An immobiliser makes it impossible to start your car without the key inserted. A chip inside the key is needed to active two of the three essential start up systems, including the fuel system. This means an end to hotwiring your vehicle. To enjoy cheaper premiums, improve the security system of your car.

2. Repair Parts May be Hard to Come By

A performance vehicle may be difficult, or at least expensive, to insure because your insurance company knows that repair claims will be expensive. A single part on a high performance car can take time and labour to track down, and the expense of the equipment itself is likely to have a high price tag. With that in mind, your performance car insurance rate will be increased to help your insurer offset any potential future repair costs. If you can prove that your particular model doesn’t require particularly expensive repairs, you may be able to get a lower insurance rate.

3. You Can Still Get Discounts

Despite their notoriously higher rates, premium car insurance plans are not ineligible for discounts. If you add a security modification to stave off would-be thieves, for instance, you can often get a discount on your monthly premium costs. Likewise, parking your car in a locked garage overnight will usually allow you to enjoy cheaper premium rates than when you park on the street. Taking a certified safety test can also encourage your insurer to offer you lower premiums, such as the courses offered by Any Driver and PassPlus. Ask your potential insurance company about which modifications or testing it recommends you to take in order to benefit from discounts.

4. Modifications May Be Penalized

While safety modifications will be rewarded by your insurer, some modifications may make you ineligible for coverage or increase your costs. For instance, if you modify your engine to boost your speed, your insurer may increase your costs. Some modifications are allowed and won’t necessarily increase your rates, but your insurer won’t be willing to replace their value in an accident. When you add an upgrade to your car, then, it’s important to notify your insurance company and ask if you need additional insurance. If you get like-for-like insurance on modifications, your insurance provider will replace it when it’s damaged in an accident. Otherwise, your insurer is only responsible to repair your car as it was when it left the factory. You could lose hundreds or thousands of pounds of modification expenses because you did not get the upgrades properly insured.

Only your insurance company, or the provider who will hopefully provide your coverage, can offer a detailed picture of what you need to do to achieve the least expensive rates. While online insurance rate search engines can offer a big picture, your specific car may have variables that either increase or decrease your rates. Remember that your insurance company will also evaluate you as a driver. Even if your vehicle is very safe, if you have a history of being liable for accidents you will be penalized with higher rates. Also know that not all performance car insurance policies are available in all postcodes.

Posted by kentang123 at September 21, 2016

Category: Autos & Trucks

The economy, did you hear? It is not so good these days. That is all we hear about on the news anymore.
Personally, I keep my television set tuned to the Discovery or History channel when I watch TV and stay away from the popular news channels. I know my 401K has been losing ground, I can see it in my quarterly report and I do not have to be reminded of it every 30 seconds.
It seems “news only” channels thrive entirely on bad news. Scaring the dickens out of us gets them the best ratings. At any rate, I will keep funding my retirement account every other week. After all, stocks are on sale these days and history shows that eventually the market will recover.

In the past many of you may have traded in your vehicle every three years or so. Modern vehicles today experience very few problems in the first three years. Should a problem arise, warranty coverage would most likely be in effect. Going to the dealer for service may have been routine and somewhat affordable. Many dealers offer lifetime oil changes when you purchase a new vehicle or even a used one. This is a great deal as long as you can resist the up-sell for other services that they will charge up to triple the fair rate.

Due to the current economic times, this may be the year to keep your car instead of trading it in on a new one. At this point, you have two choices, keep taking your car to the dealer for service and pay three times the labor and parts cost of an independent repair shop, or find one of those independent shops to work on your car when repairs and maintenance are necessary.

Finding a reputable repair shop may be a little bit of trial and error. Word of mouth may be the best way to start. Ask your friends, co-workers or relatives what automotive shop they use to work on their vehicle. Also, ask if they had to go back to the shop repeatedly for the same problem at any time. Do not wait until you break down on the side of the road to start your search for the right mechanic. When you do get a recommendation from someone, go there to get an oil change. Why oil change? Well, if they cannot get that right you will not want them doing anything major on your car.
Unbelievably, in my search for the right shop three out of four shops overfilled the engine with oil by as much as two quarts. That is almost as bad as driving with to little oil in the engine.

Once you get a recommendation, if possible stop in to make an appointment. This way you can look around a little. The shop bays should be somewhat clean and uncluttered. Look to see how the employees are working, if one of them is sitting on a chair scratching his belly while the other is cussing and throwing wrenches around, it may be a sign to check out another place. If all looks good, go inside to make the appointment. The owner or service writer should greet you in a reasonable amount of time. They should be pleasant and really listen to what you want them to do. If he acts as if they are doing you, a favor or you just ruined his whole day by showing up, leave. Do not be scared, you are not committed to them at all and your car still runs, and that is why you start your search with routine maintenance.

Lastly, listen to your gut! You know that feeling, that uncomfortable feeling, that you are about to be taken for every penny you can muster. If you get that gut feeling, walk away.
Remember, this may cost more than the 18.95 you see advertised in the paper and other places. That price is just to get you in the door with the hopes of an up-sell later. No one makes a profit at 18.95. They probably lose money. But with one spark plug and wire change at the dealer at say 400.00 to 600.00, that makes up for a lot of oil changes! When your car is finished, as soon as possible check your oil. It should be at the full mark on the dipstick and the oil should be a golden clear color. If the oil is over or under the full mark by more than a 1/8 inch call them back and let them know. If they are rude, or get aggravated, start your search for another shop. If they are apologetic and offer to make it right, let them. Hey, stuff happens. Give them another shot next time.
Always check a shops work. Become familiar with what your car looks like under the hood. More times than not I have had work done and had to put many things back together myself. Even at the dealer! The shop I currently use, I asked the owner if he had any good mechanics. He was honest and said he has two good ones and the other two were not so good. I said ok, so only the good ones will work on my car, right? He said that is right. I told him I really do not like putting my car back together after a repair job. He personally checks the work out before I pick my vehicles up. Because he knows, I certainly will!

When you do find a good shop, hang on for dear life. Good mechanics and shops are hard to come by these days. Good mechanics seem to have a sixth sense when it comes to diagnosing problems with new vehicles. Especially with those pesky check engine lights. Sometimes it may take several trips to find exactly what the true cause is even with the most sophisticated diagnostic equipment available today.

I hope this article will help you save a few bucks by finding a good independent repair shop rather than going to the dealer and paying overly inflated labor and parts cost.

Posted by kentang123 at September 21, 2016

Category: Autos & Trucks

Even when you have a virtually unlimited amount of money at your disposal, you still may not know how and where to buy a convenient and reliable car.

First and foremost, you should remember that your main goal is safe driving. Driving a super-expensive car is not as important as safe driving. Luxury cars are surely better for the most relaxing and comfortable ride. But when you drive such a car, you can eventually forget about your safety. You may or may not feel all the potholes and bumps on the road. You may not even notice all the vibrations and shocks. It is so quiet in a luxury car that even the noise of the engine is muted to a minimum. For this reason, the car always seems too slow, even when the speed is more than 100 km/hour.

If you are planning to buy your very first car, it is better to shop for the class B or C vehicle. These small-sized cars allow you to quickly learn the rules of city traffic. It is also easier to control a small-sized car. Another big advantage of the small-sized vehicles is the ease of parking. As for the jeeps and other large vehicles, it is very hard to explain why so many people adore these huge and not-so-efficient vehicles. In some cases, you will have to pass additional exams to be allowed to drive a jeep. This is mainly because driving a jeep is somewhat more complex than driving a sedan. The biggest problem is in the fact that jeeps and SUVs are quite large, and the stopping distance is much higher than when you drive a sedan. In addition, due to the large size of your vehicle, you can eventually overlook a small car passing by.

For many drivers, a car with a powerful engine is nothing more than unnecessary expenses. Those drivers who live in big cities often admit that they cannot find proper application for their SUVs and jeeps. For this very reason, car manufacturers offer a selection of more than 20 engines for different cars. Of course, with such a huge selection, it may seem to be quite hard to make the right choice. Still, the things are not that complicated, when you learn more about different vehicles and the recommended horsepower.
Another mistake made by almost all novice drivers is the desire of having an all-wheel drive car.

Such a car may have a higher throughput, but it also has huge disadvantages. For example, in critical situations, even professional drivers can lose control of such cars. A rear-wheel drive car is also not the best option for the novice drivers. After all, such vehicles are prone to drift of the rear axles, which does not pose a threat at first glance. In this case, the front-drive car is the best possible choice. The front drive is more predictable on the road than any other type of drives. Besides, almost all modern vehicles are equipped with the front-wheel drive.