The Best Ways To Wash Your Car

A dirty car can get in the way of you really being able to enjoy it. It can even be therapeutic for some to do and have sort of a calming effect to it. Washing a car is a pretty simple task but if you are a car lover like me, you can actually cause some damage to your car if you don’t do it the right way.

If you are anything like me, you pay close attention to detail. I can see just about anything on a car and can spot a flaw a mile away.

The way that you wash your car also affects the way that the finish of your car is maintained over time.

As a car enthusiast, it is easy to spot flaws right away and become eager to fix them if possible.

There are lots of people who drive around with their cars being dirty and sometimes leave the leave lots of dirty buildup on their cars for days and sometimes even weeks at a time.

The unfortunate thing is that when dirt and other things build up you risk damaging your car because of the makeup of the wax on the car.

When you leave this kind of dirt on your car for too long it can cause the wax on your car and cause damage. Also, when you attempt to clean your car it will damage your car so much that you will need to sand your car again as well repaint it.

If you want to do your best to keep the finish on your car doing well the best thing to do is to wash your car weekly. Acid rain has chemicals that damage the paint and the finish to your car. This kind of damage is irreversible and you will need to repair it in order for it to its optimal level. This kind of rain is a paint killer especially if you don’t clean your car right after.

If you live in a place where you get acid rain often the best thing to do is to rinse your car after it is in the rain. If you have a garage then you can park your car in your garage so that you car doesn’t keep getting pounded by the acid rain.

The products that you use on your car can damage your car if you aren’t aware of what can damage your car. If you use harsh chemicals like household soap and detergents then you are stripping the wax and the paint from your car.

It is important that you only use products that are made for washing your car. You can buy car wax and soap at your local store.

The cloth that you use has to be a cloth that is non-abrasive so that it doesn’t scratch the paint on your car and cause damage to it.

You will want to use a separate cloth for cleaning the wheels of your car because this kind of dirt accumulation can again damage the paint of your car. Use a different kind of cleaner for the wheels as this kind of dirt builds up and can cause damage to the clear coat paint on your vehicle.

The cleaner that you use for your wheels will need to be different because it needs to be a bit harsher than the cleaner for the rest of your car. Inspect bottles and make sure that you check the bottle to see if the cleaner is meant for wheels.

Wash your car when the body of your car is not hot. This will help to avoid water spots on your car because water tends to dry much faster when the car is hot or when the weather is hot.

Don’t wash your car in circles but instead, use the gentle sponge to work the soap and water in a horizontal or a verticle pattern. If you drop the sponge on the ground make sure that you rinse it out really well because you will pick up dirt particles that can possibly scratch the paint of your car. When you wash your car in circles, there is a chance that there will be circle marks on your car.

Use two different buckets to clean your car. One bucket for soap and water and one bucket for rinsing off because this will ensure that you don’t pick up any dirt or debris from the soapy water and transfer it to your rinsing water.

Once it is time for your car to dry, never let your car air dry. Watermarks and minerals will be left on your car that will not only make it look bad but will cause damage to the paint on your car. When you dry it off, choose a dry towel that can use that is not abrasive. You can use a synthetic or a natural towel.

If you blot the car with the towel this is a better choice than dragging the towel over the car because you don’t want to mess up the integrity of the paint on your car. Also, you will probably need to use a few towels to get the job done.

You can also choose to use a soft squeegee tool to dry your car off if you want to increase drying time.

 

 

 

How to Save Money On Car Maintenance

Car maintenance is definitely a must. Car maintenance like tire rotations and oil changes are necessary to keep your car running smoothly over the years especially as depreciation sets in.

Regular car maintenance can cost you lots of money if you aren’t careful. You can save yourself some money if you know what to look for and how to change the way you shop for your car maintenance.

There are ways that you can save yourself some big buck and still get the maintenance that you need.

When you are doing a diagnostic check with your car, the best thing to do is to find a place where the diagnostic checks are free. Ask for a check of your vehicle and if there is something that needs to be done on your car.

You could also choose to skip the 30,000 maintenance and just take your vehicle in for an oil change and for a 25 point check.

There are only a handful of things that you actually need to get regular maintenance on which includes oil change, oil change filter, tire rotation and you cabin air filter replacement.

You should not have to pay for a routine inspection because mechanics are normally looking for work.

If you are just looking for a routine oil change for your vehicle you will want to make sure that you ask for a routine oil change. Never ask for a standard mileage relation inspection because it will cost you more money to do so.

You can also shop for car maintenance and get one thing done at a time. When services start adding up you will have to pay more money. Try to do one service at a time for different times and it will cost you much less in the long run.

When you shop around to find maintenance shops do your best to do the proper research. It is best to make sure that you find the best deals around and the only way to do that is to find the best maintenance shop by shopping around.

You also have the option of doing the work yourself. If you can perform some of the basic tasks yourself then you can save yourself lots of money.

You can read about tutorials and how to’s and also take a look at youtube videos for a deeper insight on the expertise of the job. Some of the jobs are complex but others are very easy. If you can get the easy stuff done then you can save lots of money on routine maintenance.

Often times when you go to a mechanic or maintenance shop they will offer you extras. Their job is to upsell you on as many services as they can possibly sell but don’t be deceived. If the maintenance that is being offered to you is not something that is recommended for your car then I would suggest that you don’t include it in your routine maintenance.

You can check your owner’s vehicle manual for information on what routine maintenance needs to be done on your car.

If you feel like you are on the fence about what you should choose, then try to get other opinions from other shops as well.

There are many things that you can do to save money on the routine maintenance of your car. Be careful and don’t pay for things that you don’t need. Make sure that you stick to what your car needs and you pocketbook will thank you.

 

 

The Future of Cars?

We have all at one point dreamt of flying cars. I can remember my older family members talking about flying cars in the cartoon the Jetsons. Flying cars would be the ultimate for the car industry. I can’t imagine anyone that wouldn’t want to fly in a car and ease through traffic.

There have been many past attempts to make this dream a fruition for all of us and somehow it has always faded into oblivion never to return to us until now.

Forget about traffic, bad roads, and car accidents. Even though in the past there have been companies that have attempted to create flying cars this is another prototype that being developed by Toyota.

It is the shape of a teardrop and has the propeller in the back of the car. The wings of the car are located on the sides of the vehicle. Since this car has panels that can adjust it is easy to hide the wings here.

As the wings open up it helps with control of the roll. Since the design of this car is a little different from the others there is no rudder or tailfin present. This is because the canards are located on the front axle which helps to provide the pitch of the car.

Toyota has filed a patent for this car which is a huge deal. This means that they plan to go as far as they can with this idea and ensure that it comes to fruition.

The body frame of the vehicle is flexible and it to expand and contract according to flying positions and landing positions alike.

Although lots of people file patents every day for lots of different things this just helps solidify the fact that cars on the ground will eventually be a thing of the past and flying cars will make its way into our everyday lives.

Technology is changing and improving every day and this is just an example of that.

This particular prototype is for the Toyota Prius. There are lots of variables to consider like what the benefits are vs. the disadvantages.

The new wave of the future continues to amaze us and give us insight into how much easier life is becoming with the use of things that take the grind work out of difficult and mundane things in our everyday lives.

There may be more failures on trying to get the idea of flying cars and making it a reality but I propose that one day that reality will be right in our faces ready to take over.

I like the idea of flying cars and I often wonder what it will be like. I know that the idea of a flying car seems so distant right now even with the constant technology that we are consumed by and take for granted every day.

I can’t help but think that this will make things easier for all of us although it would be an expensive thing to not only create but to inhabit.

Nothing is impossible so I think this one is worth the wait and I believe that one day I will be in my flying car telling my kids how we used to drive on the ground and watch their faces in amazement at the sheer fact that driving on the ground seems so unimaginable.

Best Vehicles For Business

I found this to be an interesting topic because it is one that is rarely mentioned. Cars for business are just as important as cars that are used for our personal needs. There are some fantastic cars that are ideal for business. Whether you need more cargo room or room for your tools or safety for your employees, finding the right vehicle for your business is an important one.

Used cars are a great option when choosing a car for your business for obvious reasons. You won’t need to pay a lot of money upfront if you choose a used car over a new one. Furthermore, you will probably get a lot of wear and tear on the car and if you buy a new car, it will depreciate much quicker.

I actually have an uncle who has a plumbing business and he swears by his Ford Transit that he bought for his company Lancaster Plumbing in Lancaster California. He gave me a few tips on what to look for in a company car and what to avoid. I must say that the Ford Transit is high on the list although there are others.

If you have a business that where you are required to drive to homes or businesses often to perform your job duties then take notes.

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Easily Jump Start Your Car

I can’t tell you how many times I have been stuck on the road with my car in my early days with it.

I had lots of work to get done on it but in the meantime, I have had many days that I was down on my luck and it cost me not only money but time.

I have learned a lot since then and have gathered a lot of useful information and thought that I would help out my readers here if I can in some way.

This is a pretty basic task but like my mother used to say, “everyone doesn’t know everything”. So as basic as this is I know that I can provide help to someone who needs it or help someone on some preventative level as crazy as that might sound.

Cars can be complicated and I want to simplify it with the information presented here.

I am going to show you how you can recharge the battery in your car.

If you have an electric car then you will have to refer to your owners manual for help on this one.

There is a difference between a battery that needs a charge and a battery that needs to be replaced.

If you have a battery that needs to be replaced, it may not work for you and you may need to contact your local tow truck company to help you further.

If you have a battery that simply needs to be charged, here is the best way to go about it.

You will need to have jumper cables available to charge your battery with and another vehicle that you can connect your car with using the jumper cables.

Get your jumper cables. You will notice that there is a black and red handle on each side of the cable.

You will need to place both cars in park or in neutral. Turn both of the cars off completely and use the emergency brakes on both cars.

Once you do that, you will need to find where the positive and negatives are on the batteries of both your car and the other car that you are using.

Once you find both the positives and negatives on the batteries, you will need to get the positive part of the cable which is normally the red portion and the black portion is the negative portion of the cable.

It also may read, “POS”.

The red part of the cable clip will go on the positive part of the battery on your car.

The other part of the red cable clip will go on the other car.

Do the same thing with the black part of the cable clip.

Once both sides of the cable connected to the batteries then you can start both cars.

Give it 5 minutes and allow the engine to stay on for a few minutes.

If your car won’t start you can try making sure that everything is connected properly. If it is not, then connect the cables properly.

Once you do this you can start it again. Try it a few more times if it does not work. If your car won’t start then this may be an indication that you need to replace your battery.

Once your car starts let it stay on for 5 minutes and after 5 minutes you can drive around for another 15 minutes to ensure that it doesn’t turn off.

Another key indicator that you may need to replace your battery is if your battery continues to malfunction.

If after 15 minutes your car has not shut down, then you’re good to go and ready to get back on the road again!

How To Negotiate A Car Loan

I honestly have no idea what it is like to buy my own car although I know that someday I will. With that said, I know that it is important that I have some negotiation skills that will help me to walk away with the car of my dreams while not having to spend more than I have to.

I would like to go over some ways to negotiate a deal that you can live with once you drive off of the lot.

This may sound crazy but whatever you do, DO NOT negotiate. This is not an obvious rule but it works like a charm. ( I know this because I have a friend who told me about this strategy).

The reason why you don’t want to negotiate is because if you aren’t good at it, you will end up settling and walking away the big loser of the day and we don’t want that. The whole point is to get exactly what you want with a price that you can feel great about.

The thing you want to do is tell the manager or the seller that you want to sign only when you are comfortable with the price that they offer you. After this, you will need to walk away and not allow them to negotiate anything with you.

Make sure to let them know that you are available for their call and how they can reach you.

They will be eager to call you and make a deal with you knowing that you are not available until they reach the figure that you are requesting.

Also, make sure the price is within reason. If the price is unreasonable then they won’t call you but may try to negotiate with you until you get to a number that they like.

You should follow up with the seller or manager on Saturday or Sunday particularly an hour before they close and let them know that you are the buyer who is looking for the price that you requested. Make sure to let them  know that if they aren’t already willing to meet the price requirement that you don’t want them to waste your time.

Another good rule of thumb is to do this strategy at the end of the month. Often times salespersons and managers are under a stress at the end of the month to meet certain quotas. As mentioned above, the strategy of doing this when they are under pressure might change your outcome significantly. They might be pressed to make another sale before the end of the month is over and will be more willing to give you the price that you are looking for if it is within reason.

You can call the sales team or the person that you spoke with when there is really bad weather. Most of the time bad weather means bad sales. Because of this, you can capitalize this opportunity and this may cause them to move things in your favor.

If you don’t get the deal that you want at one car dealership don’t stop there. Go to other car dealerships and offer the same thing because this will increase your chances of getting exactly what you want.

The last and final thing is knowing the worth of the car that you want to purchase. It is always good to use this as a baseline. You can get this information from lots of online sources like Edmunds.com. This will give you a good idea of what you aim should be before you go around trying to hand out figures that don’t make any sense.

Shop for a nice car but be smart about it. Don’t let them take you for a ride.(Pun intended).

How To Save Money On Gas

As a car enthusiast, I can say that I love nothing more than cars. My fascination with them is uncanny.

With my first car, I have learned how to cut back on costs while still being able to drive a car that I feel looks great and drives well too. My point is that you can look good but you don’t have to break the bank to do it.

If you want or have a nice fancy car then chances are you have an opportunity to cut back on the expenses of it somehow. Regardless of whether your car is fancy or not, expenses can add up fast.

Here is some money saving tips for those of you who have your dream car but it’s costing you more than you bargained for. There is more than one way to cut back on costs so that you can drive your dream car without feeling overwhelmed with the costs associated with it.

If you have a fairly boring or quiet lifestyle, then you are in luck! You can save costs on your car just by not driving it. If you do have a fairly busy lifestyle, try to get organized with your tasks. Instead of running errands on different days, try doing it all in one day if you can. Avoid driving around more than once a day. If you live in a town where everything is nearby you can also try riding a bike or walking instead of driving.

If you have a newer car you could benefit greatly by starting your car for only 30 seconds before you put it into gear and drive off. You could do this on cold mornings as well. Older model cars might require that you warm up the car for a longer period of time. By doing this small and simple task, you will save fuel in your car. You will also avoid putting those poor fuel emissions in the air.

You could benefit from getting gas for your car at certain times of the day. The best times to buy gas would be either be early or late. This is because in the early part of the day gas tends to be much cooler and more dense. As temperatures increase the oil is a lot less dense therefore you will get a whole lot less of it at the pump. Studies show that gas typically costs more between Wednesday and Saturday while it is lower during the other days of the week therefore it is best to buy gas in the beginning of the week.

The way you utilize your gas has a lot to do with what you whether you will save money or not. If you tend to accelerate on the gas often or you drive above the speed limit then you are increasing the consumption of gas use in your car unnecessarily. Consider driving the exact speed limit and you will be using your gas more efficiently and to your benefit.

These are just a few of the things that you can do to save money on fuel for your car. Be wise about it and save as much as you can.

 

Customizing Your Ride

Not everyone can afford a nice shiny new car. If you are one of the fortunate, you lucky bastard YOU!

Even if you do have the money to get a shiny nice new car, you may still want to customize your car to make a statement and make it your own.

I have experienced this myself with my first car. I feel good about it and I love the transformation that my car has taken on. It’s a great extension of myself and I must say that I love every bit of it.

There are lots of customization materials that allow you to spruce up your car any kind of way that you like.

You can take a new car and turn it into something that only you own or take an older car and make it like new again.

You can do some cool stuff to the exterior of your car. You can play around with different things and have fun with it.

You can add window tint to your vehicle to add a little mystery. This is a great way to add a bit of customization at a low price and stand out. There are several different tints you can choose from.  You can even add the tint to your car yourself. There are plenty of companies that offer pre-cut tint that you can add to your car however you like.

Be sure to make sure that window tinting is allowed in your state and region.

You can add decals to the exterior of your car. Decals are a form of art that you can tailor to your liking. There is no limit on the number of decals you can add to your car. There are lots of designs and colors to choose from so that you can your car can reflect your style.

You can add exterior lights to your car. There are many different styles of lights that can help you stand out and be different from the rest. This is a good way to help your car stand out and more visible especially at night.

You can add an entire body kit to the exterior of your vehicle. This is a really great way to customize your ride and tailor your car to exactly what you want. Don’t hold back on this one, go all out. The point is to be unlike everyone else and express yourself through your car.

If you have experience adding a body kit to your car then I say go for it. If you are unskilled or unsure of how to get it going then I would highly recommend that you hire a professional to do the dirty work for you. It’ll save you time at the end of the day.

You can customize your interior by changing the stereo system. There are a variety of stereo systems. You can choose the one that is best for you based on what you like and what suits you.

You can replace everything including the seats, the seat covers, floor mats and more. The choice is yours and depends on what your preferences are. You can think of it like decorating a house.

Use your imagination on this one and be as creative as you can. Have fun with trying out different things. If you are low on cash and want to change both the exterior and interior of your car(if your car is just trash right now) you can always upgrade things one by one and not all at once like I did.

What helped me save lots of money was getting lots of different item and materials when there was a massive sale. Even if I didn’t plan on installing it or applying it, I would buy it anyway. The labor would come later. The truth is that you can’t beat sales. Massive sales don’t come often. So take advantage of them and get what you need. The labor will always come. If you can’t afford the labor, you can always take the time to learn how to do it on your own. There is a lot of information on the web and books that will help guide you through it successfully.

One last thing to remember is to have fun and stay in the creative zone!

 

The Luxury Of Range Rover

The Range Rover is a four-wheel drive SUV that packs in a lot of luxury.

There are many different styles of the Range Rover and it is currently in its 4th generation.

The Range Rover Sport is one of the models of the car. This particular model is considered a mid-luxury SUV that offers luxury both on the interior and exterior.

This car ranges in price from the 60,000 dollar range to the high 90,000 dollar range. This is obviously not the kind of car for the person looking for a budget.

This car offers lots of high performance and offers the option of third-row seating. This luxury vehicle boasts an interior that has leather seating as the standard and is soft to the touch.

The independent air suspension is great for supporting driving in off road and bad weather conditions. With the ability to carry up to five passengers this is great for long trips for a large group.

If you don’t need that much space you can fold the back seating to increase the storage space for other things to carry like groceries or larger items to transport from one place to another.

The luxury doesn’t just stop with the interior and exterior of the car. This car has a supercharger under the hood that helps to deliver top speeds from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds and can reach speeds of 160 mph. It also has the capacity to come to a complete stop in 6.9 seconds which is pretty impressive.

Let’s take a look at the cool stuff this car has to offer on both the interior and exterior side of things.

19-inch alloy wheels, Fog lights, front seats that are heated, a navigational system with top of the line speaker system and much more.

There is also a very advanced terrain response system that helps assist in helping your car to maintain homeostasis during off-road conditions.

The top of the line Range Rover is called the Autobiography. This is the best of the best for this particular model. This model offers a full sized panoramic roof, mood lighting that you can configure yourself that is located in the interior of the car, a detection system that helps with finding blind spots, a cool advanced surround sound camera and an HD radio system that comes equipped with a double horn. You have the option of purchasing an additional package that helps with driving assistance.

This package included a premium stereo system as well as an unbelievable entertainment system that is embedded in the rear seats of the car dedicated to passengers.

The safety of this car is another reason why this Range Rover model is one of the best cars on the market today.

This car offers airbags that are located on the side of the car, the front of the car and pelvis of the passengers regardless of the model this is available.

Also, the safety features available to help prevent automobile accidents include electronic driving assistance such as traction control electronically, tire pressure monitoring, brake assistance monitoring and much more. This helps to avoid accidents and keep the car in control as much as possible to avoid collisions.

If you are thinking about purchasing this luxury vehicle and want space for passengers or for cargo this is the best choice. The Range Rover offers lots of benefits that you can take advantage of and enjoy for years to come.

Best Economic Cars

Most Americans cannot afford luxury cars that usually carries the same price tag as a small home. You can still enjoy a really good car and save money too.

You can have a good running car that can actually give you some of the features and benefits of a luxury car but you don’t have to fork over as much money.

Of course, you won’t get everything you are hoping to get from a honda civic the same way you would get the luxury from a range rover. But you can maximize you comfortability with your economic car and still enjoy the things that the economic car has to offer.

Here are some cars that you should consider purchasing at a lower price than the luxury car and you will be able to get the most of your car and enjoy it

The Ford Focus is a good economic car. This car has a digital dashboard with the radio being digital and all of the controls. This car has 160 horsepower and has the five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed clutch.

The Hyundai Elantra is another economic car that is attractive yet you will get more bang for your buck on this one. This car offers both a manual transmission as well as an automatic transmission. It is a small compact car so it’s great for small families or someone who is interested in a compact car. This car is great on fuel boasting 1.8 liters at the gas pump. This four cylinder car is perfect for those who want to save money but still have a good car to rely on.

Chevrolet Sonic is a subcompact car that has a great design and has many different styles such as the hatchback. This is a four cylinder car that has 1.8-liter fuel gas tank. The fuel mileage on this car is 29-40 mpg. This car offers a manual or automatic transmission for your convenience.

Honda Civic is a great economic car that has lots of different styles. This is a car that you can experience just a tad of luxury for a lot less money. The quality of the interior as well as the exterior of the car. There are lots of models with this car so  you have a lot to choose from. This car offers both manual and automatic transmission.

Kia Forte is another car that you can save lots of money on but still experience the benefits of a modern updated car. This a 2 liter and 4 cylinder car. This vehicle also has automatic and manual speed transmission.

Mazda 2 is a subcompact car and offers a hatchback that is affordable. The look and feel of this car is great. This car offers automatic as well as manual speed transmission with an appealing interior as well as exterior. As a subcompact car, this car offers space in the back of the car. It has a cargo area that is great for extra storage.

Subaru Impreza is the only car on the market that offers the standard four-wheel drive and is an economy car. This car comes in the form of a four-door sedan as well as a hatchback. This car offers a five-speed manual transmission.

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