Car Insurance Demystified

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First time car owners (and sometimes even seasoned ones) are often bewildered and overwhelmed by the many different types of car insurance available. In this article, we explain in laymen terms the difference between the main types of car insurance. Hopefully this will help you decide which type of insurance is suitable for your particular needs. Continue Reading →

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The Kenguru Electric Car – Driving Has Never Been So Easy For Wheelchair Users

the KenguruWheelchair users are often at the receiving end of a world designed for able bodied people. Even seemingly routine tasks like shopping, a health check or a short commute to the workplace can be quite onerous and require them to seek help from others.

For wheelchair users who want greater independence and desire their own vehicle to get around, they are faced with the daunting task of finding and customizing a vehicle to make it suitable for their particular needs. This typically involves a huge cost in terms of money, time and effort. The price of the modified vehicle may come up to $80,000. The large financial outlay often puts these vehicles beyond the reach of wheelchair users. Needless to say, eco-friendly vehicles were but an even more distant dream.

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Tips To Get The Perfect Car For Your Canadian Road Trip

roadCanada is a vast country filled with panoramic sights and rustic grandeur to delight any road trip enthusiast. But before packing your trunk and setting off, you need a car that will prove equal to the task as you cruise on the highways and off the road. Here are some suggestions on how you can get the perfect car for your Canadian road trip without busting your budget. Continue Reading →

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What you should know before becoming a Uber driver

There has been a lot of talk about being an Uber driver these days. Uber is a smartphone app that allows people requiring a ride have a cab at their service. This company has been advertising over the Internet, promising an exciting job as an Uber driver to people. It is really alluring to be making $75000 a year just driving a car over the streets of your city, taking people to their destinations, isn’t it. But is it so simple and easy as it seems? Let us find out in this article.

What do you require to become an Uber driver?
Uber says that anyone can become an Uber driver provided he has a car with 4 doors in a decent condition and has a driver’s license. Many people have found that they need to clean up their car, do some maintenances and minor cosmetic updates. A few have even been asked to update the maintenance of their car or even get new tires. All applicants must also have proper insurance of the car and more importantly. Drivers must be over 21 years of age and be willing work 40-45 hours a week. You have to pass the background check that is carried out by the company itself. They ask you to provide information such as your address, social security number, driving license number, etc. Once they have verified they ask you to undergo a training course. This training covers the standard procedure like picking up the client and dropping him to his destination. It also includes the behavior that is expected from you and what to avoid. After passing this training course, Uber give you a phone. This process of registration usually takes two weeks to be complete from start to finish. All this seems to be pretty easy for many people who are either out of work or just looking for a part time job to earn some easy money.

Uber claims you can make more than $60,000 a year
According to Uber, it is a damn lucrative career and you can expect to make more than $60000 a year if you become an Uber driver. Provided you are willing to work as a driver full time.

Your real income is much less
However, even if you put in 40 hours a week picking up clients, your pay can be significantly lower than Uber’s claims. On top of this, their figure of $60,000 a year does not include the cost of gas, the maintenance of your car, parking costs, tickets, tolls, repairs, etc. 20% 0f your earnings go to Uber as a commission. After paying all this, many drivers find they are left with just 33% of what you earn in a day. Let us assume that you drive for 12 hours in a day and make $180, you will be left with only $55 after so much of work. This comes to about $4.55 an hour, which is far less than minimum wage.

Uber charges a high commission for sending you requests
Uber says that it is free to sign up as a driver with the company. But the commission of 20% proves to be a drain on your earnings. According to Uber, a big chunk of this 20% is spent by the company on devising methods to get more customers for you. It also says that it has to spend a lot on legal services to make sure that your business as a driver keeps going smoothly. $10 a week goes to cover the cost of the phone the company puts in your pocket.

As soon as someone makes a request for a driver, this request is sent to the nearest available driver. You now have a paying fare. However, if you think that 100% of your time will be working, you are wrong as you will have to spend a lot of time driving aimlessly or sitting doing nothing on the streets of the city. The best thing about this job as an Uber driver is that you work only when you want. You have to log in to Uber once you are ready to take up an assignment. Uber does not place any restrictions upon you regarding your schedule and you can decide when to work and when to take a break. Overall, the job can be rewarding and does give you more freedom than found in the typical job description. But there are many caveats for this job which may make it a bad long term career choice. For now, if you like spending time in your car and want to set your own hours signing up for Uber is free. Just don’t expect to make a lot of money from this job.

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Choosing a Car for Cross Country Travel

Cars are a key part of our daily lives. It would be very hard to imagine going to work, getting groceries, taking the children to school and extra curricular activities without a car. We simply wouldn’t be able to fit all of these activities into one day.

Not all cars were created equal. If you are a father of two, you need a completely different model than if you are a drummer who needs to transport his instrument every weekend to a bar in the inner city from his basement, or if you are a fisherman who needs to travel to remote spots on the weekends.

Sometimes you might even have to rent a new car, because you are going to take part in a once in a lifetime opportunity, such as going on a cross country travel. These trips can be tricky. No matter if you are travelling to run with your dog at the other side of the country, or you want to use your great new pair of running socks with high arch support on a bumpier surface, there are a few tricks to renting a car for such a long trip. In this article I am going to give you a few tips on choosing a vehicle for this purpose.

First of all, you need to be clear about where you are going, how many people are going to travel in the car, and how big your budget is. These factors will determine what kind of car you can rent. The clearer you are about your goals and options, the quicker you will be able to choose the right option. If you don’t want to sleep in motels during your road trip, you might want to consider renting an RV.

After you are clear about what you are looking for, it is time to compare rental companies. Choose one that has offices in every state that you plan on visiting. This will make it easier to deal with problems that arise on the road. You might also want to look at a few websites, sometimes shopping on the internet can be cheaper than shopping at regular brick and mortar shops. Obviously if you go to a physical shop you can check out the car you are about to rent. The better vendors even let you take it on a short ride on the streets. On the other hand booking on the internet can be cheaper and quicker. There can be quite a bit of difference between the rates different rental shops charge for the same cars, so spend a bit of time on checking out your options and comparing prices. You can compare prices of all the major rentals with this web service.

If you have a few extra places in the car for your trip, you can find people on forums or on social media in order to save costs. It is also better to share the car or RV with friends, and not be alone on the whole trip.

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How much does it cost to paint a car?

If you are interested in getting a new paint for your vehicle, then the first thing that you should consider is how much does it cost to paint a car? Should you be the one doing the job or is it better and a lot cheaper doing it your own?

If you have limited time, then it is best to look for an auto shop that will do the job for you. This will definitely cost you a lot more compared to doing it yourself because you will not only pay for the materials, use of equipment and space but the labor or the person who will get the job done.

To have a proper estimate on how much painting a car really cost, then it is important to consider the following, the type of vehicle- to know how much paint is really needed, the type of paint and finish you prefer (shade, metallic qualities, finish and pattern). Any individual can choose from four kinds of car paint readily sold in the market today which are Urethane-based paints, enamel auto paint, water-based paint and acrylic lacquer auto paint. Each type has its own uses, advantages & disadvantages and matches a specific kind of car. So it is best to carefully review its price and compare each one of them.

However, if you have more time and want to personally try painting your car, then you should know the right products and tools you need, as well as the correct way in order to properly execute the right procedure. Before doing this task, it is recommended that you ask people who know how to do this in order to get important tips and know-hows in accomplishing this deed. If you cannot find anyone who has the experience in painting a car, then you can simply refer to the internet and research for the step-by-step process on painting a car, the right strokes and the proportion in mixing the paints.

The following items are the essential things you need when painting a car. 2000-grit and 1200grit of wet and dry sandpaper, an air-powered or electric sander, newspapers, masking tape, a buffer spray gun, face masks, paint thinners, undercoat, safety glasses, a clear-coat lacquer, enamel paint, and topcoat enamel or acrylic paint. If you have a small or medium-sized vehicle then most likely you will need a gallon of base coat primer, 2-3 gallons of clear coat and 3 galloons of topcoat. On the other hand, if you have large vehicle, then it is suggested that you use 4 gallons of clear-coat lacquer, 1 & ½ gallons of base coat, 4 gallons of topcoat. The process can be summarize into 3 easy steps, first is preparing all the things needed, cleaning all the dusts, stripping down the car and masking all parts that you do not want to be painted. Second is stripping by sanding all corners and crevices. You need to remove the paint and perfectly remove all marks until you reach the bare metal of the cars structure. After which, you can start masking all the parts of the vehicle that cannot be removed but shouldn’t be painted. Mix the thinners with the paint and start painting your base color. Lastly, apply 3-4 coats for the final output, and remove all masking.

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Tips for Mounting Your Laptop in Your Car

laptopWhatever the reason, sometimes we just need to mount our laptop in our car. It’s fair. For years I worked out of my car as a designer, and I had to give customers proposals from the seat of my truck. To do this efficiently, I had to have a laptop, a printer, and a laptop mount that I worked off of.

I first tried to use the laptop with no mount. This didn’t work so well. I was constantly dropping the laptop when I came to a stop or when I was trying to print. This just wasn’t working for me, and I even ended up having to replace a laptop.

I soon found that it was much more cost effective to invest in a mount for my laptop, rather than replacing parts and such. So, given what I went through, I’d like to share those tips with you folks so you guys don’t have to go through the same thing.

  1. Make sure you have an sufficient power and a correct power source. When I first started using my laptop in my car, I would suck up all the power, and it would sometimes kill my battery. This is bad. It also looks bad to the customer when you aren’t even competent enough to keep your car alive while trying to give them a quote. So you should invest in an adaptor that evenly distributes the power from the battery. This way you wont kill your battery, and you wont over power your devices.
  2. Invest in a big, sturdy mount for your vehicle. This mount will ideally mount by the passenger seat so it can be accessed in the driver’s seat. No, this doesn’t mean you should use it while you drive. If you do that, you’ll probably wreck. Make sure the laptop is made to handle the weight of your laptop, and make sure it doesn’t bang into your dash when you stop. As long as it is sturdy and durable, it should work fine.
  3. Make sure it’s a comfortable reach for you. If it’s not, then why try to work from the car in the first place. That’s why we do it right? We do it for comfort; make sure your laptop mount compliments that ideal.

We hope this helps! The idea here is to keep you guys from making the same mistakes we did. We think this should help if you follow the rules we have laid out. We’d recommend giving it a try. And please, let us know how it works for you. Also, you have anything that you’ve tried in the past that you found works, let us know. We’d like to add on anything that might help.

Thanks for reading! Please leave a comment below if you have any questions or concerns.

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Driverless Cars Starting To Become Reality?

If Google has any say, driverless cars could soon be making their way to a highway near you. These cars have already been manufactured, taking the intelligence of home computers to a whole new level. Through the software in these vehicles, there is no need for a steering wheel, gas pedal or brakes. Many people are excited about this new technology, but there are also many concerns about what this will mean for the future of transportation.

The first models of Google’s driverless cars had no steering wheel, gas pedal or brake installed. Unfortunately, California’s DMV was not too thrilled with the absence of these parts and has stated they will not allow driverless vehicles that have no ability for a human to take control. While Google firmly states there is no reason for these parts to be included in the models, they will comply with the California DMV and have added temporary steering wheels and pedal systems to their models.

As of now, the latest Google vehicles are made to resemble smart cars and only hold two passengers. Since California will not allow these test cars on the roads unless the driver has the ability to monitor the operation and take over complete control of the vehicle, Google is continuing to tweak their models, to comply with all DMV rules and regulations. Each state may end up having their own rules, however, so it will be interesting to see if the federal government overtakes oversight of this issue to permit interstate travel.

As further research is done, it is hoped these vehicles will soon be on roads all across the country. The current model of vehicles only go around twenty-five miles per hour. It is planned that these vehicles will eventually have the ability to top those speeds.

There is plenty of time for Google to continue working with its software programming, so its vehicles are in top shape. The latest prototypes will not be seen on roadways for at least two years. Google is making sure to comply with all regulations, by incorporating new devices in their models, so these new options can be thoroughly tested.

One of the biggest concerns that many in the computer industry are having are how safe and secure the software operating the cars will be, and measures taken to ensure that they are hacker proof and spyware proof. There is a legitimate concern about this, as this could take hacking to a whole new level. Imagine being able to hijack these driverless cars and operate them remotely? You could conceivably cause an accident or even kidnap the person in the actual car itself. However, many measures are being taken, including specialized software to protect against malware and viruses, and especially hacking. Security is one of the biggest concerns in the development of these vehicles, and consumers should be aware of the precautions that are being undertaken.

If you are interested in learning more about these prototypes, be sure to check out Google’s latest news. Many are amazed at this new technology and what it will mean for drivers in the near future.

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Should You Buy Your Tires from Costco?

Costco is a members-only warehouse club. It is the largest membership depository chain in the United States. Founded in 1976, it boasts of 635 locations in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Japan. Offering discounted prices at high volumes, Costco sells anything from diamond jewelry to electronics. It also sells cheap yet branded tires, which you can have installed at the tire garage for a small price. Because of its unbeatable prices, more and more people are purchasing their tires from Costco. The question is, should you too? Here are some points to ponder before you drive over to Costco.

Costco Tires Come With a Warranty Replacement
Tires are not meant to last a lifetime, but with Costco, you get a road hazard warranty. In case your tire goes flat, Costco will try to fix your tire – or give you credit for the remaining tread percentage. If, in case the tire flatted out on full tread, the company will replace it for free.

Costco Offers Lifetime Rotation and Balancing
Rotation, the process of moving the tires from front to back, or from left to right and vice-versa, is essential for all vehicles. It prevents uneven tire wear, which can lead to poor performance and a lower gas mileage. Balancing, on the other hand, involves the weighing of a tire and wheel assembly. This ensures the smooth spinning of the tires. If this is not done on a regular basis, your will be subjected to vibrations – while the tires will be subjected to wear and tear. Whether you get cheap ones, or the most expensive tires in Costco, the fact of the matter is you need to have it rotated and balanced regularly. Having it done outside costs a significant amount of money, but if you buy tires from Costco, you can get this service on the cheap.
Tip: Tire rotation comes with a long waiting time, so drop by the tire garage early on a weekday morning to save some time.

Costco Inflates Tires with Nitrogen
Nitrogen is all the rage nowadays, especially when it comes to tires. After all, it comes with numerous benefits, such as:

  • Improved fuel efficiency – Nitrogen ensures correct tire pressure. As a result, you maintain the right ‘contact patch,’ as recommended by the manufacturer. With Costco’s nitrogen-filled tires, you can enjoy maximum fuel efficiency and decreased rolling resistance.
  • Lengthier tire life – Oxygen oxidates the tires, making the rubber fragile. In the end, the tire will lose its tensile strength. In addition, oxygen can also cause damage on the belt packages and inner liners. Nitrogen, on the other hand, does not react with the rubber. In fact, it can maintain optimum tire health even under immense pressure and extreme temperatures.
  • Enhanced safety – According to research, approximately 6.7% of vehicular accidents are caused by tire blowouts. This usually happens when the tires are under-inflated. Since nitrogen provides better tire pressure which lowers your chance of a blowout.

Recognizing the potential of nitrogen, Costco tires are inflated with this inert gas. So before you re-air your tires, keep in mind that Costco tires come with green tube caps. As such, they can only be inflated with nitrogen, and not ordinary air.

Costco Tires are Very Affordable
Perhaps the best thing about Costco tires is their price. The store offers top-name tires from Bridgestone, Michelin and BF Goodyear at very reasonable prices.It even offers tire discounts for bulk purchases. Most importantly, the published retail price covers fees as well as the costs for shipping and handling.
To answer the question “Should you buy your tires from Costco?” The answer is YES. With its lifetime warranty, rotation/balancing services, nitrogen inflation services and affordable prices, there is no reason why you should replace your tires from anywhere else.

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The Automotive Supply Chain

Automotive industry is one of the most important industries of the world and it is also a very resource consuming industry. Vehicles manufacturers, whether they are making motorcycles, cars, buses, SUV’s, trucks, trains, or even aircrafts, require components on a fast and continuous manner to be able to match their competitors. If this automotive supply chain is weak or inefficient, companies suffer. Japanese automobile companies are the most profitable companies in the automotive world while their counterparts in America and Europe are lagging behind mostly because of a weak and inefficient automotive supply chain.

Supply chain system in the West is based upon forecasts
The current system in the western world is dependent upon forecasts. Thus automotive companies are always trying to match their demands with supplies. There is always uncertainty in the minds of the manufacturers that results in a weak supply system that starts from raw material suppliers down to the last chain in the system that is the car buyers.

You will be surprised to know that the automotive industry of the world consumes nearly 40% of the rubber produced in the world. This is not all as it also gobbles up 25% of the glass produced and 15% of the steel made in the world. Last, but not the least, all the vehicles in the world eat up nearly 40% of the oil produced by the world. With every automobile manufacturer using the same resources, it is surprising how some companies are ahead of others in making and selling their automobiles. This is where an efficient automotive supply chain comes into the picture.

LEAN cuts down on operational costs
With cutthroat competition among automobile manufacturers, beating the competition is dependent upon cutting down on operational costs and making the best and most efficient use of the available resources. This requires partnering with the largest logistics provider to be able to meet the requirements of the components in a fast and efficient manner. LEAN manufacturing is all about cutting down costs at all levels of manufacturing. If you own a manufacturing unit, you know the crucial importance of fast and timely delivery of components so as to be able to manufacture and assemble vehicle parts. It takes a company better management of inventory and speeding up products to be ahead of the competition at all times. It also means adopting an operational model that has the flexibility to adapt to the changing consumer demands. With such a model in place, any automotive company can shift its operations to manufacture products according to the demands of the end consumers.

Automotive industry, especially in the west, is today standing at a point where it is struggling to maintain its profits. This is because of increasing prices of raw materials and also because of inefficient supply chain management. With no control over the rising prices of raw materials, the only way to increase profits is to make the supply chain more efficient and more effective.

A fast and efficient logistics company can help in cutting down delays
Automobile companies make vehicles based upon an assessment of sales of their units. They get feedback from their dealers and make a forecast based upon this feedback. There are often inaccuracies in this system, leading to either stockpiling of vehicles at the end of the manufacturer or shortages of the vehicles again leading to poor sales. When there are poor sales, manufacturers try to push sales with discounts and promotions. But these incentives add up to costs, leading to shrinking margins of the manufacturers. Another reason of shrinking profit margins of automobile manufacturers is the high cost of inbound and outbound logistics. To overcome these problems, automotive companies look for logistics providers that provides fast and effective supply chain management solutions. To be chosen for a distribution job, a logistics company must ease the complexities involved in procurement of components and thus increase operational efficiency of the automobile manufacturer.

An automobile manufacturer must remain alert to the ever changing demands of consumers and introduce flexible operations in your manufacturing unit. Many partner with logistics companies that makes sure that all your component needs are fulfilled just in time. Such a logistics company will also ensure that finished automobiles are transported to your dealers in quick time to be ready for sales.

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5 Tips To A Cleaner Car

You’re driving down the road with the guys, talking about the best fantasy football names, and you have to slam on the brakes suddenly! The half-full drinking cup from two days ago tips over on the floor. An empty soda can rolls out from under the front seat. After a few curse words, you look around the car and see that your car is a pigsty with food wrappers on the floorboard, fingerprints on the windows, and something sticky on the dash that you can’t recognize. You need help.

To keep your car clean, follow these top 5 tips:

1) Keep some simple cleaning supplies in the trunk: Make a tub, bucket, or box filled with basic cleaning supplies such as window cleaner, auto detail wipes, carpet cleaner, air freshener etc. Add in a small container with lid filled with plastic grocery bags, a roll of paper towels, a bath towel, and a kitchen trash bag. You’ll have what you need handy in case of a mess.

2) Stomp off your feet before getting in: The dirt, mud, and grass that comes in on your feet makes your car look dirty, and if left there for long periods of time, can stain the carpet/mats permanently. If there are pebbles left behind, they can promote more wear and tear on the carpets through friction. To help avoid getting more dirt and grass in than necessary, stomp your feet before getting in the vehicle to remove most of what would fall off on the floor. Ask your passengers to do the same if it’s particularly muddy or wet.

3) Keep a box of wet wipes in the glove box: Wet wipes are good for cleaning things besides babies’ bottoms. Wet wipes are made to be gentle so they can be used to clean up minor spills, fingerprints, and sticky messes on dashboards, doors, and seats. They can also be used to wipe any sticky fingers that end up in your car before they make a mess. And, they have a nice baby powder scent so your car will have a nice smell.

4) Don’t allow food in the car: When people buy a new car, this is usually one of the first rules they make. But soon, food starts sneaking in here and there. Maybe it starts with a bag of chips, and then progresses to a burrito. Before you know it, you’re driving down the road with a double-bacon cheeseburger in one hand and a chocolate milkshake in the other. Rules are made to be broken, right? WRONG! Food in the car is the main cause of dirty interiors. From spills, to dropped food and food wrappers, it’s just a nasty, smelly mess that can be avoided. You don’t want to find a petrified chicken nugget under the back seat after a month or so, do you? Make a firm rule that food is not allowed to be eaten in the car.

5) Keep a trash bag in the car and empty it: Keeping some type of trash receptacle in your vehicle is a good way to keep trash from taking up permanent residence. Some use a simple plastic grocery bag hung from the gear shift, and others prefer an actual receptacle. One great idea is using one of those plastic cereal containers with the pop open dispensing lid. Line it with a plastic shopping bag, and put the lid on. Trash goes in the little pop up spout and you can quickly and easily take out the full bag, throw the bag of trash out and replace with a new bag when needed.

Your car is one of your most valuable possessions, and should be treated with care to last for a long time. Keeping it clean with these simple tips is as easy as can be. Now, about those good fantasy football team names, any ideas?

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Buying a Car – New vs Used, What Are the Advantages?

So, you are looking to buy a car… Now one of the main questions you may be facing is whether to buy a new car or a used one. There’s no right or wrong answer provided you know what you are doing, but each alternative has its own advantages, and that’s what I want to share with you in this post.

Advantages of Buying a New Car

It’s New! – This is a simple reason, but powerful enough to motivate the purchase of a car. After all, everybody wants something completely new! There are other implied benefits of course like the absence of nasty smell and a clean history. These are issues that you won’t have to face if you are opting for a brand new car.

Have it the way you want it! – When ordering a new car you can choose which specs to include, and even the colors of both the exterior and interior. Usually a car dealer will send an email fax with all the specs and features you can customize.

Warranty – There’s no better guarantee that the one given you by the car manufacturer with the purchase of a new car. Sure, you can get a warranty with a used car but it will cost you extra money.

Latest technology – New cars come equipped with the latest gizmos and technology features. Digital technology inside cars is evolving at a quick pace, so you can see an evident improvement on a year-to-year basis, especially when it comes to navigation. If you want the latest gadgets in your car, this may be an important factor.

Less time consuming – When buying a new car you can just go to the dealer, pick your model an not worry about anything else. The search for a good used car takes more time, and it often requires you to visit different used car dealers (or private sellers), find a mechanic and test the car while looking for imperfections. If you don’t choose a good used car you may even have to deal with problems later!

Advantages of Buying a Used Car

Price – This is perhaps the biggest factor that influences the purchase of a used car. If you have a budget in mind, you can also take advantage of the reduced prices to buy a bigger or better looking model.

More options – Although you can buy a new car and have it customized right from where you buy it, perhaps you are looking for a model that is no longer being produced, at a discounted price of course.

Depreciation – Used car owners doesn’t have to worry much about depreciation. The biggest price drop comes the first months of having a new car, you can easily sell the car a few months later and pretty much recover your money.

Cheaper insurance – In most cases it is cheaper to insure a used car, this is an added bonus that will help you save money.

Remember that although buying a new car has its advantages, you could have a better experience with a used car, and don’t forget the basic tips when looking for a used car: take it to the mechanic, test it, and check for history.

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Land a Solid Career in the Automotive Industry

With the increasing demand for various kinds of automotive vehicles, there is also an increasing need for qualified and talented personnel in different companies. Working for the automotive industry can be highly rewarding especially since it is not too difficult to climb the corporate ladder and get a promotion.

During one of my trips down south, I met an online seller who owns a shop for good metal detectorsquadcoper kits and other products. While we were having a conversation, we talked about car financing options since he’s really interested to purchase a new one. At that time, he said that there’s not enough information available. That was when I came up with an idea of creating a blog where online users can get automotive tips, news and even career information.

Find Your Passion

Before I entered the industry, I started to work in the real estate industry. When I finally found that I really wanted to work with vehicles, I decided to give it a try. Working as an automotive specialist is something I have always wanted to do. But apart from my regular job, I am also passionate in writing. As such, I have decided to come up with a blog. At the back of my mind, I was thinking how I could help others when it comes to information. Since I am working in this industry, I get to have certain details and information but how about the others? My passion led me to this career and I love it.

Read More About Automotives

Finding my passion is never an easy thing. And whenever someone asks me which career to pursue, I always say that one should go for a job that he loves. Since I have finally found my passion in working with automotives, I never get tired with my work.

This is one of the tips that I give to those who are still looking for the job they want. Apart from finding our passion, we should also invest in human capital by gaining more knowledge and skills. This worked well for me so I am quite sure that it will also work for others. When I was still starting, I would read news about automotive most of the time. Even if I was not in the sales and marketing department, I studied the market and the business. In my years of experience, I can say that constant reading and improving my skills definitely helped me a lot in my career.

Using the Internet in Searching for a Job

When I was starting, we barely use the Internet. But with the coming of the digital age and the increasing number of people using the Internet, it is now easy to find and get details regarding a particular job. At least now, everyone can just search for a job without any hassle. Through my blog, readers can access valuable information not just about financing options, automotive news, useful tips but as well as career information.

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Where Will You House Your Next Restoration Project?

Eyeing off the fastback Mustang, Charger or Camaro in the classifieds but not sure where you are going to rebuild it?

This is quite a common problem for car enthusiasts. Not only is restoring a car a lengthy process but it is also fun. And the fun can dissipate rather quickly if you have to work on muddy ground or your up all night worried about the tarps you put over your pride and joy keeping the rain out during a storm.

Mechanics have the best setup. Hoists and tool chests on wheels. But not all of us can afford that, but we do require something. And setting up your rebuild in a good place is important.

 

So what should you look for in your restoration garage?

Enough space – It is obvious but you need to have enough space to do what you need to. Maybe pull out an engine, or leave a hardcover roof covered so that it doesn’t get damaged in the weather.

A good rule of thumb is to get a shed 10-15% larger than what you think you’ll need. We found a good tool online to give you a basic guide to how much room you’ll need here.

Enough height – Having a shed with enough height is also important, if you need to get underneath your car whilst the bonnet is open you don’t have to worry.

Large doorway – A roller door, or large bifold doors is important to make sure you can get your car in and out when the time permits.

Security – The last thing anyone wants is there restoration being tampered with. So getting a secure shed is very important. Doors that have inbuilt locking mechanisms tend to be better than just padlocks so if you are concerned, go down that route.

Foundation – A shed with a concrete slab as the base is a must in our opinion. It is flat, hard and easy to work on. If you drop something on it it is easy to find and it is stable and level. Pavers, and gravel just don’t cut it. Neither does the ground. It may seem like an expensive added expense at the time. But it is well worth it in the long run!

Power – No matter what shed you decide to get, having one that is powered is mandatory. You will need power for the tools and most likely for light during those days where the job ‘just has to get done.’ Powering a shed is no big deal, you can get someone to do it for you, and you can look into doing it yourself. (here is the best guide we found about powering a shed)

 

And there you have it. Having a quality shed, with all your tools neatly put away an organized can make your car rebuild very enjoyable. Being able to quickly do the job and have it looking great is enough to make any motoring enthusiast proud.

So it is worth taking the time to plan your rebuild, before you get too far stuck into it.

Thanks for reading.

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2015 Volkswagen Microbus

Every few years, vehicle manufactures will surprise us with a nostalgic revival of one of their classic models. In the 90s, Volkswagen did it with the iconic Beetle. In the 00s, Mercedes rebooted the Mini Cooper to the joy of car fanatics the world over. Now, in the 10s, Volkswagen is back at it with the all new 2015 Microbus!

For those of you who were around during the 60s, you will remember things like flower power, the rise of feminism, and the coolest vehicle on the road, the Volkswagen Microbus! This beautiful van, reminiscent of the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo, was the epitome of free living. Behind the wheel of the Microbus you could traverse the entire continent and need nothing but the dollars for gas and the dream of freedom.

While the hippies eventually grew up and went corporate, so did the spirit of that movement, and the Microbus got left in the dust and was discontinued. However, now those once rebellious men and women are retiring, and it’s time to refuel the unrestricted passion for life, and Volkswagen has the answer! This vehicle has been revived to revive the emotions of the 60s while introducing a whole new generation to the feeling of freedom.

What’s new in the 2015 Microbus?

Power Train Engine: The new Microbus has the options of going gas or clean burning diesel with it’s turbocharged 2000 horsepower, 4 cylinder engines. From 0 – 60 in just over eleven seconds, this fuel efficient bad boy will power you down the road with 200 pound feet of torque!
Of course, had hybrid been an option in the hippie hay day, it would have been gobbled up! The 2015 Microbus will have the option of going hybrid, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving baby boomers a few bucks for their road trips!

Space: The classic box design of the frame with the wheels set out to the side means lots of interior space for you and your family. Whether bringing the kids out to the beach for the day, or camping over the weekend, the Microbus has enough space to bring all the people and goods you need to enjoy the perfect family activity.

Visibility: No, we don’t mean the visibility of the vehicle. Because everybody will be looking when you drive this down the street! We’re talking about the 7 inch in-ceiling screen which shows what’s going on behind the car so you always know if you’ve got a clear path. Safety was definitely on the mind of the designer for this one.

Price: While the official starting price has not been dropped yet, the estimates are anywhere between $30,000 to $40,000 due to the fact that this german engineered car will be manufactured in Europe and shipping will add to the expense. The lower end of the price range would put the Microbus in competition with the Honda Odyssey and the Chrysler Town and Country, however, the higher end would mean direct competition with the Nissan Quest.
Either way, this car is selling itself to the emotions of the drivers who want it. Even a price point in the 40s wouldn’t be an issue for the person with the dreams of cross country road trips.

While we don’t have the exact release date, it can be expected that this vehicle will hit the market anytime after September. Hold on tight, here it comes!

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The Truth About Personal Finance Leasing For Cars & Autos

carsI recently decided that wanted to change my car and like any guy I started to have a look around. I checked out a few websites as well to try and find out, what cars were being recommended by the independent magazines. That would be at least a good starting point to try and understand what was available, and also give me a good idea of pricing. After that it was time to start my viewing and meet the rather infamous car salesman.

I already have a car and it was fully paid off and I had also checked what is called “the book price.” If you don’t know what that is, it is a price used by all car dealers, and it is a value that is placed on a used car, based on the year the car was made in conjunction with the number of miles on the clock. Then the car dealer can adjust that depending on the condition of the vehicle you are trading in.

Understanding Book Prices

Let’s say you had a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro the price range could be anything between about $14,000 to $34,000 and that would depend on the specification, the number of miles on the car, and its condition. A car with low mileage and in good condition would be valued higher than one with a lot of miles and a few dents here and there. That all makes sense to me.

Understanding The Financing of Cars & Trucks

Outright Sale With Cash

Now I could just sell my car privately and use that to help pay off my new car. It is a little more work but in reality you will probably get more for it.
I could also trade the car in for book price and pay off the rest of the car which would save me the hassle of a private sale.

Financing Terms

Most people will trade their car in and take out a Finance plan. This is not as simple as just buying an electric drill or a mitre saw at around $100. When you start talking in thousands of dollars, then a dot percentage point can have a pretty heavy impact on your repayments. An example of this would be that if you wanted your payment plan to be around $500 a month, then the amount you get for your own car, plus any down payment you can afford will determine what value of car you can buy.

Let’s say that you got $14,000 for your old car and wanted to pay no more than $500 a month. Then the highest value car you could afford would be about £31,000. Interest rates for new cars are around 3% depending on where you buy from.

Personal Leasing Plans

These are where you trade in your old car, and take out the difference on a personal leasing plan. It simply means you can afford a better car, but after the repayments you may not have paid off all of the amount. Car dealers are starting to use these, as the theory behind those is that you will come back at the end of the payment terms, and take out another new car, and pay the same amount. You do of course have the option of paying off the final amount and then owning the car outright.

In essence you will not ever own the car, but you lease it, and can always continue to drive a newer and high specification car. It is certainly an interesting option and I think worth checking out. Just watch out for some catches though as these leasing plans are restricted and determined by the average number of miles you will do in a year.

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Personal Training and Fitness Courses from my Car

Following my successful graduation as a qualified personal trainer, I set about implementing my unique business plan. As I work in a rural area and public transport is virtually none existent it soon became clear that the only way to run a personal training business in this part of the world (Norfolk) would be to become totally mobile.

This meant I had to challenge what I thought I already knew about the personal training business, having become accustomed to thinking of training as something that happens inside health clubs and gyms, an idea I suppose I must have gotten from my Discovery UK fitness instructor course that led onto my personal trainer diploma.

With this in mind I found the perfect vehicle – the Ford S Max. It has all of the style you would expect to see for a Personal Trainer and it was cheap and easy to brand up. It has masses of room in side for all of my equipment and it is good value to run with excellent mileage to keep my costs down. Another big advantage of this car is that it doubles up as an excellent family car for when I am not working. It also acts as a mobile advertising wagon for me too, and I have had a number of calls where clients have said they saw me in the PT car.

Call this car what you will, people carrier or MPV or sport activity vehicle this vehicle has premium sports styling and outstanding technology. The 7-seats make it incredibly versatile and spacious, and it has allowed me to ferry people to and from the outdoor circuits in the parks which has allowed me to double the number of participants that I take and thus double my income.

When running a mobile personal training course in a rural area there are some very important considerations, one of which is my inventory of equipment that I must carry around. On any one day, typically I will be carrying the following items with me in the car: Kettlebells (four pairs 2kg – 12kg), six sets of suspension training kit, four heart rate monitors and assorted fitness testing kit. I will also have fitness cones and an assortment of equipment to set up a circuit or boot camp such as skipping ropes, mats, hoops, agility ladder, resistance bands and many other circuit station accessories.

Amongst the more logistically challenging kit that I use are the big chunky functional training equipment such as large tyres, medicine balls, power bags and two Vipers. At the same time I may well have with me high tech and fragile client assessment and diagnostic equipment such as a laptop, cholesterol and blood pressure testing apparatus and stopwatches. Ensuring that each item has a secure place and the back of the vehicle does not end up as a general dumping ground has been possible due to the sheer size of the S-Max.

One final advantage has been the great economy of using such a vehicle. I run my PT service every evening of the week and I have around 15 private clients that I train from home meaning that I have to travel on average over 100 miles each week simply to get to my clients. Due to the low maintenance costs and the good mileage, I can keep my running costs down on the vehicle which means that my personal training sessions can be competitive and affordable for my clients.

This has allowed me to expand my business each year for the last three years. They taught us business skills including the importance of expansion on my Discovery personal training course.

The addition of the S-Max to my company has been invaluable and for anyone out there running a similar business I cannot rate this excellent piece of kit highly enough. I would score this car ten out of ten for all the reasons listed above.

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