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Joining The Luxury Car Club

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Everybody wants to be a part of the luxury car club. Even those people who claim that they’re perfectly happy with their modest little machine which gets them from point A to B in one piece. In an ideal world, we’d all get luxury cars if we could. Still, that’s just a pipe dream, isn’t it? In the real world, there’s no way you could possibly afford a luxury car. Or maybe you just need to dig a little deeper. There are many other ways to become an owner of a sophisticated vehicle, so here are some pieces of advice that might just help you join the luxury car club without going bankrupt.

Leasing instead of buying.

Instead of taking out a second mortgage on your home to afford a luxury car, why not look into leasing instead? Most car owners keep a certain model for several years or a decade before switching it for a better model; age and the promise of better models on the market are usually the reason for doing so. And whilst a luxury car may be more, well, “luxurious” than the typical commercial vehicle, who’s to say it won’t be as worn-out and outdated in several years too?

That’s why it’s much smarter to lease a luxury car for a few years before moving on to the next luxury model (and so on) rather than buying it outright. You’ll save yourself a heap of money and you’ll still technically be a luxury car owner. There are plenty of new luxury models, such as the Buick Enclave, which fall within the mass market’s buying budget and certainly within the mass market’s leasing budget. Again, it’s all about doing your research.

Looking at older models.

Drooling over those sleek new BMW and Jaguar models at your local car dealership? Well, think about it; all those big manufacturers come out with an endless range of new car models every year. Those brand new machines will be outdated in the blink of an eye. Rather than going for “new” when it comes to buying a luxury car, why not simply go for… luxury? Some older models from a few years or even a decade ago still look stunning and they cost a whole lot less than the newest cars on the market. You could check out sites which have the Jaguar X, XE, S, F Type for sale if you wanted to do a little personal research into preowned vehicles. The point is that luxury is timeless. Rather than following the latest trends because they’re “new”, you could opt for an older model of a car and save yourself a lot of money.

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Saving money.

At the end of the day, the best way to afford a luxury car is to start saving. Sacrifice some of those other luxuries in life such as nice meals and expensive technology until you can afford the car you want. You just need to find some motivation to ensure you stick to your saving plan and don’t blow all your funds on something else. You could do some research and look at some of the new models such as the BMW X1 or the Audi A3 so that you have a goal to aim for. Give up other luxuries for the sake of this one incredible luxury.

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5 Car Faults You Need To Fix Today

Cars break down. It usually happens at the most inconvenient times. When is it ever convenient for the car to stop working? Of course, many breakdowns actually start with a fault that could have been fixed before things got worse. And some of the faults are often signs that something is very, very wrong with your vehicle. Here are just 5 car faults you really shouldn’t ignore – get them fixed today!

Anything On A Recall List

Do check the recall list for your manufacturer. It’s rare that vehicles have to be recalled, but when they are, it’s for very good reasons. Faulty bonnet catches, parking brakes that fail, and even engine fires have been reported before a manufacturer issues a recall. Usually, a letter is sent to the first registered owner. If that wasn’t you or you’ve moved house, you might not find out about it until it’s too late. Check the list, and opt-in for updates if you’re worried.

Engine Warning Light

That warning light is there for a reason. It actually means danger. Sure, your car is still going, and everything feels fine. But what if there is a blockage and poisonous fumes are getting into your car? You might not even know about it until you’ve lost consciousness at sixty miles per hour. Pull over and call for help. It’s better to get it fully checked out rather than risk something nasty. Even if it just cuts out while you’re on the road, that can be dangerous for you and every other driver out there.

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Damage To Tire

You’ve spotted a nail in your wheel, but the pressure seems OK. Leave it, right? Not if you want to be safe on the road. You might be at risk of a dramatic blowout that causes you to lose control of your vehicle. Even if the puncture slowly leaks air, chances are you’re on an undriveable flat before you get home. Do you really want to risk being stranded with a flat? Come on – nobody likes changing wheels on the highway! If you’re not too confident about changing them, head to an auto repair center so the wheel can be checked thoroughly.

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Lights Not On

Beyond the safety aspect, tail lights and headlights that aren’t on after dark will cause you more problems than you want. You’re going to be earmarked for a pull-over by law enforcement. This can make you late, delay you getting home, and warrant a full police check! They might also query every other dent, bump or scratch on your vehicle. Avoid the hassle by pulling into a good garage now and getting fresh bulbs for your lamps.

Damage To The Windscreen

Any chip can quickly and easily turn into a crack. Sudden changes in temperature or a downpour of rain might be all it takes. Of course, once it has cracked, it’s not likely to be legal to drive. This can result in you being pulled over and the car being towed away! Not convenient at all. Perhaps worse still is the fact that a collision or bird impact could cause the glass to shatter all over you. It’s dangerous, so get it fixed today.

Do you have anything that you need to get fixed today?

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Running A Business Fleet: Essential Considerations For Entrepreneurs

If you run a company, there’s a good chance that you have at least one vehicle that you use for business purposes. Some employers have a single vehicle while others have a whole fleet of cars, vans and trucks that contribute to the day to day running of the operation. If you’re an entrepreneur and you’re thinking about making your business more efficient or finding ways to take full advantage of your fleet, here are some useful tips.

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Buying the right kinds of vehicles

If you’re thinking about updating or expanding your fleet, think carefully about what types of vehicle you’d like to buy. There’s a vast array of options available nowadays, but some will be more suited to your company than others. Look into greener options if you’re an eco-friendly business and this is integral to your ethos. If you’re using the fact that you use recycled or sustainable resources or materials as a selling point, it makes sense to invest in a more environmentally-friendly fleet. Have a look at some hybrid or electric vehicles, take some test drives and analyze the running costs. It’s also wise to consider replacing older cars or vans with newer versions if you’re looking to save money. Tax and upkeep costs are higher for older vehicles, and a brand new car will also give off a better impression. Space and fuel consumption are important considerations if you use vans or trucks to deliver items, you cover a large area, or you contribute to your employees’ commuting costs.

Using your vehicles to promote your business

Whether you have a car to run around in or a collection of trucks, it’s beneficial to use your vehicles to promote the business. Wraps for cars and trucks are an ideal option if you’re hoping to turn heads on the road and get your brand name out there. When people see the name, they might want to learn more, and they can use the contact details you provide to give you a call or check out the website. Make sure the design is eye-catching, and it’s clear what the business offers. It’s also important to ensure that any vehicles that bear your name look the part. If you’re driving around in an old car that has been involved in a few scrapes, this isn’t going to create a positive impression.

Prioritizing the numbers

As a business owner, you should always be thinking about the numbers. To make a company successful, you have to take in more money than you spend, so it makes sense to choose vehicles that are economical and to use logistical planning tools that draw up the best routes. You don’t want to waste money on going back on yourself if you’re delivering parcels, for example, or buy a car to promote your company that costs a fortune to fill up.

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If you have a car or multiple vehicles for your business, it’s important to consider the cost of running the fleet, the impression the vehicles give off to clients and the marketing potential.