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Avoid Things Going Sour When Buying Into A Lemon Car

Buying a car is a complete and utter stress. Finding a new car is costly and can be very expensive, whether you are buying on finance or buying with cash, so most of the time people try to find used cars to purchase. If you’re not a car connoisseur, then the purchase of a car can feel like walking into oncoming traffic: it’s going to hurt, and you have no idea what you are doing!

Finding a used car that is in good condition should be easy, but that search is only going to be successful if you apply a little common sense and a lot of forward-thinking to your task. Car shopping is going to come with a bit of risk. Buying a new car that you can drive straight out of the dealership means that you are relying on yourself as the owner of that car for things to stay correct and reliable. Buying a used car means you are relying on other people to have left that car in the best condition possible. Research and investigative skills are in dire need here, because you are embarking on the search that could mean the difference between a safe and secure driving experience, and one that sees you calling in a competent accident lawyer. There are many tricks that you can try to make your car purchasing experience a pleasant one, rather than one that sees you purchasing a lemon car and seeing everything going very sour very quickly.

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Reliability Records Matter.

As a new buyer, you need to be stringent in your reliability checks of a new vehicle. You want to avoid purchasing a car that is prone to breakdowns and trouble, and even the chances of purchasing a ‘cut and shut’, which you can read more about here. Your model selection is going to have everything to do with your successful car purchase, so reading car reviews on the model you are interested in is important and this report can really help.

Read Window Stickers – Not Just The Cost!

Every car dealer is required by the FTC to stick a buyer’s guide in used cars that are on the forecourt for sale. The Buyer’s Guide must be honoured, regardless of the contract that you sign and the information that is within it has to be transparent. If a car is sold ‘as is’, then you need to be very aware that problems that may happen after you leave the dealership are solely yours to fix. It’s a risk, and it’s also why many states no longer allow cars to be sold ‘as is’, as it can cause accidents!

Inspect The Exterior

You may not be a particularly informed car buyer, and it’s for this reason that you should always buy a car with someone well-versed in purchasing their own. Dealers can spot an inexperienced buyer a mile off, and you need to be able to walk into that sale with as much knowledge as possible about what to look for. Doing a walk around of the car you are interested in can throw up tons of interesting points, like paintwork that has been chipped and covered over, dents that have been masked by position of the car in the forecourt and mismatched car parts. You want to look for inconsistent repairs so that you can ask the right questions about the previous owner’s treatment of the car. Every question you ask could mean the difference between your safety and an accident waiting to happen.

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Kick The Hood

Looking under the hood may be completely overwhelming for you, so have someone inspect the car on your behalf and help you to understand what you should be looking for. In a nutshell, you want to make sure the interior of the car is not grease splattered and have as little corrosion as possible. Make sure the engine is cool before you do this, but check the fluids in the car are clean and do not have any leaks. You’ll notice funky fluids and smells and you need to ask about these before you buy.

Tread Carefully

The only things between you and the road are the tires of the car. It’s for this reason that you should be ensuring that these are in the best condition possible. Tires tell a lot about a car and its history. The wear across the tread should be very even on both sides of the car and the treat shouldn’t be flat or shallow. If this is the case, the car needs new tires! The inflation should be correct and cupped tires can show that there have been issues with steering, braking and the suspension of the car.

A History Lesson

Before you buy a car, you need to get a full history and this history can tell you everything from previous accidents to fires, floods and whether the mileage has been wound back. Odometer fraud is a big issue but be aware: vehicle history reports are not always up to date. You could have a car with a perfect history sitting in front of you and yet have the most obvious signs of damage. The best thing that you can do is have a professional mechanic do a once-over of the vehicle, and usually you get a 14-day cancellation policy to work with when you buy a new car. If you choose to buy, use your cancellation policy to check out the car and then return it if you find any issues.

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You should be very aware of your rights as a car buyer before you go into the dealership and if you are a savvy buyer, you can avoid that lemon. You need to know your protection before you sign the dotted line, and while it’s illegal for a dealer to sell you a car that has been welded back together or had the mistakes covered up, you can report that dealer to NADA. Buying privately offers you less protection, which is where a trusted friend can help. Don’t let your car buying experience make you sour!

 

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Be Your Own Mechanic

 

Are you getting tired of all the money you are spending on your car in your local garage? It’s true that hiring a mechanic for all the repairs and maintenance can be very expensive but, unfortunately, all of the checks that they carry out are extremely important. After all, you’d rather drive a safe vehicle than one that could put you in any danger, right?

Well, you might be very happy to hear that there are a number of these checks that you will be able to carry out on your own. You don’t always have to take your car to the mechanic and pay the expensive bills – you can do some of it yourself! Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience of mechanics; most checks and small jobs are very easy to do. Here are some that you should be able to do on your own at home.

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Replace Spark Plugs

You might think that a job like replacing a car’s spark plugs would be quite complicated but, in actual fact, it is very easy indeed. Ideally, you should replace these plugs after 30,000 miles but it doesn’t matter too much if you leave it till slightly later. Just don’t leave it for too long, though! This job usually takes around thirty minutes so make sure you have the time to carry it out and all the right tools too – you’ll need a ratchet wrench, socket extension, and spark plug socket. First of all, locate your spark plugs. They should be easy to find as they are on the end of some big rubber wires. Remove one wire at a time – don’t remove them all at once as that can be dangerous! You can remove the first spark plug using your wrench and spark plug socket. Then just install the new one by screwing it on with the wrench. Make sure you don’t tighten it too much. Once you have done one wire, you can then move onto the next!

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Change A Tyre

Another job that you should be able to do is change a tyre. Imagine if you get a flat tyre while you are out and about – it could take a few hours for a mechanic to be able to get out to fix things for you, so it’s much more efficient to be able to do this yourself. First of all, you just need a spare tyre in your car at all times. If you contact Telle Tire, they’ll be able to fix you up with one that suits your car. Before you start changing your tyre, make sure no one is inside and that the handbrake is firmly on. Then remove the wheel cover or hubcap. Once you can see the wheel nuts, use a wrench to loosen and remove them. You should then be able to pull the wheel towards you. Once it has been removed, put the spare wheel into place and then put the nuts into it. Make sure they are nice and tight so that they don’t fall off! Finally, put the wheel cover or hubcap back on. All done!

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Change Your Oil

It’s also really simple to change the oil in your car as well. There’s no real reason why anyone should have to take their vehicle to a mechanic to get this done. Most car experts agree that the oil should be changed every 3,000 miles or so. However, depending on the exact type of car you have, you might be able to get away with waiting until the 5,000 mile point. First of all, remember that you should never attempt to change the oil while the engine is hot. If you think it might be, always wait a couple of hours until it has completely cooled down. So, first things first; you need to locate the oil pan. Take off the drain plug so that all the old oil will drain into the pan. Once you’ve done that, replace the plug. Then you need to take off the old oil filter. You should use a wrench to do this. Replace it with a new oil filter. Use a funnel to fill up the engine with some new oil. Once you’ve added some oil, use a dipstick to check the levels and make sure that there is enough new oil in the car. If there isn’t, simply top it up with a little more until you get the right amount in. Ok, so this may be a very dirty job, but it is also very important – don’t skip it, whatever you do!

Inspect Your Battery

Looking after your battery will ensure that your car runs very smoothly for as long as possible. It also cuts down the risk of you ever finding your battery completely flat! So, it’s necessary to carry out regular checks on the battery to make sure it is always in peak condition. The best thing to do is to check the connection. First of all, remove the battery from its position and then simply clean the posts. You should clean these with a solution of baking powder and water for a thorough clean. Then rinse off the solution with some clean water. Use some old tea towels or rags to dry the posts. Make sure they are completely dry, and then put the battery back in position. Keeping the battery posts as clean as possible will help to improve the connection. Even just a few specks of dust or small particles on them will weaken the connection between the battery and the car, and this could make the battery a lot less efficient. You could experience a few different car issues as a result.

Hopefully, all of the above jobs will be easy enough for you to handle on your own! They might take a bit of practice to start off with, but you should find that they become a lot easier to do over time. And your car maintenance will work out a lot cheaper!

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It’s All About The Engine, Isn’t It?

As a car lover, you might have a passion for power and a passion for speed. Maybe you just love the roar as the machine fires up? Perhaps it’s more about the handling and the drive for you, though? Either way, most of us with a love for cars will admire the craft and workmanship that goes into an engine. Whether you see it as elegance in design or a raw statement of strength, you’ll probably spend a little more time considering the engine in your other power equipment too.

The Macho Mower

Let’s face it – nobody wants to be seen trimming their front lawn with a weedy electric mower that can’t make the cut. We want it to make some noise! An engine with force behind it has to be petrol driven. Outdoor power equipment like this takes the effort out of the job at hand too. Simply hit the button and let that mower munch it’s way around your lawn to a perfectly trimmed finish.

The Beast Inside The Backup Generator

Power cuts will never phase the man that has his backup generator fuelled and ready to crank up. There is certainly something smug about the guy that never has to go without, whatever the weather! No more shall he worry about the freezer defrosting. Nor shall he miss the big game on the sports channel. Most importantly, the beer will remain chilled throughout until the utility company puts the mains power back on.

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The Snarl Of A Snow Blower

Yes, even the trusty snow blower has an engine that can put you in charge of the weather at once. Working in subzero temperatures can cause engine problems, so it’s important you pick a make and model that can truly handle its purpose. After all, you don’t want to be THAT guy, freezing in the winter, trying to coax his engine to start!

The Thrust Of A Tractor

Tractor engines might not be built for speed, but they’ve got enough thrust and power to drag, pull, and push whatever might be in their way. Driving a tractor is only half the story with these machines. It’s about the ability to control even the heaviest obstacles. You can carve out the land, shift tree trunks, or simply ride up high and take in the view!

What About The Motor?

A motor powers many things, including our beloved remote control cars. The main difference between an engine and a motor is the energy source. Engines usually run on fuel while the motor is electric powered. So, with the dawn of electric cars, are we saying goodbye to our trusty combustion engines?

The hybrids that are becoming more popular right now have both the combustion engine and the electric motor. One or both might be used during a typical journey. It is fair to say that the sound of the engine can’t be replicated by an electric motor. Not many of us are too convinced that the power and thrust can be replicated either. For now, we have our beloved fuel powered machines. Savor it!