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Buying a Used Car – What to Look For

Cars aren’t cheap, so many people choose to buy a used car instead of a brand new one. And the last thing you want is to buy a used car from a private seller, only to find that it’s going to cost you more in maintenance in the first year than what you paid for it. So here are some things to look out for when you’re planning to buy a new car.

“Hello, I’m calling about the car”

You should be vigilant from the outset; when you call the seller up about the car they have advertised, never mention the specific car. Just say “I’m calling about the car you’re selling”. If they have to ask which one you mean, they could be a trader in disguise. Walk away – if the seller isn’t honest enough in the advert, they probably won’t be honest enough about the condition of the car. This isn’t to say that buying from a trader is a bad thing, but they should state this fact in the advert.

Be wary of sellers who don’t want you going to their home to view the car. An honest seller should have nothing to hide. If they suggest a neutral location, politely state you’d rather see where the car is usually parked, and could you come to their home instead?

Ask if the car is their own, or if they’re selling it for someone else. The latter itself isn’t a warning sign, but if they’re a dishonest seller (for example, trying to sell on a stolen car), then their attitude to this question should speak volumes. Trust your instincts.

Arrange to see the vehicle in daylight, preferably the middle of the day. You need to allow for enough daylight hours to make a thorough inspection of the car.

Ask the seller for the vehicle registration. Before you view the car, order a history check on it. This will show if there is any outstanding finance on the car, if it’s been reported stolen, or if it’s an insurance write-off. If the check shows up any of these, walk away.

Inspecting the car, inside out

Take back-up! A savvy or dishonest seller will keep chatting at you, pointing out good bits when they think you may be about to discover the bad! So a distraction in the form of a friend is a good idea, leaving you to look over the car in peace.

Look at the tyres. The tread should be of a good depth, and be equally worn across the tyre. If the tread is unevenly worn, it could indicate a suspension or alignment problem.

Inspect the bodywork, especially around the wheel rims, door edges and along the bottom edge as they’re usually the first places to develop rust. Take note of the paintwork too, if there’s discolored patches it may indicate a spot respray – ask the seller why this was.

Inside the car

Have a big sniff! Does the car smell musty? If so, it usually indicates a leak somewhere, or that the car has been flooded at some point. Either could point to some costly repairs at a later date.

Pull at the seat belts to ensure they lock properly. Turn the steering wheel to make sure the wheels turn correctly –they should move with minimum turning of the steering wheel. Examine the pedals – are they brand new, or very worn? The latter could indicate heavy use, the former could indicate very light use (or an attempt to conceal heavy use). Either could have a bad effect on the engine and mean costly repairs later on.

Look closely at the odometer if it’s an analogue one. Are the numbers lined up perfectly? A classic fiddle by unscrupulous sellers is to turn back the mileage, but if this happens the numbers on the odometer will be misaligned. Walk away quickly if this is the case.

Turn the ignition and make sure all the lights on the dashboard come on and go off properly. Sound the horn, switch the headlights and indicators on, and check the locks work.

Under the hood

Pop the hood (also checking that the release lever works!). This is the part that can be confusing if you’re not an expert, but there are a few simple ways for even the most inexperienced to know if the car’s any good.

How clean is the engine? If it’s covered in grease and oil, or black sludge, then the car really hasn’t been maintained or serviced properly, and could develop problems later. On the other hand, if the engine is squeaky clean, be wary – it may have been cleaned to hide the fact that it’s been heavily used.

Open the oil filler cap and look inside. If you see any black sludge, it’s a warning sign that the oil hasn’t been changed. It should look relatively clean inside. Check the dip stick – what color is the oil? Gold is good, black or gritty is not. You also want to see the oil level above the minimum.

Even if you’re not a mechanic, it should be easy to tell if the car has been shoddily repaired. Look over the engine as a whole, paying particular attention to any seals and fixings. You’re looking for evidence of bulging gaskets (this usually looks like rubber oozing out from between two metal parts), missing or loose bolts, stripped wires or covers missing off parts. If any of these signs are evident, it usually means that the engine has been repaired at some point by an amateur. Again, this could lead to costly problems in the future.

By no means does this list cover every point to look at when buying a used car, but it should alert you to any major or obvious problems there may be with it, and help you to avoid buying a dud.

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Performing Basic Car Maintenance

Performing basic car maintenance is something that you have to do to ensure your car is in good condition and comfort while driving. Let’s see some simple tips in performing basic car maintenance.

The most important thing to keep in mind is always know about your car condition. As you understand the condition, you know what to do and find the way to overcome the problem of your car. If you are not really sure about what you are doing, check the handbook from the car manufacturer or get some advices from knowledgeable people such as mechanics.

Check the oil regularly and top up when needed. Make sure the window washer fluid and coolant is adequate. Make sure the tires are in good condition and inflated to the recommended levels and pressures.

Plan your basic car maintenance based on schedule. In fact the actual schedule of car maintenance depends on the model of a car, manufacturer, age and driver behavior and other indicators such as number of trips and distance traveled and extreme climate conditions. You can break down the schedule into weekly, quarterly, half yearly and yearly for some specific maintenance.

Weekly – Do quick visual inspection and make sure all the lights work.

Quarterly – Ensure enough fluid in the radiator and battery acid in the battery. Check the fluid for brake and steering.

Half Yearly – Check the tire tread depth. Change your windscreen wiper blades.

Yearly – Check the timing belt and clean the battery terminals if necessary.

Other maintenance such as oil changes should be done roughly every 5000 miles or in period of six months.

Performing basic car maintenance is quite easy however if you find any problem but you can’t fix it by yourself, take your car to the mechanic before it become more serious. Don’t try to fix the problem if you don’t really know about it or you will make the problem worst. Always be aware for the warning signs.

Basic car maintenance might or in fact, will cost your money however it is worth to do it as it will maintain your car in good condition and give comfort while driving. Keep this basic car maintenance as something important and you might happen to extend your car’s life!

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2011 Audi A8

2011 Audi A8

For people who have the passion for excellence and comfort, they should patiently waiting 2011 Audi A8 to be on sale.

The Audi A8 combines a new level of intelligence and comfort with easy and friendly operation. It includes multimedia interface which using standard navigation system. The destination can be accessed through touch pad and writing letters. It is the longest and widest overall among its competitors in the normal wheelbase class at 202.3 and 76.7 inches.

The amazing features of the new A8 is the full LED headlights. The headlights give 2011 Audi A8 an amazing appearance in daylight and darkness. The full LED headlights is an advancement in lighting technology. Like the latest 7-series, 2011 Audi A8 drives smaller than its suggested length, and the steering transmits a good amount of information and movement from the tires.

One more advantage of the Audi is in its gears. A new eight-speed automatic transmission with manual-shift option helps to improve the 2011 Audi A8’s fuel saving by a total of 15 percent compared to the existing model – means a reduce in emission. In addition, a rigid structure of 2011 Audi A8 provides a sturdy platform for the suspension, minimizing twist and flex during spirited driving. It also dampens noise, vibration and harshness, enabling a quieter, more relaxing interior and experience. Another feature is greater impact absorption during crash events.

This new model is now being introduced for Europe and scheduled for release in the United States next fall.

2011 Audi A8 maintains the model’s customary strengths. Excellence, elegant interior, comfort and standard all-wheel drive.

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
ESTIMATED BASE PRICE: $90,000
ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual-shift option
DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 117.8 in Length: 202.2 in
Width: 76.7 in Height: 57.5 in
Curb weight (C/D est): 4400 lb
FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST):
EPA city/highway driving: 18/25 mpg

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The Warning Signs of A Car

It must be annoying to realize that your car got technical problem – no matter wherever you are. Unforeseen problems could put you into trouble, so it is a wise act to always be aware of warning signs of your car thus you can avoid spending higher cost to repair your car.

The warning signs could be visible to you – or not. Sometimes you might feel the car is difficult to handle. And you can feel it vibrates although there is no previous vibration before that. Sometimes you find that your car is hard to start and that means there is something wrong with your engine. There are a lot of indicators which reflect different problems so you must know what problems are being shown by different signs.
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Careers in Automotive Industry

Finding a job and reliable career might involve a lot of time and requires the knowledge of the particular career based on the company’s policy. Finding a perfect job is something hard to gain however it is possible if you work hard to put your effort for it. And one of the promising career today is being in automotive industry.

Automotive industry is one of the most developed industries in the world. This industry involved in the production, design, development, marketing and sale of car since a long time ago. There are various reasons why there is a potential in the automotive industry which has become a profitable business today. If you got passion in car and automotive matter, it is time to find yourself a job related to your passion.

Automotive service industry offers many opportunities for those interested in automotive matters. There are various attractive jobs for different interests and opportunities in automotive industry. Jobs can be ranging from assisting staff to management and administrating positions. You will be trained on various aspects including technical matters.

The automotive industry has strong business linkages thus able to provide employment opportunities for most people around the world. Different industries need in the use of vehicle and this is one of the factors of automotive industry growth. Besides that, it has an important role in giving revenue to the country and this is just one of the reasons why you should join automotive industry if you have passion in that.

A wise action in building your career in automotive industry is getting a good education from automotive school or any related course. Education and training will make you more confident and quality in working with the automotive industry. I personally believe training will make you a lot more better in doing works.

If you feel that you got passion in cars or vehicles today, maybe that is the sign for you in finding a job and career in automotive industry.

We might discuss about the steps in getting jobs in automotive industry later so stay tuned!

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Knowing Your Purpose of Buying A Car

The first thing to consider when buying a car is knowing your exact purpose of buying it. When you know and understand your purpose of buying a car, it will be easier for you to plan what type of car you want to buy, how much budget that you have to spend and other things related to it.

Having a purpose is essential as from purpose of buying you get sort of imaginations what your dream car looks like – a first step of getting the right car. Believe it or not, some people buy car without any purpose and I personally don’t know what are their intention because for me without purpose, you never get to your dream car and never satisfy with it.

Here are some of the common purposes of buying car:

  • Personal use
  • Business/Commercial
  • Investment
  • Gift
  • Tournament (Decoration/Racing)

After knowing your purpose of buying a car, the next step is to know what is the characteristics of the car that you want to find. The characteristics of course must be viewed based on the purpose that you had determined before.

You have to look at various characteristics such as:

  • Model
  • Price
  • Size
  • Age
  • Accident history
  • Durability

Keep in mind that these characteristics will help you to spend you budget wisely or you might got the wrong choice. Here are some advantages of knowing your purpose of buying car:

  • You know which car to buy
  • Easier to choose and get assist from the dealer
  • You spend your money wisely – you know your budget
  • You satisfy with your choice
  • You get suitable offer

When buying, don’t forget to test drive the car and when you like a car and get an offer from the dealer, take a day to think wisely before you buy and proceed to the next deal.

Yes, know and understand your purpose of buying at the first step of getting a car.

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