Checking the Investment Condition of Used Cars

Posted by Doug on May 20, 2013
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When looking for a used sports car for sale, one should take about thirty to forty minutes to look over the body of a car. One should look at the condition of the body and the interior of the vehicle. The way in which these aspects of the car have been cared for by the previous owner will give one an idea of how they may have taken car of the engine of the car as well. Rust is an element that will continue to reappear on a car once it has taken hold. Corrosion even when repaired will continue. And if there is rust along the body, on the doors or the fenders, most likely there is corrosion in the undercarriage of the car which would be extremely costly in the long run and could even make the car a hazard to drive. The lines of the body should be perfectly solid and straight. If there are ripples along the body, or if the paint looks to be different in any way, either in the color or in the shine, this can be and indication of repairs made following and accident. Also indicative of an accident is the width of the gaps between the panels of the body. All should be exactly the same, differences in the width of the gaps is an indicator of a car that has experienced body damage.

carThe interior of the car should also be given a close inspection. One should check the wear and tear on the seats, the upholstery, the dash board and the seat belts. If it is noticed that the seller uses an air freshener, that could mean that there is an odor in the car that may be difficult to be rid of. The trunk could also reveal previous water damage, based on the smell. If there is a mustiness to the trunk, it is not a good sign, and could mean that there is a leak. And although it sound simple, one should walk around the car, making sure that the key works in all the locks and that the doors open and close freely. Pay close attention to ensure that all of the gauges on the dashboard are in working order and that the odometer does not exhibit signs of tampering. It is wise to take the car to an Auto Zone, which will provide diagnostics on the car using their computer. These are simple visual details that will reveal a lot about how a car was cared for, and things that even those without knowledge of the mechanics or the engines of cars can look for. And if one does not know about car engines, just bring someone along when when considering the purchase of a used car.

Doug Ireland is an avid car collector and blogger. He covers motorsports as well as amateur collectors. He has written about race teams like Scott Tucker Racing  as well as individual racers like Fernando Alonso and Dario Franchitti.

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Prioritize Your Vehicle Transportation Needs

Posted by Doug on October 04, 2010
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There are a number of options for transporting cars, trucks and other large and/or awkward items. These options are available for business needs as well as those of the private individual. And for both categories, there are some standard considerations and decisions to make regarding the services you might choose. Generally speaking, the individual is going to opt for the least expensive option, and this is usually going to be performed by another individual. However, if you find a quality online bidding service, it is also possible to find great deals in fleet options. This is one of the reasons why an online auto transport site is an excellent resource. It will look into your options for you and frequently find companies that will bid for your order.

Once you have established your transportation priorities there are factors that will interact and determine the status of others. This means that if your budget is your greatest concern than you might have to make compromises on truck and trailer features and possibly time frames of pick up and delivery. This is due to the obvious reason that certain trailer outfits are going to offer different features and have different prices. In addition, various trucks and trailer models can travel better at different rates of speed . So, if your priority is full enclosure and no exposure to elements and maintaining a mandatory asap delivery time frame than you will likely have to compromise on budget restrictions. In transportation, everything is related you need to establish your priorities before anything else.


The Different Needs of First Time and Experience Tire Purchases

Posted by Doug on April 23, 2010
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Selecting the appropriate tire for your car or truck can be a confusing and somewhat complicated decision that is faced by most drivers at some point in their driving career. With a little bit of expert guidance, which should be provided by the best tire sales staff and stores, any driver can walk out with the best quality and affordably priced tire for their particular vehicle. This is an important assurance for new tire purchasers who often have no idea what the different descriptive terms mean, or what is considered important in buying a new tire. An experienced and attentive sales staff can make an important difference in this first time buying encounter and consequently can determine a one time sale or a life long committed consumer relationship.

After a person has had an introduction to tire purchases and has a bit of experience under their belt, the process of selecting new tires generally becomes somewhat exciting and something many people enjoy and even look forward to. Finding the perfect tire and wheel for your car or truck is an essential feature of its functioning and also its appearance and many vehicle owners are equally concerned with both. At this point in their buying careers, people are comfortable enough with their ability to choose the right tire for their vehicle and generally begin to seek out the best options for finding great tires on sale .

After finding the right price range and already being aware of the style, brand and size of tire a consumer is looking for, decisions might still need to be made. As in most things in life, tires are not created equal, and two seemingly similar and for all practical purposes equally functioning tires, might find themselves loved by one person and completely ignored by another, depending entirely on that person’s taste. And this is where the quality and price of the tire is left behind and the exact taste and preference of the consumer comes into its strongest priority.


Americans and their vehicles

Posted by Doug on July 03, 2009
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Everyone has a car that they wish they could have. And the one that you pick really does say a lot about you. Are you more in the classic vein? Say a 1965 Mustang, or do you dream of a car with big rims, and Escalade with televisions and an Xbox in the backseat?

Or perhaps you just dream of having a new car. Generally, Americans replace their cars more often then they replace their mattress. Doesn’t that say a lot about us as a society, ha!

These days with all of the focus on the environment and environmental issues, Americans are being told that they need to buy smaller cars. Not only because of the environment but after last summer’s record high gas prices, a glimpse into the future shows that cars with 20” rims may not be the soundest investment.

But, Americans have never skimped on their creature comforts. We are a culture that is obsessed with customization, from our cell phones to our cars. We want the custom wheels, we want a little bit of a chance to stand out.

The most apparent example of this the cars that are manufactured by Scion. The cars can be completely customized and start in varying price ranges. The price goes up based on the customizations that the purchaser requires or desires.

No matter what your dream car is, or the car that you drive now, it can say a lot about how you are feeling toward the environment and the issues with gasoline.

Americans drive bigger cars because the roads allow it. Roads were not built in Europe for SUVs and if you have ever seen a Smart Car driving in a busy intersection in the United States, one cannot help but wonder how that car would fare in an accident with a Ford Excursion.

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