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How To Properly Inspect A Used Car Before You Buy It

Many people watch out for local car deals that they find in the newspaper classified ads section. And go out to buy these lemons and not knowing what they are actually getting themselves into down the road. It is very important to know some technical knowledge about cars before buying any used car or even a new car. This article will give you some of the most targeted things to look for before you decide to spend your hard earned cash on a lemon.

Most Important Steps To Consider Before Taking Any Risk Of Buying A Lemon

(1). Take a good view at the vehicle exterior and look for tail tell signs for damage paint and deep embedded scratches. If the paint is new, ask when the car was painted last. Take notice and Beware of fixer uppers, this is a tactical that some dealers uses to fix up a used car adding cheap new details and a fix-up to hide paint job. This practice often distract used car buyers from larger problems such as underlying rust that will occur in the future.

(2). View the back of the vehicle and check the bumper including the front as you make you way around to that area. Look at the wheel wells for signs of rust, dents or body filler. Then search the rest of the vehicle for rust, Most importantly always remember to scan the underside of the vehicle for any hidden problems. Also look for dimples in the paint, dents, scuffs in the paint job.

(3). Inspect both sides of the car including under beneath the vehicle for any signs of more major body repair. Look for inconsistencies: Like for example check to see, Do the edges of the hood and door panels line up correctly with the fenders and other side panels. And check to see do the frame look aligned precisely. Such inconsistencies may be clues to previous wrecks that can cost you Big in repairs bills down the road.

(4). Inspect all the tires of the vehicle. Look for signs of irregular wear and tear like feathering, cupping, one edge wearing, center or both edges worn down.

Tip: Also make sure that the wheels are not pointed in a inward position indicating a alignment problem. Check to see if the vehicle is at the manufacture recommended tire pressure levels to insure safety driving.

(5). Open the door, check the interior for tears in upholstery, sun damage and general appearance. Make sure that all important things that you will need while driving a vehicle works properly like example…headlights, bright lights, turning signals, back stop lights, reverse lights, park lights, emergency lights. Also check basic car amenities like radio, air conditioner, heater, windshield wipers, odometer, gas meter, interior lights, for function ability.

(6). This may be the first most importantly thing you should do before you buy a used car. Lift the hood. Look at the engine overall cleanliness. Look for signs of wear and tear on components especially the timing belt and the drive belt and other belts may vary by vehicles. Make sure that the battery cables and connectors are not worn down or the battery it self is in good running condition. Inspect the engine for any signs of leaking oil around the valve cover and head gasket that may be coming from the engine. Check all attached holes for signs of busting, wear and tear and damage. Inspect under neath the vehicle to see is there any rusted out holes in the exhaust pipe manifold and muffler.

(7). Check the oil, (make sure the engine is cool) The oil level should be in between the two level marks. If you find it below the bottom level mark then this could mean a oil leak or the engine is in a critical need for oil. Also look to see have it been change recently by looking for a smooth texture yellow-brown of color. You will definitely know that the vehicle needs an maintenance oil change if the oil comes out looking burnt dark black. Next place your hands on the dipstick by rubbing it against your thumb.

Tip: If you feel small particles in the oil, By chance the engine may be worn or damage causing you costly repair problems.

(8). Check the transmission fluid with the engine idling, transmission in “Park” (some cars may have different procedures, refer to owner’s manual) remove the automatic transmission dipstick and wipe it off with a clean cloth. Then insert it back in and pull it out again. Check the fluid level, low level may indicate a transmission leak. Look at the fluid very closely. It helps to drip the fluid on a white paper towel to be able to see fluid condition. The fluid on the paper towel should be clean and transparent, without any metal filings or black flakes. New fluid usually comes out red. Over the time and use it become more brownish like, but it shouldn’t be black. Try to smell the fluid. It should not have a burnt smell. If you discover that the transmission fluid is too dirty or black, or smells burnt, you may need to avoid buying such a car.

Next test the car transmission for slippage

(Automatic transmission) Hold down the brake pedal set the emergency brake, and shift through the gears to see if they easy fall in place.

(Manual transmission) Set the emergency brake, depress the clutch pedal and shift through the gears to see if they easy fall in place while shifting. Also if the vehicle has a manual transmission listen out for any grinding sounds that may be coming from the transmission. Here are more signs to look out for while testing the vehicle for slippage.

Transmission Slipping Signs:

*A delay of more than a second in shifting from the neutral to drive or reverse gear, could mean that there is a problem with the transmission. If on changing from a neutral or park position to the drive or reverse gear, the car does not immediately catch the gear and move forward or backward, then it could mean a problem in the transmission.

*If you change gears, and you hear a sudden clunk or sudden jolt or shudder, then the shifting is not smooth and there could be a problem with the gearbox.

*If the engine rpm keeps increasing but there is no increase in the speed, then it could be a sign of the transmission slipping.

*Another good tip for transmission slipping signs is dripping of automatic transmission fluid (ATF) leaking from the vehicle. This could indicate an already damage transmission.

*If the car has suddenly started sounding noisy, then it could also be because of a problem in the gearbox.

*Most automatic transmission systems, nowadays, have a check engine light or an OD light, which flashes if there is a problem with the engine. You will need to have the vehicle inspected or diagnose if you can’t understand the instruments problem code.

(9). Start up the engine. It should practically start up immediately. Listen closely for accurate start up ability and listen out for any sound of engine knocking or any other irregularities sounds that you do not normally hear when starting up a car. Be sure to ask questions about any sounds you are not familiar with to the car salesman.

Tip: Also check to see that there or not any engine indicator lights that comes on after starting up the engine.

(10). Next take the car for a test drive. Check the brakes at normal driving traffic conditions. They shouldn’t squeal and should bring the car to a stop in a short sufficiently distance. Make sure you do not have to press the brake pedal all the way down to come at a complete stop. This is a good sign that the vehicle may have worn down brakes pads or even a serious brake problem.

One Golden Rule: is to ask to see a record of the vehicle maintenance and car report. Look to see that the car had regular oil changes and checkups (maintenance schedules will vary by model etc.). Also, inquire about additional work that may have been done on the vehicle and ask to see receipts. You can also go to which is a leading source to find any used car history report available using their services. This is by far a great service to check out if you really want to be ahead of your class. Because most likely in some cases dealers want have access to the vehicle history records.

Preparing For Winter Driving – Safe Winter Driving Tips

This winter, the best advice for driving in bad weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it. But sometimes you just can’t. With messy snow and ice threatening to hamper the family trip to grandma’s house, now is probably a good time to improve your knowledge of road safety.

Winter Weather Safety Tips

For starters, don’t go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.

Winterize Your Vehicle

Schedule a maintenance checkup for your tires, battery, belts and hoses, radiator, oil, lights, brakes, exhaust system, heater/defroster, wipers and ignition system. Keep your gas tank sufficiently full – at least half a tank is recommended.

Equip Your Vehicle with Chains or Snow Tires

When it comes to traction on slick winter roads, you’ll want to consider using tire chains or snow tires. Tire chains are highly effective and can be purchased at just about any auto store. Inexpensive, and easy to install and remove, tire chains will give you that maximum grip to ensure your safety.

An equally effective alternative for winter driving safety is the use of snow tires, which provides the added benefit of giving your standard tires a rest during the winter months. You’ll feel like you’re driving around in your very own snow mobile as you stop, turn corners and change lanes without the worry of your back end sliding. Most snow tires cost less than an insurance deductible and last at least three seasons. And chances are your tire seller will allow you to store your other tires with them during the winter. If the east coast blizzards can teach us one lesson, it’s that it’s never too early in the season to start thinking about winter tires. Prepare yourself with tire chains or snow tires today.

Purchase Winter Driving Safety Essentials

Before winter hits, do yourself a favor and build a winter driving safety kit for your trunk including a snowbrush, ice scraper, rock salt, small shovel, flashlight, blanket, jumper cables and first aid.

Clean Off Your Car

Before you hit the road, be sure to clear snow and ice from windows, lights, mirrors and the roof. If you don’t, you’ll leave a trail of dangerous conditions for the other drivers around you. This is one of the simplest driving safety tips.

Turn on Your Lights

Winter weather and limited daylight hours can make for limited visibility. Keep your headlights on at all times so that you can see and be seen.

Slow Down

Failing to allow yourself enough time to stop is a major cause of winter driving accidents. In slippery conditions, stopping distances can triple. Driving at a slower speed, anticipating stops at traffic lights and intersections, and applying brakes sooner than usual are excellent safe winter driving tips to remember. When braking, brake carefully with short, rapid application of the brakes. Always allow plenty of extra space between you and other vehicles to minimize the need for quick stops.

Know How to Handle a Skid

If you’re going a slower speed on winter roads, you shouldn’t find yourself skidding, but if you do, it’s important to know how to handle it. Determine where you want your car to go and turn your steering wheel toward that point. Avoid over-steering.

Get Over the Hill

Drive too slowly and you’ll find yourself spinning your wheels on hills. Drive too fast and you’ll risk skidding. So what can you do? Maintaining momentum. Apply light and even pressure on the gas pedal, and approach the hill with medium speed. At the top of the hill, slow down and roll down the hill slowly.

Maintain Your Car Insurance

While no additional coverage is needed for winter, you should make sure your auto insurance policy has coverage for loss of use. This way, if you happen to get into an accident, you can get a rental car while your vehicle is getting repaired.

According to NJ insurance agents John Hawk Agency, preparation is key when it comes to winter weather safety tips. Teenage drivers who are new to the road in general need some extra guidance before they get behind the wheel. Parents or family members are urged to take teens out to practice in an empty parking lot upon first snow fall. But the fact is, no matter how old you are, winter driving safety is something you should always have on your driving radar to avoid a car accident.

Audi Failed Again To Beat Lm P2 Car

The exciting American Le Mans Series made its most recent stop at the Mosport International Raceway in Canada last weekend for the ninth race of the season. The most notable story before the race is Audi’s aim to break the winning streak of Le Mans Prototype 2 cars. Although Audi competes in the Le Mans Prototype 1 class, the team is looking to beat the faster LM P2 cars which have been the overall winners for six consecutive events going into the 2007 Grand Prix of Mosport. Unfortunately for the Audi team fielding a diesel race car, they failed to take the overall victory due to a mechanical problem late in the race.

Although the pair of Alan McNish and Rinaldo “Dindo” Capello failed to take the overall win at the race, they still managed to top all competitors in their class. The drivers posted their seventh win of the season and clinched the championship for their team with three races still remaining in the season. That means that they can now focus better in beating the lighter LM P2 cars.

McNish has this to say after the race: “My Audi R10 TDI was fast and strong while excellent team strategy had put us in control of the race. But with only a few minutes to go, I encountered a technical issue with the gearshift. I was stuck in fourth gear at times losing a lot of time. I lost the lead with five minutes remaining.”

“Despite Dindo and I claiming our seventh class win of the season and extending our championship lead, we’re obviously very disappointed having come so close to winning the race outright,” McNish added. Capello succeeded in taking a pole position for the race and with 15 minutes remaining and with McNish on behind the wheel of the Audi R10 TDI, their lead over their nearest rival is 29 seconds. That was before the problem with the gearbox occurred.

The pair now is looking to perform well at the upcoming race, the Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix. Going into that race though, McNish admitted that the track will be difficult for their LM P1 cars developed by Audi, the same manufacturer of auto parts and accessories such as Audi floor mats. “Having just raced on one of the fastest tracks in the series at Mosport, we now head for what is likely to be one of the slowest,” said McNish. “I visited Detroit last month and saw that it’s a pretty slow, tight and flat concrete-lined track ? exactly the opposite to Mosport.”

“While I think it?ll be an exciting race for what is expected to be a big crowd, I think it’s going to prove extremely difficult for our Audi like most of the other ‘street? tracks,” the driver continued.

With seven straight victories for LM P2 cars over the more powerful but heftier LM P1 cars, it would be somewhat of an upset if an Audi R10 or any LM P1 car can beat the faster LM P2 cars at the next race.

Planning to Buy MapMyIndia GPS Car Navigation System

MapmyIndia is arguably India’s best brand in Car Navigation and GPS systems. MapmyIndia also has a complete range of navigations systems like location-based services (LBS), GIS and location-based business intelligence solutions.

MapmyIndia is one of the first digital mapping companies in India and since 1995 with continuous field surveys and state-of-the-art mapping technology; they have built MapmyIndia Maps which is the most complete, accurate, robust, reliable, full-featured and always up to date map for the whole of India.

MapmyIndia navigation and location-based services suits all customers and sectors. You can use them with Internet, Mobile, In-car, Print, Voice, and TV etc. In fact right from end consumers to some of the leading international and national players use their services. MapmyIndia Navigator also has a wide presence in the market with the largest selling in-car GPS navigation device which is well supported by over 2200 outlets in 50 cities and not to forget the online presence as well. Currently over 600+ leading public sector and enterprise customers from across every industry you imagine and every sector use their location based services to keep themselves running.

All MapmyIndia Maps are approved and cleared by the Government of India, and strictly adhere to the rules of Government of India. Apart from this, MapmyIndia is backed by the industry tech giants like Qualcomm Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), Sherpalo Ventures, Nexus Venture Partners and Zenrin Co. Ltd.

As a proof of their quality, MapmyIndia has also won the ‘Automotive Product of the Year 2011’ by ET Zigwheels Car & Bike awards and ‘Advisor/Product of the Year’ by Golden Steering Wheel Awards 2012 and ‘Navigation System of the Year 2012’ by Car India. The list of accolades further swells with other prestigious awards like ‘Most Popular Geospatial Data Portal in India’ 2012 at India Geospatial Leadership Forum and ‘Best Application of the year’ award at NDTV Gadget Guru Conclave 2012.

MapmyIndia is the brand of CE Info Systems (P) Ltd., an ISO 9001-2008 company, founded and headquartered in New Delhi in 1992.

MapmyIndia keeping the audience in mind, especially in a country like India has a neat and clean interface and makes sure you never get lost. You can also make yourself comfortable with the option of both 2D and 3D maps. This does not mean the 2D feature is handicapped in anyway compared to the 3d. Both have the same features.

MapmyIndia also lets you search with address. Once you hit the home screen there are plenty of options to choose from like Drive To, Search, Maps and Tools & Extras. Drive To is the option to select when you need to head to a destination that you may have already set as a Favorite, addresses for contacts in the phone, enter an address to start navigation and search the pre-listed business houses – hotels, health services etc. A very thoughtful addition is the prelisted entries for the airport.

In today’s ever changing world, the MapmyIndia Telenav app is something you should get, if you use maps to find the way.

Benefits of Florida Traffic School Online

There are many reasons why Florida residents might need, or want, to go to traffic school. Whether you got a ticket, , are hoping to cut your insurance costs, or are simply a nervous driver who wants to learn some defensive driving techniques, traffic school can provide the answer.

Unfortunately, attending traffic school, going to the location where courses are held and finding the time to fit the course into your schedule can be a challenge for drivers of all ages. Attending Florida traffic school online helps you to avoid this problem by letting you log in 24/7 to take your case at a time when it is convenient for you to do so.

The Perks of Florida Traffic School Online

The benefits of traffic schools are obvious, especially if you are taking a required course to avoid getting points on your license. However, many who need to attend a defensive driving or driver’s education program will simply go to a local course that is offered, without taking the time to stop and think about the benefits of Florida traffic school online.

Attending traffic school online instead of locally can satisfy your DMV or court requirement if you are taking the course after receiving a moving violation. In other words, as long as the online program is approved, you will get just the same credit for the online course as you would for a local one. Your insurance company may also accept the proof of completion from an online school and treat it in the same way as a certification from a course taken locally. As long as the course is approved, this means that there will be no difference in the end result of taking a course online or taking a course at a brick and mortar school.

Although the classroom is a viable option, many people’s schedules do not offer them the time to be able to sit in a live class for 4 straight hours. The major benefits of choosing the online option, however, include convenience and flexibility, because you can take the course from any computer with internet access and any time of day.

With an online course, you are not tied into the predetermined times set by your local courses. Instead, you have flexibility to start the course when you want to, end the lesson when you want to, and sign in at any time of the day or night. You also don’t have to go anywhere, so you can take the course in your PJs from your sofa if you are more comfortable doing so.

Opt for Innovation

Convenience aside, a Florida traffic school online course can provide innovative and engaging driver’s education because the courses are all professionally developed by experts. You’ll have a carefully designed course that is easy-to-use and easy to navigate through. When you choose a good online program, you will be able to use it no matter how computer savvy you are and you will have no trouble working through the lessons or in meeting your requirements to receive a completion certificate.

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