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PostHeaderIcon Classic driving games for classic car enthusiasts

The most passionate car enthusiasts have it in the blood. In fact, many will insist they have Valvoline racing oil coursing through their veins, and that was simply the way they were born. When you think about it, few of us can remember when we became interested in cars. We can usually cast our minds back to early childhood memories of helping Dad bleed the brakes by pumping the pedal on command, or being able to name the make and model of any passing vehicle almost as soon as we could talk.

Those childhood memories are almost certain to also involve every type of car game going, too, and for anyone born from the late 1960s onwards, that will include computer games of one type or another.

Not just for kids

Gaming is a strange thing. Thirty years ago, it was the domain of kids, just like hopscotch or hide and seek. Yet as the technology has evolved, so have the games and so have the gamers. These days, you don’t just see parents joining in with online games, there are whole sectors that are specifically aimed at the adult market. Casinos are the obvious example – online versions have sprung up all around the world, with the UK and particularly Scandinavia as global hubs. Online slots machines, or spilleautomater as they are called in Norway, are acquiring a global following. But while games like magic stars might be great for earning some bonus pounds, dollars or krone that you might be able to put towards your next automotive purchase, the true petrolhead will always gravitate back to those driving games.

The great news is that in the modern era, where gaming is as normal and accepted a leisure pursuit as watching TV, reading a book or changing a head gasket, we can all indulge in a virtual drive whenever we like, whether it is on smartphone, tablet or PC. Here, we take an affectionate look at some of the best and most pioneering driving games from down the years.

Outrun

This 1980s classic was a staple of the arcades. Who can forget that Ferrari Testarossa Spider and the cheesy 80s soundtrack? One of the most ground-breaking aspects to the game was the ability to choose which route to take at each checkpoint, to explore different environments.

Part of the draw of the arcade version was the sit-in cabinet that provided the most realistic driving experience of its day. Versions were also released on the popular home computers of the era, such as the Atari, Sega Saturn and Commodore 64.

Super Mario Kart

From the sublime to the ridiculous? Perhaps, but no list of driving games can possibly leave out the madcap driving combat series of games that is still going strong after a quarter of a century. There have been plenty of iterations since the original version was released on the Super Nintendo, so choosing a best ever is a tricky proposition.

If pressed, Mario Kart: Double Dash on the Nintendo GameCube and Wii probably edges the rest. Weight classes were a clever idea, the courses are beautifully designed and the option to link two Game Cubes so that eight players can race is absolutely inspired. Fabulous for some juvenile fun over a few drinks.

Need for Speed

This is the granddaddy of so many modern driving games, including the Forza Horizon and Burnout series. Where Super Mario was all about cartoon fun, Need for Speed was built on realism. The first version was released in the early 90s, but it is 1999’s Need for Speed: High Stakes that goes down as the real classic. The E39 BMW M5 police cars are the stuff dreams are made of – at least, they were at the turn of the millennium. Best of all, you could actually play the game as the police, adding a whole new dimension.

This game was also ahead of its time in as much as it attracted a huge amount of online discussion and a community of home mods. Par for the course today, but something quite new in 1999.

Gran Turismo

Some say Gran Turismo heralded the step from mere game to driving simulator. Anyone who bought Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec for their PS2 in 2001 would not have argued. Gamers will be amazed at just how well this game has aged – 17 years on, and it is still engaging and fantastically realistic. There were more than 200 cars, each of which was crafted in loving detail.

Perhaps the most astonishing thing is that it provided a better driving experience in a whole range of disciplines, including rallying, GT championships and touring cars that contemporary games that were dedicated solely to these specific genres. GT3 became the standard bearer by which all subsequent games would be judged.

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PostHeaderIcon Code Reader vs Scan Tool

Since the introduction of computers in vehicles in the early 70’s, there have been major improvements in their use for car diagnostics. Code readers and scan tools are some of the most relevant developments achieved with the use of computers. However, they differ in a series of functions which will be carefully distinguished in this publication for your perusal.

Code Reader

As the name implies, code reader connects to the OBD II port to translate what the error codes mean.

When a code reader runs, the error code generated tells the mechanic there is a problem with a vehicle, however, this code requires translation and that is precisely what the code reader does. The mechanic can then choose to clear the error code generated, but apart from that, there’s nothing else the code reader can do.

Scan Tool

Scan tools on the other hand were manufactured for use in auto shops as they provide a rich set of tools for diagnostics and testing. Using scan tools, mechanics can access other parts apart from the ECU. They can also gain access to codes as well as information on problems in the ABS system and other supplemental systems.

They are cost effective because they cover more ground when it comes to diagnostics and testing. They can display sensor values and various system data , however, to perform self-tests such as checking the operation of the cooling fan, fuel pump and fuel injectors, you would need a professional scan tool which while expensive, has bidirectional communication capacity and is the most appropriate software for such operations.

Similarities between Code Readers and Scan Tools

Given the definitions above, we can conclude that scan tools are more advanced than code readers. However, since scan tools were built as an upgrade model based on a preexisting version – code reader, they share some similarities which are explained thus;

Read and Display Codes:

Both techs can read and display codes, maybe differently but surely. However, while the depth of the diagnostics may greatly differ, you can be rest assured that both devices will in their capacity run diagnostics, read and display the result in codes.

Clear Codes

After transmitting to the user the presence of a problem in the module of a vehicle, both scan tools and code readers can clear the codes and reset the check engine light. In simpler terms, you can clear the result and reset the display.

Differences between Code Readers and Scan tools

While both tools have similar functions, there are still some obvious differences between them:

 Provision of Troubleshooting Data and Tips

Basically, code readers can only display the error message in codes. However, scan tools can detect the errors in the inner workings of the vehicle and provide a report in detailed information that the user can comprehend using basic language knowledge, and then provide tips for solving said problem – be it to consult a mechanic, or self-help solutions.

Record and Playback Live data

Apart from transmitting live information about the state of a vehicle, scan tools can also record this information to be recalled at any time in the future. Given that code readers only display the information in codes, there is no way it can store said information because its module doesn’t have a memory capacity integrated in it.

Other Differences

Scan tools can utilize functions which need bi-directional communication, read manufacturer codes as well as pending codes and provide a graphical representation of the data gathered in terms of their consistency or significance over time.

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PostHeaderIcon Code Reader vs Scan Tool

Since the introduction of computers in vehicles in the early 70’s, there have been major improvements in their use for car diagnostics. Code readers and scan tools are some of the most relevant developments achieved with the use of computers. However, they differ in a series of functions which will be carefully distinguished in this publication for your perusal.

Code Reader

As the name implies, code reader connects to the OBD II port to translate what the error codes mean.

When a code reader runs, the error code generated tells the mechanic there is a problem with a vehicle, however, this code requires translation and that is precisely what the code reader does. The mechanic can then choose to clear the error code generated, but apart from that, there’s nothing else the code reader can do.

Scan Tool

Scan tools on the other hand were manufactured for use in auto shops as they provide a rich set of tools for diagnostics and testing. Using scan tools, mechanics can access other parts apart from the ECU. They can also gain access to codes as well as information on problems in the ABS system and other supplemental systems.

They are cost effective because they cover more ground when it comes to diagnostics and testing. They can display sensor values and various system data , however, to perform self-tests such as checking the operation of the cooling fan, fuel pump and fuel injectors, you would need a professional scan tool which while expensive, has bidirectional communication capacity and is the most appropriate software for such operations.

Similarities between Code Readers and Scan Tools

Given the definitions above, we can conclude that scan tools are more advanced than code readers. However, since scan tools were built as an upgrade model based on a preexisting version – code reader, they share some similarities which are explained thus;

Read and Display Codes:

Both techs can read and display codes, maybe differently but surely. However, while the depth of the diagnostics may greatly differ, you can be rest assured that both devices will in their capacity run diagnostics, read and display the result in codes.

Clear Codes

After transmitting to the user the presence of a problem in the module of a vehicle, both scan tools and code readers can clear the codes and reset the check engine light. In simpler terms, you can clear the result and reset the display.

Differences between Code Readers and Scan tools

While both tools have similar functions, there are still some obvious differences between them:

 Provision of Troubleshooting Data and Tips

Basically, code readers can only display the error message in codes. However, scan tools can detect the errors in the inner workings of the vehicle and provide a report in detailed information that the user can comprehend using basic language knowledge, and then provide tips for solving said problem – be it to consult a mechanic, or self-help solutions.

Record and Playback Live data

Apart from transmitting live information about the state of a vehicle, scan tools can also record this information to be recalled at any time in the future. Given that code readers only display the information in codes, there is no way it can store said information because its module doesn’t have a memory capacity integrated in it.

Other Differences

Scan tools can utilize functions which need bi-directional communication, read manufacturer codes as well as pending codes and provide a graphical representation of the data gathered in terms of their consistency or significance over time.

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PostHeaderIcon Car Trends at CES 2018

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) has been showcasing the latest and future technological trends for many years now.  Since it emerged CES have played a pivotal role in giving us insights on car trends. Vehicles are now a major part of the exhibition as evidenced by this year’s event. CES 2018 was filled with exciting car trends including the following.

Autonomous Cars

Autonomous cars were the hottest trends at CES 2018. Autonomous driving had been a thing for the future, now that future has finally arrived. Japanese automotive giant Toyota showcased an impressive e-Palette that is fully-automated. The e-Palette concept vehicle is also a next-generation battery electric vehicle. Moreover, different tech companies like Lyft, Aptiv, and Nvidia (Graphics card manufacturer) showcased their tech products that help to make autonomous driving a reality.

Driver-Assisting Technologies

Latest cars at the CES 2018 show were full of driver-assisting technologies but none of them had online slots screens inside. These are technologies that make it easier for drivers to drive their cars. The technologies include self-parking, parking assistance, lane-switch assistance and car to car communication. Parking is now made easier due to innovations. The latest Mercedes Benz with self-parking capabilities can be parked using their car keys without a driver inside. Cars can now communicate with each other. Car to car communication allows vehicles to detect each other on the road.

Hands-Free

Hands-free was a hot trend at the show with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa on the dashboard of many cars. Amazon unveiled Alexa that works offline to allow the user to control car features like temperature and music using voice assistant without an internet connection. But you will need internet connection to access features like online real money casino gambling at sites like online casinos Canada. Soon car infotainment system will start to use both Google Assistant and Alexa via Android Auto.

Electric Car

The electric powered vehicles concept is still dominating the automotive industry. Carmakers like Mercedes, Nissan, Smart, Renault, Audi, and others are promising to introduce fully electric cars in future. The futuristic concept cars were showcased at CES 2018.

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PostHeaderIcon Car Trends at CES 2018

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) has been showcasing the latest and future technological trends for many years now.  Since it emerged CES have played a pivotal role in giving us insights on car trends. Vehicles are now a major part of the exhibition as evidenced by this year’s event. CES 2018 was filled with exciting car trends including the following.

Autonomous Cars

Autonomous cars were the hottest trends at CES 2018. Autonomous driving had been a thing for the future, now that future has finally arrived. Japanese automotive giant Toyota showcased an impressive e-Palette that is fully-automated. The e-Palette concept vehicle is also a next-generation battery electric vehicle. Moreover, different tech companies like Lyft, Aptiv, and Nvidia (Graphics card manufacturer) showcased their tech products that help to make autonomous driving a reality.

Driver-Assisting Technologies

Latest cars at the CES 2018 show were full of driver-assisting technologies but none of them had online slots screens inside. These are technologies that make it easier for drivers to drive their cars. The technologies include self-parking, parking assistance, lane-switch assistance and car to car communication. Parking is now made easier due to innovations. The latest Mercedes Benz with self-parking capabilities can be parked using their car keys without a driver inside. Cars can now communicate with each other. Car to car communication allows vehicles to detect each other on the road.

Hands-Free

Hands-free was a hot trend at the show with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa on the dashboard of many cars. Amazon unveiled Alexa that works offline to allow the user to control car features like temperature and music using voice assistant without an internet connection. But you will need internet connection to access features like online real money casino gambling at sites like online casinos Canada. Soon car infotainment system will start to use both Google Assistant and Alexa via Android Auto.

Electric Car

The electric powered vehicles concept is still dominating the automotive industry. Carmakers like Mercedes, Nissan, Smart, Renault, Audi, and others are promising to introduce fully electric cars in future. The futuristic concept cars were showcased at CES 2018.

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PostHeaderIcon Things You Need to do After an Auto Accident

Everyone wishes to avoid car accidents but still they are occurring on daily basis around us. In order to protect yourself and minimize the damage you should know what you can do. It is a fortune that majority auto accidents only cause harm to the vehicle only, and just a few prove fatal. If you have witnessed one keeping yourself conscious is the most important thing. You can only handle the situation wisely if you are in your sense and utilize your intelligence at the spot.

An accident of your vehicle occurs because of you or the other party due to several reasons that can be; not following the rules, eating while driving, using mobile phone while driving, or managing kids in the car. Before you go and claim your insurance as Ladah Law Firm’s media suggests, there are some steps you need to take immediately.

Protection First

Get out of the car as soon as possible and check if everyone is okay. Make sure the safety and if someone is injured, you must have some first aid equipment in your bag or car. In case of major injury, call the ambulance directly. If it is dark outside you have to use the flashlight to explore the details of the injury or damage. You should also have a flashlight or torch along with the maintenance kit for the car that can be really helpful in any situation.

Make a call

Report the incident at the scene as it is important to make everything legal especially when someone is injured badly. Even if there is minimum damage and your state laws ask you to call the police, you must. Police report is also required for the recovery of loss and getting the insurance money back. Wait for the cops to come and do not move the vehicles unless the traffic flow is being disturbed.

Record Everything

Before the investigation starts you should record the incident accurately. It is the time to use the best of your potential to remember the things like vehicle’s number plate, model of the car, color, conditions, time and location, number of passengers and witnesses. Do not try to guess anything and only tell the precise facts that you remember exactly. Ask the name of the driver and contact no.

Capture Photos

Take photos with the help of your mobile camera. Photographs are really helpful to record the visible destruction to the cars or wounds. It is the smartest step to take in case of any emergency you ever confront.

Contact the legal advisor

Making an insurance policy claim require a notification to the legal authority so they can file the report to them otherwise they can also refuse to pay. Understanding the law, the insurance expert will make it sure for the retrieval of insurance bill.

Don’t Admit or Blame

Let the police or the expert from law firm examine and do not argument with anyone. Try to keep yourself calm and figure out what actually happened. Do not provoke the other person to become angry or blame you as well. Discussion of the event should only be positive and facts based.

Go to Hospital if required

Seeking the medial assistance is the foremost thing after a collision. Go to emergency nearby hospital and get help. Head or spinal injury is the most painful and serious one. You may experience dizziness or can also faint or lost consciousness in case of serious injury and can leave long term effects on cognition or behavior if left untreated. Always go for examination even if it is only a muscle pull.

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PostHeaderIcon Car Trends

In an industry such as the automotive industry where technology is spreading at unprecedented levels. Incipient trends are multiplying like cars on the roadways during the rush hour. Some trends of 2017 were possible by developments in past years. Some of the trends were disruptive, a good example is how Uber disturbed the taxi market ultimately changing the transportation sector.

Downsizing

The internal combustion engine is no longer a crucial trend, it is being replaced by electrification trends. From a regulatory perspective, diesel will be the first traditional powertrain technology to disappear.

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs)

Battery electric vehicles are perceived as the most significant trend in automotive technology. However, a key issue with purely battery-powered vehicles is discovering a user-friendly charging equipment. The refuelling procedure can be done at a fuel station, recharging times of 25-45 minutes for BEVs are high.

The technology is still far from market maturity and will bring about more unsolved challenges like the cooling of hydrogen or its safe storage in a vehicle. There is a lot of pressure in key markets to regulate these vehicles. The publicity generated by battery electric vehicles have triggered interest in consumer’s minds. There is a state of uncertainty that is being strongly caused by regulation debates.

Self-Driving Cars

Driving has changed and so are the purchasing criteria. Many customers agree that other factors are becoming more important when choosing a car. One such trend is automated driving. This is when vehicles drive themselves. People can spend their time doing other things like real money gambling online while travelling. The technology is set to change the automobile industry.

Connectivity

There are proposed laws which will require all new vehicles operating on roads to be able to communicate with each other by 2020. Regulators and auto manufacturers see the ability for such technology to minimize road accidents and fatalities.

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PostHeaderIcon Tyres – 6 Warning Signs and How to Fix Them

Tyres need to be maintained in order to be safe when you are driving around. If you are not sure what the warning signs are for tyres which are not in good condition, then read on. Not only will you learn how to spot potential trouble before it causes major difficulties, but you will find out how to put matters right.

Spongy Steering

If your steering feels like it takes a long time to respond when you turn the wheel, then there can be a number of factors as to the cause. One of the main ones is that your tyres are under-inflated and the car slews a little as a result before cornering. Simply pump them up to the recommended level when you next fill up.

Sidewall Scratches

What may look like a harmless scratch in the sidewall of a tyre could be a warning sign of a bigger problem. Sidewalls come under pressure when you turn and if the rubber compound is coming apart, then you may see what looks like elongated scratches on yours. If so, exchange your effected ones soon. To replace with new tyres online, you can check with Dat Tyres website with easy bookings.

Long Stopping Distances

If you notice that it takes longer than it used to when braking to come to a complete halt, then one of the reasons may be that you have over-inflated tyres. Look at your wheels face on and if they seem to bow out, like a balloon about to pop, then reduce the pressure in them. This will allow more of the tread to keep in contact with the tarmac, thereby helping you to brake better.

Wheel Spinning

If you pull away in first gear and notice that your wheels spin before they find traction and you start moving, then you may simply be dumping the clutch too hard. Alternatively, it may indicate that your tread has worn down and your tyres are getting bald. An inspection by a professional is all that is needed to confirm whether you have enough tread depth. Alternatively, buy a tread depth gauge and do the job yourself.

Uneven Drive

An uneven drive may indicate your suspension needs to be adjusted. However, it could also be a warning sign of problems with one or more tyres. Things like nails sticking into a tyre may not be enough to make it go flat, but it could lead to an uneven feeling when you motor at speed. Bulges can also occur, leading to a similar issue. In either case, a visual inspection is all that is needed. Replace any tyres with such problems immediately.

Non-Uniform Tyre Tread Wear

If you notice greater tread wear on your tyres’ left-hand sides compared with the right, or vice-versa, then your tracking may need to be adjusted by a mechanic to make sure they are properly aligned once more. This problem tends to affect drivers who bump up and down kerbs a lot. Compare the tread on each side of your tyres to detect this problem.

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PostHeaderIcon Luxury Cars: The Cars of Royalty

Gorgeous luxury cars are a delight to the senses – and we are sure it can make you turn your eyes, even if you are not that much into cars.

Since cars have become a daily essential for most of us, we tend to opt for one that is sturdy, durable and efficient at an inexpensive price. However, while we would focus on things like mileage, luxury cars don’t always do that. Instead, luxury cars are known for their features and what they have to offer. They are known for their design. And they are known for being owned by some of the most famous people in the world.

Luxury Cars – It’s Not Just About Today!

Male and female superstars and their super cars tend to follow trends instead of relying on the golden options in the car industry.

However, the numerous royal families across the world are surely living their lives to the fullest because they have some of the most beautiful classic cars you will ever lay eyes on. Take a peek.

The Royal Family of Jordan

King Abdullah I has a wide collection of exotic cars that will leave you burning with envy. However, the 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is the pick of the lot with its 6-litre V8 engine and 380 HP. Amongst all the fine cars he has, the King has chosen this one to be the Royal Family’s official vehicle.

The Royal Family of Japan

The Japanese Royal Family has chosen a custom-made Toyota Limousine to be their official car. With a host of eco-friendly features and latest technology developments, this car has energy-efficient engines. It can accommodate up to twenty people and moreover, can produce over 350 HP. The bulletproofing and special tires act as an added security measure.

The Maharaja Manoharsinhji of Rajkot

India was once the land of kings and princes, but now you would not associate with royalty. However, that does not mean that the legacy of royal families has ceased to exist. Maharaja Manoharsinhji chose a Rolls Royce, also called the Star of India, to be his official vehicle. Painted in orange, the car was customized according to his wishes.

Prince Sheikh Sultan Bin Rashed al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi

The Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG was created especially for the Prince. Also called the AS55K Yaas Edition, the car has a 5.5-liter V8 which can produce up to 620 HP. Moreover, the body of the SUV is made of carbon fiber and attached to high-performance tires. It also has twelve projector lamps in accordance to the Prince’s wishes.

Queen Elizabeth ll of United Kingdom

The Royal Family has a large number of luxury cars in their collection. However, the Bentley State Limousine is one of the most iconic royal cars to be ever driven. It is a special edition vehicle which was customized for Her Majesty and she uses it for different occasions. It is heavily secured, but also extremely comfortable.

The Royal Family of Thailand

The Royal Family of Thailand uses special editions of the Cadillac Limousine that run like a dream. They have “CEO Series” features and are designed with an array of luxury amenities. With aircraft composite rear doors, this car even looks absolutely stunning.

The Royal Family of Qatar

They have chosen the lightweight Pagani Zonda Una as their vehicle of choice. With an incredible 690-horsepower, 7.3L V12 engine, the car is truly fit for royalty. It has been drenched in the royal family’s trademark turquoise body paint and looks flawless!

Already counting days till you can get a car customized for yourself?

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PostHeaderIcon Store It Like You Drive it

Living where there are four seasons means that sometimes the cars we own or collect need to sit for a while. Your sports car or convertible should not be your first choice for snowy or icy roads, especially if you live somewhere where they use salt to de-ice the roads, something that can damage your baby if you are not careful. However, improper storage can do nearly as much damage as driving it can, sometimes even more. As a general rule, you should think of storage as a special way to treat your car. You should store it like you drive it.

Keep It Covered

This covers a couple of different things. When considering putting up your car for the season, the key is finding car storage facilities in your area that have the things you need to keep your car protected the way it should be.

  • Coverage: even if the storage area is inside, put a cover on your car, one that will protect it from dust but has a lining or is made of material that will not cause micro scratches in the paint or clear coat.
  • Climate Controlled: If you can, find a storage place that is climate controlled. Temperature can have a big impact on vehicle storage.
  • Electricity: If possible, you will want to have access to electricity so that you can trickle charge your battery (more on that in a moment) and will have light to do inspections regularly.

The second way your car should be covered is by insurance. While it seems like insuring your car when it is not being driven is a waste, that is not always true. If the storage unit you have chosen does not have insurance for your belongings (usually they do not) make sure that either your homeowner’s insurance extends to storage units you rent, your auto insurance will cover it there, or that you by separate insurance against theft and damage while your car is in storage.

No one wants anything to go wrong, but when it does, it is vital that you have the insurance and coverage you need to make sure that you can replace your car, and that its loss does not have a significant financial impact.

Keep it Maintained

Besides the trickle charger mentioned above, a way to keep your battery maintained and working, there are a number of other steps you should take to make sure that your car and its components do not deteriorate while it is being stored.

  • Change Fluids Before and After Storage: When fluids sit in lines and reservoirs, many of them tend to be acidic, or like brake fluid are hydroscopic and attract water, which can cause damage to your systems. Have essential fluids changed before you store your vehicle, check them often when it is in storage, and have them changed again after you take it out of storage to use again.
  • Check Tires and Tire Pressures: If at all possible, store your car with the tires off the ground by using jack stands or other devices. This will prevent them from deteriorating or becoming flat on one side, depending on how long you store it for. Make sure pressures are good, and you adjust them for temperature changes as needed.
  • Keep Things Clean: Clean your car before you store it, and again when you take it out of storage. Be sure you remove dust and debris, anything that can cause scratches or issues. This includes the interior, which you should vacuum and clean thoroughly both before and after extended storage.

Many of the things you would do to maintain your car out of storage should be part of your routine when it is in storage as well. Proper maintenance will save you money and vehicle down time once the seasons change.

Store Defensively

Yes, you should drive defensively, but you should also store your car defensively. Take every step to prevent damage. Keep the area around your vehicle clear of other items you may be storing that might get bumped or fall against the car.

The cover you choose should be both protective and gentle, one that won’t cause damage, but also will provide the coverage you need in the environment you store it in.

While you may have to pay extra for certain types of storage, like climate controlled areas and ones patrolled regularly by security that have a good record preventing theft, in the long run the extra cost will be worth the defense it provides for your vehicle.

When it comes to storing your vehicle, nothing is a substitute for your peace of mind, and paying extra and being proactive means you vehicle will not only help protect your vehicle, but make the transition from storage to summer driving both easy and enjoyable.

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PostHeaderIcon 4 Steps to Get the Best Sounds from Your Amp

You’ve installed your amp, turned on the stereo and discovered the sound performance isn’t giving that kick you want. I’ve experienced the same and many others. Surely there is nothing wrong with the amp but rather us.

I knew there had to be a way to tune the amp to give me the sound I wanted. And luckily for me I found it. Fine tuning the amp is easy as one, two, three…four.

Before we jump into the step you must do a final walk through of the car system:

  • Do the amp, speakers and subwoofers have the power it needs to drive powerful sounds?
  • Are RCA wires connected properly?
  • Are you using the car’s factory speakers? If so you may want to replace them as they can alter sounds.

If everything is in order and your amp is not producing full volume sounds then follow these steps. They’ve helped many others and I’m sure the same will happen to you.

Step One: Set the Volume and Gain Control

Many people forget this step when setting up the amp. The volume and gain control must be adjusted. These two need to work together to provide the best sounds your amp can produce. All you need to do is to put your volume on the 80% mark of the maximum volume. No speakers must be connected. Set the radios equalizer to flat. The amp’s gain and boost & the crossover filters must be turned off.

Go back and plug in all RCAs into the amp channel for which you want to tune. Remember separate speakers have their own RCA cables. Don’t forget to plug those in too.

Go back and play your favorite song. Slowly turn up the gains until you hear a slight distortion. When you do dial back the gain until it’s gone.

Step Two: Tuning Frequencies

Did you know crossovers and filters make a difference in the sound performance? I didn’t and that’s why my amp wasn’t giving me the sounds I wanted to hear.

When you play songs that are rich in deep notes you want to hear them in distinct detail. Subwoofers are the perfect equipment for them. This is why you need to tune subwoofers according to what they’re designed for. You need to select the low pass filter(LPF) for the subwoofers.

On the opposite end are speakers. Some people love classical and opera. If you listening to them in your car you want the high pitched voices to be distinct. Almost to the degree where they can crack your windows.

Select a high pass filter(HPF) for speakers. If you don’t then the voices will sound muzzled. That won’t give you the thrill you want.

Once you’ve filtered the subwoofers and speakers you need to tune the frequencies.

Frequency and filters are not the same. A common wrong thought of many people.

An LFP subwoofer must be aligned with the highest frequency in which they’re made for. Speakers must be aligned with the lowest frequency.

Step Three: Setting the Bass Boost

The infamous bass boost that audio lovers love. The bass really elevates sound performance. It can make your car vibrate too. I need to warn you first. Setting the bass on a high volume can put a strain on the audio system. It sounds fantastic I know, but the longevity is compromised. If you want to take on this risk then go ahead and increase the bass.

Turn the bass until you hear a distortion. When you do dial back a bit. Yes this is what you did for the gain control.

When you increase the bass you need to reduce the gains too. This way you won’t make your speakers, subs, and amp work harder than they should.

As you know each sound systems in the various cars are different. How I tuned mine probably won’t work for you. You need to fiddle with the dials until you find a sound pleasant for you.

Make sure there is no distortion. The best way to determine this is to play a song where the artist sings. If you can’t make out what is sung then dial back on the bass.

Step Four: Back to The Gains Again

I know, it does seem that everything is centered around the gains. Now that you’ve set up the frequencies, filters and bass boost you need to adjust the gains—again. Repeat the process I’ve taught you in step one.

Dial the gain until you hear a distortion. Once you do dial it back slightly until its gone.

Everything needs to be in balance with the gains. If your volume is higher than 80% dial back on the gains again.

The Final Touches

Although I said you can make the best out of your amp in four steps, this technically isn’t one. It’s only the final touches. Reconnect all amps if you were tuning the channels or amplifiers separately. Turn your radio down to zero. With your favorite song playing slowly increase the volume until it reaches that 80% mark. If everything is set properly there shouldn’t be any distortion.

If everything is set correctly you should hear a tremendous sound improvement. And to that I say you’re welcome.

If speakers or subwoofers are distorting then you must adjust the gains once again.

Remember you must not exceed the 80% volume mark or else distortion will occur.

Are you excited to listen to the best type of music in your car? I know I was when I adjusted my caraudiologic amplifiers properly. You would think your car will have the best sounds. And there is nothing wrong with this confidence because it’s true.

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PostHeaderIcon Frugal Do It Yourself Windshield Chip Repair

You were driving the kids to school that morning when you heard a sharp Whack in front of you. The sound is enough to quiet the kids in the back seat and one of them even asks quietly, “Did somebody just shoot at us?” After your heart settles back down into your chest, you realize you’ve just been hit with a rock and now you’ve got a glittering divot at eye level in your windshield. This frugal method with help you pinch those pennies and save yourself from having to replace the whole windshield.

First inspect the hole in the windshield

Carefully inspect the damage. If it is not very deep and you don’t feel sharp edges when you run your fingers over it, it probably doesn’t need a professional to fix or replace it. If you realize it’s deep into the inner resin of the second layer, then you may want to consider doing your research and hiring a professional. Or if the crack goes all the way through the three layers of glass and you can feel a breeze whistling through when you are at speed, then consider using the Auto Glass Guru to replace the windshield. Otherwise, you will be able to easily repair a small hole and save yourself a significant amount of money.

Before you start

Go to any big box store such as Walmart or Target to purchase a two part adhesive kit with two syringes of adhesive that you’ll need to mix.  You can also purchase these types at auto parts stores like O’Reilly’s or Autozone if you’re looking for a bit higher quality.  Now you’re ready.

Make sure your windshield is at room temperature and completely dry. If you have access, do these steps inside a climate controlled garage. Or even a covered canopy on a cool day is fine. You can use a hair dryer to get the glass to room temperature or at least close to that.

Next Steps

Peal the backing from the adhesive disc and apply it to the crack, making sure to remove any bubbles around the edges and ensuring all areas are firmly in place. Now place the adhesive adapter over the crack and press down firmly, making sure it covers the crack and is stuck to the adhesive disk. Now we will mix the two compounds in the syringe. This can be accomplished by pouring the adhesive and the hardener into the to syringe.

Now the use the enclosed push pin and insert it into the body of the syringe to allow air to move in and out of the syringe. Attach the syringe to the adapter and you’re now ready to begin. Remove the pin and push the plunger down, removing all the air in the process. Once it’s bottomed out, put the pin back into the hole and slowly pull the plunger back up, creating a small bit of suction. Once the plunger reaches the end, it will click into a clipped slot and stay there. Pull the pin out once more and allow the air to slowly return to the barrel. Once that is done, replace the pin and pull the clip so the syringe plunger moves freely and push the plunger down, forcing the adhesive into the crack.  Repeat this process a few times to ensure the crack is completely filled with adhesive. This may take you several times of pin out, pin in, pin out, pin in method until you’ve completely filled the crack, so don’t try to cut corners and make it faster.

One major thing to avoid is trying the push the plunger faster to fill the crack quickly. This will most likely cause the adhesive disk to come unglued and probably squirt glue out the sides and everywhere. The cleanup is a nightmare and defeats the frugality of the project. So just don’t get too excited about finishing quickly. Having said that though, this process only takes about four hours so you will be done and driving in the sunshine in half a day. Not bad for a Frugal DIY windshield fix.

Why it’s important to fix a chipped windshield

The biggest issue most of us who are trying to live frugally have with getting a chip in our windshield is we think, “Oh, it’s small and not worth trying to fix. I don’t have to spend the money right now. I can wait.”

The problem with this mindset is that the chip is a break in the integrity of the windshield as a whole. Today’s car manufacturers have engineered their cars to create a wholly safe vehicle and the structure of the windshield is a key part of that safety. The windshield engineered to keep the frame of the roof stable, so if it’s damaged and you’re in a rollover accident, there is a high likelihood that your roof could collapse and injure or kill those inside.
The front windshield is made specifically to be safer than even the side windows of your car. Side windows of cars are made of tempered glass that, when hit, will shatter into a thousand small pieces that, though sharp, will most likely cause less damage. But tempered glass doesn’t hold up very well with a constant barrage of debris hitting it at high velocity, so it doesn’t last very long as a front windshield. So auto engineered made windshield with three layers. A highly flexible resin is sandwiched between two thin layers of tempered glass. This creates a strong barrier that lasts a lot longer with proper care and fixing when it’s chipped. The key to it’s longevity is to fix any chips in order to maintain that safety and strength.

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PostHeaderIcon 4 Reasons to Hire a Van

There are many occasions in life when a family car just isn’t big enough for what you need it for. Whether you are moving to a new house, touring with your band, or transporting goods for your business, there comes a time when a van hire is the more practical choice. Whether you live in Manchester or Birmingham, van hire isn’t expensive, and you are always assured of a backup vehicle should any problems arise. In this article, we’re going to take a look at four times when it makes sense to hire a van.

Moving House

If you are moving to a new house and don’t have a lot of belongings to move, hiring a van will be more cost effective than hiring a removals firm. There are a lot of high expenses involved with moving house, so don’t let the cost of moving your belongings be one of them. You can often hire a van for a 24-hour period through companies such as Empire Van Hire who provide Birmingham van hire, which is ideal for most house moves. Van hire is also a good idea for students heading off to university for the first time.

Picking Up Bulky Items

If you’ve ever bought anything from a website like eBay or Gumtree, you know that most bulky items are available for collection only. Whether you are buying a new bed or a desk for your office, hiring a van to pick it up is almost always going to be the best option. With so many different types of van to choose from, you can pick the one that fits your item perfectly. Hiring a van is also a good idea if you’ve purchased something online but don’t want to shell out for expensive delivery costs, or have to wait in for a delivery. Instead, you can pick it up for a lower cost and in your own time.

Business Use

Small companies often find that there is a very small margin between profit and loss. Those that deliver goods may not want to have to invest in their own van, as not only is this an expensive upfront payment, but the cost of maintenance can be pricy as well. Van hire is often the most economical solution for small businesses as you just have to pay a daily or monthly fee and pay for the cost of petrol. Any maintenance is included within the price, and if your van runs into issues, your company won’t be responsible for fixing them.

Travelling to Gigs

If you are a musician in a band, you’ll likely know how difficult it can be to transport all the band members and the equipment in a car. In fact, it’s often impossible when you consider the size of amplifiers and drums. Again, this is another time when van hire just makes sense. Whether you are playing gigs, weddings or pubs, hiring a van is an economical and practical way of getting to and from the premises with your equipment.

There are a variety of occasions when hiring a van is the best decision for your transportation needs.

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PostHeaderIcon The Best Apps for UK Drivers in 2018

In the current digitally-connected world, there is a plethora of clever driving apps at our finger tips, all designed to make our experience on the road easier, safer and more budget-friendly. CarFinance Plus, who are specialists in bad credit car finance loans, have scoured the market and narrowed down their top four apps for UK drivers in 2018. And, thankfully, all are available to download right now on iOS and Android. 

PetrolPrices.com

If you’ve been spending a little too much of your wages on after-work drinks and Christmas presents this month, then you might find this handy little free app helpful, which compares petrol and diesel prices across the UK and has around 8,500 stations in its database. Its key feature is the price engine, which automatically informs you of the cheapest fuel options based on your current location. You can also set your own preferences, including fuel type and radius distance.

Moreover, if you’re taking a long trip somewhere (we all have to pay our family a visit at some point), there is an option to compare prices all along the route, allowing for careful forward planning. Saving money on fuel has never been easier!

YourParkingSpace

Finding a parking space can prove to be a nightmare and is often rather costly, particularly in large, busy cities. Luckily, this app allows you to search for and pre-book parking spots across the UK in just a few simple taps. There are currently over 250,000 spaces on the database, saving us time and money, whilst also helping locals make good use of their spare parking spaces and earning an additional income – it’s a win-win for all of us.

Waze

Arguably one of the most useful apps for drivers on the market right now, this completely free app provides real-time road information curated by other users. A frequently updated feed can tell you where there are traffic jams, accidents, police traps and other important information, while creating the best possible route to a destination.

Other features include the ability to compare fuel prices, voice navigation, local sights/business information, automatic re-routing and the capacity to inform your nearest-and-dearest of your ETA, so you won’t have to be the ‘always-late-friend’ ever again.

Monitoring apps

If you’re a new driver you might already be well aware of the way many insurance companies are now using smartphone apps to track user driving behaviour, which works much in the same way as ‘black box’ telematics monitoring installed in your car. The use of these new apps can help reduce car insurance premiums, by demonstrating to providers that you are safe and proficient behind the wheel.

These apps are more cost effective and user-friendly than telematics devices and also do not require any form of installation, which is why many young drivers in particular are switching to these as a way to save money. Many of these apps will also send users tailored feedback on how to improve their driving styles and take better care of their cars.

So there we have it, a round-up of the hottest apps for drivers around at the moment. Which ones will you be downloading?

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PostHeaderIcon The Relationship of James May & Sarah Frater

For those who don’t know, James May is a car lover and a TV star who hosts shows on ITV, Sky, Channel 4 and BBC networks. He is presently in a relationship with Sarah Farter (a dance critic).

James and Sarah’s love affair

The relationship started in 2002. All things in life, be it playing online casinos, working in an office, starting a family and so forth requires people to meet certain requirements first. This is why fans see James and Sarah’s relationship as a bit off the beat because they would love to see them meet the marriage requirement.

James and Sarah bring out the real meaning of love and prove that if two people are truly in love, it is not necessary to get married in order to live together in these present times.

They live in Hammersmith in the Western part of London. They are in a live-in relationship and many at times they have been seen together in various parties and events.

They have been asked so many times about them getting married, however, it appears like they are comfortable with each other the way they are. A marriage ceremony is like a designer showcasing his work and their love is true to the extent they have ignored calls from people to tie the knot.  They live with each other freely and happily like gamblers enjoying free slots no download no registration. They do not have any children yet. They only live with a cat.

More about who Sarah is

Sarah Frater is only known as James’ lover. She is a dance critic and a blog writer. She also writes for shows on dance and her blogs are loved by professionals and people that enjoy dancing. People believe that she is a dancer that decided to become a dance critic later.

Lately, she has been part of the popular dance blog known as standard.co.uk. She is a popular name from British dance lovers, however she is less popular than his star lover.

More about who James is

James is the original co-presenter of Top Gear series. However, in 2002 when its edited version was telecast, he was not there.

But since he has many fans, the show-makers were forced to have him back and so from the 2nd series, he was the host. He took the place of Dawe and people used to called him “Captain Slow” because he had a careful driving style. The slow driving is probably because he wouldn’t want to look like he is driving a laferrari spyder in a sports competition and also to avoid causing an accident. James is one of the highly paid anchors; his overall net worth is ten million dollars.

Conclusion

Sarah and James are satisfied with their relationship and this could be the main reason why they do not find it necessary to proof it by getting married legally. There have never been any bad rumours about their relationship hence why they are seen as the most compatible couple.

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PostHeaderIcon Vehicle Maintenance Schedules

5 Reasons it is Better to Schedule Maintenance with Your Dealer

Keeping your car in good shape is highly important. It’s what helps ensure that your car is always roadworthy and won’t let you down when it really matters. With this in mind it makes complete sense to have your car serviced regularly. Where should you go for your service though? Does it make more sense to go to an independent garage or should you go to a dealer?

The Cost

To get your car serviced there is actually very little in the cost between going to a smaller garage and taking your car to a dealer. There is a difference of just 6% between the two. This begs the question, is it worth taking risks with your car? If you go to a dealer you know that the service you will get is definitely to the standards expected by the manufacturer. Is a 6% saving really worth taking a risk with your car.

Expertise

The mechanics that work in a dealership deal with just that make of car. They know all of the little idiosyncrasies that each particular model may possess and they can ensure that your car will get better treatment than it would anywhere else. It’s not just that the mechanics spend all of their time working on cars with the same make. They also tend to be factory certified so they have a higher qualification related directly to the make of car that you drive. This will ensure that your car is in the safest of hands.

Better Quality Parts

This one speaks for itself. When you get your cars serviced or repaired at the dealership, the parts that are put into your car are the absolute best quality. They’re the manufacturer’s recommended parts so you can rest easy that there will be no third party parts or any inferior products put into your car.

Superior Facilities

When you take your car to a dealer, the facilities that they have on offer are always top notch. It’s not just that their facilities are better than an independent garage, it’s that the facilities are tailored to deal with cars like yours. This instantly means that taking your car to a dealer means your car will be getting the absolute best treatment.

Better Customer Service

As dealerships tend to be directly answerable to the manufacturer of the car they tend to focus on quality customer service a lot more than other garages. This means that if you take your car to a dealer you know that you will be getting high quality customer service while it is getting fixed. This is something that is overlooked a lot in the motor trade, so if being treated perfectly is important to you, you should be taking your car to the dealer.

No matter what car you have you know that it will be in great hands if you take it to the dealer. Make sure that you look after your car and give it the kind of treatment that it deserves. Visit your dealer today.

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PostHeaderIcon Vehicle Maintenance Schedules

5 Reasons it is Better to Schedule Maintenance with Your Dealer

Keeping your car in good shape is highly important. It’s what helps ensure that your car is always roadworthy and won’t let you down when it really matters. With this in mind it makes complete sense to have your car serviced regularly. Where should you go for your service though? Does it make more sense to go to an independent garage or should you go to a dealer?

The Cost

To get your car serviced there is actually very little in the cost between going to a smaller garage and taking your car to a dealer. There is a difference of just 6% between the two. This begs the question, is it worth taking risks with your car? If you go to a dealer you know that the service you will get is definitely to the standards expected by the manufacturer. Is a 6% saving really worth taking a risk with your car.

Expertise

The mechanics that work in a dealership deal with just that make of car. They know all of the little idiosyncrasies that each particular model may possess and they can ensure that your car will get better treatment than it would anywhere else. It’s not just that the mechanics spend all of their time working on cars with the same make. They also tend to be factory certified so they have a higher qualification related directly to the make of car that you drive. This will ensure that your car is in the safest of hands.

Better Quality Parts

This one speaks for itself. When you get your cars serviced or repaired at the dealership, the parts that are put into your car are the absolute best quality. They’re the manufacturer’s recommended parts so you can rest easy that there will be no third party parts or any inferior products put into your car.

Superior Facilities

When you take your car to a dealer, the facilities that they have on offer are always top notch. It’s not just that their facilities are better than an independent garage, it’s that the facilities are tailored to deal with cars like yours. This instantly means that taking your car to a dealer means your car will be getting the absolute best treatment.

Better Customer Service

As dealerships tend to be directly answerable to the manufacturer of the car they tend to focus on quality customer service a lot more than other garages. This means that if you take your car to a dealer you know that you will be getting high quality customer service while it is getting fixed. This is something that is overlooked a lot in the motor trade, so if being treated perfectly is important to you, you should be taking your car to the dealer.

No matter what car you have you know that it will be in great hands if you take it to the dealer. Make sure that you look after your car and give it the kind of treatment that it deserves. Visit your dealer today.

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PostHeaderIcon What’s Halting the Electric Car Revolution?

According to the National Grid’s 2017 Future Energy Scenarios document, 90% of the UK’s vehicles are expected to be powered by electricity by the year 2050. However, there’s doubt over whether this will prove accurate when you take a look at current annual electric vehicle registrations. Just 4.2% of new vehicle registrations have been for electric powered models.

So, the question is, why are drivers in the UK, reluctant to invest in the electric car revolution?

Why are buyers put off electrical vehicles?

While the 4.2% new electric vehicle registrations November 2017 is a record, and up from 3.6% in November 2016, it’s still a pretty small overall figure. So, why aren’t more people interested in investing in greener, electric powered vehicles? Well, there’s actually a few things putting drivers off making the switch.

Firstly, there’s the concern over a lack of charging stations. When electrical powered cars were first introduced, it’s true there were very limited charging stations available, making it difficult to top up on the road. However, there’s actually been a lot of work carried out to boost the number of charging points available in the UK.

There’s now a staggering 13,629 charging stations situated within 4,760 locations in the country. More continue to be added, with charging stations set to outnumber petrol stations by 2020 according to top manufacturer Nissan.

Of course, that’s not the only concern UK drivers have. There’s also the cost of buying and running an electric vehicle to take into account. Unlike petrol or diesel models, the cheapest purchase price for a new electric vehicle is approximately £14,000. However, it is possible to take advantage of the UK government’s “Plug-In” scheme, which provides a grant of up to £4,500 against the initial purchase cost, depending upon the model.

The long-term running costs should also be considered. On average, it’s estimated electric vehicles could be up to 4x cheaper to run than more traditional models. They also don’t incur congestion charges in London, and many are exempt from road tax. Therefore, running an electric powered car could work out much cheaper for a lot of drivers.

The pros and cons of electric vehicles

Like anything, electric vehicles come with a range of pros and cons. It is important to be aware of both in order to make the best decision for you. Let’s start with the pros of owning an electric vehicle:

  • They’re cheaper to run
  • Government backed financial help may be available
  • Better for the environment
  • They retain a lot more of their original value than petrol or diesel models
  • They are fast and quiet to drive

As mentioned earlier, the long-term cost benefits are definitely worth considering. The fact they retain more of their value than standard petrol or diesel models is also a huge selling point. So, what about the cons? The main potential disadvantages include:

  • They may be currently unsuitable for long-distance drivers
  • They’re more expensive to purchase
  • Limited choice of vehicles
  • Lengthy charging time

One of the main concerns from the above, is the length of time the battery will last. Averaging at around 100 miles per charge, standard electric vehicles will most suit those who largely drive in and around towns and cities. Though as the number of charging stations continues to increase, long-distance driving in electric cars will become easier and more convenient.

Overall, electric vehicles haven’t taken off the way the UK government would hope. However, as more charging stations are installed across the country and more models are released, it is likely drivers will be more open to the idea of driving a greener, electric vehicle.

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PostHeaderIcon Buying a Car? How to Find the Best Deals?

Buying-a-Car

Buying a new or used car for less can be especially challenging for the first-time car buyer – you want it to suit your needs, personality and taste, but it has to fit your budget, too. There’s more to buying a car than choosing a color and finding one with the ideal number of doors and seats, and we’ve got some guidance to help you get the best deal possible.

At Motorward we always suggest you go car shopping towards the end of the month or the end of the quarter, when dealers are trying to meet their quotas – this gives you the best leverage for haggling. Remember that a car’s MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) is not its price tag; it’s a suggestion. Also, unless you can find a dealer offering 0 percent APR to buyers with good credit scores, try to secure financing through your bank before going to the dealership. If your bank’s interest rate is lower, it will make a major difference in what you end up paying for the vehicle.

With tight budgets and even tighter lines of financing and difficult credit authorizations for many people, cheaper, less luxurious and used cars are more in demand.

Used Cars

With a bit of research, one can find reliable used cars at a fraction of the cost of new. Dealerships have used cars for sale with warranties and service agreements, just like when you buy new.

Buying used is the best bet for customers on a budget who want a large sedan or SUV, and used is your only option if your favorite model has been discontinued. For some, buying used may be the only way to get exactly what you want in a vehicle, and it’s a smart move for those who want to minimize their exposure to depreciation, too.

Warranties are another consideration. Some warranties are transferable, and that’s good for resale value. Make sure to read the warranty; Honda, Ford and Toyota offer standard 3-year, 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranties on their cars while Kia stretches that out to 5 years and 60,000 miles.

Purchasing from a private party can save money, but it comes with risks, too. If you go this route, be sure to have the car inspected by a mechanic before you buy and check the vehicle identification number.

Smiling man giving keys ta a man in a car shop

Compact Cars

There are a number of styles of compacts: coupes, sedans, hatchbacks and wagons. Sometimes, these options are available in a single make of car. The 2013 Ford Fiesta, for example, has an MSRP of £7,000-14,000 and comes either as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback with a variety of options.

Honda’s Civic is is an attractive and popular compact with decent gas mileage and cargo capacity for around £17,000 if you’re looking for a 2017 model. It isn’t particularly fast, but this petrol sipper boasts interior room to rival some SUVs.

Mid-Size, Full-Size, Minivans and SUVs

If you want a mid-size, full-size, minivan or SUV, be prepared to pay more – they run about £18,000-£25,000 and up. There are a few exceptions to this rule, though. The 2015 Ford Galaxy starts at around £11,000 and received glowing reviews.

Expect your monthly cost of ownership to be made up of the car payment, insurance, fuel, taxes/fees and maintenance, so remember to find a good tool to simulate all the costs and you’re good to go!

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PostHeaderIcon 5 Symptoms of a Bad Engine Mount

The engine mount is responsible for making sure the engine of a vehicle stays securely connected to its frame or chassis. All the engine vibrations and shocks from driving the vehicle are absorbed by the mount as well.  The engine mounts come in different sizes and shapes, depending on the type of vehicle you have. They are typically all made from both rubber and metal. The rubber is what helps it absorb the vibrations while the metal handles the force of the engine.

Top 5 Failure Symptoms

You might not think engine mounts are that significant because they are very small parts. However, they make the difference when it comes to aligning and stabilizing the engine of your vehicle. Engine mounts should last you over 50,000 miles unless you regularly drive over bumpy roads that cause vibrations. If there are problems with the engine mount that cause it to fail, then it will create a lot of easily noticeable symptoms.

Below are the top 5 failure symptoms to watch out for.

  1. Vibrations – When the engine mount goes bad, one of the first symptoms you will notice is the car vibrates when accelerating, at idle speed and even when starting the car. After all, the mount is what’s supposed to keep the engine from vibrating in the first place. If the mount has not secured the engine to the chassis, then it will vibrate. Usually, the vibration is more intense on the passenger side. Unless you have someone in the car with you, then you’ll have to put your hand on the passenger seat to feel for the vibration.
  2. Bouncing Engine – A serious symptom would be actual engine damage or damage to one of its parts. This would happen if the engine mount completely snaps off rather than just being a little damaged or loose. If the engine mount is no longer present, then your engine will bounce around from side to side. The faster you accelerate, the more bouncing the engine will do. This will cause it to get severely damaged while parts of it come loose and fly out of it.
  3. Bad Hoses and Belts – A faulty engine mount can do damage to almost all your engine parts. They will particularly cause your hoses and belts to break as well. This will surely happen as you’re driving at high speeds.
  4. Misalignment – The engine mount keeps the engine aligned so that it doesn’t sag down more on one particular side. If the engine is not straight, then you may first hear sounds coming from the engine. At this point, you should check to see if the engine is tilted. If it is, then you need to replace the engine mount.
  5. Noises – A very common symptom of a bad engine mount is clanking sounds or knocking sounds. Any type of noise coming from your engine spells trouble, so you have to inspect the engine mount to see if that’s what it is. Depending on its position in your vehicle, you may need to have a mechanic check it for you in the shop.

How to Fix This

If you notice any of the symptoms described above, then take your vehicle to a licensed auto professional right away. Since it concerns the engine area of your vehicle, it would be best to visit the dealership where you purchased the car and have their mechanics work on it. After all, they will have to work around your engine area and you want to be sure that the mechanics are familiar with your make and model vehicle. The engine mount itself won’t cost a lot to replace but the labor cost associated with the replacement will be a lot costlier.

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$59,630.00
End Date: Thursday Feb-22-2018 10:15:00 PST
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End Date: Thursday Feb-22-2018 15:53:14 PST
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$17,350.00 (11 Bids)
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$1.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 15:44:38 PST
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End Date: Saturday Feb-17-2018 13:55:56 PST
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End Date: Thursday Feb-22-2018 11:31:02 PST
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$16,600.00 (9 Bids)
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$40,100.00 (20 Bids)
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 14:52:16 PST
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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe 2-Door 2015 CHEVY CORVETTE Z06 3LZ S/C 7-SPEED NAV HUD 19K MI #606312 Texas Direct Auto
$50,100.00 (19 Bids)
End Date: Monday Feb-19-2018 15:29:54 PST
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$1.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 9:15:00 PST
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe 2-Door 2017 CHEVY CAMARO 2SS CLIMATE SEATS SUNROOF NAV HUD 8K! #197736 Texas Direct
$16,369.00 (11 Bids)
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$43,730.00
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$17,900.00 (16 Bids)
End Date: Monday Feb-26-2018 11:41:21 PST
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1966 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 1966 Ford Convertible GT Mustang 289 Auto with Powersteering
$20,000.00 (43 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Feb-21-2018 19:08:15 PST
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2012 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 2-Door 2012 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 V8 Convertible 63kmi
$1,000.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Wednesday Feb-21-2018 12:25:41 PST
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2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 61,565 Miles LeMans Blue Metallic 2dr Car 8 Cylinder
$26,500.00
End Date: Tuesday Mar-6-2018 22:24:00 PST
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$44,730.00
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 7:00:00 PST
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2016 Ford Mustang GT 2016 Ford Mustang GT 9,457 Miles Oxford White 2D Coupe 5.0L V8 Ti-VCT 6-Speed
$5,800.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 11:48:07 PST
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$16,000.00
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 19:16:26 PST
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$6,000.00 (0 Bids)
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2017 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS CONVERTIBLE 2017 CAMARO SS W/2SS CONVERTIBLE INDY 500 PACE CAR #36
$42,500.00
End Date: Saturday Feb-24-2018 7:45:00 PST
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1941 Chevrolet Other Pickups Standard 1941 Chevy Pickup Rat Rod
$5,600.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Friday Feb-23-2018 22:11:30 PST
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1965 Chevrolet C10 1965 Chevy C10 Pick Up Frame Off Restored 292 Inline 6 Air Condition 3 Speed
$10,500.00 (3 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Feb-21-2018 13:55:25 PST
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