Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Top 5 Features of Old Cars That We Miss the Most

Do you have fond memories of your Dad’s (or maybe Grandpa’s) old car and some of its features? We do, and we sure miss some of those old cars’ great features, so we’ve compiled a list of some our favorites we’d like to share. Good visibility Yes, we know cars are safer now with airbags, reinforced frames and all of the other safety features which come standard on all new cars. But it seems that the more safety features are added, the less visibility we have to actually see where we’re driving! Blind spots have gone from a sliver to a gaping chasm on some newer models. We miss the old cars with their wide expanses of windows and good visibility! Wing windows We miss those little triangular windows set in the corner of the front doors next to the dash. They were great for letting in plenty of fresh air without having it blow directly on the people sitting in the front seat. They could easily be adjusted to the perf ... read more

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What Is The Impact of Electric Cars on the Automotive Industry?

When President Obama made his State of the Union speech in the year 2011 he stated his administration wanted to put one million electric vehicles on U.S. roads by the year 2015. However, according to Time, there are no more than a few hundred thousand of these vehicles in the U.S. at present. While that represents a tiny fraction of total vehicles used by U.S. drivers, there are some statements being made on the impact of electric cars on the automotive industry. The Impact of Electric Cars on the Automotive Industry In terms of raw sales electric vehicles are sluggish, but there is growth in popularity. 2014 saw 30,000 sales of the Nissan Leaf, which is an industry leader in terms of electric vehicles. That number might sound small, but it has increased every year as the technology becomes more common and more reliable. There’s still a long way to go between where we are a ... read more

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Top Five Things Your Car Salesman Hopes You Don’t Know

Looking for a new (or used) car? Then be sure to keep your brain in gear with the friendly car salesman who greets you on the lot. Remember he’s professionally trained to alter your mind-set. Understand there are many things he doesn’t want you to know when buying your car. Here are five of the most important ones: He’s not there to help you. The salesman meets, greets and works to put you in a compliant mood. He won’t, however, help you buy the car you want at the price you want to pay. He carries all information and negotiation offers to another person, usually a sales manager, who works behind the scenes and makes the decisions. Rest assured those decisions help the business, not you. 2. Use your smart phone. Your smart phone or computer provides access to everything the salesman knows, and some things he doesn’t. Web sites furnish information such as the difference between the dealer’s cost and the mark-up, where the dealer bought th ... read more

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Are Run Flat Tires Worth It? Here are Some Things to Consider

Flat tires are something every automobile owner dreads. Changing a tire isn’t always possible, and flat tires also tend to happen in inconvenient locations. To make having a flat tire less cumbersome, many manufactures are now providing new car buyers with run-flat tires that will allow them to drive as far as 100 miles before changing them. While run-flat tires are convenient, they do have a few disadvantages. Are run flat tires worth it? Here are some things to consider. Advantages Aside from making it more convenient to fix a flat tire, there are several other advantages to run-flat tires such as: Providing better stability in the event of a blowout, since run-flat tires automatically have more support built into them Being standard equipment on up to 12% of new cars, so buying an upgrade is not needed. Allowing extra trunk room, since owners do not need to carry a spare or jack Lowering the weight of the v ... read more

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The Top 5 New Car Gripes of Reasonable Consumers

Does complaining about technology changes mean that you’re getting old? Or are there valid objective reasons behind not liking everything that product market research throws your way? In the case of cars, many technological changes truly are improvements. The motor starter for example, was quite innovative in its time. Not having to stand outside in the rain while turning an engine hand crank must have been greatly appreciated. But not every car “innovation” makes driving more safe, convenient, or fun. Here are 5 new car issues that many experienced car owners take exception to: Touch Screens Touch screens are great on our smart phones and other mobile devices. Anyone who’s experienced sticking keys on old laptops will appreciate touch screen keyboards. However, many people take issue with them being used on car dashboards. The problem is that you get no tactile feedback when using them. Unless you take your eyes off the road and look ... read more

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Don’t Be Left with a Lemon: Top Five Tips You Should Check Before Buying A Used Car

Buying a used car doesn’t have to be a disastrous occasion. Taking a few cautionary steps before driving off the lot will benefit you and prevent the purchase of a ‘lemon’. Below are five tips that everyone who is in the market to buy a used car should consider. Know Your Budget Knowing your budget and financial limits should seem obvious, but that has never stopped some buyers from exceeding their spending limit to only cause financial despair later. Often consumers make purchases with their hearts instead of their heads. Knowing what you can afford is the crucial first step when shopping for a used car. Also consider insurance, fuel costs and any repairs before purchasing your car. Check the Vehicle History Report Once you’ve found the car that suits your budget, don’t hesitate to ask the car salesman for the vehicle history report. This report will list the type of completed mechanical work and preventative ma ... read more

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Tips to Get Your Car Ready For Winter

Winter is one of the roughest times on your car. That’s why it pays to make sure you’re going into the coldest months of the year with a vehicle that’s been fully prepared to take everything the season can throw at it, and then some. If you want to make sure you and your car both make it through the winter season, here are some tips you should take to heart. Tips to Get Your Car Ready For Winter #1: Flush and Re-Fill Your Coolant Your engine coolant is typically a 50/50 mix of water and coolant, but when winter comes along it’s a good idea to flush it out, and replace it with fresh coolant. Instructions for this are in your owner’s manual if you’re a do-it-yourself kind of car owner, but it’s always a good idea to leave jobs like this to the professionals. #2: Check Your Battery Nothing is worst than slogging through the snow, cleaning off your car, and then having nothing happen when you turn your key. If you want to make sure your car sta ... read more

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Defensive Driving Tips For New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is one of the most dangerous times of the year to be on the road. Not only do you have to deal with the typical winter dangers (icy roads, freezing temperatures, etc.), but there’s the added danger of drunk drivers and dangerous revelers on the roads. While the easiest solution is to simply not drive on New Year’s Eve, that isn’t always an option. If you have to be out on the roads during the new year, here are some defensive driving tips for New Year’s Eve you should keep in mind. Tip #1: Predict What Others Will Do Under normal circumstances you trust that other drivers will stop, stay in their lanes, etc. While you should always be aware of what other drivers are doing on the roads, during New Year’s Eve you need to be a little extra cautious. That means you have to watch everyone, and be ready to react to what comes, whether that means a swift lane change to get out of the way, or braking hard when that other person runs a red ... read more

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8 Common Car Misconceptions That Drive Car Owners Nuts

There are many misconceptions out there about cars. You can hear them about everything to do with cars from maintenance, purchasing a car, selling a car, repairing cars, and much more. Of the many different misconceptions regarding cars there are 8 common car misconceptions that drive car owners nuts. Bad Experiences = Bad Cars – This is the biggest issue that drives car owner’s crazy. Why? Because once someone has a less than thrilling experience with a car they assume that every car from that company is exactly the same. Fortunately, this isn’t necessarily the case. Sometimes the issues stem from having bad luck with a particular model, sometimes there are recalls, sometimes it’s an issue with the dealership. There is no true justification for saying *insert car company* is horrible, never buy them! Car Speedometers – The car’s speedometer does not necessarily indicate how fast said car will go. Just because Ca ... read more

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What’s the Best Car Comparison Website?

15 years ago, it was just exciting to be able to get car information online. The ability to walk into a dealership with inside knowledge about car features and standard prices was a huge benefit.Now, comparison sites online have become so common that before you can even begin your car purchasing research, you feel like you have to narrow down the online websites that are offering to help you. So, what’s the best car comparison website? Here are a few sites that we think are simple to navigate and concentrate on information that is useful. TrueDelta.com True Delta offers the car research you want in the key areas you care about like overall prices and things that will cost you in the long run like gas mileage and reliabilty. Plus, the information on True Delta comes from actual vehicle owners, so you know you’re not just getting the manufacturers’ sales points. There is so much information here that you could spend a lot of time reading reviews and ... read more

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