Monthly Archives: May 2016

Do Hybrid Cars Actually Save You Money

Hybrid cars are a money-saver for consumers. It has been advertised as such, and thus many users buy it for that reason. Do hybrid cars actually save you money? Before we do that, we must understand why hybrid cars are money savers. It uses less gas to go the same distance. Gas fluctuates from expensive to inexpensive, so that’s more money in your pocket. Regular cars use more gas to go the same distance and therefore labeled as “gas guzzlers.” These gas-guzzling vehicles contribute to pollution while hybrid cars preserve the air. Reverting to the question, the answer is yes. Hybrid cars save consumers money. The real question to ask is at what cost. Consider the following. The price of buying a hybrid. Hybrid cars cost more than regular cars, yet it drives farther using the same tank of gasoline. Hybrid cars also offer tax incentives and rebates to offset their higher cost. How often you ride. The phrase “save 10 gallons of gas” for many peo ... read more

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Tips for Preparing Your Car for a Long Road Trip

Now that warmer weather is here, you may be planning a road trip. Enjoying your road trip will be much easier to do if you take some necessary precautions to prevent breakdowns. Preparing your car for a long road trip may take a little bit of time, but will be well worth the effort in the long run. Here is a checklist you can use to make sure nothing is overlooked. Check your Owner’s Manual Check your owner’s manual to see if your vehicle is due for any routine maintenance. If there’s a chance your vehicle could become due for service during your trip, go ahead and get it done before you leave. You should also check your owner’s manual to see if the manufacturer recommends any particular service be performed prior to an extended road trip. Visual Inspection You should perform a visual inspection underneath the hood. Some things to check include: Condition of battery terminals ... read more

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Car Service Tips That Will Increase Gas Mileage

This list of car service tips that will increase gas mileage will make your car more efficient. Take out heavy items in your automobile. Heavy items weigh your car down. The additional weight forces the car to use more gas to travel to the destination. Removing the weight improves gas mileage. Taking away 100 pounds of heavy items in your car improves it by 2%. Keep your tires properly inflated. Properly inflated tires last longer. Inflating tires to the proper pressure increases gas mileage by 3.3%. Replace your dirty air filter. Dirty air filters blow into the engine, The dirt and particles reduce the engine’s gas mileage. Changing it improves car performance and acceleration. Select the right kind of motor oil. No motor oil is the same, and the incorrect kind of oil affects gas mileage. Read the manufacturer’s handbook for their suggestion of grade motor ... read more

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How To Evaluate If You Should Fight A Traffic Ticket

The initial aggravation of being pulled over and issued a ticket can be pretty intense. Whether you are frustrated with yourself, or frustrated with the police officer who gave you your ticket, emotions can rise pretty high. As a little time passes, you may find yourself staring at the traffic ticket that seemed so unjust initially, and wondering, should you fight a traffic ticket? This is a difficult question to answer, but lets begin with your motivation. If you are just fighting the ticket because you’re angry, it’s probably not worth fighting, eventually the emotions you feel about this particular traffic violation will abate. If you are fighting the ticket because it is expensive and you don’t want to pay the fine, take a moment to consider what your time is worth. What do you make hourly at your job? How many hours will you spend researching the ticket, preparing for court, and add to this time at least half of a work day that you will miss on the d ... read more

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Fix Now, or Wait? The Impact on Gas Cost With a Broken Oxygen Sensor.

Anytime you have a car repair that needs to be done that doesn’t keep your car from running, you can find yourself putting it off. It’s easy to feel like the repair is non-essential as long as your car still works, but before you put it off indefinitely, you should calculate the cost of not getting the repair done. A perfect example is replacing your brake pads. Everyone knows that if you replace your brake pads early they are much cheaper to replace than if you put if off for too long. Another repair that will eat up money if you put it off for too long is a broken oxygen sensor. A broken oxygen sensor is one of the common problems that can trigger a check engine light. You might be tempted to put off replacing the sensor, but first you should consider the impact on gas cost with a broken oxygen sensor. Your oxygen sensor monitors the amount of oxygen in your exhaust. It uses these readings to send information to your fuel injectors, so they send the right ... read more

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