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10 Common Car Buying Mistakes

10 Common Car Buying Mistakes

Walking onto a car lot can feel like a train wreck in slow motion: At every turn you get a little more derailed, until finally you’re off the tracks entirely and the dealership has what it wants: your entire bank account. Part of the problem is the sheer number of variables involved in negotiating the sale: the price, the options, the financing, the monthly payment, maybe a trade-in. You should methodically research and consider every conceivable scenario before setting foot on a dealer’s lot. Otherwise, dealers will do everything they can to tilt the transaction in their favor. “They’re looking at making money off you in stages,” says Jeff Bartlett, deputy online editor for autos at Consumer Reports, “so ... read more

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The Flying Car has Arrived

The Flying Car has Arrived

A New Dimension of Freedom! Its here, the flying car. Can you believe it. Starting at $274,000. I has all the controls of a small aircraft and when you land, just drive it right off the airport landing pad to the house! It is called the Terrafugia. Comes equipped with everything a normal car has such as steering wheel, turning signals, gas petal and breaks. But then has everything that a airplane would have with all flight controls. “We have been dreaming about flying cars since the turn of the 20th century.  The Transition® street-legal airplane is the first step on the road to the practical flying car.  Terrafugia’s vision for the future is the TF-X™: a bold concept intended to lead the creation of a new industry and bring personal aviation into the mainstream.  We’re starting with proven technology and our product roadmap is designed to make personal aviation progressively safer and more accessible to a broader segment of the population ... read more

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Protecting Your Classic Car at a Car Show

Protecting Your Classic Car at a Car Show

If you’re bringing your classic car to a car show its best to keep an eye on it or have someone keep an eye on it at all times. If possible try and put a rope up around it so people can just look and not touch. After the thousands of dollars and countless hours of work put in to your car make sure that your protecting it. Yes and then there are the kids with their handprints, often eating snow cones and cotton candy at car shows. And not to be outdone, mom is usually wearing lots of jewelry, much of it metallic, and that too will scratch. A perfectly flawless paint job is hard to come by, especially if the car is a daily driver, or is driven around once in a while on the weekends. After all, it only takes one door ding or one shopping cart to put a small crease in the side, on that once perfect paint job. The first thing I recommend you do when you take your car to a classic car show is to put a sign on an easel with all the information and digital picture ... read more

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Student Car Loans

Student Car Loans

Students Buying a Car Cars have become pricey. Most people find it difficult to invest in a brand new car even if they have well-paid jobs. That’s because of the steep rise in the prices of essential commodities. Students who apply for auto loans face rejections. Most of these rejections are made by traditional banks and other similar organizations. This does not imply that you will lose hope and feel disappointed. There is no point in complaining; find an effective remedy instead. Here is some advice on how to get approved even if you are a student. Keep your DTI down which stands for Debt to Income ratio. This shows the car lenders that you are able to make your payments on time if you don’t have a lot of debt. Best to keep this number below 40% Make sure that you have a regular source of income. Since you are a ... read more

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Car Shopping

Car Shopping

Buying a New Car Car shopping is fun. You get the opportunity to browse a dealership’s inventory, do a little fantasy car “shopping” and go out on fun test drives. In the end, you get to negotiate a (hopefully) good price with the dealership’s salesperson. Once all of this is over, though, you should not content yourself with signing the paperwork. Relaxing will be a big problem at this point, because unless you are paying cash for your new car, you will be soliciting lenders for a car loan. You should always try and get the lowest rates you can. Don’t take the first offer that they give. Try and push for a better deal and remind them there are several out there. Dealer Financing After you and the salesperson have picked out your car you will be directed to the finance office. They will try and upsell you with fancy add-ons. Sometimes they are perfect for you but most the time they can be an unnecessary expense. Large Banks ... read more

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Pay-As-You-Go Car Insurance?

Pay-As-You-Go Car Insurance?

Several auto insurance providers now allow customers to lower their insurance rates based on how they drive. Called “pay as you go” car insurance plans, the policies are underwritten the same way conventional plans are done but provide people with the chance to reduce their rates by up to 30 percent based on how, when and where they drive. This type of car insurance has been preferred by environmentalist groups believing that saving money will encourage people to drive less. Another attraction to pay-as-you-go car insurance is that the market can be better segmented; thereby enabling those who drive less and less dangerously save on car insurance. Companies could market to these drivers and attract them with lower rates. These types of drivers often include students who don’t drive as much as commuters and are often unable to pay high rates. Of course, when people drive less, there also are fewer accidents, and a 2005 study conducted by the Brook ... read more

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Planning on Tinting the Windows?

Planning on Tinting the Windows?

If you live in Texas, chances are that you will come across professional window tinting. Living in the Lone Star State, burdening heat is simply a fact of life. Window tinting serves as a protection barrier for many. For this reason, it is essential to understand what the laws are beforehand; it can save you a considerable amount of hassle. At the forefront of regulations on window tinting is the prescribed darkness which is allowed. This measurement is taken in VLT units. This means visible light transmission; it’s the amount of light which the film allows to be transmitted. On a vehicle’s passenger windows, this measurement is restricted to 25% darkness. Simultaneously, tinting on the back vehicle window is not restricted in terms of darkness. This is the tinting offense resulting in the most traffic stops, fines and citations. Be sure to be in compliance. Upon taking a state vehicle inspection in Texas, your car or truck will be evaluated for tint compl ... read more

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Texting and Driving – It Can Wait!

Texting and Driving – It Can Wait!

The cellular phone has brought with it many conveniences and luxuries. It has definitely made communication so much easier. However, when it comes to road safety, the cellular phone may be considered a hazard especially when Short Message Service was introduced. Ever since the advent of text messages, society has grown aware of the dangers of texting while driving. Text messages are brief messages which are often limited to 160 characters and can be sent from one cell phone to another. This ability to be able to send short messages has been embraced by millions of people worldwide, as shown by the number of text messages exchanged every day. Unfortunately, the service is so convenient that some people even compose and send text messages anytime and anywhere – while walking, eating, and even while driving. The growing number of accidents caused while texting and driving has put to the forefront the dangers of texting while driving. Driving is an a ... read more

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Car Seats – Make sure its done right!

Car Seats – Make sure its done right!

The most important consideration when buying baby car seats is the issue of safety. When you are buying a product to keep your baby safe, you have to make sure that the product itself is safe. The following are safety guidelines to adhere to when buying the units. Safety standards It is important to make sure that the seats adhere to European safety standards. This is the best way to make sure that you are buying good quality products. There are many sources to get information about the standards and an online search can be very helpful. Read instructions You must always read the instructions before you start using the car seat and keep the instruction manual for future reference. This will help to ensure that you attach the seat correctly. You should never place the car seat on the front passenger seat if your car has an air bag. Seat buckle The buckle on the seat belt should remain straight when you lock it and it ... read more

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Porche 911 GTI 2013

Porche 911 GTI 2013

2013 is the 50th Anniversary of the Porsche 911, one of the most prolific and successful sports cars ever. The 911 has evolved and improved with each generation through Porsche’s steadfast dedication to technological advancement and innovation. Like most sports cars, much of that innovation stems from the developments of the brand’s racing program. Porsche has a long and storied racing history filled with iconic cars and legendary racers, starting with the 4-cylinder 70 horse 1951 356 Light Metal Coupé and continuing to today with the flat-six 460 horse 2013 911 RSR. But, no car has had more of an impact or served as more of an inspiration to Porsche’s street cars than the 993 911 GT1 and its road-going version the Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion (Street Version). After a brief racing hiatus for the 911, in the mid-1990s Porsche made a decision to get back into international sports car racing. Not a company to do anything half-way, Porsche jumped in with bo ... read more

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