How The Internet Can Help You Find Car Deals

 

Car ride on road in sunny weather, motion blur

It happens to all of us. Our old car is ready to retire and we need to find a new car. It can be very exciting to buy a new car and there are many ways to go about doing it. Buying online is a great way to buy a new car and even research new cars, as there are no sales tactics and no dealers or salesmen pressuring you into something that you may not want. Buying a new car online certainly puts you in charge of the whole transaction but there are a few things to keep in mind when looking at new cars online.

Most people have an idea of the kind of new car they are looking for, whether it is large family car such as a 4×4 or an estate, a small economical diesel car, or a weekend sports car. You may want a car that was just like your old one. Whatever kind of car you think you have in mind, make sure you do some research on it. Determine what you will need from the car, how many people will be driven around in it, what kind of space is required, and running costs. Running costs is an important factor to consider when looking at new cars.

Once you have done some research and know what kind of new car you would like, step into the online showroom and look at the modelís details. Become familiar with the modelís specifications and price. You can do this by reading reviews online, in car magazines, newspapers, online, anywhere you can find different reviews and information about the new car you are looking for the better. Being armed with information will help you make a good choice when it comes time to take the big step with the final purchase!

Once you have finalized your decision about the new car that you want, it is important to get different quotes. Shopping around is the only way to get the best deal and make sure that you are paying the least amount of money for the car you really want. There are some companies and websites that are highly overpriced and paying these big price tags can be avoided by simply obtaining a few different quotes for your new car.

Once you have received a few different quotes for the new car, find out as much as you can about the dealer. The best way to do this is just by asking a few simple questions. Find out what their policies and procedures are. Some important questions to ask are about warranty, delivery costs, whether the new car will be delivered with a full tank, are there opportunities for further discounts and are there any free accessories available. Knowing these answers will take a lot of the risk out of buying a new car online.

Lastly, before you purchase a new car be sure to read the entire agreement. If there are parts of the agreement that confuse you, ask about them and make sure that they are fully explained and that you completely understand them before signing any deal. This will help protect you from unforeseen problems in the future.

Four Ways To Increase Automotive Performance

 

In these days of high gasoline prices, it may seem ridiculous to consider ways to increase your car’s performance as they are almost always associated with increased fuel consumption. However, there are four ways to increase automotive performance that do not have to negatively impact your gas mileage. Let’s take a closer look at each one.

1. Reusable Air Filters. Landfills are stuffed with items we use once and then throw out. Auto air filters are one such item and through the life of a car, you can go through 6-12 of them with no problem. For approximately three times the price, washable and reusable air filters are a great alternative. When you purchase one it likely will be the last air filter your car will ever need. Reusable air filters enable you to gain slight increases in horsepower and acceleration as well as to impact the environment in a positive way.

2. Performance Chips. All new cars are operated by a computer chip that tells how much torque and horsepower can be displaced. Performance chips or recalibrations of your current chip can produce significant increases in horsepower and torque for your vehicle.

3. Performance Exhaust Systems. Cat-back or “catalyst-back exhaust systems” are a great way to free up trapped torque and to unleash horsepower. Keeping all the important emissions parts in place, a cat-back system incorporates large width exhaust pipes and low restriction performance mufflers into your car thereby lowering exhaust backpressure. A side benefit is a really awesome sound emitting from the exhaust system.

4. Cold Air Intake. A cold air intake is an under the hood mod that helps to reduce the temperature of the air entering the car for the sole purpose of increasing the power of the engine. Side benefits include enhancements to the appearance of the engine bay as this part can be attractive and colorful; the sound the unit makes is also appealing.

Costs for each of these performance enhancements can vary greatly. Shopping online with a trusted wholesaler is one of the best ways to find top quality parts at the lowest possible prices. By doing the work yourself, you can save a bundle and enjoy the fruits of your labor in no time.

5 Simple Strategies To Cheaper Car Insurance Premiums

 

Car insurance is compulsory, but it’s not necessary to pay more than you have to. A few simple steps combined with some time surfing for competitive car insurance rates really can save you serious money at renewal time.

Step 1 – Cut the Risk and Cut the Cost
The easiest way to cut your car insurance premiums is to cut the risk and accept a higher voluntary excess. An insurer’s standard excess may be $100 but if you meet the first $250 of any claim, you’ll see a reduction in your premium. This is because you’re taking on more of the risk so you get a discount. But it’s a gamble, be aware that you might have to meet the cost of a broken window after an attempted theft or a bill for repairing bodywork damage after a car park crunch.

Step 2 – Security Means Savings
Fitting security devices can also result in cheap car insurance premiums. All major insurers insist on Thatcham rated security equipment, usually a minimum of an alarm. If you live in a high-risk area for car crime, it makes sense to fit extra security. It saves you money when your insurance renewal is due and gives you extra peace of mind.

Step 3 – Annual Mileage, Less Means More in Your Pocket
If your annual mileage is, 5,000 miles or less, ask insurers if they offer discounts for agreed mileage restrictions.

Step 4 – Named Drivers Trick
Adding a named driver to your policy can increase or reduce your premiums depending upon the named drivers age, sex and driving record. Adding a young driver will increase your premiums, particularly with a limited or poor driving record. However, adding a driver over 30 years old with a long and clean driving record can cut premiums, particularly if the named driver is female!

Step 5 – Shop Around and Save Even More
The biggest car insurance savings come from shopping around. There can be massive differences between the lowest and highest car insurance quotes for exactly the same car and driver(s). Start off using good comparative online quotation sites, take their best quotes and go direct to the cheapest car insurance company for more specific quotes.

So next time your renewal quote arrives, don’t just accept it and give your money away to the insurance company. Use the steps above and get the right cover at the right price.

When Should Your Teen Take A Driver Prep Course?

In most states, before you can go to driver’s ed you need to get your learners permit. But in a lot of states, like Maryland, the learners permit test can be really hard. The Maryland driving handbook is over 100 pages long and sometimes it can be hard to retain that information even if you take a few months to study it.

Before your teen gets in the car or even takes the test you may want to look into Driver Prep classes. These are very different than driver’s ed and are sometimes free for parents. They really help your teen get a leg up on the learners permit test and become safer drivers before getting into the car.

This course breaks up the driver manual into easy to learn and easy to focus parts. Most will just focus on the most important points and leave the fluff aside. While you shouldn’t ignore anything in the drivers manual, you shouldn’t have to study every word either.

In addition, these courses also emphasize practice exams. Lots of them with lots of questions.

The tests resemble the actual exam you’ll take at your local Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) office. All feature multiple choice questions based on material found in your state’s driver license handbook.

Topics include:

  • Identifying traffic signals and road signs.
  • Identifying road lines.
  • Driving at night.
  • The dangers of drinking and driving.
  • Hand signals.
  • Actions to take when emergency vehicles approach.
  • Turning at intersections.

All the tests include explanations to both correct and incorrect answers, giving you a comprehensive understanding of the topic matter.

Unlike a drivers ed class, a drivers prep course is not required for obtaining a learner’s permit and/or driver’s license. These courses are strictly voluntary and come highly recommended for prospective teen drivers.

 

Extensive List To Make Your Road Trip Safer and Fun

I talk a lot about road trips on the blog. I guess it is because I take a lot of them when the weather starts to turn warm. Now that my girls are teens it is so much easier to just hop in the car and hit the road. I have also had a couple of lists for road trips but thanks to you, my readers I have another list for you! Thank you so much for sharing your tips with me!

  • Make sure your vehicle is in sound working order – a cracked timing belt could be the difference between a great road trip and a hellish nightmare. Have your vehicle inspected before pulling out of the driveway; Or, do it yourself if mechanically inclined. Check the lights, directionals, wiper blades, and fluid levels and closely inspect the belts and hoses for wear and tear.
  • Check that you have a fully intact car jack. A flat tire is not the time to discover you have a car jack but no lug wrench.
  • Carefully examine the spare tire, ensuring that it’s fully inflated and the treads are in good condition.
  • Organize an emergency kit stocked with: bottled water, first aid items (band aids, gauze pads, sterile pads), rain jacket, blanket, lightsticks or flashlight, pocket knife, and one or two energy bars. Pack only essentials. The more compact, the easier it is to store.
  • Check that your mobile phone is in sound working order. Also, be aware if your provider charges roaming fees. If roaming fees are a concern, consider using a phone card.
  • Carry either a road atlas or a GPS device. If you know your route, check ahead for possible construction delays. Department of Transportation websites are great sources for road information, providing construction updates, weather forecasts and sometimes live webcams.
  • Peace of mind is a good thing to have on the road. Subscribe to a car club that offers roadside assistance. If your vehicle breaks down 700 miles from home, it’s comforting to have access to a list of trusted mechanics and towing companies.
  • Download road apps. GasBuddy, for example, directs you to the cheapest gas prices along your route.
  • If you intend on camping, call ahead and inquire about reservations. This is especially important if you’re traveling during holiday weekends.
  • Anticipate rush hour traffic when traveling through major cities. Either alter your route or change your timing so as to drive through during late morning or early afternoon. Especially in LA. Rush hour is an absolute nightmare!
  • Make sure you’re carrying all important driving documents: proof of car insurance, vehicle registration. and driver’s license.
  • Be aware of state texting and cell phone laws. Maryland, for example, has a strict no texting, no cell phone use while driving. I know people that have gotten some hefty fines for breaking this law!
  • Make sure all traffic tickets are paid. The cleaner the driving record the better for you if stopped. If you have too many you may be arrested and have your car impounded. That would definitely not be fun!