5 Simple Used Car Shopping Tips

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Did you know that a used car doesn’t mean a five year old car? Sometimes you can get the “same year” model for thousands cheaper because they are cars that were traded in and can’t be sold as new cars. Even if it is five years old that doesn’t mean it is ready for the junk heap. A lot of older vehicles still have plenty of juice left in them. Not only can you save thousands of dollars, you can get a nice car that will get you around!

However it can sometimes be confusing buying a used car. How do you find that amazing car that will save you thousands? Below are some tips that will help find the used car of your dreams!

Try to keep the car as close to the model year as possible. What does that mean exactly? If it is 2016 then you want to find a car that is a 2011 or newer. Not only will it have fewer miles but it will have fewer issues.

Test Drive it!- Please do not leave the lot with a car that you haven’t test drove. I know it seems like that would be a given but you would be amazed at how many people do that

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Plan Your Dream Vacation

Plan Your Dream Vacation

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Before you set off to an unknown location, make sure that you are going to be staying in a nice resort located near some fun activities. There are many reputable websites out there that will provide you with information about the area you are going to be staying at and will help you to know where the best local attractions are located. Those who Follow Outdoor Traveler or other traveling sites can find out what types of hotels and activities are available at their destination. You can do some research before you go on your travels so that you can plan ahead and have plenty of time to try out everything.

Gaming
If you enjoy gaming, you can look for a resort that will offer all of the amenities that you need and provide you with access to some of the best casinos. You can enjoy poker, blackjack, or any other game imaginable at some of the top destination spots in the world. If you do your research before you go, you can make sure that your trip is going to be fantastic. If you are interested in nightlife, there is sure to be some exciting venues ready to help your vacation experience be even better.

Outdoor Fun
When looking for the perfect vacation spot, think about traveling to a location that offers plenty of outdoor action. You can go horseback riding, mountain climbing, or even think about exploring a desert. You can travel to a new vacation destination that will provide you with all of the outdoor fun you can handle.

Learn About History
There are many historical destination spots out there that can help to broaden your mind and life experiences. You can tour old battlefields or look at buildings that have been around for a very long time. There are many vacation destinations that can help you to feel like you have truly stepped back in time. You and all of your fellow travelers can enjoy learning new things while relaxing and having a good time.

Lake Retreats
If you enjoy fishing or swimming, staying close by the lake could be a wonderful idea for you. You can enjoy water skiing, boating, and so much more. There is nothing like the natural beauty of the outdoors. You can plan out a vacation experience that will help you and your family get back to nature and learn to appreciate the great outdoors.

Winter Sports
If you are into winter sports, be sure to find a destination that can provide you with plenty of thrilling winter activities. You may want to go skiing, snowboarding, or sledding in the mountains. If you love the beach, you may enjoy walking along the shore in the winter when there are less people around. Your dream vacation is based on what you enjoy.

If you want to have a dream vacation every time that you plan a trip, be sure that you choose a reputable hotel that is located near all of the attractions that you are interested in experiencing. If you plan a vacation based on the activities that you are looking forward to and make reservations to stay in a comfortable resort, you can look forward to an unforgettable vacation experience.

Winterizing Your Car

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I know, I know, no one wants to talk Winter. But before we know it old man Winter will be casting his spell on us and our cars. It is very, very important to not only winterize your car but be prepared for emergencies.

Below is a handy list on things you should do to be prepared for the Winter. Remember safety first and vanity second!

Inspection

Do a full check up of your vehicle and inspect the following: ( if you are not very mechanical please take your vehicle to your dealer or garage to be inspected)

  • Air Filter
  • Antifreeze
  • Gas Pedal
  • Hoses
  • Ignition
  • Tires
  • Windsheild Fluid
  • Brakes
  • Distributor
  • Oil
  • Fuel Filter
  • Fan Belts
  • Brakes
  • Wiring

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5 Apps To Keep Kids Occupied During Holiday Travel

The holidays are coming and that means a lot of parents will be traveling. It doesn’t matter if you are going by plane, train, or automobile it is a proven fact that traveling with kids can be stressful. Especially if you are in a car with them for longer than 2 hours. The constant “I’m hungry”, “I’m thirsty” or the dreaded “Are we there yet” is enough to drive even the most seasoned parent mad.

So what is a great way to keep them occupied? Well kids love their electronics and thanks to mobile service plans we can have the internet right at our fingertips. Below are 5 great apps that will keep your kids occupied and you happy with the silence.

YouTube Kids– This app features clips of shows, music, and education videos that are kid-friendly. A lot of popular staples are here, like Sesame Street, Thomas & Friends, and Dreamworks videos. You (or your child) can search for a specific program. Just keep in mind often these are clips instead of full-length episodes.

Hungry Hungry Hippos – Based on the popular children’s game by Hasbro, this app plays much the same way as the original game.  The gem of this game is that it’s multiplayer – up to four people can chomp on marbles.  This would keep that minivan full of kids entertained!  Simply tap and turn your hippo’s head to swallow as many of the floating apples as you can.

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Winter Emergency Car Kit

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Winter time is coming and the last thing any of us want is to be stranded beside the road. But sometimes these things happen and it is always a good idea to have a great emergency kit in your car.

Below are just some of the things you will need. You can add or takeaway to make an emergency kit tailored to your needs.

Jumper Cables– Always, always have a good set of jumper cables in your car. You never know when you are going to need them. Make sure they are the best pair you can find. You definitely don’t want cheaply made jumper cables in an emergency.

Flashlight– I always suggest having two flashlights in your vehicle at one time. That way if something happens to one you have a spare. Don’t forget the extra batteries.

Change A Flat Kit– Check your kit that you use to change a flat. Make sure you have all the necessary items. While you are at it make sure that any driver in your household knows how to change a flat tire.

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