Tips for Buying Your First SUV

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If you are in the market for a new vehicle you may be considering buying an SUV. If you’ve never owned an SUV you may not know what you should be looking for when purchasing one.

They are impressive to look at but how do you choose the right one? Making the right choice is extremely important. To do this you must know as much as possible about what to look for when purchasing an SUV. Here is a look at things you must consider before making your purchase.

Manageability

If you’ve only driven cars your entire life especially small ones, it can be intimidating to drive an SUV, since they are much larger. SUVs come with a high driving position which gives you better visibility of the road.

However, while the visibility of the road is good, it can get tricky to park an SUV in tight spaces. Before buying an SUV it is best to test drive it. Don’t just drive it on the road, go to a car park and see if you can actually park it.

Consider Blind Spots

All vehicles have blind spots. However, the larger the vehicle the bigger the blind spots. This means that an SUV will definitely have a larger blind-spot because of its size. 

Many car buyers who are purchasing an SUV for the first time do not know that some SUVs have blind-spot monitors. When purchasing your first SUV it is best to buy a model with this feature.

SUVs Burn More Fuel

If fuel costs bother you then you should reconsider buying an SUV. An SUV will burn more fuel than a car. This is not to say that all SUVs will require an enormous amount of petrol. 

However, it is just a fact that on average they are more likely to burn more fuel than a car would.

The sheer size of the vehicle alone means that the engine will have to work harder, especially when the car is fully loaded and has a lot of passengers.

Check Out the Backseat Features

If you have children you want an SUV that has great rear ventilation and pockets in the back seats. This will have to keep the car tidy. Check all the compartment sizes and make sure that they are big enough for cup holders.

Make sure that there are airbags at the back of the vehicle as well. Take a look at the seats in the vehicle do they are easy to clean. Kids can get things messy especially if you allow them to eat in the car on trips.

Make Your Purchase

Buying an SUV for the first time is exciting. However, there is a lot to think about before you make your purchase. When you know what to expect you will not be blindsided when you finally drive the vehicle out of the dealership.

It may be a learning curve for you, but with time and patience you would learn to manage your new ride.

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Should You Do Your Own Car Repairs?

Thinking of fixing your car yourself? Before you pick up that wrench, it could be worth asking yourself some of these following questions first to make sure that it’s the right decision.

Do you have the technical knowledge?

Some car repairs don’t require too much technical know-how. This includes replacing windscreen wipers, changing tyres and even replacing brake pads. 

Other tasks may require a bit of mechanical understanding. While you may be able to teach yourself what to do using how-to blog posts and video tutorials, there’s only so much knowledge that you can cram in. It’s important to know when something is beyond your expertise – especially if it could be very expensive or dangerous if you get it wrong. 

What does the law say?

It’s not illegal to repair your car. However, there are certain repairs that could be deemed illegal if they’re not done to certain specs. Repairs that are also modifications may have to be done to roadworthy legal requirements. This is often why you need an expert for window tinting. Certain parts bought from abroad may also not be legal such as tires that don’t meet tread standards – so you should be careful as to where you buy parts.  

Fixing your car may also be illegal if you don’t technically own it. If it’s leased or even on finance, there may be small print in a contract that says you must seek out professional repairs. This is worth looking into before you get stuck in. 

Do you have the right tools?

Repairing your own car could save you money – but only if you have the right tools. If you have to buy specialist tools, you could end up spending a lot more than were you to use a mechanic that already has the right tools. 

Hiring tools may be an option in some cases. This could allow you to save costs without necessarily owning the right tools. 

Will it affect your insurance coverage? 

Most car insurers allow you to do your own repairs. You must however notify your insurer about any damage following an accident before making repairs. You don’t have to file a claim, however you must notify insurers if you don’t want to run the risk of making your insurance void. When it comes to fixing general wear and tear, notifying insurers is usually not necessary. 

Do you have the time and motivation?

Many people don’t have the time of motivation to fix their own car. If you’re this type of person, going to a mechanic can be a lot less hassle and is probably better for your sanity.

For others, fixing a car can be a hobby that is rewarding. If you belong to this group of people, then doing your own repairs could be worth it. If you have a passion for DIY, you’re less likely to cut corners. This is important as cutting corners could lead to mistakes or future problems.

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My Top Six Car Maintenance Tips

Vehicle maintenance is paramount to extend the life of my car. It also ensures that my vehicle doesn’t breakdown when I’m heading to work or in a remote area miles away from home. For proper car maintenance, I have these six tips up my sleeve, and they have enabled me to maintain my vehicle’s high quality for years. Just remember to keep in contact with your mechanic of choice too, whether that be enginecarbondetox.co.uk or any other expert out there.

1. Inspect My Car Often

Regular inspections help me ensure my car is in great condition at all times. Here’s what I do. Every week, I move around my vehicle to check if there is any body damage. I confirm that the tires don’t have any punctures or cuts. Additionally, I examine the windows, locks, and sunroof. If there’s an issue, I contact a trustworthy and budget-friendly technician to fix it.

2. Ensure the Engine is Functional

I maintain my car’s engine because I know the vehicle would not function properly without it. The first thing I do is to clean the engine’s exterior and interior. Then, I change the engine oil often to lubricate the moving parts and minimize wear and tear. I also clean the air filter or change it if it’s too old. This increases airflow and helps the engine to breathe. Other activities I prioritize to guarantee my car engine’s perfect condition are:

Check the belts

Exchange the fuel filter after a while

Consult a technician when the check engine light comes on

Ensure the PCV valve is okay

3. Protect My Vehicle’s Interior

The interior of my car is just as important as the exterior. Hence, I take several measures to ensure the former looks good at all times. One of them is covering most of the surfaces using seat covers and floor mats. I have declared my vehicle a no-drink and no-food zone. In addition to that, I vacuum the automobile frequently. To see to it that my leather seats don’t dry up or become discolored, I

gently wipe them with some oil after every fortnight.

Also, I noticed that grime accumulates incredibly fast on the glass and windshield. So, I purchased a quality glass cleaner to remove it. If I don’t have my favorite cleaner, I don’t mind using a microfiber cloth.

4. Check Fluids

I inspect my car’s fluids regularly. These include the engine oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, coolant, and transmission fluid. My fluid inspections enable me to know if there are any leaks and prevent them because they can affect how I drive my vehicle. I always recommend that people who do not know how to differentiate the fluids by their colors seek an experienced technician’s help. It’s always great to know how your car operates.

5. Drive Carefully

This tip is on my list of effective car maintenance strategies because it counts. What I do to take care of my vehicle doesn’t matter if I’m a reckless driver. So, I avoid habits such as quick braking, hard shifting, and riding over bumps at incredibly high speeds to reduce wear and tear. This also minimizes my fuel expenses.

On top of that, I’m focused when I’m on the road. I don’t drive while drunk, and I keep my smartphone away. It enables me to observe all traffic laws, know the condition of the road I’m on and what’s happening around me. It helps me prevent accidents and get home safely, with my car in good condition.

6. See an Expert

Apart from doing the activities mentioned above to maintain my fancy vehicle, I also take it to a professional after some months. It doesn’t even need to have a noticeable problem for me to do so. I understand that I might miss some issues since I don’t know everything about cars.

The technician checks all the components of the vehicle and confirms that they are functioning well. If there is a problem I didn’t know about, they tell me how we can solve it within the shortest time possible.

These tips have enabled me to spend less on both fuel and car repair. With them, I’ve managed to save up for other things since my car is in excellent condition and I don’t need another one. Undoubtedly, car maintenance is vital.

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4 Tips For New Teen Drivers

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As a new drive on the road, you may be very excited about your newfound freedom and independence. However, driving and operating a vehicle also comes with a lot of responsibility.

It’s in your best interest to focus on safety and getting to your destination without any issues. There are a few tips you can follow that will help ensure a positive experience on the road so you can continue to get around by yourself without any setbacks or incidents. You’ll have a much better time out on the road and your parents will trust you more when you act sensibly.

1. Slow Down

One tip for new teen drivers is to slow down and not race around to where you’re going. You may want to use the cruise control function on your car if you tend to speed. Leave plenty of time to get to your final destination and avoid speeding. You may not only get a costly speeding ticket but also might cause an accident if you ignore the signs and rules of the road. There’s a reason you go through a written and driving test so remember what you learned once you’re out driving.

2. Be Prepared

Another tip for new teen drivers is to always be prepared and anticipate anything that could go wrong. Bring a map or GPS with you and have your phone fully charged. Keep a blanket and flashlight in the car and know who to call if you get stuck. You’ll want to contact a towing company such as https://sg3towingandrecovery.com/ if you get into a fender bender or require a jump start. It’s also wise to call the police and make a report if you get into an accident so the event is documented.  

3. Take Good Care of Your Vehicle

You’ll be a lot safer out on the road when your vehicle is in good shape and condition. As the driver or owner of the car, it’s your responsibility to ensure that it’s safe to drive. Be sure to take it in for routine maintenance and take care of any repairs or fixes that it requires right away. It’s in your best interest to save up your money in advance so you have it ready to use if you run into any issues with your vehicle. Remember to take it in for regular oil changes and to check that your tires are in good condition.

4. Focus on Driving

It’s easy to get distracted when you’re on your phone or not paying attention to what you’re doing. It’s essential that if you want to stay safe on the road that you focus on driving and put all your effort and energy into doing a good job. Put your phone away and text or call someone once you’re stopped and aren’t driving on the road. Also, make sure your music is at a reasonable level so you can hear your surroundings and react if necessary. Avoid distractions and tailgating other cars and you’ll likely have a rewarding and safe experience driving to your destination.

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Making Your Old Automobile Much More Efficient

There are plenty of good reasons to want to make your car more fuel efficient. It tends to be better for your parts, cost you less money, and be better for the earth. If you’re noticing that your old car is starting to guzzle more gas (or diesel), then here are a few things you can do to shape it up into a more efficient ride.

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Drive smarter

One of the best ways to cut down your fuel consumption is to simply be more mindful about how you’re driving in the first place. For instance, if you’re driving a diesel, you should idle for a couple minutes before taking off. Otherwise, avoid accelerating or decelerating too hard and reduce the weight of the car by not carrying things in the boot when you don’t need to, at least.

Check those tires

Given that they are where all the mechanical force of the car actually meets the road, the tires play a huge role in how much movement you get for every liter you burn and, as a result, your fuel efficiency. Use a tire pressure checker on a regular basis and, at very least, before every journey on a highway. Tires that aren’t aligned properly can begin to wear and tear unevenly, affecting their performance and, thus, your fuel efficiency too.

Keep the engine in good condition

Given that the engine is where the fuel is getting combusted in the first place, ensuring that it’s in good health is key to the car. Replacing old parts, even those as simple head studs that keep it all together, keeps it running better, which means running more efficiently. If your engine is getting on the old side, it’s worth having a closer look taken at it to see what you could get replaced.

Use high quality oil

It’s not just about the car, it’s about what oil you’re actually putting in there, too. This oil is responsible for lubricating all the moving parts of the engine. Low quality oil is more likely to contain particulates that do the opposite and lose its lubricating quality more quickly. For that reason, you should flush the oil currently in the car if it’s not of a high-quality and invest in better.

Consider an air intake system

Aside from the quality of oil that you use, your engine’s performance (namely, the combustion process) is going to be greatly improved with the right mix of oxygen in there. To that end, adding a high-flow cold air intake system to the car can greatly increase air quality and, as a result, fuel combustion rates. You get more out of burning less fuel, meaning you don’t use as a much fuel to get from A to B.

Take care to know when it might be time to replace your car. You can hold back the tides of time and decrease efficiency, but you should keep in mind when it becomes more cost-effective to simply make the switch, as well.

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The Future Of The Cars On Our Roads

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We have all heard about autonomous cars making a comeback this decade. They will be cars that drive themselves, nobody at the wheel and available for us whenever we need them. That is the ideal. We also know that a lot of cars are going to become electric this decade, as a way to save the planet’s resources and use elements that aren’t so damaging. So are electric cars the future?

Beyond the subjective questions – like what needs to happen for each respondent to decide for themselves to switch to using an electric vehicle, the respondents in a recent survey were asked about their clearly unscientific assessments about the rate of technology penetration in the world. On average, car owners believe that they themselves will consider purchasing an electric car in three years, towards 2024, but they believe (on average) that only in 2030 will the car industry cross the turning point and most new cars sold in the world will be electric. Of course the average, by its very nature, misses the differences between all the countries surveyed, and in some countries governments act faster than in others, as well as in a more determined and effective manner. Car owners in India, for example, will consider buying an electric car as early as 2022, that is, in a little over a year, while the Chinese – who are actually leading the revolution, answered that they believe it will only happen a year later.

Charging infrastructure: The egg and chicken problem

Many of the respondents in a recent study actually rated the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles as the most important critical challenge for them. Seventy percent of respondents believe that the turning point for an electric vehicle will exist only after their national charging infrastructure is available to them at least as much as existing gas stations. However, by 2030, will this not be a problem anymore? It is rather ambitious but electric cars do seem to have quite a few benefits; one of which they claim is financial. 

Selection of vehicles: Wanting to diversify

A selection of electric vehicle models is indeed a less important barrier for most, but precisely in terms of fleet managers this is currently perceived as the second most important factor on the way to the turning point. In total, more than half of the respondents indicated that they would consider switching to an electric vehicle only when they found a model equivalent to their favorite vehicle. They can still look at changing their tyres and painting their exteriors. Platinum Wheel Repairs are important to ensure the safety of any car.

One of the important challenges facing anyone today is to help customers understand that most barriers that are perceived by them as separating them from switching to an electric vehicle are likely to be removed much earlier than they think. An electric car on its own is certainly a big purchase but it is a very valuable investment that will serve you well into the coming decade.

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Be Smart about Your next Car Purchase with this Ultimate Guide

New cars in this day and age tend to have much better safety features and they also come with way more tech gizmos as well.  That being said, a lot of people make mistakes when they buy a new car. They go into too much debt and they also struggle to come out of the other side better off. If you want to find out more then carry on reading.

Get Preapproved

The best advice you can get is to get a preapproved loan before you go to the dealership. If you have a preapproved loan from your bank or your credit union then this will help you out far more than you realise. You may even find that you are able to save money on the deal you are getting from your dealer and that you are able to pay down your car faster too. Another bonus of doing this is that the salesperson won’t be able to talk you into taking out extra features on the car you have chosen because your loan will be pre-approved and you won’t be able to go over this amount. If you aren’t sure if you need a new car then remember that you can easily source diesel truck parts online if you need to get your existing car repaired.

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Keep it Simple

If you are purchasing a car at a dealership then you have to make sure that you focus on a single thing at a time. Don’t tell the salesperson too much, remember that you’re playing a game. If you’re playing poker, you don’t show everyone that you have a pair of queens, do you? At the dealership, you need to start out with the price of the vehicle you plan to buy.  The dealership will want to know if you plan on trading in your existing car. If you can, don’t tell them this. You are going up against pros so the more you can keep things in your favour, the better. You need to negotiate the best deal possible and then offer to trade in your car. If you do this, then you may find that you are able to come out with even more money knocked off your purchase, so keep that in mind.

Don’t Buy Add-Ons

If you have bought a car then you will probably know how this works. You have probably been at the dealership for a number of hours and you’re probably tired by the end of it. Your dealer will probably offer you a ton of extras at the end, whether it is an extended warranty, paint protection plan, tyre protection plan or even gap insurance. Dealers tend to make a small fortune on this kind of stuff, and usually it will be very overpriced. Most people have no idea how to get a fair price here, so you need to say no to all of it. If you do, then you will probably come to the conclusion you don’t need it anyway.

Beware of Seven Year Car Loans

A third of loans that are given out tend to be over 7 years. This is a very dangerous trend because you will be paying way more interest and you may also find that it is harder to pay everything down.

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Cars: The Greatest Freedom Tool Ever Invented

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When you think about human freedom, you usually think about ancient Greek philosophy, the invention of democracy, and libertarianism. But being free is actually a lot more practical than many people in their ivory towers imagine. 

Cars, for instance, are arguably the greatest tool for freedom ever invented. For the first time in history, people can hop into a vehicle and travel wherever they want on the public roads, without having to pay a fortune for the privilege. Practically everyone in work can afford these objects. 

How We View Our Cars

It wasn’t always this way, of course. The 1960s, for instance, was an era before universal car ownership. The vast majority of working people couldn’t afford to run a private motor vehicle, so they had to rely on walking, trains, or bicycles instead. 

When cars began coming down in price to the point where the average person could afford them, they were hailed as freedom-giving objects. All of a sudden, a family living in the middle of a big city could pack their bags and go to the beach whenever they liked, without having to hop on the train first. Plus, they could travel back whenever they liked, instead of having to keep an eye on the clock. 

Young people experienced a similar level of freedom for the first time too. They were able to go out late, drive where they liked, and meet up with their friends, so long as they had access to a car. It was seen as the greatest tool for freedom in the history of mankind, giving anyone who owned one unprecedented level of independence. 

The view of cars, however, began to change. And by the turn of the millennium, very few people saw them as a tool for freedom. In fact, most began viewing them as objects that polluted and damaged the natural world – a far cry from fifty years beforehand. 

The rise of the car wreck lawyer also began to change things. For the first time, we saw that cars were also extremely dangerous and that safety was a real concern on the roads. 

Because of these major narratives, we’ve forgotten about the freedom that cars offer us. But it’s still there, and we should celebrate it. 

Reclaiming The Car Freedom Narrative

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Major social forces are changing the way that we view our motor vehicles. The global elite actually wants to put an end to private vehicle consumption because of the impact that they believe it is having on the climate. 

But with the advent of electric motor vehicles, that could all be about to change. In the future, the problem won’t be the cars themselves at all – it’ll be the coal and gas power plants providing them with energy. 

Cars will once again become a kind of guilt-free pleasure that anyone can enjoy. And it’s going to happen sooner than many think. Already EVs are economically compelling. And by the time we get to the middle of the next decade, the price of making them will have fallen below regular ICE vehicles, ushering in a new era.

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How The Way You Drive Changes As You Get Older

Driving is possibly the closest thing that we have to a rite of passage in the west. Once somebody can full command of a dangerous two-ton motor vehicle, they suddenly enter a world of genuine life and death responsibility. It’s a critical part of the “adulting” process for many people. 

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Remember, society tends to coddle children as they grow up. We don’t accept any form of danger. And that means that young people never really get a taste of what it means to have genuine responsibility. Many of the attempts to build “rounded” people involve an element of fakery or make-believe. 

Driving, however, is just about as real as it gets in the modern world. Health and safety haven’t yet conquered the private motor vehicle, which means that many young people still have the opportunity to take the power of life itself into their hands. 


Of course, very few people describe what’s going on in these terms. We don’t have a narrative about what it means to become a driver. It’s just something people do. But the fundamentals are all there. Driving is a kind of gateway to adulthood – and one of the only ones we have left. 

You would think, therefore, that young drivers would be the most cautious. After all, they don’t have experience on the road. And they’re only just learning to get behind the wheel. Unfortunately, that’s not usually how it works out in practice. Instead, young drivers are much more likely to take risks than any other age group. 

It’s all to do with the maturing brain. Experts think that it takes until at least age 25 for people to develop the ability to adequately judge risk. So because so many people start driving in their late teens, they don’t have the psychological machinery in place to know what styles of driving are dangerous and which aren’t. It’s just not in their makeup. 

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Getting into a crash, however, can have all sorts of long-term financial ramifications. Financial recovery after an accident, for instance, often takes a long time and help from professional legal experts. Rehabilitation from injuries is also sometimes a multi-year project. 

As people get older, therefore, they begin to see the realities of these risks. It’s not just a matter of protecting themselves, but also their families and other people on the road. Getting into a crash can have all sorts of long-term adverse effects, both materially, and psychologically. 

Older drivers, therefore, tend to leave behind their “boy racer” days. Their primary concern becomes comfort instead of thrill-seeking. And that’s reflected in the way that they drive. 

They also naturally create a kind of unconscious intelligence that helps them become better drivers. Over the years, they learn about the kinds of situations that are dangerous and take precautionary action to prevent an accident. The interesting thing is that many people do this automatically, without even realizing it, which is why your chances of being in an accident plummet in your forties and fifties before rising again in old age.

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Making The Perfect Driving Playlist

If you are in the middle of planning for all of the places you are going to see as soon as possible, then you might be considering a few long drives. 

Read a great post on planning a road trip here: Planning The Best Summer Road Trip Ever.

What is something that makes a road trip something you never forget? The right weather, great company, and an epic playlist. 

We all have different tastes in music. Some of us like heavy metal, and others love classical. Yet, there are some essential planning tips that can make your playlist something to rival even the master playlist curators from your most-used streaming service. 

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Device

You are most likely going to use your mobile phone to Bluetooth your music to your car stereo. Or plug something into your AUX. One of the critical things to remember is that you might hit areas where you don’t have a signal or use up your data. Downloading your entire playlist when you are at home will help avoid most issues. Spotify has the option to download the playlist. 

Before you head out, you must make sure your speakers are up to the task. There is nothing worse than speakers that hum or buzz as you are driving. Check out this informative buyers guide to make sure you have the 

Two Lists

If you have two genres that you enjoy, use that to create two separate lists. The first step is to put in 20 of your favorite songs in each genre. But don’t try and rush it; take your time. It’s a great idea to have a notebook around, and when a song pops into your head or write it down, this will help you create your base list. 

You can then find songs that go with this to give you an excellent and easy to listen to playlist.

Ideally, you want between five and seven hours of music on each playlist. This can amount to hundreds of songs when you consider that many songs are around 3 to 4 minutes long.

It also decreases the likelihood of having to skip too many songs or a song that keeps repeating.

Creating two lists can also give you two different driving experiences—one for cities and one for the countryside or early mornings and late evenings. 

Classics

There are some classics that everyone can enjoy and sing along to. 

  • Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way / Rhiannon
  • Eagles – Take It Easy
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
  • Kansas – Carry on Wayward Son
  • Boston – More Than a Feeling

You can also check out the playlists for driving curates by some streaming services for some inspiration:

  • Apple Music Driving Playlist
  • YouTube Music Driving Playlist
  • Spotify Driving Playlist

TimeOut magazine published a great list of 50 of the best road trip songs of all time, which are worth checking out!

The songs that you choose to accompany you on your long drives can make the surrounding environment even more interesting and enticing—listening to 70s and 80s classics on a long stretch of clear open road, with the warm summer sun? – There is nothing like it.

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