Warning! 3 Signs Your Car Needs To Be Serviced

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No matter how well you look after your vehicle, it’s inevitable that problems will arise. With car ownership, it’s sometimes not so much about preventing problems, but picking up on them while they’re only small. To do this, you need to pay attention to your vehicle as it often tries to tell you when things are wrong.

Keeping that in mind, here are three signs your car needs to be serviced:

Check Engine Light Is On

Nobody wants to see the check engine light shining brightly on their dashboard display. Naturally, this is a sign that something is wrong with your engine. But, there are so many things that can trigger the light to turn on. As a result, you need to get your car seen to by a professional mechanic as soon as possible. They can run engine diagnostic checks using fancy software and will tell you the exact problem. Once they know the cause, they can work on fixing it and ensuring that check engine light doesn’t return. Most cars make a sound when this light turns on, and it should greet you every time you turn on your car. So, you have no excuse for not noticing it!

Oil Light Is On

Unless you’re driving a very, very, old car, then you should have an oil light on your dashboard. This could be a warning light, or it could actually tell you if your oil levels are normal/low. When the oil warning light is on – or it says the oil is low – then you have a problem. You need to take your car in for service to get the oil situation checked right away. Companies like Kwik Kar Oil Change & Auto Repair can replace and refill the oil for you, which is essential to keep a healthy engine. When there’s not enough oil, and you keep driving your car, then all the important gears and parts are moving without proper lubrication. This is when overheating happens, or when something gets damaged. In short; if your car is warning you of a low oil level, then book a servicing right away.

Bumpy Ride

Some cars come with terrible suspension and ride comfort, which means every journey is very rough and uncomfortable. However, most cars have pretty decent driving stability, so you shouldn’t have problems driving – particularly on reasonably smooth roads. So, when you notice a sudden shift in the ride comfort, and it feels really bad all of a sudden, then this is a warning sign. It could indicate issues with the suspension, or maybe something less serious like reduced tire pressure. Regardless, if your car is usually quite smooth on the roads, but suddenly feels bumpy, then this is a sign it needs servicing.

The earlier you spot these warning signs, the quicker you can deal with them. As a result, you should catch problems in their early stages before they develop into costly issues that plague your car for years to come. Get in there early, and save your bank balance from being depleted!

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Cutting The Costs When You Get Your Next Car

You’re not the first person to feel exhausted by the numerous costs of owning a car. It’s an expensive asset. And it can be frustrating to see that expensive asset slowly deteriorate in quality and value as the years go by. However, owning a car doesn’t have to be quite as costly as you might think. You could be saving a lot of money if you just change your approach to running and maintaining your vehicle, as we’ll discuss now. When it’s time for you to upgrade to your next car, the guidance in this article should help you to cut your costs.

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Buying the car itself.

First of all, you should aim to keep the costs low when buying the car itself. As mentioned in the introduction, the initial price tag shouldn’t be the only factor in your decision-making process because there are so many other costs attached to car ownership, but it’s probably the biggest expense you’ll face over the duration of your car’s lifetime. One way to reduce the cost of a car purchase is to search for used and newly refurbished vehicles. You’d be amazed how many top-quality vehicles there are out there at half the price of brand new models on the market.

Of course, you can cut the costs on your next car even if you buy a newer model – you just need to do some shopping around. There are always dealerships offering limited discounts on certain cars from certain manufacturers. You just need to compare all the available options on the market with a quick Google search. Make sure you do your research. You could even get yourself the new 2018 Chevy for a discounted price. There are plenty of new cars out there for discounted prices if you know where to look. That’s why it’s important not to lunge at the first shiny car you see at your local dealership. Shop around and get a feel for prices on the market. You could even choose to lease instead of outright buying a new car if you really want to save some money, but that’s only a viable option if you plan on changing cars in a few years.

Getting a good deal on your insurance.

Insurance policies give everyone a headache. There are so many options from so many providers, and it’s difficult to figure out what kind of coverage you actually need or how much the whole thing should cost. For starters, don’t go for the renewal quote from your existing insurer. You might think it’ll be cheaper if they want you to stick with them, but the best discounts can be found by going to a new company. Insurers like to entice new customers by offering a big discount for the exact same coverage that long-term customers would get if they paid the full price.

It’s also worth considering raising your deductibles when arranging an insurance policy with a provider. Essentially, this means that you’d be paying less money on your insurance payments, but you’d have to cover more of the costs yourself in the event that you had to make a claim. However, you’ll save yourself more money in the long-run from all the monthly insurance payments you’ll have reduced. It’s about weighing up costs against benefits.

Driving sensibly.

Another smart way to cut the costs on your next car would be to drive more sensibly. You’d be surprised by the amount of money that can be wasted through bad driving habits. Accelerating and braking too hard wastes gas, and that could be making a bigger dent in your bank account than necessary. If you care about fuel economy then start driving carefully so as to avoid frequent pit stops at gas stations. You’ll save yourself a lot of money in the long-run, and it’s always a smart idea to drive cautiously for the sake of people’s safety too.

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Leaving the car at home.

It might seem like a simple suggestion, but one of the best ways to cut the costs when you get your next car might be to simply leave it at home. Obviously, you’ll need it for work and long trips, but you don’t necessarily need it to drive 5 or 10 minutes into town. You could walk with your friends or family to the places you need to visit. Leaving the car at home will save you money on petrol and reduce the wear and tear your vehicle endures. Plus, it always healthy to exercise more often; many of us lead sedentary lifestyles in the modern age. It’s a win-win situation. In fact, it might be a win-win-win situation. The point is that it’s a financially smart move to leave your car at home from time to time.

Of course, if you own a classic car or a used car that’s already a few years old then it’s a good idea not to abandon your vehicle for too long. Make sure that you still take your car out from time to time just to keep the mechanics ticking over nicely. It’s just about getting the balance right. You don’t want to underuse your car and letting it become a neglected and temperamental machine, but you also don’t want to overuse your car and wear it out whilst also wasting a lot of money on petrol for unnecessary trips. This takes us to the next point in the article.

Looking after your car.

We’ve already talked about cutting the costs by leaving your car at home and how it’s important not to overuse (or underuse) your vehicle, but there are many other ways in which you can look after your car to save money. Obviously, you also need to look after your car so as to ensure it remains roadworthy and safe for you and the people around you. But taking care of your car is smart from a financial perspective too. You have to take your car in for regular servicing anyway, but things can go wrong with your vehicle in between those frequent check-ups; cars can occasionally be unpredictable. The best way to avoid a costly repair job when something goes majorly wrong is to become a master of self-maintenance. You need to check over your vehicle frequently to keep it in good shape.

For starters, you should check the tyre pressure frequently. A flat tyre could lead to a dangerous accident on the road; that’s a threat to your safety and to your finances. Additionally, deflated tyres aren’t very economical for your car. You’re wasting money on petrol if you don’t keep your tyres well-inflated. As discussed earlier, there’s a lot you can do to ensure that your car is as economical as possible in terms of fuel; your driving ability is only one aspect of this. Additionally, you should maintain your car by cleaning it thoroughly. Dirt on the bodywork of your car can lead to rust, and rust can lead to mechanical aspects of your vehicle being damaged. If you really want to cut the costs when you get your next car then you need to strive to keep it in better shape than your last one. And if you do notice a minor issue then you’ll be able to repair it yourself (or take it for repairs) at a fraction of the cost you’d face if you let the issue develop into something more serious. Keep your car tuned if you want it to use less gas and avoid breakdowns.

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4 of the Best Reasons to Buy an SUV

When the price of fuel for your car seems to rise and rise, and there can feel like some social pressure to downsize your car, some people are turning away from getting an SUV (sports utility vehicle). But there are plenty of reasons why choosing an SUV is still a good thing for you. You just have to look at how much Tesla and their new model 3 car has been in the news recently, to know that for now, electric vehicles aren’t all that they are cracked up to be. So until those things can be ironed out, a traditional car can be the way forward. Which is where an SUV can come in.

If you’re toying with the idea of getting an SUV, then here are some of the reasons to make the jump. Because at the end of the day, when you need an SUV, you need an SUV.

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Large Space

If you’ve got a big family, then you need a way to transport them all. Simple as that. And an SUV can be one of the ways that you can do that efficiently, without having to get two vehicles. There are plenty of 7 seat SUVs for bigger families, as well as ones that are flexible with the seating, so you can use them if you drive a lot for work, for example. Being able to take more and more people at the same time, as well as equipment or luggage, is going to make your journeys more efficient and make your impact on the environment lower. Multiple trips for the same purpose isn’t going to be a good thing.

Good Gas Mileage

I know what you’re thinking, can you really get good gas mileage with an SUV? Back in the day, they were gas-guzzlers that would have a pretty inefficient gas mileage. But times change. And with them, so does the technology. With that, manufacturers have been looking to make their vehicles more efficient and better for the environment. There are plenty of SUVs out there now that get over thirty miles per gallon, which is a pretty standard amount for a car. Good gas mileage, and you don’t have to compromise on size, space, or the other qualities of an SUV.

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Safety

All cars have to go through rigorous testing when they are being created. And all modern cars are fixed with things like airbags, roll cage, and things like traction control. But let’s face facts; if you have a small Mini crashing into a larger SUV, the physics of it all will tell you that you’re going to be better off in the SUV in a situation like that. So while all modern cars are pretty safe, there are some that are going to make it safer for you to be in than others.

In a similar vein, SUVs are going to be the things that are better off in inclement weather too. In floods and storms, the are going to be better to get you through, and to even help others. They can pull trucks and trailers, as well as be better in snow and ice due to the off-road features that they have. This may depend on where you live as to what conditions you face. But a Toyota 4Runner is a pretty good example of an SUV that can do well in all weather conditions.

Command Seating Position

It makes sense that the higher you are sat up, the further you can see down the road. You are likely to see other cars and traffic, hazards, and people slamming on their breaks. So if you are in an SUV, it can make driving a little easier for you, as you can spot things before, or just before, they happen. It can help in just general out-and-about driving too. Think about parking in a larger vehicle, for example. You will have a better vision of the space and what is around you, as well as being able to see over walls or fences. For driving off-road, you’ll be able to spot obstacles before they come up too.

Here are just a few of the points why SUVs make a good vehicle, for families, and couples alike. They can be a good asset for business too. They can look good too. But at the end of the day, the choice is yours. Just don’t write it off as a potential vehicle for your family, as it can be a massive benefit and make your life simpler and safer.

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Here’s How You Organise Everything for your Next Road Trip

Going away for a road trip can be a very exciting experience and you would be surprised at how easy it is for you to get everything organised. The problem that a lot of people have is they have no idea what they need to pack and they also have no idea how they are going to fit everything they need into their car either. If you want to avoid all of this then you can find out some helpful hints and tips below.

Space Bags

Space Bags are ideal if you are going away on a road trip. The main reason for this is because they give you the chance to pack down any clothing items with ease. All you have to do is put them in the plastic bag and then vacuum all of the air out. This will really make the whole thing way easier for you and it will also mean that you have way more space as well. You also need to make sure that you don’t focus on the boot space that you have, for example, your car is full of nooks and crannies, and these are great if you want to pack certain items. Try and put your shoes under the seat rather than taking up space in the boot, and put any snacks behind the seats so they can be accessed by the people in the back.

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Plastic Tubs are Great

Instead of putting every bottle of shampoo, conditioner, soap and more in a bag and trying to slot your clothes in around them, try and use a plastic box instead. Plastic boxes provide you with a way higher level of organisation and they also make it way easier for you to access your items as well. You can even stack your boxes on top of one another as well, and this will give you way more space in the car when compared to carrier bags or other holdalls. Ratchet straps are great if you want to keep everything secure in the back of a truck or anything else similar, but it helps to know how to loosen ratchet straps before you get everything loaded.

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The 7 Day Rule

If you are going on a road trip for 7 days then it’s super important that you pack a bag that will help you to go for this length of time. A lot of people make the mistake of packing way more clothes than they need, and this can cause a ton of issues when the time comes to load the car. If you want to avoid this, then just pack 5 of everything, with 7 pairs of socks. After all, you can easily wear the same t-shirt for more than 2 days in a row, and this will really help to save space if everyone who is taking the trip does it.

So it is very easy for you to really get a good result out of your road trip, and by taking the time to organise your belongings, you can save yourself both time and money.

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Some Ways To Find The Classic Car Of Your Dreams

Nothing beats the idea of the classic, especially when it comes to cars. However, it’s extremely hard to find such a commodity in a world obsessed with bringing out a ‘new and updated’ model from every car brand every single year. And yet, vintage is something people pay a lot of money for, and hundreds to thousands attend conventions and shows to see the hints of vintage in the vehicles we only ever seem to see on the TV every year.

Sure, your love for a car from yesteryear can be expensive, but it’s worth it if you’re a collector looking to pad out your previous investments, or simply to enjoy the culture of them. But even attending all the shows and scouting out the used car dealerships can turn you up empty-handed, so what do you have to do to find the classic car of your dreams?

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You Have to Take a Chance

Taking a chance is something a lot of people don’t like to do; it’s risky, and you could lose a lot of money. When something so valuable is on the line, you want to be assured, and always feel like you’re the one in control. However, sometimes you absolutely have to be able to let go, and take a chance on a model that might not be in the condition you want, or on a dealer you’re not sure the reputation of.

Of course, the latter option can be resolved with a lot of research, but the former is something a lot of people turn their nose up at. Stop yourself right now if you’re doing that. It’s not going to help you get your hands on the car you’ve always wanted, and it will mean you finally get to say you own a 60s Camaro or even a Cadillac. Isn’t that worth it?

You Have to Look Far Afield

Especially in other countries, even if that’s right out of your budget. Because if you know someone across the pond has the car you’ve been looking for, for a long time, now you’re going to have a much more concrete goal in mind. For example, you can start saving up for shipping a car over from the USA. Or you can simply try and arrange a trip to go and see the model in question, and practice your negotiation skills on its current owner.

As a general rule however, this is a good thing to keep in mind. There’s always going to be more opportunities outside of the pool you’ve allowed yourself to look into, and you should never restrict yourself to just a few sources for finding a vintage car. Classic cars are in short supply these days by definition, so increasing your availability is going to turn up much better results.

Finding the classic car you’ve always wanted to get your hands on will take time and effort, don’t underestimate that. But you can increase your chances by being smart about your search.

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How To Limit the High Cost of Car Ownership

Now, it’s not hard to see the benefits of owning a car. It gives us freedom, options, and, yes, they’re pretty fun to drive. But there’s no getting around the fact that while they’re sometimes seen as an essential, the costs that are attached move car ownership into the “luxury” category. So if you’re going to own a car, you better be prepared to open your wallet up. However, there are ways to keep those high costs down. Take a read below, and you’ll be on your way to more cash in your pocket.

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Don’t Drive the Car

We know what you’ll be thinking when we say that the best way to limit the car costs is to…leave the car at home: “Wow, good advice!” But hear us out. While you’ll need to drive your car from time to time, you don’t need it every time you leave your house. If you’re not going far, then look at walking, cycling, or taking public transport. You’ll save money on gas and parking, which can add up to a significant amount of cash when spread over a year and more.

Get What’s Yours

The car’s cost might seem like the biggest vehicle expense you’ll have, but this isn’t necessarily the case. If you’re in an accident, then you might have to fork out some of your money for a new car, medical treatment, and to make up some of the money you’ve lost through taking time off work, amongst other expenses. If you’re adamant that it wasn’t your fault, then fight back. Call Hughey Law, and you’ll have taken the first step towards claiming some of the money that’s rightfully yours. It’ll go a long way towards getting you back on the road without being out-of-pocket.

Invest in your Vehicle

Your car isn’t going to last forever. There’ll come a time when it looks like it’s beginning to fade away, and you have to start looking for a replacement vehicle. This moment is unavoidable, but you can have an influence on when it will happen. If you take care of your car, then you might be able to stretch out a few more years out of your vehicle! To do this, you need to invest in your car. Keep the engine well-looked by taking it regularly to a car expert, make sure it’s clean inside and out, and so on.

Learn how to Drive

The people who complain about how much cash they spend on gas are usually the same people who don’t know how to drive properly. By learning how to drive the correct way, you can greatly improve your MPG and thus reduce your gas consumption. Simple!

Look for Car Insurance

You need car insurance, but that doesn’t mean you should take the first quote you receive. The prices can vary significantly, and if you’re taking the first one you’re given, then you might be spending much more than you need to. Shop around, and you could save hundreds of dollars!  

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Concerns In The Car: Mentally Preparing For A Long Drive

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A long journey, like a family trip, or a road trip cross-country is as much of a mental challenge as it is a physical one. Heading out on the road for long stretches of time can take it out of you, which is why you need to prepare for this type of journey, especially if you’re not used to it. For those people who have just passed their driving test, or are novice drivers, the prospect of a long journey can be incredibly daunting, but what can you do to mentally prepare yourself for this type of journey? And are there any simple things you can have at your disposal to make the journey smoother?

Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Before you even get in the car, you need to make sure that you are prepared to drive. This means ensuring you have adequate energy reserves. First thing’s first, you need to get a good night’s sleep the night before, so your focus and attention doesn’t waver. In addition to this, you should fuel yourself adequately. Remember, a considerable amount of calories is taken up by your brain, so you don’t want to feel that your brain is running on empty on this trip. You also need to minimize distractions in the car. There are so many things now, from smartphones to in-car technology that can easily take your attention off the road. And for so many people that have been wrongfully injured in a car accident, distracted driving is one of the major culprits. Minimizing distractions, so you can focus on the road, and ensure that you are adequately fueled and rested, and it will be an easier journey.

Plan The Journey

A lot of the stress in driving is due to feeling like you’re in a rush. If you’re in a rush to travel a short journey, and you feel anxious, think about how much more this is multiplied when you are going on a lengthy excursion. Instead, plan ahead, do your research, and consider the various routes to get to your destination, and you will feel more in control of the situation. By planning ahead and leaving earlier than originally thought, you will arrive at your destination on time, in spite of traffic and external problems.

Understand Your Stress Triggers

To mentally prepare yourself for a long journey, you need to understand what stresses you out. There could be the various distractions in the car, but there could be things that affect you. If you are anxious and prone to stress after an hour on the road, then break up the journey. If you feel depleted of energy because you haven’t eaten enough, have snacks, but also make sure you’re hydrated. Driving a long journey means that you aren’t always so quick to reach for the water bottle. It’s a simple thing, but it can help on a stressful journey.

Your energy, your stress, and your ability to plan other three things that will have an impact on the quality of your journey. Overcome these issues, and there won’t be concerns in the car.

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