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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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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What To Do After A DUI

No one wants a DUI. No one wants to get behind the wheel of a car and cause an accident – but it happens. No one wants to have to tell their friends and loved ones that they weren’t careful with their life or with the lives of others. The thing is, this happens every single day. People have a great night with their friends and they drive. Or, they have a drink with a friend and then don’t drive for several hours – and still have a high blood alcohol level without realizing it.

Whether you have been pulled over for drinking and driving or having drugs in your system while you drive, you need to know what to do after you are issued with a DUI. If there is a chance that you could speak to an expungement lawyer and get your record squashed, that’s not something to concentrate on for right now. There are other things to do – and we’ve listed the four things that you must immediately do once you have been arrested.

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  • Remember, 10 Day Countdown.

You only get to have your license for ten days following an DUI arrest. The citation you get is a temporary license that allows you ten further days of driving, and after that, your license is suspended for six months depending on your blood alcohol level. From here, your lawyer can request a hearing to have your driving extended temporarily. You only have ten days to do this, and your attorney will have time to request all of the records and reports for the hearing itself. If they win, you can get your driving back. If they lose, you lose all your privileges for 30 days depending on your blood alcohol level.

  • Go To The Arraignment

You will have been given a date of arraignment, and this is the first appearance that you will go to where you will enter a plea as advised by your attorney. Even if you don’t have legal representation, you need to appear and you can ask the judge for more time to hire a lawyer.

  • Write It All Down

Even if you are compromised, you need to write everything that you remember down after the arrest. The whole day from start to finish needs to be written down to be remembered, and write to everyone you encountered, too, as they may be witnesses to your case.

  • Meet With An Attorney

You need a proper DUI attorney to discuss your case. You want the experts here – this could affect your whole future. The right attorney is going to help you to get through this case, advise you on what to say and what not to say. They will also be able to tell you what could be the end result from the arrest. You need to listen to your attorney and ensure that you understand what they are telling you. Anything you don’t understand, speak up!

If there is one lesson to be learned after a DUI, it’s never to repeat the process. You learn your lesson and you grow from it.

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Get These 9 Things Done Now To Prepare For Winter

Winter is well and truly on the way, and preparing for it is a must if you want to remain comfortable throughout the season. Preparation is key for success in any walk of life, but you want to make sure that you are ready for the colder months. No one wants to feel as if they can’t get warm again, and there is only so much that you can do to get yourself ready for the colder weather but we have every suggestion you need below!

It’s going to take some time but luckily, you are in good hands at the right time of the year! We’re on the brink of it and in the midst of all the pandemic panic, you can get yourself prepared. You have the time right now, and so let’s take a look at what you can do to make yourself comfortable.

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  1. Get Your Home Ready Slowly

It takes time to get a house warm for the winter months. You may want to crank up the heating and sit in the warmth, but it’s not the way to get your home ready for those temperatures outside the house. You need to consider the pipes and the outdoor faucets, as they can crack if they’re not adequately prepared. The house has to be ready for the cold and that means keeping your thermostat gradually warmer each day until it’s in the right bracket for the colder winds. Allowing your body to adjust is as important as allowing the house to do so, too. You can also seal up the windows properly and prevent any winds streaming through.

  1. Update Your Tow Numbers

If you are used to calling in tow companies for the snow, consider checking all of the numbers that you have so that you have a company that can take on any car, truck or even semis in the road! You want to make sure that you don’t get stuck in the snow, so your car needs to be loaded with these phone numbers of the right people to help if you do get caught!

  1. Sort Your Pest Control

During the summer, mice, rats and other pests can take refuge in your attic and basement. In the winter, you want to get rid of these pests once and for all. It’s so tempting for creepy crawlies to get into the house and get comfortable, but you can use the time now to get your pest control sorted out. From rodent traps to the sprays and powders for ants and other bugs. Prevention is better than cure and you need to take preventative measures as early in the season as possible.

  1. Upgrade Your Hardware

Outdoor hardware needs to be upgraded for your house for the winter. You wouldn’t have the right essentials indoors: milk and bread, blankets and torches, matches and more – without the outdoor hardware. You need to make sure that you have sidewalk salt, snowblowers, rakes and shovels for snow, de-icing equipment and more. You want to be able to tackle the frost and ice properly and you can do that with the right outdoor equipment!

  1. Call In The Chimney Sweeps

Do you have an old-fashioned chimney in your home? You need to call in the experts to clean the flue and get rid of any obstructions. When you do this, you can avoid any carbon monoxide poisoning risks. While you’re there, you should check the fire alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, too. These will alert you to any issues that may occur and keep you and your family as safe as possible.

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  1. Don’t Freeze The Pipes

You read earlier that you should prepare the pipes for the winter months, and you absolutely should. Burst pipes that are explosive due to frozen water through them and the last thing you need is to have to pay for a plumber to fix it all when they bust. Instead, prevention is another step to take here and your pipes will be better if you call in a plumber before the season begins. You should also check your sprinkler systems and your hoses to know if there is any risk of them bursting, too.

  1. Get The Car Ready

You’re going to be on the road in the winter, too, and that means that you need to get the car as ready as you would your house. Top off the tank, check the fluid lines, deice the windows and pretreat the locks so that they don’t get stuck. It could be the difference between life and death if you don’t get your car winter ready, so make sure that you fulfil everything that you can do for your car in the winter, including winterizing the tyres and making sure that they have the right tread and depth. While you wait for a tow out of the snow, you can enjoy your emergency bag you kept in the trunk of the car, which should include snacks!

  1. Prepare Your Mind

SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder – is a very real thing and you want to prepare your mind for a bout of depression and hope to keep it at bay. Winter is notorious for sickness and illness, and if you have the flu shot, you can help your body to feel well. Winter requires prevention and your body is as much in need of it as anything in the house. You can limit your time spent indoors and try to get into the sun as much as possible. You have to plan and prepare yourself for the colder months, and that involves you, too!

  1. Batten Down The Hatches

Get the screen doors and window screens updated where possible so that you are going to be protected from the strong winds and rain. You want to ensure that your house is a castle for the winter weather to bypass, not destroy! These nine things will get you ready for winter – what else can you do to make life easy?

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20+ Car Mods To Pimp Your Car With!

Everyone wants to have the best car around, and yet the modifications that you make to a car costs money. The more impressive the mod, the more expensive it can be. However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t indulge, right? If there is anything you want to spend your money on, it should be the car that you spend a lot of your time in. You deserve to feel happy and secure in the car that you drive, and we’ve put together a list of more than twenty car modifications to pimp out your car and make it look fantastic!

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Interior Car Modification Choices

There are so many ways that you can change up the interior of your car, and we’ve got a list that will help you to enhance the interior of your vehicle. You don’t have to choose the ones that cost a lot of money, so choose from the list below and see what works for you to improve the overall look of your car interior.

  • Start with the floormats. It’s always easy to modify when you work from the bottom up! The floor mats may not feel like a luxury mod for your car, but it’s going to instantly give your car an interior makeover. The floor mats can be changed for a new color if you want to give the whole thing a new look!
  • Next, you can add vinyl to the interior of the car and add something sweet in its style. Upgrading the vinyl also upgrades the color, and you can get creative with swirly styles and patterns, too. Vinyls are a good modification as it’s so easy to remove, which means that you can upgrade it as much as you like! 
  • Some people prefer to be comfortable when they are handling the steering wheel of their car as it makes for much easier driving. A steering wheel cover is a clever and not too expensive upgrade that is very easy to do yourself. You can go for a classy leather upgrade, or you can go for something warm and fluffy. Either way, you can really show off your personality when you choose a new steering wheel cover!
  • Switching out your pedals from your car to racing pedals is a great way to add a little sportiness. Racing pedals are often slimmer and longer than regular pedals, and this can be a good place to start if you want to lean toward a sports look for your vehicle.
  • You might not use the interior lights much, but you can upgrade your lights to LED dome lighting instead of the current lighting fittings that you have. It’s a nice way to upgrade cheaply and it will look good, too.
  • Seat covers may not be something you considered replacing before now, but if you want to upgrade the look of the car, the seats are a good place to start. You can go for a leather look, but if you have children, try something that isn’t too expensive so that you aren’t going to spend too much on an upgrade.
  • Install a phone holder to the car. You may already have a built-in satnav system, but your phone doesn’t need to rattle around in the arm of the car door. A magnetic phone holder is an essential if you want to use your phone for music or navigation. 
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Exterior Car Modification Choices

As well as the interior choices that we’ve listed above, you can check out a list of exterior car modifications, too. You can make your car look fun and unique and it doesn’t have to take much to do it. Exterior car modifications would be a good addition to the car if you want to make it look sleek on the road!

  • If you’re going for exterior mods, think about those classic racing stripes that you could have slicked onto the vehicle. This can stretch over the roof and the hood of the car, and it can make your car look completely unique to the rest of the cars on the road. You can pay someone else to install these for you, or you can do it and be as precise and careful as possible.
  • Shiny rims are a must if you want to pimp your ride. You can have gold plated rims or black ones if you want to be different with the rims of your car. Your wheels are going to shine in the sun and they’re a great way to improve the aesthetics of the vehicle!
  • Have you ever considered a roof wrap? A car wrap can add a nice accent to the car and even just wrapping the roof is a great way to improve the way that your car looks.
  • Did you know that adding wind deflectors to your car is a cheap mod that you can to improve the performance of the vehicle in general. Your car will be more aerodynamic and cut through the wind far better than ever before. When you shop around, you can get a more affordable and quality wind-deflector and it can securely fit onto the vehicle to look good.
  • Tire covers are a fun way to upgrade the wheels of your vehicle if rims aren’t your thing. A tyre cover is fun and simple and you can add some fun designs to add a little personality to the car. You can even buy personalised tyre covers for the spare vehicle on the back of the car.
  • Number plates that are personalized are always a fun addition to the car. You can get some vanity plates without spending too much money and it shows your vehicle off. You can have a unique exterior modification this way!
  • Truck bed caps are one of the coolest car mods if you want to improve the look of your truck. The truck bed can be protected from scratches and scrapes this way, and it’s going to look good on your truck at the same time. There are some mods that are going to improve the protection of your vehicle, and this is the way to go!
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Even More Mods!

As well as these interior and exterior modifications, you can do these simple tips, too. Take the time to add these mods and you will have a car that stands out on the road!

  • You can show off your car with a luxury car door light. Every time you open the door, the logo of your brand will be projected onto the ground as you get in and out. It’s not hard to install it yourself, but it’s going to show off your car and make it look great. It’s a good talking point, too!
  • Cleaning your headlights is a very simple modification that you can make for your car and it will keep the car looking great and standing out the way that it should. Cleaning your headlights properly is important, and you can ensure that you do this cheap car modification yourself, too! Polycarbonate headlight covers often scratch and become blurry, but with a good clean you can make sure that it looks great! 
  • Upgrading your windshield wipers is a fun way to change things up. You cadd a new color, if you’re bored with black wiper blades and it’s a ast and cheap way to modify without making it permanent. You can always change them again if they don’t happen to be to your taste.
  • Car decals may not have crossed your mind before, but they can be a fun addition to the exterior of the car and even the back windows. Stick figure decals can detail your family and you can even add some fantastic logos and fun stickers to make the car stand out. You can be so creative here and this will help you to upgrade your vehicle very cheaply.
  • Headlight covers are a nice way to add to your car, but you may not choose to use eyelashes – they’re a little bit old school! A headlight cover can make a big difference and oftentimes, colored headlight covers can offer a cool smoky look to the car that you cannot get elsewhere!
  • Check the law before you do this one, but did you know that you may be able to get rid of the front license plate of the car? All you need is a screwdriver for this modification, and you can take it off without help, too. It makes the front of the car look far more sleek. 
  • Lastly, window tints could be the coolest addition that you have for your car. If you’re lying in a hotter country, then window tints will help the UV light to be filtered out and you can reduce the heat inside the car, too. There are plenty of kits that enable you to do this yourself, but you should get the professionals to do it for you. You can get the information as to whether you can have dark tints or not from your local government rules.

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How to Make Money with Your Car

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 With the current economic crash, most people are looking for ways to make extra cash. Fortunately, you don’t have to look far for viable income-generating ideas since they’re all over.

 For example, some apps pay shoppers to purchase through affiliate websites. Health care organizations compensate donors willing to part with eggs, sperms, and plasma. However, you need to prepare for the risk that comes with some forms of medical donations.

 If you’re a car owner, you’re probably looking for opportunities to make money with your car. Monetizing your vehicle isn’t a far-fetched idea. Here are vehicular side hustles to put your vehicle into good use instead of letting stay idle, which compromises its quality

Sign up With a Ridesharing App

Becoming a ridesharing driver is a convenient and serious way to make money with your car. It entails driving people from one point to another and getting paid for it through an app. Although you share the proceeds with the app, you get a bigger part of the share.

 Ridesharing isn’t without challenges. It requires you to pass criminal background checks and a driving record. You also must meet the minimum vehicle quality and age standards. Remember, you also must be able to initially meet expenses like gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance. Some app options to consider include Uber, Lyft, and Wings. 

Food Delivery

Food delivery is a lucrative business that you can do part-time. Partner with local restaurants as their delivery driver. Alternatively, in this era of technology, you can use apps like DoorDash, Uber Eats, Postmates, Bite Squad, or Grubhub.

 Being a food delivery driver is equivalent to being a rideshare driver, minus the passengers. The peaks hours vary from app to app, but most deliveries are during lunchtime and dinnertime. The latter option is best for you if you have a 9-5 job. Sign up with multiple apps for the highest number of orders. 

Renting Out Your Car

If you don’t use your car every day and can’t use it for the two business ideas above, rent it out. You can avail for short-term use by locals who don’t own cars. You can also avail it for hire by travelers who don’t want to use traditional rentals when visiting your locality. Think of it as “Airbnb for cars.”

 Alternatively, you can rent your car for corporate car services. These are on-demand transportation services without signing up with apps like Lyft or Uber. You can start your own service and work with corporate clients that need client pickup service or transportation to events.

 You can potentially earn several hundred dollars in side income per month. This can go towards subsidizing your insurance premiums or loan installments.

Final Thoughts

You can use your car to earn extra money, whether you use it full time or part-time. However, remember that it involves some risks and trade-offs you must be prepared to face.

 Nonetheless, if your car is in good condition and you’re in the allowed age bracket for these services, you’re good to go. If you don’t want direct involvement, you could give your car to car rental companies and wait for the money.

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10 Ways To Ensure Your Car Lasts a Long Time

Buying a car is a massive investment, so it makes perfect sense to want to ensure that it manages to last a long time. Unfortunately, most people either drop their good maintenance habits after a few weeks or they just don’t really understand how to take good care of their vehicle. So in this post, we’ll be taking a look at 10 ways to ensure that your car manages to last for a long time.

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1. Learn to drive defensively

Driving defensively saves both lives and your car. It’s all about watching out for reckless drivers and being more aware of your surroundings when you’re out on the road.

2. Take good care of your car’s tires

Your car’s tires are one of the most important components to look after. If the tires have too much or too little air then it can cause your vehicle to behave in strange ways. It’s the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road, so it’s a good idea to maintain it and ensure that it’s not damaged. You also need to consider using the right tires for the right road conditions so that you don’t damage them.

3. Cover it when it’s not in use

Covering your vehicle ensures that it protects the coat of paint and keeps it looking and feeling fresh. It also protects it from any bird droppings, theft or adverse weather conditions that could damage your car. Make sure you keep your car in a garage if possible so that it’s protected from any potential threats.

4. Clear your car on a regular basis

It’s important to clean your car every few weeks to keep it looking fantastic and to scrub off any dirt or stains. Polishing your vehicle can help it maintain a nice sheen as well.

5. Don’t overload your vehicle with stuff

An overloaded vehicle is a heavy vehicle. This puts more pressure on the tires and suspension which can hasten the wear and tear. The vehicle might also behave a little differently which can be dangerous when steering or braking since your response will be much slower. Mechanical failures can be expensive, so it’s best not to put extra stress on your vehicle if you can avoid it.

6. Use your car on a regular basis

Much like any mechanical machine, it’s important to use it on a regular basis so that it doesn’t seize up and require repairs before you use it again. Make sure you take your car out for a drive every week if you’re not using it. Even if you’re just going around a few local roads, it’s important to ensure that your car continues functioning correctly.

7. Take your car to a mechanic now and then

You should visit a local mechanic every now and then to get your vehicle checked. In most cases, checking your vehicle every 6 months will help to sort out any potential issues before they become a problem. However, you should also phone your mechanic any time you notice something strange about your car, such as weird noises or handling issues. You might also want to contact specialist mechanics such as a Subaru Outback repair service to ensure you’re getting the best service possible for your make or brand of vehicle. While most mechanics specialise in all vehicles and models, working with a specialist is never a bad idea.

8. Keep the battery maintained

Keep the battery charged and make sure you maintain it like any other part in your vehicle. Ideally, you should change the car battery every four to five years to ensure it’s holding its charge. The last thing you want is a dead battery mid-journey. You can clean the battery to ensure that no dirt and debris get into the cells and you can also top up the electrolyte levels with distilled water.

9. Don’t run low on fuel

Sediment collects at the bottom of your fuel tank. This occurs naturally and isn’t something you can really change. However, if you’re constantly low on fuel, this sediment could end up clogging your vehicle. Make sure you’re always topped up on fuel and try not to run too low.

10. Pay more attention when buying your car
There are lots of things to pay attention to when buying a car, especially if it’s second-hand. You could learn about pre-existing issues that you should pay attention to, and you should learn more about your vehicle by reading the manual. This will help you learn more about maintenance tips and troubleshooting specific problems.

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Car vs Motorbike: 8 Considerations to Make the Best Choice

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Of course, if the budget would allow it, we would all invest in both. However, often, our savings allow us to choose only one of the two options. While this does not have to be negative necessarily, it is crucial to make the right choice for your lifestyle and personal preferences. 

Naturally, what experience you wish to have when you are on the road is a crucial aspect to consider. Yet, lifestyle, daily needs, and personal experience are just as important. If still unsure about the best vehicle choice for you and your family, consider the aspects below. 

Consider Your Morning Commute

We would all love to think about long road trips through stunning landscapes. But, the reality is that, more often, you will be driving through a busy city centre, trying to reach your office in time. Of course, you will have your weekend experience to enjoy every now and then, but it is also worth considering how you will primarily use your vehicle. 

If your commute is long or you need to get to the office and back at unusual times, a motorbike might not be your best choice. Indeed, a car might be a more comfortable option and offer you some shelter from the cold and wind, especially during the winter months. 

However, if your commute is only a short ride through tranquil streets, a bike can help you get to work in comfort and style throughout the year. 

How Big Is Your Household?

If your household includes several people, or you are planning on welcoming a new addition in your family, a bike might not be the most convenient option. Indeed, you will need to haul groceries, kids, and pets, and on a bike, this can be inconvenient or impossible altogether. 

Understanding what your daily needs are and having a clear prospect of what you will be using your bike for is crucial before committing to such an important purchase. Of course, if you are the only member of your household and you are not planning on expanding your family soon, you might consider the great experience that riding a bike instead of a car might offer you. 

Where Do You Live?

If you live in a busy city, buying a car might not be the best option for your needs. Larger cities make it difficult to navigate through heavy traffic with anything bigger than a motorbike. So, you might decide to opt for a two-wheeler, skip the traffic, and enjoy a much smoother ride to work. 

Riding a motorbike also allows you to find parking anywhere and without much struggle. This is a significant plus to consider if you love to live the city life and drive around. Having a bike instead of a car can help you cut down on transport time and enjoy more time around the city. 

At the same time, if you live in the countryside or away from facilities and shops, you might consider opting for buying a car. Indeed, on a bike, you will only have limited space to haul your groceries. 

In turn, this can translate into frequent, time-consuming trips to the nearest supermarket to keep your fridge full! If living just off the town centre, a larger car with more luggage space allows you to streamline your errands and daily responsibilities.

What Is Your Ideal Holiday?

Do you prefer to get away and enjoy a solo camping trip every second weekend? Or would you rather enjoy time with your family in an all-inclusive resort? Holidays might come around only once or twice each year, but they are one of the aspects on which we tend to spend the most. 

And, if you have the wrong type of vehicle for them, you can end up paying twice as much as you would have wanted to. Indeed, you might end up settling for an expensive rental car or even have to use public transportation services, which can add to the cost of the holiday. 

What Is Your Budget?

Cars are more expensive than motorbikes. Depending on the type of car you would settle for, you might also be facing substantial costs when it comes down to paying insurance, repairs, and maintainance. 

Oppositely, motorbikes are much cheaper to buy and run. Even with limited funds, you will be able to secure a high-quality bike, take care of the insurance, and keep up with all the maintenance tasks you need to ensure the bike is safe to drive. 

What Is the Climate in Your Area?

Considering the climate in your area is also essential. Indeed, if you live in an area where rainy, snowy, or harsh winters are common and long, a bike might not represent a smart investment. Indeed, you might not be able to ride your bike for several months a year, which means that you will also need to buy or rent a car as well.  

What Is Your Experience on the Road?

Riding a motorbike can be more challenging than driving a car. There are several more aspects to consider, and the level of safety while on your two-wheeler is not as high as the one that a car can offer. So, before committing to one of the two options, you should evaluate how confident you are on the road, and how extensive your experience is

Know Your Vehicle

Lastly, ensure you understand your vehicle. If you have never opted for a bike before, ensure you can always consult a specialist. In any case, you should start your biking experience on a bike with a smaller engine, and then move to more powerful bikes. Ultimately, when modifying or repairing your bike, ensure you are buying components and parts only from certified sellers that you can trust, such as CTA Powersports parts online.

Bottom Line

Deciding between buying a bike and car can be an extremely tough choice to make. Even if you have always loved to buy one of the two, considering your current lifestyle and future goals is crucial to make the most out of it. Indeed, purchasing a vehicle might be a long-term investment that might shape your lifestyle from now on. Take the time you need to make a wiser choice!

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