I just bought a used car, but I am going to have to do a few things before it is ready for the road. Right now there are a lot of little things that need to be fixed. The car has been sitting for a little bit of time and my uncle is the one who is going to do the tough parts of it. I had to write down the numbers on the tire sidewall and then figure out what that meant. My uncle explained it to me and it was really obvious that I needed to figure out what sort of tires I am going to need. Continue Reading »
We don’t let our classic cars go out on hire in the depths of winter, particularly once the first frosts arrive and the councils start spreading salt on the roads. Our cars were never rustproofed when new and even though we tend to Waxoyl them ourselves this can never be done completely and always leaves untreated bodywork which is subject to the dreaded tin worm.
We take them all off the road over the winter and work through our list of improvements and put them all through our garage for their main annual service. Putting them away for the winter isn’t just a matter of driving them into the garage and we do, and recommend that classic car owners do, as much of the following as is practicable.
- Clean and polish the whole car properly, including the underside of the bonnet and boot lids and as much of the engine bay as is reachable. Empty the boot and clean and polish the inside of the boot and the boot floor.
- While you have
Most know the basics when it comes to getting used cars, but it can be tricky first timers and buyers who aren’t familiar with the process. Following these tips can make the buying process a little less painful so that the focus can be on acquiring a new (old) ride.
1. Find a Reputable Dealership
The best way to make sure used car purchases are legitimate (and that the automobiles are in the condition advertised) is to buy from a reputable place. Car dealerships always have a pre-owned lot, and most all carry a wide variety of models and makes. Buying from individual owners can sometimes work out, but that also makes it easier for the seller to misrepresent or change the wreck or condition history. Dealerships, however, are typically held to higher standards and cannot get away with false representation.
2. Look into Certified Pre-owned
One option some people may overlook when it comes to getting another automobile is buying certified pre-owned. Warranties are hard to come by on
Driving is something which we all do almost on a daily basis, we all have to go for a meeting or to our offices, most of the parents use car to pick up their children from the schools, or going for a picnic with the whole family, one way or the other, we all travel. You know what is common between all these things, it’s the use of car and when we say car, it automatically directs to the use of tyres.
Your tyres play an important role in your driving, it connects with the road, take all the bruises, but rarely complain. Therefore, the importance of these tyres should never be underestimated. Though you use it every day, but have you ever thought how these tyres resist so much, what is the technology behind it? If not, then you must learn about it. In this article, we will learn how to keep our tyre fit and healthy, so that they can last really long.
1) Keep the tyres on
Big Austin Healeys have always been notorious for heavy oil consumption – even the manual says they may consume 1 pint of oil per 250 miles. While this was probably normal in the 1940s and 1950s it is not the case on modern cars. Some of this oil goes past the valves and mixes with the exhaust gases that are ‘blown-by’ the piston rings into the crankcase. Our Healey is fitted as standard with a Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) system which links the crankcase to the rocker cover and then via a T-piece across to the rear of one of the carburettor air filter canisters. This is designed to reduce the gas pressure built up in the crankcase and rocker cover, rather than reduce the oil consumption.
The PCV system means that the oil fumes are sucked into the carburettors by the inlet manifold vacuum and burnt along with the fuel. When I accelerated hard in our Austin Healey 3000 I could see exhaust fumes in the rear view mirror, so it seemed the system was burning some oil as well as the crankcase fumes.
A coupe of years ago I decided to fit an
On a guided tour of a Bentley dealer, the service manager took great pride in emphasising their attention to detail by showing me one of the mechanics painting the brake calipers on a modern Bentley that was in for a service. I’ve been doing this for years on our fleet of classic cars for a number of reasons.
Anyone who has bought a classic car that hasn’t had much use knows that rust on the brake calipers can cause problems. It is unsightly when viewed through nice gleaming chrome wire wheels or period alloy wheels. But most importantly rust can actually cause problems with the braking system when servicing.
The calipers are normally made out of cast iron and while some cars have nickel plated or, better still, copper brake pipes, virtually all of them have steel fittings on the brake pipes and steel brake bleed nipples which can rust. If the rust isn’t kept under control then the bleed nipples can rust into the calipers making it virtually impossible to bleed the brakes. I have seen too many cars where the flats on the bleed nipples have been rounded off so that they can
The headquarter of Ford is in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. This is the place where the ex-chief engineer of the Edison Illuminating Company, named Henry Ford founded the, “Ford Motor Company”, on June 16, 1903 with a capital amount of $28,000 along with twelve other investors. The famous scientist Thomas Alva Edison was a great friend of Henry Ford and he encouraged him to go ahead with his idea and dream of establishing an automobile company which will manufacture simple and affordable car for the Americans.
At the beginning only two to three workers worked on each car. On July 23, 1903 the company sold its first produced car, Ford Model A and Dr. Ernst Pfennig a dentist from Chicago, became the first owner. Other car manufacturers made cars for wealthy people but Ford developed a design and manufacturing method that reduced the price of the Model T, which made its debut in 1908 at a price of $825. In its first year a record sale of over 10,000 cars was reached. Four years later the price dropped to $575. By 1914 Ford claimed a share of 48% of the automobile market. The car
The United States of America is a physically large nation. In fact, at 3,800,000 square miles, it ranks as the fourth largest country in the world. Connecting these vast expanses is a network of roads and interstates that is more than 4,000,000 miles in total length. In short, not only is the U.S. an enormous nation, but it is also a nation built to be traveled by the automobile. The vehicle that perfectly embodies this is the recreational vehicle, or RV for short.
The first motor home was built in the 1910s, and by the 1920s such vehicles had become widespread. Today hundreds of thousands are sold every year. An RV can vary in size from a converted minivan all the way up to luxury land yachts that stretch longer than 40 feet. Some campers are bare bones, with a cot being the only amenity. Others have full kitchens, bathrooms, king sized beds, and expanding walls. So no matter what level of comfort you are used to, you can find a motor home that will fit your style. Here are three reasons that you should want one.
The two biggest expenses that most
Going camping is a great way to relax and reconnect with nature. However, not everyone is into roughing it in a tent with some sleeping bags. Even if you do not have a lot of money to spend, there are many used travel trailers for sale, and you can find one if you know what to look for.
When you begin your search for travel trailers for sale, you want to take your time. Just because one looks good, does not mean it is mechanically sound. Safety while on the road should be your first priority. Be sure to examine the motorhome before purchasing.
Start by looking underneath the trailer and checking the frame for rust. If there is a significant amount, this means the foundation is not sound. It could give way at any time in the future. In addition to rust, look for cracks, impact damage, or any broken welds. If you see any of these things, move on.
While you are under the structure, look at the axles. You want to make sure there is no obvious damage. You should also ask how old the tires are. Anything older
I have been living in my RV full-time for 7 yrs. now. There have been occasions when I have been with a full hook-up but for the most part, I boondock. (dry camp)
A full hook-up is when you are plugged in to water and electricity and your waste water and sewer are plugged into a sewer drain. Essentially, you have all the comforts of home. You have unlimited running water, and you have electricity on demand. It’s a piece of cake!
Dry camping however, is a completely different ball game. Although it took a few years, I have truly perfected the art of dry camping efficiently. I’ve fine tuned everything and I’m able to leave my RV in one spot for 6 weeks or so without having to go dump the grey water and the sewer. When I dump, I fill up the water tank in the RV and I fill the RV propane tank. Most folks that dry camp have to ‘go to town’ in their RV, a lot more frequently than I do.
The following six things have enabled me to stay put for this length of time. They have made
To some people, cars are more a necessity than a luxury. It is something more than a mere transportation. If you possess an automobile, you can save your time and money. Travelling with your own car is quite a fun and you can enjoy your trip in a hassle-free manner. You can go out whenever you want. But, as you purchase a vehicle, greater responsibilities also lie to you. You have to take care of your automobile and also have to maintain it by servicing on a regular basis. If you hire a chauffeur, then you have to pay him well.
On the other hand, when your car gets old or junk and when it becomes unserviceable, it becomes useless. That time you can think of buying a new automobile in exchange of the old one. But, if your vehicle is not in a good condition, then it will be quite hard to find a potential customer for it.
Vehicles become unusable for certain reasons. Cabs, which are more than ten years old can create many problems while travelling. They need servicing and repairing almost every week. The cars which are damaged in any accident or
Let us consider size first. You need enough room for the whole family to travel comfortably even in long-range trips. The car must have enough room for everyone plus a reasonable amount of baggage in the trunk. If you have a family of four a small SUV would be about right, for six a large SUV would be great. Most people these days prefer buying an SUV than a regular car. An SUV can be used in different terrains, its wheelbase is higher and its general construction is stronger than that of a regular car. Even though both types of cars have airbags and other means of protection against impact, the SUV has a stronger frame so it can be used off-road. If you prefer a regular car make sure that it has lateral airbags and other means of protection before buying it.
Fuel consumption is another very important issue you must study. A huge engine is not necessarily the best. Large engines use more fuel than smaller ones even while standing at a light waiting for the green signal. Fuel prices are constantly changing and generally they go up and not down, a large engine
Whether you are a high school senior about to graduate and looking to drive solo, or someone who just saved up enough money for a down payment, buying a car is a very important investment. Owning an automobile will contribute to your overall quality of life, and provide you with convenience and reliability. Below are some tips to keep in mind when shopping for used cars for sale.
Check with a Mechanic
No one wants to make a bad investment and risk losing thousands of dollars. Thankfully, buying a used automobile can decrease this worry. Firstly, used cars for sale have a wide range of prices, so you can avoid risking a large sum. People are often worried about the history of used vehicles and how many internal problems they may already have, but these worries can be assuaged by bringing the used vehicle to a mechanic for a check-up before you buy it. A mechanic can quickly tell you the condition of the vehicle and give you some peace of mind. This way, you’re not forfeiting reliability for lower prices. Another great thing about used vehicles is that they will not substantially lose their value
Smart, money-conscious consumers turn to used cars to avoid immediate depreciation. However, pre-owned models sometimes lack that desired “new” factor. Fortunately, several accessories can be added to a previously owned vehicle to spruce it up a bit, bringing back that wow factor.
A Warming Or Cooling Seat Pad
Most new vehicles are equipped with seats that will warm up at the touch of a button. This feature can be a lifesaver on particularly cold winter days, and it is considered standard in many recent models. The same effect can be achieved in an older vehicle by purchasing a seat pad. Easy to install, they bring a little luxury to an older automobile. Simply place the pad on the seat and plug it into the 12-volt outlet. Some heating pads even offer cooling settings for hot summer days, which is an amenity not commonly found in brand new automobiles.
Many used cars can also be spruced up with the addition of seat covers. If the seats seem dirty or worn out, new covers can make a dramatic difference. This small investment can create a whole new feel in an older vehicle. Some
Choosing a window tint for your car adds a sense of elegance to any vehicle. It also helps to shade you and your passengers from unwanted sunshine, lowering the overall internal temperature of your car. This covering helps to protect your upholstery and leather from fading and cracking in the summer heat. Before you make the decision to add some shade to your automobile, you should know what types are available.
Before You Shop, Know the Regulations
When you are deciding to darken the glass on your vehicle, you first need to check your state’s regulations. In some areas, it is illegal to use a window tint that is too dark to see the interior of the vehicle. A good body shop will know these regulations and can tell you exactly how dark you can go before it becomes illegal. However, if you are unsure, you can always contact your local DMV for this information.
You have several tinting options from which to choose. Which one you pick will, of course, depend on the benefits you want.
The first type of tinting is dyed window film. This type of window tint
For avid race drivers who enjoy the full performance of their sports cars, finding wheels that can keep up may be a challenge. You, probably, want to find wheels that enhance your car’s abilities and give you a better overall driving experience. Lenso Wheels have many options available when it comes to high performance wheels for your car. They have a long standing 30 year history in the manufacturing and designing of high quality products which has put them at the forefront of such a competitive industry.
The range that more specifically caters for high performance is called the Lenso Project D series. The wheels in this range have been specifically designed for vehicle tuners and racers. The technology in the manufacturing of these wheels accommodates for four wheel drive and rear wheel drive vehicles. Therefore they are suitable for circuit racing, drifting, and drag racing. For added fun there are a variety colours to suit your racing car such as hyper black, gold, red, and silver.
Lenso Project D series’ wheels are made of alloy; which is a very strong material in comparison to their weight. The alloy material tends to be quite light
Car air fresheners with a sweet fragrance have the ability to quickly overpower plenty of bad smells to provide a fresh smelling sanctuary for the more enjoyable car journey. Well-chosen air fresheners can produce a pleasant smell that is powerful enough to eliminate odors related to smoking, takeout food, or other foul smells. Here are five of the best car air fresheners on the market:
The can style of air freshener is similar to the sticky gel, and consists of a metal or plastic can that holds a sweet-smelling fragrant gel pack. The can has a top section with adjustable holes which makes it easy to determine the amount of fragrance to release at any one time. While these products have the potential to last longer than most of the sticky gel products, they still aren’t very effective at removing the strongest smells in the vehicle.
The plug-in fresheners are a popular choice and consist of an oil-based compound that is contained within a plastic housing. They are designed to plug into the power outlet on the dashboard, and start to emit a fragrance once the oil-based compound is heated. This
As all too many people know, cars can just die on you sometimes for no apparent reason whatsoever. It could be for a number of different mechanical or electrical reasons, but what’s most important to you is figuring out what the heck just happened and what you’re going to do with this junk car? Most people will initially of course take it to a mechanic and have it inspected to see what the issue is, only to find out that the cost to fix it, costs close to or even way more than the current market value of the car. If it’s a new car you may very well just end up paying the costs, because even if it’s something expensive like a transmission, the price to fix or replace it more than likely would not cost as much as it would to buy a new car, and the thought of getting rid of it most likely would not even cross your mind at all.
However, what about all the other car owners out there, the ones that the cost to fix it are extremely high and are close to what the car is actually worth?
Tata’s ambitious new small car, Tata Tiago has arrived in the Indian automobile markets. This hatchback from Tata Motors is a result of joint collaboration between company’s design studios based in Pune, Italy and United Kingdom. It comes with a new design language unlike other models of the company. It was first unveiled as Tata Zica a few months back, but was renamed as Tiago. This hatchback looks very stylish from both inside and out, as Tata’s engineer’s have put in their hard work and efforts on building a quality product. Now let’s begin exploring the car to the fullest.
The new Tata Tiago hatchback is a good-looking car unlike most car models of the Indian automaker. Like mentioned above, Tata motors have put in lot of efforts on the quality part and it shows off. As you can see, there is no sign of cost cutting in any section of interior or exterior. It comes with a solid construction with quality build down to the closest detail.
It is needless to say that the all-new Tata Tiago has the best exterior design in its segment. This car looks better
Now, don’t get us wrong. We are the caretakers of our environment and it is our duty to make sure it endures for future generations. That being said, environmental factors (including weather) can really do a number on your car, especially the exterior.
Rain is a pretty big deal for us now in California. We are in the midst of perhaps the most severe drought in recorded history and we really, really, REALLY don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth. The fact is, however, that factory pollutants basically convert to acid in our atmosphere and adhere to moisture that makes its way down to our cars as rain or snow. Sulfuric acid and nitric acid are the most common.
Basically, when the water from either rain or snow evaporates, it leaves the acid to eat away at your car’s paint job. Sunlight exacerbates this problem, since acid doesn’t evaporate like water. Some blame clear coat paint technology, which creates a mirror-like finish. Any etches or blemishes would show prominently with such a sheen. In addition, there are certain chemicals that can no longer be used in paint that makes it less resistant to