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Essential Equipment for Restoring Used Cars
Oct 15th, 2014 by admin

Restoring used cars is a great hobby, as well as a great way to cut costs of car ownership. A skilled and experienced car restoration expert can get even the most battered and bruised old cars into top-shape with just a few months of effort.

Before you can get started with used car restoration, make sure that you have the right equipment:

1. An indoor car mover

One of the things you’ll learn when you start restoring cars is that you need to move the vehicle very often. This can be a massive challenge when you are working with a car without wheels or tyres (common during the repair and refurbishing phase).

An indoor car mover can make the car moving experience a whole lot easier. If you’re serious about car restoration, make sure that you have one of these in your garage.

2. A well-stocked tool box

There is a common saying in the car restoration community – “You are only as good as your tools”. Restoring a car obviously requires tons of different tools, from spanners and wrenches of different sizes to screwdrivers, clamps, and hammers. Since high-quality tools can be expensive, we recommend that you start off with a small tool kit and grow it gradually.

3. An air-compressor

An air-compressor is arguably the tool you will turn to most often during restoration. It powers everything from hammers to impact wrenches, and makes your job a whole lot easier. Processes that take hours by hand can be done in a jiffy by using an air-compressor.

4. A quality creeper

A “creeper” is a small stretcher-like platform with wheels used to go underneath cars. You will need this often when working on old cars. Pair it up with a sturdy jack to make the restoration process a bit more enjoyable (and easier).

5. Angle grinder and paint stripper

Both paint strippers and angle grinders are invaluable tools for doing car body work. The angle grinder can help with cutting and shaping metal, removing rust and buffing up car edges. A paint stripper is a must for scraping off old paint. Without these, your car restoration tool kit is incomplete.

Restoring a used car is a long, challenging process. With the right tools and equipment, you can make it a whole lot more enjoyable.

Buying a Used Car – Four Popular Car Brands
Oct 13th, 2014 by admin

When buying a used car, the most important thing to consider is reliability and long-term maintenance costs. You never know how the previous owner really drove to car. For this reason, it is best to stick to the tried and tested brands.

Some of the most popular brands for used cars are:

1. Volkswagen

The German auto giant has a reputation for producing sturdy, no-nonsense cars. Volkswagen cars also tend to hold up very well after years of strenuous use, making them the perfect choice for a used car buyer.

2. Hyundai

The South Korean automaker has come a long way from its once-shaky reputation. Hyundai’s cars not only look good (thanks to its much vaunted ‘fluidic’ design), they are also very light on the pocket. If you’re on a budget and need a reliable city car, you can’t go wrong with a Hyundai.

3. Ford

With its Fiesta line, Ford has proven that it can make reliable cars that can work well in almost any setting. If you want an all-rounder that can beat the city traffic and tame the country roads, look no further than a Ford.

4. Honda

The reliability of Honda cars is the stuff of legends. The Japanese auto major manufactures some of the world’s most beloved cars, including the always reliable CR-V and Civic.

Buying a used car can be difficult, but if you stick to the four brands given above, your used car purchase experience will be way smoother.

Buying a new car – what to think about?
Oct 10th, 2014 by admin

When looking for a new car, you should start making a wish list of all the things you want to save both time and money. Here are some new car buying tips that will help you make the right decision.

Set aside a budget

As new models are in high demand, most dealers are prepared to negotiate the price, but it does pay to shop around. Once you have determined your budget, ask for a written quote from several car dealers.

Read the small print

It is always advisable to read the fine print of the car’s warranties as different dealers offer different services.

Make sure new really is new

Just because vehicle dealers advertise cars in their auto centres, it does not always mean their vehicles are new. Check the year of the model as well as its mileage. If it has already done 5,000 miles or so on the clock, it is considered as second hand. You can get further tips on what to look out for when purchasing a new vehicle from this website.

Ownership costs

Consider all the related costs such as insurance, resale value, fuel economy before choosing your favourite model. If you require a car loan, compare different lenders online to get the best deal. There are also websites that contain useful information on car shopping just like this one.

Supply and demand

You should assess supply and demand on cars that are sold for discount prices. If it is a slow-selling model, you may not be able to re-sell it at a later stage. Popular cars tend to be more in demand and can retain their value.

Test drive before you buy

Once you have chosen the car you want, make sure you take it for a test drive. Think about whether you are more comfortable with an automatic or manual transmission and check the smoothness of the ride before signing on the dotted line.

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