All About Car Brakes

Sonnys   
May 21
All About Car Brakes All about car brakes.  Early car brakes were amazingly primitive by today’s standards. Here’s a simple friction braking system from 1910 invented by John Stawartz of Homestead, Pennsylvania. When you pull on the brake lever (yellow), a giant brake “shoe” (blue) drops down under the back wheel (brown). As the car drives onto the shoe, the shoe’s teeth (red) bite into the road and the car comes juddering to a halt.  Most cars have two or three different types of braking systems. Peer through the hubcap of a car’s front wheels and you can usually see a shiny metal disc just inside. This is called a disc brake. When the driver steps on the brake pedal, a

How To Buy A New Car

Sonnys   
May 21
I loathe the process of having to buy a new car. Dealing with pushy, overbearing car salesmen can be extremely frustrating. As a result, I do whatever I can to avoid buying a car. I perform all recommended DIY car maintenance checks, I keep my vehicle for as long as I can, and I consolidate my trips both to save on gas and decrease wear and tear on my car. However, buying a car at some point in time is a reality that we all have to face. I’ve compiled a list of several important car buying steps that you should follow. Heeding the advice in this article will help you save money, get the best deal, and hopefully, reduce the amount of stress
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How To Take Care of Your Car

Sonnys   
May 10
How To Take Care Of Your Car Like A Grown Ass Adult Even Vin Diesel would be proud of you and your ride. Posted on February 22, 2015, at 9:21 a.m. Richard Padilla BuzzFeed Contributor Honda (background image) 1. Clean the inside and outside of your car every month. Seriously. funnyfanatics.com / Via Giphy Why It’s Important: Keeping your car clean is like keeping your room clean, except everyone can see your car and gauge how dirty (or clean) you are. Grab ArmorAll’s cheap but awesome vacuum, to clean the inside of your car, a bottle of Optimum’s car wash for the outside of your car, and make your car look brand new. The Cost Of Not Doing It: An unclean car will eventually attract dirt and grime that can

Tips For Selling A Car

Sonnys   
Jan 02
If you choose to sell your current vehicle on your own, you will likely get a higher price than if you decided to trade it in. You can always expect to get more than the wholesale price, and unless the vehicle is in big demand, buyers should expect to pay less than the retail price. But selling your car yourself takes a lot more work than just driving to a dealership for a trade-in. You’ll have to go through the hassle of advertising, taking phone calls, and showing the car. Set a Competitive Price By checking the car model pages at ConsumerReports.org, you can get a good idea of what the retail and asking prices are for your vehicle. Take it a

Maximizing Your Car’s Appearance

Sonnys   
Jan 01
Making your vehicle look as good as possible can pay dividends by improving its value and sales appeal. Depending on the vehicle’s condition, you can do a lot or all of the work yourself. Or you can take it to a professional detailer, where prices can start around $100 but can be higher depending on the region, type of vehicle, and amount of work to be done. You can sometimes find discount coupons for these services online. As with other do-it-yourself projects, the more elbow grease you invest, the less you’ll need to pay someone else to do it. Here are some tips on how to make your car have the most curb appeal. (Most of the specialty products mentioned can be

Tips for Buying a High Mileage Car | Cars.com

Sonnys   
Jan 01
CARS.COM — Buying a high-mileage used car presents a number of unknowns: Has it been in an accident? How was it used for the last 100,000 miles? Was maintenance performed? Is it a good deal? These questions are best answered by finding the right car as well as the right seller, and Cars.com has resources to help you do that. Below, you’ll find advice to prepare you for shopping for a high-mileage used car and a handy list of factors to consider. Related: More Used-Car Advice How to Inspect a Used Car Used cars are more popular than ever, and they’re also as durable and maintenance-free as ever thanks to engineering strides. There’s a ton of value in the used-car market, but there’s still much to

Used or New Vehicle Purchase Ideas | Consumer Reports

Sonnys   
Jan 01
Used vehicles are often the best values you’ll find in the automotive market. This is especially true for models just two or three years old. Not only is the price lower than a comparable new car’s, but continuing ownership expenses such as collision insurance and taxes are lower, and a two- or three-year-old used vehicle has already taken its biggest depreciation hit. In addition, buying used is a way to get a nicer car than you’d be able to afford new. Whether you are looking for a certified pre-owned or a private sale, or are buying from a dealer or neighbor, Consumer Reports can help lead you through the used car buying experience. This guide provides the essential information you

How Important Is Mileage?

Sonnys   
Jan 01
Used Car Mileage Mileage is an important factor when buying a used car, but it is easy to overlook. You can get swept away in best mpg cars, or other measures of efficiency. Low or high mileage affects the value of the car at purchase and sale, as well as likely cost of maintenance and servicing. The average annual mileage is 12,000, so if a car has mileage somewhat less than 60,000 after five years it would be considered low. If it’s much more, it would be classed as high. Car valuation websites do not always provide mileage adjusted prices as part of their free service. Read more about car valuation websites, and how to use them here. How it’s worked out Mileage is considered high or low relative to

When To Replace Shock Absorbers and Struts

Sonnys   
Oct 23
Shock absorbers and struts are parts of the vehicle suspension that absorb shocks from the bumps and potholes and keep your vehicle riding smooth and stable. What is the difference between a shock absorber and a strut? A strut is the shock absorber built into one unit with the coil spring (in the photo). Any car has four struts/shock absorbers; one at each wheel. Most cars and SUVs have struts in the front suspension and shock absorbers or struts in the back. Replacement Strategy Struts and shock absorbers are maintenance-free units. Does this mean that they never have to be replaced? A strut or a shock absorber doesn’t need to be replaced unless there is a problem with it or

Don’t Kill Your Car!

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Nov 14
Owning a car can be a dream or a nightmare depending on how well you take care of your vehicle, says the non-profit Car Care Council. The following are six things that many motorists do that can harm their car and their wallet.  Read More.