Signs it Might be Time to Replace Your Car

You love your car and it has treated you well, but now your relationship with your car feels a little dicey. It just doesn’t seem like itself anymore. There are signs that you should be on the lookout that tell you it might be time to replace your car. According to a car article, some of the signs that your car might need to be replaced is as follows: repairs are costing more than the car itself is worth, estimated repairs that are coming up will be very expensive, it is not getting good fuel millage, your lifestyle or needs have changed. A lot of people either don’t want to be bothered with the hassle of getting a new car or are too attached to the one they have. More signs that it might be time to say good bye to your old car include: the inside interior starting to degrade, your family and friends are embarrassed to be seen with you, it no longer passes the emissions test, you are spending too much at the gas pump, the insurance cost keeps rising, and safety is becoming an issue.

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Between Electric and Hybrid Car

It seems like we’ve been waiting forever for electric cars to come along, but after more false starts than you’ll see at the London Olympics this year, it looks like the electric car is finally here to stay.

Now, we need to start with some boring terminology: A true electric car (EV, for Electric Vehicle) has no petrol engine as backup, so you are reliant on the batteries having enough charge to get you to where you need to go. The Nissan Leaf is the best-known (and best) electric car currently on sale.

A regular hybrid uses an electric motor and/or a petrol motor, depending on the circumstances. You don’t plug it into a wall socket as the batteries charge while you are driving. A typical journey, even a short one, will use both electric and petrol power to drive the wheels. The Toyota Prius is the most popular and best-known hybrid on sale around the world.

A plug-in hybrid, “range-extending” electric car, is technically more of a fancy hybrid than a true EV although it drives more like an EV than a regular hybrid. In practice it might be a huge difference or none at all, depending on how you use the car. A range-extender, or plug-in hybrid as it’s more commonly known, has a petrol engine which can be used to power the electric motor once the batteries have drained, but the petrol engine does not directly drive the wheels*. The Vauxhall Ampera/Chevrolet Volt twins are the leading example of this type of car, and they claim an urban fuel consumption of 300mpg (yep, that’s three hundred. Not a typo!)

A car running on an electric motor is usually very quiet (eerie silence or a distant hum instead of a clearly audible petrol engine) and smooth (no vibrations from engine or gearbox). The response from the car away from rest is both immediate and powerful, as electric motors generate huge amounts of torque instantly. They’re quiet from the outside to, to such an extent that the EU is considering making audible warnings compulsory in the future as pedestrians simply won’t hear an electric car coming.

In terms of exciting handling, electric cars are usually not brilliant, it must be said. They tend to be very heavy and usually run tyres & wheels more beneficial for economy than handling. But as a commuter vehicle around town, they are zippy and efficient. Plus they generate less noise, heat and pollution into the street so a traffic jam of Nissan Leafs in the city would be a lot more pleasant for passing pedestrians.

The batteries on a typical electric car only give it enough range for a few miles (although a true EV will have a bigger battery pack as it doesn’t have to fit a petrol engine & fuel tank as well), so the cars use various means to charge the battery while driving. Usually this involves converting kinetic energy from coasting and braking to electric energy to store in the batteries. The Fisker Karma even has solar cells in its roof to charge the batteries as well.

However, a longer journey will inevitably mean that the batteries are drained. In a fully electric car that means you have to stop and charge the batteries, so hopefully you parked near a power socket somewhere and have several hours to find something else to do. In a hybrid, the petrol engine will start up to provide the power. In a regular hybrid like a Prius, the car effectively becomes an ordinary petrol car, albeit with a fairly underpowered engine pushing a heavy car around so it’s not swift. In a ‘range extender’ like the Ampera/Volt, the petrol engine provides energy to the electric motor to drive the wheels, which is more efficient in both performance and economy. Depending on how you’re driving, any spare energy from the petrol engine can be used to charge up the batteries again, so the car may switch back to electric power once charging is complete.

So what does this mean in the real world?

Well, how much of the following driving do you do? We’re assuming here that the batteries are fully charged when you set off.

Short trips (<50 miles between charges).

These sort of journeys are ideal for electric cars and plug-in hybrids, as the batteries will cope with the whole journey and also get some charge while you drive. A regular hybrid will still need to use the petrol engine, although how much depends on how you drive it and how much charging it is able to get along the way.

Medium trips (50-100 miles between charges).

These are the sorts of trips that give EV drivers plenty of stress, as the traffic conditions may mean you run out of juice before you make it to your charging point. A plug-in hybrid or regular hybrid will be fine because they can call on the petrol engine. In a regular hybrid, this means the car will be petrol powered for most of the journey. In a plug-in hybrid, it will be mainly electric with the petrol engine kicking in to top up the batteries if needed late in the journey.

Longer trips (100+ miles between charges)

Not feasible in a fully-electric car, as you will almost certainly run out of electricity before you get there. The regular hybrid is basically a petrol car for almost the whole journey and the plug-in hybrid is majority electric but supplemented by petrol in a far more efficient way than a regular hybrid.

The pros and cons:

Let’s summarise the three types of electrically-powered cars:

Regular hybrid (eg – Toyota Prius)

PROS: cheaper, no charging required, no range anxiety, regular petrol engine makes it feel like a regular petrol car

CONS: only very short journeys (a few miles at best) will be fully electric, small battery pack and weak petrol engine means relatively poor performance compared to a normal petrol car or a fully electric car, poor economy when driven hard (like most Prius minicabs in London…), not very spacious for passengers and luggage due to carrying petrol and electric powertrains in one car

Fully electric car (EV) (eg – Nissan Leaf)

PROS: powerful electric motor gives much better performance than a regular hybrid, larger battery pack means longer electric running, no petrol engine reduces weight and frees up a lot of space, £5000 government rebate, electricity is cheaper and usually less polluting than petrol, privileged parking spaces in certain public places

CONS: Still expensive despite rebate, minimal range capability due to lack of petrol engine backup, resulting range anxiety is a real issue for drivers, question marks over battery life, technology advances will make next generation massively better and hurt resale value, some driving adaptation required, lengthy recharging required after even a moderate drive

Plug-in Hybrid / range-extender (eg – Vauxhall Ampera)

PROS: powerful electric motor and backup petrol engine give best combination of performance and range, most journeys will be fully electric which is cheaper than petrol, no range anxiety, privileged parking spaces in certain public places

CONS: Very expensive despite rebate, question marks over battery life and resale value, wall socket charging is still slow, lack of space and very heavy due to having petrol engine and fuel tank as well as electric motor and batteries.

Electric Car Economics – is it all worth it?

For most people, an electric vehicle is difficult to justify on pure hard-headed economics. Even with a £5,000 rebate from the government, an electric car is expensive. A Nissan Leaf starts at £31,000, so after the government gives you £5K you have spent £26K on a car which would be probably worth about £15K if it had a normal petrol engine. That could conceivably buy you a decade’s worth of fuel! And there are still question marks hovering over the long-term reliability of batteries and resale value, which may bite you hard somewhere down the line

Electric Cars and the Environment

Buying a hybrid or electric car because you think you’re helping the environment may not be helping that cause as much as you think, if at all. Producing car batteries is a dirty and complicated process, and the net result is that there is a significantly higher environmental impact in building an electric or hybrid car than building a regular petrol or diesel car. So you’re starting behind the environmental eight-ball before you’ve even driven you new green car.

Beware of “zero emissions” claims about electric vehicles, because most electricity still comes from fossil fuel sources (like gas or coal) rather than renewable sources, so you are still polluting the atmosphere when you drive, albeit not as much and the effects are not as noticeable to you. If you have your own solar panels or wind farm to power your car, this is much more environmentally friendly.

Range anxiety

The biggest electric car turn-off for car buyers (other than the high purchase price) is the joint problem of very limited range and very slow recharging. In a petrol or diesel car, you can drive for a few hundred miles, pull into a petrol station and five minutes later you are ready to drive for another few hundred miles. In an electric car, you drive for 50-100 miles, then have to stop and charge it for several hours to drive another 50-100 miles.

If you only take short journeys and can keep the car plugged in whenever it stops (usually at home or work), this may never be a problem. But you can’t expect to jump in the car and drive a couple of hundred miles, or get away with forgetting to plug the car in overnight after a journey. You have to be much more disciplined in terms of planning your driving, and allow for recharging. Away from home this is still a big problem as there are relatively few power sockets available in public parking areas for you to use.

A plug-in hybrid like the Vauxhall Ampera/Chevrolet Volt gets around the range anxiety problem, as does a normal hybrid like a Toyota Prius, but you are carting a petrol engine (and fuel) around all the time which you may not need, adding hundreds of kilos of weight and taking up lots of space, so it’s a compromise.

So as you can see from all of the above, it’s not at all straightforward. You need to carefully consider what sort of driving you will be doing and what you need your car to be able to do.

*there is a complicated technical argument about whether the Ampera/Volt’s petrol engine directly drives the wheels under certain circumstances, but it’s really boring and doesn’t really make any difference to how the car drives.

 

Tips To Buy Used Car

Before we answer this commonly asked question, just think about what is better for you. It is obvious that you have 2 options; a brand-new car or a used car. As a well known fact, buying a brand-new car can make you lose some money because the price of the brand-new car will be depreciated as soon as you buy that new car, but buying a used car can make you avoid that depreciation.

With a large selection of used cars nowadays, there is no greater value than buying a used car. However, it is also the highest risk, especially if you have no idea about what you should do to get the best deal without getting scammed by the unscrupulous people who are ready to cheat you. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you arm yourself with all the needed research and collecting the most possible information about the specific used car you wish to buy.

Buying a used vehicle is a big challenge, especially if you have no idea about the car you are going to buy, so it’s highly recommended that you take your time to collect the needed information and research via the internet to arm yourself before going into the battle of buying used cars. To avoid the pitfalls of buying used cars, do your research online and through multiple dealerships and used car lots.

According to my research there are easy, but powerful steps that will enable you to buy the used car you need. Read them carefully and imagine yourself doing them while reading to memorize them quickly and to be able to implement them effectively in the real life to get the best deal like never before.

Consider the benefits of buying a used car

According to the experts at Kelly Blue Book, “In three years a brand-new car could depreciate by as much as 73 percent of its value. At the best it will retain only 62 percent of its value after three years. That’s one major advantage to buying a used car.”. Therefore, why do you throw money away with buying a brand-new car while you can get a high-quality and recent model used car.

Here are some other good reasons that encourage you to do that:

    1. Skillful used car buyer can explore bigger deals.

 

    1. Certified used cars are widely being sold nowadays, such as certified pre-owned cars which you can purchase with peace of mind because they have been thoroughly inspected and are covered by warranties.

 

    1. Used cars are now more reliable than ever before.

 

    1. Used cars from 1 to 3 years old are generally still covered by factory warranty.

 

    1. You can find the history of the used car by using the car VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and by using the vehicle history report. And you can get that report easily from CARFAX or Autocheck.

 

  1. Online, you can check the safety ratings and crash tests for almost any used car.

Set a budget for your purchase

Next, you will need to consider how to finance the car before you go for shopping. Use online tools to help you with that and make a financial plan that suits your budget. Experts at edmunds.com say “Make sure that your monthly payment does not exceed 20 percent of your salary”. It is essential to see how much your specific car really costs. Tools like True Market Value (TMV), True Cost to Own (TCO) on edmunds.com and website like kbb.com will help you with that.

By using affordability calculator and other online calculators, you can determine how much you can pay as a monthly payment. Determine how much you can pay as a down payment for the car if you are going to take out a car loan. It is important to realize that you will not pay only the car price, but you should also consider the other costs of vehicle ownership, such as insurance rates, extended warranties, maintenance, and fuel costs.

There are two ways to buy a used car; either you pay cash or you take out a loan. Taking a loan to buy a car is also called financing the car. You can finance for your used car through a bank, online lender, credit union, or a dealer. It is highly recommended that you finance through the first three, especially bank and online lender.

Choose the right used car

Used car buying has become very popular nowadays, so you will find a large selection of car models to choose from. Search on T.V, magazines, internet or at used car dealerships. Consult friends or relatives. Nowadays the Internet has become the most valuable tool. You can research the large selection of different car models and prices.

Make a list of several used car models that you are interested in and then narrow your list down to 3 or 4 cars. Before you take your list of preferred cars and go to the dealership or private party to purchase, research the car and collect as much information about the car as you can to arm yourself with all the needed knowledge that will save you money and make you get the great deal without getting scammed.

Before you decide on the car model, you should decide whether you will pay the price of the car in cash or you will finance on the car and pay monthly payments. Ask yourself does that car suit your needs? How big you want the car? Does it have headroom and legroom for you and the other passengers? How many passengers will ride in it? Do you need cargo room or towing capacity?

Once you have decided the right model or body style that is excellent for you, you should start collecting detailed information about that specific used car using its VIN. The VIN is included in many online car listings. Websites such as CARFAX OR Autocheck can help you do so easily. Use this VIN to get the vehicle history report which is vital to know the overall condition and history of the car. You will know whether that specific car has ever been totaled, flooded, stolen or whether the odometer has been rolled back.Those are essential information when you consider buying used cars.

If you want to save money, read the consumer reports and car reviews of the model that you are interested in. Compare Kelly Blue Book values, research resale values. By doing your research up front, you can avoid any model if it has a potential issue.

Best places to find used cars

There are a lot of places where you can find used cars, such as online websites, CarMax, dealerships, Auctions, and private party. Each place has its own pros and cons.The certified pre-owned cars are the most expensive used cars. If you want to know more about them you can check out the certified pre-owned vehicle programs at edmunds.com. Make sure that you do not buy a lemon used car.

Test drive and inspect the used car

Test driving and inspecting the used car that you have decided to buy is a very important factor in determining whether or not you proceed with your purchase, you may keep this vehicle for years to come, so make sure that the car is reliable and high performance. Try it in different roads to explore any potential problems you may find later, after you will have bought it.

After you collected the necessary information about the car, contact the seller and arrange an appointment to test drive the used car.When you go to test drive the car, bring along a mechanic because it is highly recommended that you take a mechanic with you to inspect the used car.

When you test drive the car, make sure that the engine is cold because doing that will show you whether there are any chronic issues or not. Bear in mind that it is your chance to test the car, so take your time to judge whether it is a good fit and it is in a good condition or not. Consider the following:

    • How does it feel when you drive the car?

 

    • How does it feel on bumpy roads?

 

    • Does the car have the acceleration levels you want?

 

    • What about the suspension, is it comfortable and even?

 

    • Does the car pull to one side or another or not? If it pulls, so it may be a problem with alignment or brake. Consider trying the brake.

 

    • Does the car inside have enough headroom and legroom for everyone who will ride?

 

  • While you are driving turn off the radio or C.D player to focus on the driving experience and to be able to hear any unusual noise especially from the engine.

Make sure that you get the service records from the seller or dealer. Stay away from the used cars that have been in a serious accident or that have been undergoing major repair work such as engine overhauls, valve jobs or transmission rebuilds. You should also check the VIN of the car, it is located in many places on the car depending on the car model. Make sure that all of the VIN plates on the car are matched not mismatched. Take a trusted mechanic with you to check things more accurately and professionally for you. If it is a CPO (certified pre-owned car) there is no reason to take a mechanic with you because those kinds of cars have undergone a thorough inspection before they have been brought for sale.

Negotiate the price

Your negotiation will largely depend on your research and the information that you have collected from famous car websites and dealerships. Stick to the prices that you have on hand in your list and show the price quotes to the dealer or the private seller to make them feel that you are educated buyer, so they cannot overprice the used car.

Read carefully before you sign

Before you sign, read carefully the clauses of the contract. It is recommended that you take a lawyer with you to finalize the paperwork for you. Avoid signing “as is” when buying a used car, because once you sign that, any problem with the car becomes yours. If you have to do that, make sure that you researched the information and got the Vehicle History Report on the used car. Make sure that any promises are written not just spoken.

Finally, by doing the above steps, you will become the educated buyer who knows exactly how to buy an excellent used car and how much you can expect to pay for it.

I hope this article was helpful for you. If you have any additional advice, please feel free to add it below.

 

All About Automotive and Diagnostic Equipment Financing

Automotive tools are highly specialized in nature. Many a time a particular automotive tool serves only a single purpose. Therefore it is essential to have a set of automotive tools in order to avoid any interruptions in the business. However the automotive tool set is extremely expensive. At times, the cost of the tool is more than the cost of vehicle that needs repair. Sometimes the cost of tool set may be more than the vehicle needs to be repaired. Hence automotive tool financing is becoming essential nowadays.

There are some legitimate financing companies have an expertise in financing automotive tools. You can seek their help by submitting an online application provided by them. They ensure fast approval of the amount required to acquire automotive tool set.

Automotive tools financing is normally available under various options. Automotive Air compressor is one among them which helps in acquiring the equipment which costs thousands of dollars. There are various types of compressors like compact air compressor, piston compressor, single stage compressor, two stage compressor and so on. Due to automotive tool financing it is possible for almost all companies to acquire any of the aforementioned types of air compressors.

Automotive hand tool financing is required to keep ready a well-equipped set of hand tools like wrenches, screwdrivers, clamps, sockets, installer or remover equipments etc. These tools are indispensable for running an automotive repairing business. Acquiring any one of them is affordable to all. But keeping a set of such tools is really expensive and hence the need for automotive hand tool financing is essential.

Welder financing is yet another category of automotive tool financing. A high quality welder is important for the automotive business. There are some precise welders like arc welder, stick welder, TIG welder, and MIG welder and so on. They are essential to apply heat in a given area. The sophisticated nature of the welders raises their price tags and that’s why automotive repair business people go for automotive tool financing to acquire them.

Automotive waste and recycling equipment are required by certain companies for disposing the hazardous wastes in a safer way. In fact many shops find it profitable to recycle the wastes. Therefore such equipments are becoming essential in an automotive repair shops. They are highly expensive and as a result of which automotive tool financing is required to acquire these equipments.

Brake lathe is yet important equipment in any automotive repair shops. They allow you to work on all types of brakes. You may need a combination of brake lathe, heavy duty brake lathe or car brake lathe depending upon the type of your business. However any type of brake lathe is expensive and not possible within the reach of all. Hence brake lathe financing is essential.

The automotive industry has undergone several changes in the past hundred years. Keeping yourself updated of the changes and using the latest equipment can help increase your revenues. Though essential, this equipment is very expensive and so seeking the help of a financing company is required. Some genuine financing companies offer assistance to acquire automotive tools without any frustrating procedures.

 

The Basic Of Automotive Detailing

Automotive detailing can be one of the most important jobs at vehicle dealerships or detailing shops. Whether a detailer is preparing the vehicle for a sales display or getting it ready for its new owner, it’s sometimes that first impression of the vehicle that makes automotive detailing so significant.

Good automotive detailers will know the areas on vehicles that a bad detailer can miss. Areas such as door jams, window seals, and engine cleaning are signs that you got a good detail job. Trade-in vehicles that need to be detailed are perhaps the most important as a good detail can affect its retail value. No one wants to buy a used vehicle, no matter what the performance quality, if it hasn’t been detailed properly.

Soiled upholstery and carpet stains can also prevent resale value but using the right products can show a drastic improvement if done correctly. Tobacco or smoking in a vehicle are no longer challenges for the good automotive detailer. Various manufacturers are now producing machines such as Ionizers that when placed in a vehicle for a small period of time can take out the effects of smoking smells.

Automotive detailing products are important. Products or mitts that can scratch, wear out the paint, or dull chrome should not be used and a good automotive detailer will know which products to avoid.

Automotive detailing product salespeople who promote their products and claim they are the best visit many dealerships. Beyond what products auto detailers are using, a customer should look at the detail shop or detail area. Is it clean? Are the products organized, or are the detailers running back and forth, sharing products, or worse, leaving the detail area looking for their equipment? Check them out for cleanliness and accessibility of the automotive detailing items they use-are they nearby?

A good automotive detailer will use tools such as small brushes with soft bristles for vent cleaning. Detailing tools that have small rubber tips are good for cleaning dirt out of seams and trim. Wheel and tire brushes are also a must. Some products such as mitts and brushes are now being offered by the manufacturers with color-coding. This color-coding helps the detailer identify which is the best tool for the process in a quick and easy manner. Bottles of cleaners should also be color-coded for automotive detailing use. Grabbing the wrong solution can be detrimental to the detailer if he is in a hurry. The color-coding process has eliminated the mistakes sometimes made in the automotive detailing business.

Some automotive detailing shops even offer services that will check your wiper blades and other viewable parts that can easily be replaced by a detailer at a lower cost than a mechanic or technician.

A big job for the automotive detailer is new vehicle preparation. If a dealer sells new vehicles, as they are shipped in, they are inevitably full of dust, debris and, road wear from the shipping process. Not only is the automotive detailer responsible for cleaning the new vehicle, most car dealerships will provide them with a checklist of other items to check for operation. The checklist can include items such as setting the clock and radio, testing the key fobs to see if they are working correctly, removing the new vehicle plastic and stickers, and, taking the vehicle on a small test drive to check wipers, air-conditioning and, other essential elements.

Probably the last thing a good automotive detailer can offer is the trip to the gas pump to fill your vehicle up with a full tank. If your detailing company or dealership offers this, it may save you dollars. Many dealerships receive gasoline discounts and are happy to pass them along to the customer to keep them coming back, so check that out when you visit your automotive detailer or dealership.

Automotive detailing takes a lot if care. People who work in this area should be the kind of people who love the detailing process and the outcomes they achieve. They are people who have high levels of energy and communication skills to ensure the customer is getting what they want. If chosen right, the good automotive detailer can make all the difference in that new, used, or customer vehicle. Good automotive detailers will keep customers coming back to any shop and are sometimes overlooked for the talents they possess.

How To Shop Motor Bike Online

Choosing a dirt motor bike is a difficult decision because there are so many options out there. Of course, shopping online offers a whole new way to look at the bikes that are available and see what the options are. You can find so many different types of motocross bikes online, along with a variety of dealers and specials that you have to choose from. It doesn’t matter what you are looking for, or what level of riding experience you have because the internet opens up a whole new world of opportunity when it comes to finding the perfect bike and the dealers who can offer the best prices.

Shopping online for a dirt motor bike does come with some considerations. There are many different types of dirt motor bikes to choose from, as well as a variety of dealers and price ranges. You have to take the time to figure out how much you have to spend and what you are looking for to get at least a basic idea of where to look. One of the first elements that you should look into is the dealership itself. Look for trusted brand names in the industry such as Yamaha, and take advantage of the years of expertise that they posses when it comes to motocross. This will keep you from investing in a bike with a dealer who doesn’t have the knowledge and experience to assist you.

Once you find a suitable dealer to work with, you can browse their inventory online, look at used and new dirt motor bike models, and sometimes even customise the type of bike that you are looking for to get an exact match. Read the descriptions of several models to get an idea of the specific features such as a lightweight chassis, engine suspension and brake performance. Keep in mind that you should always eliminate bikes that don’t fit within your price range because you cannot afford to spend more on a bike just because it has cool features or looks good. Your budget is not the only factor to consider, but it is one of the more important elements in your final decision.

Buying a dirt motor bike is unlike buying a vehicle because it is a pleasure purchase. Dirt bikes are fun and you should be able to have fun with them. Your online shopping experience doesn’t have to be boring and practical, by any means. You will simply want to keep a few of these considerations in mind so that you can purchase the best bike possible no matter what you are looking for. If you go into the online shopping experience with these elements in mind, you should have no trouble coming out victorious with a great motocross bike from a reputable dealer at a price that you can afford.

 

All About Yamaha Motor Bike Dealer

If you have decided to buy a motorbike, you will need to find the right dealer. In New Zealand, a popular dealership is Yamaha; there are numerous Yamaha motor bike dealer’s located across New Zealand and throughout the world for that matter. Yamaha motor bikes are a great choice for all people as they manufacture a wide range of motorcycle makes and models. This provides you the buyer with a great selection to choose from dependent upon what you wish to use the motorbike for and your level of experience as a rider. Choosing the right dealer for your specific needs however, will be completely up to you.

New Zealand is a great country for riding motorbikes with the weather, the scenic landscapes and the variety of terrains available to riders. There are so many outdoor activities, clubs and organized trail events to enjoy around the country, and owning a motorbike is a great way to enjoy the outdoors even more.

Bike dealers are all created differently. To find a Yamaha motor bike dealer near you, either look online for a dealership in your area or take a look through your local phone book. Check and compare the bikes available with other motorcycle companies to make sure you are getting a good price. Alternatively, look online for second-hand models of the bikes you like. Everyone knows that car dealers can be sneaky and unpleasant to work with, and some motorbike dealerships are the same.

However, if you take the time to check out the options that you have, it should be easy to find a reputable, professional motorbike dealer such as Yamaha to buy your new bike from. It is always good to get advice and recommendations from friends and work colleagues you know who own motorcycles – word of mouth is often a more reliable and trustworthy source.

If you decide upon a Yamaha motor bike dealer after checking out your options, you can look forward to dealing with a company that has been around since 1955 who know their motorcycles – be that farm trail bikes, road bikes or dirt bikes.

 

Things To Learn about Motor Bike Insurance

Motor bike insurance can cover different amounts of damages and liabilities and how much coverage you have will greatly influences how much you will have to pay. Motorcycle can be expensive to insure, but you have to be realistic as to how much should be covered. There are also many rebates and discounts that insurers can offer that can reduce how much you have to pay for coverage.

One factor that insurance companies keep in mind is you and your driving record. If you have just gotten your motor cycle license, then you are a high risk driver and will also have to pay more for insurance coverage. The insurance carriers will also look at your driving record. If they see that you have a record of traffic violation and accidents, then this will be weighed against you. That once again means having to pay more money for the motor cycle insurance. Your age is also important. Drivers under 25 will have to pay more for motor cycle insurance, just because the carriers know that this age group has a track record of causing the most accidents.

On the other hand, there are many ways to reduce the amount of money to pay each year for motor bike insurance. One of the most important considerations is your motor cycle and driving experience in general. If you have been driving for a long time without violations and accidents, then you will probably pay a very minimal rate for the coverage. If you are older than 25, then that is also better, since younger people automatically have to pay more for insurance. If you already have another vehicle insured with the same company, then you have good chances of receiving a discount on motor cycle insurance.

The motorbike insurance is also very dependent upon the type of motor bike you have. In fact, you cannot even get insurance quotes without first knowing the exact type and model you will be driving. You may get rough quotes, but the final price of the motor bike insurance will have to include several factors. You should have an idea how many miles will be added each year, because the less miles means less risk of something happening and this is less expensive to insure than if you plan to travel tens of thousands of miles with your motor bike.

There are many kinds of motor bikes, ranging from cross machines to choppers and super fast motor bikes. The motor bikes that are known to be used for leisure riding will be the least expensive to insure. The fastest motorcycles are the most expensive. On top of that, the horsepower is a factor. The motor bikes with the least horsepower do not cost as much to have insured. How new, expensive and if there is a side car or not also can increase the amount due each year for coverage.

Shopping around, comparing quotes and choosing the right motor bike is how you will get the best coverage rates. Affordable motor bike insurance gives you peace of mind and protection necessary so that you can enjoy your machine.

 

Things To Consider Before Buy Used Harley Davidson Motor Bikes

For many people motor bikes are the best way of enjoying life on roads. These are the people who prefer bikes over other modes of transportation. But, it is also crucial to mention that with a change gas price many people now prefer bikes to save money. However, it doesn’t really matter if you want a bike for pleasure or to save money, Harley Davidson motors should be your choice.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company is an American company offering some attractively designed motorcycles. With some powerful engines Harley bikes are perfect for highway cruising. And, that’s one of the reasons why you can find a lot of Harley motors running on highway in front of your car. The name, Harley bikes, is enough to make others know that you are talking about quality and high performance. It is only because of this particular reason that people don’t mind buying used Harley Davidson motor bikes. Although there is nothing like owning a new bike but it is a fact that not too many people can afford these expensive Davidson motor bikes. That’s exactly the reason behind the popularity of used Harley Davidson motors. By opting for used bikes, not only can you enjoy outstanding performance but you can also get all amazing benefits at lower rates. Another reason to go for used Harley Davidson motor bikes is the availability of some old designs that are no longer under production. But, when it comes to used Harley bikes, you have to wear belt and braces before making a final decision about buying a used bike.

One of the things to keep in mind while buying used Harley bikes is the market research. What it means is that you must buy a second hand bike after knowing more about the original prices of new Harley Davidson motor bikes. It is important because some sellers try to take advantage of your ignorance by offering a used bike at a price close to the new Davidson motors. There is no point in buying used Harley Davidson motor bikes if you have to pay the price of a new bike. So, be careful in this regard and don’t get fooled by unscrupulous sellers.

Another thing you must never forget to check is the condition of a used bike. Though many bikes look good from outside but they don’t come with the good engine and other internal parts. Plus, some users customize their Harley Davidson used bikes to look unique but sometimes a severe accident could be the reason behind customizations of Harley Davidson motor bikes. So, you must pay special attention to this particular point to get the best value for your money.

The fact of the matter is that Davidson bikes are extremely popular amongst all types of people. But many people can not afford these motor bikes because of high price tag. So, there remains no other choice for them to opt for used Harley bikes. But if you are buying use Harley Davidson motor bikes then you must buy it from an authentic seller.

 

How To Get Best Used SUV

The best used SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) to buy depends on the needs of you and your family. SUVs have become one of the most popular, sought after vehicles today. This is because of the spacious interior, flashy technology for entertainment as well as the large amounts of cargo the vehicle can carry.

SUVs come in lots of shapes and sizes and deciding which is best for you depends on how you will be using the vehicle. There are compact SUVs, mid-sized SUVs and large-sized SUVs.

Compact sport utility vehicles sometimes referred to as crossover SUVs, offer better gas mileage than its larger brothers or sisters. Because of the size, you can expect between 23-25 mpg in the city and 28-31 mpg across the highway.

You will find that if you are looking for fuel efficiency as your top priority, the compact SUV will fit the bill the best.

In exchange for better gas mileage, you will have to trade in a little bit of passenger room and cargo space. Most compacts will carry 5 passengers comfortably with a smaller hatch-back styling to lug around the equipment you need to tote.

So, with compact, consider the size of your family as well as the gear you need to carry around to your family’s activities. If you have two small kids as well as their strollers and toys, a compact SUV may suit you just fine.

A couple of good examples of compact SUVs are the Ford Escape and the Honda CRV.

If you decide that this simply isn’t large enough for your family or your cargo, you may want to choose a used mid-sized SUV.

A mid-sized sport utility vehicle will still get you decent gas mileage averaging 16-17 mpg in the city to 23-24 mpg over the roadways. This slightly lower fuel economy offers more comfortable seating capacity.

Most often mid-sized SUVs will comfortably seat 6-8 passengers depending on the make and model you choose. Some of these will more easily seat 8 smaller passengers and 6 adult-sized passengers. It is best to do your homework on the different make and models before you make your choice here.

Where the seating may be more appealing, some mid-sized SUVs offer a more car-like driving feel and therefore don’t have the cargo capacity.

So do your research to find the perfect fit for you.

If you and your family spend the weekends camping, boating, or jet-skiing; you will also want to check into the towing capacity of the sport utility vehicle that you choose. Mid-sized will offer more towing capabilities where most compact SUVs do not.

If you do find yourself in need of stronger towing capacity, most likely you will want to check into the larger used SUVs.

The large-sized sport utility vehicles offer towing up to 8,000 to 9,000 pounds. This is comparable to some pickup trucks.

In trade for the towing, you will lose some of the fuel economy with large-sized SUVs. It is average to get 14 mpg for city driving and only about 18 mpg running down the highway.

Of-course, these babies have much more seating ability with most of them comfortably carrying 8 adults for a long ride. In addition the cargo space with which you can carry your stuff is much larger also.

Now you are able to see that the best used SUV to buy truly depends on the purpose you will be using the vehicle for. It is best to look up online some of the best models to choose for the size that will suit your needs.