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Auto Industry Insider: How To Repair your Car’s Dents and Dings at Home with These Simple Steps

Door dings, scratches and bumper scrapes happen all the time. Sometimes there just isn’t anything that you can do about it, but little things like this don’t always translate to big repair jobs. In fact, most of the time it’s possible for you to make the repairs yourself and without having to worry about a thing. Scratches A paint scratch might seem like a super-simple repair, but this is not always the case. If you have a scratch that is so deep that you can see the primer underneath, then you will almost certainly need to fill the scratch. If …

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Auto Industry Insider: Buying a Classic Car

When it comes to buying second hand, knowing your stuff is likely to save a lot of money and heartache, when it comes to buying second hand classics, this sentiment is magnified times one hundred. Quite simply it’s very easy to have your head turned by some beautiful bodywork, but that same bodywork might mask a multitude of sins under the bonnet. In this blog, we’re taking a look at the very specific practice of buying classics and what on earth you should be looking for and what to avoid like the plague. The Right Vehicle You probably have a …

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Insider: 3 Different Car-Buying Situations – And How to Master Them All

Buying a car is always going to be a big purchase- even if it’s not a new or particularly fancy model. Aside from our homes, our cars tend to be some of our most expensive possessions, and so when it comes to purchasing we all want to know that we’re getting it right. There are lots of different things to consider before going on a test drive then signing your name on the dotted line. Here are some of the different car buying situations you can find yourself in, and how to deal with them. New vs Used Most people …

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How to Know When It’s Time to Change Your Brake Pads

Have you ever heard a car stopping, while making an unbearable metal on metal shrieking sound? If so, you know how horrible that sound can be and one of the ways to determine when it’s time for a new set of pads. However, there are a few more warning signs that are not quite as obvious that you need to be on the lookout for. Below we will look at the top 3 signs that it is time to change your brake pads today. When you are certain it is time, taking a little time to research the best rated …

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Negotiation 101: Your Guide to Buying Below Asking Price

Negotiations can seem intimidating—especially for first-timers. You want to act confident but not overly brass, principled but not too stubborn… it’s a fine line to walk. But whether you’re buying a new car or a used car, the fact remains the same: there is plenty of room for negotiation left on the table. The seller will always try to get their top dollar, usually by setting the initial asking price well above market value under the assumption that the buyer will later negotiate a lower price tag. If you don’t at least try to get them to come down in …

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Industry Insider: How to Successfully Buy a Used Car

As new cars will depreciate in value the moment you drive them away from a dealership, it makes perfect sense to purchase a second-hand vehicle instead. However, there are many factors to consider when buying a used car. Not only will you need to ensure it is dependable and suits your budget, but you also must organize the appropriate paperwork to ensure you can legally drive the vehicle. For help getting started, here are some top tips on how to successfully buy a used car. Set a Vehicle Budget Before you start browsing the different used cars available near you, …

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Insider: How to Anticipate Long-Term Car Costs

The secret of car ownership is that the cost of the car is just the beginning of your car-related expenses. Most people know to budget for the fixed expenses like a car payment and insurance, and even for somewhat variable fuel costs, but how do you save for unexpected repairs and maintenance? Although maintenance and repair costs might seem random, with some careful planning and assessment of your vehicle, you can anticipate and budget for these expenses, too. Here are three steps to help you anticipate long-term car costs. 1. Assess Your Car The average car maintenance, tire and repair …

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Buying a car? Top tips for the best buying strategies

Buying a new car, whether it’s straight from the factory or something second-hand, is always going to be a large expense. With the right planning in place though, you could reduce your costs and make the process much easier on your wallet. There are some tried and tested strategies and tips when it comes to finding the bargain car of your dreams, and you don’t need to put in a lot of work either. Take a little extra time over your car purchase, and you could soon be on the open road with a little extra money in your pocket …

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6 Things You Should Do Before You Buy an Antique Car

Adding an antique car to your collection can be a great way to enjoy some classic automotive engineering, but it isn’t always as easy as heading down to your local car auction and putting up your credit card. Buying an antique car isn’t something that should be taken lightly. Here are six things that you should absolutely do before you sign on the dotted line for your new classic car. Is It Classic or Just Old? It’s not hard to find an old car — just spend a few minutes browsing Craigslist, and you can probably see a few cars …

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How to Make the Perfect Workspace for Your Car

We all love working on our cars — but how many of us are working on a greasy driveway, fishing tools out of a cluttered toolbox? Be honest, now. While having the perfect workspace isn’t a necessity, it does make working on your car a little more enjoyable. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you create the perfect workspace for your car. Make Space Are you using your garage to catch overflow from your house? Is it full of boxes, clutter and tons of different stuff that you may or may not use anymore? Step one to …

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8 Things You Should Never Do While Driving

Even the best drivers can make big mistakes behind the wheel. It only takes one distraction or issue to impair a person’s judgment when driving a vehicle. It doesn’t matter how long you have been driving; you must actively try to become a better driver every time you get in a car. For this reason, you need to read the eight things you should never do while driving. Step into the Car Over the Limit While every driver understands they cannot drink and drive, alcohol can impair a person’s judgment. As a result, you might believe you are sober when …

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What to Do With Your Car in a Flood

For a car owner, a flood can be your worst nightmare — especially if you’re not prepared to either evacuate or take steps to protect your car from the rising waters. Hurricane Harvey alone may have destroyed upwards of half a million cars and trucks. What can you do to protect your investment if you know there is a flood coming? Lift It Up No, we’re not talking about putting a lift kit on your car — though if you want to do that, it’s totally up to you. During a flood, you always know to get to higher ground, …

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Insider: How to Get the Most Out of Your Vehicle

  If you have put a significant amount of money into your vehicle, it is important that you see a return on your investment. As a car owner, you need to show respect for your ride, rather than taking it for granted. Luckily, there are plenty of straightforward ways for you to get the most out of your vehicle. Below are seven suggestions that will help to get you started. Find the right make and models If you are still in the process of looking for your car, it is important that you find the right make and model to …

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Insider: 4 Tips on How to Select the Right Tires for Your Vehicle

When it comes to buying new tires for your vehicle, finding places to purchase them is fairly easy. What’s more challenging, however, is deciding which type is best for your car. While tire shop employees should be adept at steering you — pun fully intended — in the right direction, it’s still a good idea to be fully educated on the correct tires for your car. With that in mind, the following tips can help you select the right tires for your particular vehicle: 1. Determine What Size Tire You Need Much like you shop for the proper shoe size …

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Insider: Everything You Need to Know About Purchasing Your Dream Car

Cars may be pervasive throughout our society and around the world, but the luxury car class is something else. It’s no wonder that people around the world dream of them. They offer everything from the greatest design to the best materials and the highest safety ratings. Luxury cars are an exercise in taste, but for many, their higher price points place them out of reach. Follow these steps, and you can make your dream of owning a luxury car a reality:   To Buy New, To Buy Used There is a certain amount of pride that comes with buying a …

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How to Drive in a Different Country

Welcome! You’ve landed in a new place, and they didn’t lose your luggage. Now, where to from here? If you’ve got some experience abroad, you know getting around in a place where you don’t speak the language — or even many places you do — can be very different from home. Sometimes you can use public transportation or take advantage of ridesharing services, but if you’re in a pinch and need to drive, there are a few things you should know. Read on to learn about how you can travel safely when driving outside the country. Get an International Driving …

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How to Start Your Own Trucking Company – Scott Huntington

We’ve all seen big-rig trucks on the highway, delivering important goods to keep our economy moving, but it’s hard to tell which company a truck works for. You might not know that most commercial trucking operations run six trucks or less. You can get into the commercial trucking yourself, but like any business, the key to getting started is knowledge. You’ll need the proper license and some capital, but all things considered, it’s pretty straightforward. Just be ready to lead a lifestyle very different from the average job. Here’s where to begin. Get Your CDL License To run a trucking …

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How to Keep Your Car out of the Heat This Summer

If you’ve ever settled into your vehicle after a long day of work, only to recoil in pain when you place your hands on the superheated wheel and shifter, you know it’s a good idea to keep your car out of the sun. In addition to protecting the nerve endings in your fingers, protecting your car from UV rays is a good call for a number of reasons. Both your car’s interior and exterior materials are sensitive to light and heat. Too much exposure can have unsightly effects and even result in potentially more severe issues later. So what is …

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Why You Should Make the Leap and Get a Lift for Your Car – By Scott Huntington

The occasional scraped knuckle or bruised knee is likely to occur even if you only work on your car when it’s absolutely necessary, which is why if you’ve committed to a long-term project or have several vehicles that regularly require extensive repairs, it’s time to bite the bullet and get a lift. Lifts aren’t cheap, but if you’re working in conditions that force you to crane your back and contort your body to reach difficult underbody parts, you’ll pay for that in medical bills down the road. To avoid the heavy toll working in these conditions can levy on the …

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How To Stay Safe When Working On Your Car

Pop the hood on your modern car and you get — well, a lot of plastic, mostly. Despite the fact that car repairs are becoming less and less a chore you can do at home, it’s still possible to save a few bucks by changing your own oil, swapping your own brake pads and understanding how to change a tire. There are risks involved, though. The reason Mom and Dad wanted that cushy desk job for you is that turning wrenches is hard on the body. Beyond the usual wear and tear, the prospect of being crushed under the weight …

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How to Use Powder Coating When Restoring Your Car

Protecting and preserving your car’s chassis and small parts is crucial to any good restoration. Paint has been the long-time favorite when it comes to protectants. It gives your undercarriage a uniform color pallet, defends against the elements and most importantly keeps damaging rust from setting in. Automotive paint isn’t the only option for the job. There are other choices. Spray paint is the most cost-effective alternative, but it sacrifices some of the protective qualities of paint and can look cheap. Plating metal parts in chrome, cadmium and other shiny metals can protect them, and the end results look good, …

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How to Start a Car Collection – By Scott Huntington

Thinking about collecting cars? It doesn’t just happen overnight! There are a few things to keep in mind when buying and selling cars for a collection. Here are the top seven tips for having the best collection on the block. Know the Car Market First thing’s first: you should have a solid understanding about cars. Not just the ins and outs of your favorites, though — you need to know what it will take to buy and sell the cars in your future collection. The online world has changed the game when it comes to collecting cars. A car you …

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How To: Host a Classy Car Show in 7 Easy Steps – By Scott Huntington

  Have you ever thought about holding your own car show? We’re not just talking about having a few of your Facebook Friends meet in a parking lot, we’re talking about putting on a real show that people will want to attend. It takes time, planning, and a lot of enthusiasm, but can be worth it if you pull it off. It can also be a great fundraiser for your company or organization. It’s not impossible to put on your own car show. If you’re planning on it, you’ll want to follow these seven steps: Build Your Blueprint — You …

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How To Properly Wash a Supercar – By Scott Huntington – Featuring Lamborghini LPI910-4 ASTERION

How to Wash a Supercar If you’re lucky enough to own a supercar, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with the feeling of nearly everybody on the street straining their necks to get a glimpse of your ultra-cool ride. However, with great cars come great responsibilities, not the least of which is washing your supercar. Supercars are “super” because they tend to be light, powerful and agile, but the luster can wear off if you don’t keep them properly cleaned. Here are some tips on methods to use to keep your supercar looking fresh off the factory line. Get Your …

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