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Buying a Car - The Benefits and Tips on Purchasing a Used Car

Buying a car can be scary; there are so many points to think about. New or used? Car, truck or SUV? Price range and financing options? With a new car you know exactly where it came from and most new cars come with a warranty that will last you a few years. However, buying a used car has its perks too. A used car does not mean the car was made in the 70's and is covered in rust. A lot of used cars are only a year old and therefore up to 30 percent of the new sticker price. Some used vehicles are still so new that they are still covered by the original factory warranty. Most new and used car dealers today offer an extended warranty on certain used autos. They sell certified used cars, not the 1970's rusted junk. A certified used car has passed the car dealerships inspection on everything imaginable and that's why they are able to offer a warranty service to you. You may pay a little higher of a premium on this, but for a sound peace of mind it's something to think about. Every car has a VIN number, a vehicle identification number, and a simple Car fax or Auto trace can trace the history. Most car dealership will offer this service to you for free, you just have to ask. As for financing options on automobiles, nowadays new and used car dealers have this option available for you. They will seek out the best solution based upon your credit criteria. What usually works best is a decent down payment and a 5 year financing agreement. How much you put down is up to you and what you are comfortable with paying. Talk with the financing department and figure out your available options. Remember, they want to sell you a vehicle as bad as you want to buy one. It's a win-win situation to sit down and discuss options. Some cars tend to hold up better than others. For this reason certain cars sell better used than others. Honda Civics and Accords, Toyota Camry’s and Corollas, Nissan Altima’s and the Ford F-Series and some of the most sought after used cars. They are built with a strong company background and have held up in the test of time. This does not mean you should only purchase one of these used vehicles. Do your own research and see what works best for you. For More details check on [url=]outdoor car cover[/url].
[b]Buying Hybrid Cars-What You Should Be Aware Of[/b]
The hybrid car is an attempt to reduce our dependence on gasoline while at the same time protecting the environment from pollution. The hybrid car combines the use of gasoline with battery power in one car. The extent to which this has been achieved efficiently, is subject to serious debate presently. There are some very vital things you should be aware of before deciding on purchasing a hybrid car. Having this information at your finger tips will help you make a well informed decision whenever, you finally take the plunge.
1. The price - the price of the hybrid car is the much talked about of all the other things of the hybrid car. With hybrid car prices ranging from $20000 to $40,000 and difference with pure gasoline car being $3,000 to $10,000 no wonder price is the issue with hybrid car. Generally, the decision to buy is predicated on whether it is worthwhile in savings considering the difference in price. In periods of high gas prices significant savings could be made.
2. The battery cost. Hybrid car batteries cost between $2000 and $4000 depending on the manufacturer. Even though the battery is made up of many cells you can't just replace individual cells. The whole battery has to be replaced. This is so because the weak battery cells will drain power from the good ones if individual bad cells are replaced. even though the price of the battery is high it has a longer lifespan than the conventional car battery.
3. The battery life - The life time of a hybrid car is something you should be aware of since the batteries cost a lot. On average the batteries last from up to 7 to 9 years. The Honda, for example, gives a 8 year per 80,000 mile warranty while Toyota gives 8 year per 100,00 mile warranty. so you are covered for some considerable time before you begin to think of renewal of battery. Also, don't forget that the battery could exceed the warranty period. Most manufacturers should cover cost in case of failure during warranty period.
4. Few specialists, parts price are available - There are few specialists presently on the hybrid cars. Parts may not be readily available and the prices of parts could be very high indeed. All this is as a result of the fact that it is a new technology. As more and more people buy hybrid cars there will be more parts available and more specialists would emerge.
5. Price of gas - You may not really see the expected savings if you are using a hybrid car when gasoline price is low. But if there is any cause for gasoline prices to go as high as $4 or $5 per liter you may begin to see some considerable amount of savings because then you should be using the battery powered side of your hybrid.
6. Credit on purchase - You can get tax credit on your federal tax return with the purchase of a hybrid car. This is an incentive by U.S. government to encourage people to patronize hybrid car manufacturers. The general logic is that with more purchase of these cars manufacturers are encouraged to intensify research on these cars as well as use of alternative energies. To know how much credit you can get on the various brands of cars go to the IRS site on hybrid cars
To conclude - If you are looking for prestige, savings on gas in periods of high gas prices and you have the money to buy it, please go ahead and you will be glad you did.
[b]Car Seat Covers - When is the Last Time You Looked Closely at Your Car Seat Covers?[/b]
In 1989 I bought a little Honda CRX. Of course they don't even make them any more, but it was a great car! It ran great and got 45+ miles to the gallon back when it didn't really matter. I remember completely filling it up from empty to full for $10.00! Wow that was a great time to be driving. Now with gas upwards $3.00 a gallon driving isn't as fun as it once was. I'm not trying to get off the subject, my point here is. I wish I still had that car. Do you have a car you wish you still had? Well I kept that car for 5 years and when it was paid off I decided to took at the car and decide if I wanted to keep it or get another car. I really liked the car in fact I loved it. 169,000 hard miles with no problems at all. I had never really looked at the seats in great detail, but as I looked at them I noticed they were worn pretty badly. They didn't have tares or anything, but there were places that were worn so thin you could see the foam up under the covers. There were stains from spill coffee and other drinks over the years as well as some stains that I could never identify. I called the Honda dealership and asked about seat covers and the price was ridiculous. Back then the covers were around $1200.00 per seat Ouch! The book value on the car wasn't but about $3000.00. I know this is trivial, but because the seats were so worn and cost so much to replace, I decided to sell the car and get another one. Hind site is 20/20 they say. As I look back on that little car I wish I had done something smart when I got that car. I wish I would have gotten seat covers to protect them for the first five years. Then I would probably had drove the car another five years. Now I admit at the time I didn't look into alternative kinds of seat covers. Since that time I have done much research on seat covers.
A few years ago I took a job doing seat cover installs for a local top shop. I sure learned some lessons while I had the pleasure working there. The best lesson I learned was one day a guy come in with a car he needed a vinyl top put on his car because of some hail damage he had gotten on top of his car. Well I got in his car and when my butt hit the seat - I was like WOW! These were the most comfortable seats I had ever sat on. They were made from sheepskin. The fleece felt so different from anything I had ever sat on. I couldn't believe it. I was instantly in love. I asked him where he had gotten them from and he told me they were in the car when he bought it. He also said they were his favorite part of the car. On top of that he said he had been driving the car for six years with those same sheepskin seat covers. They looked brand new. I asked him how he kept them so clean and he said they really keep themselves clean. Ive stated in other articles that all you have to do is brush them and they stay clean. This is how I knew to do this. It was years later before I actually got my own set of sheepskin seat covers, but one thing I have always done ever sense I had the Honda CRX is to have some kind of seat covers that protect my seats. I have consistently drove my vehicles for 200,000 + miles and my seats have always looked good when I did get rid of the car. Now that I have my own sheepskin seat covers I have found out a few other things. 1. If you purchase sheepskin from a reputable dealer you will not go wrong. 2. Sheepskin seat covers should be custom fit for your vehicle. 3. Sheepskin needs to be brushed every few months. 4. There is really not much upkeep sheepskin because it is so tough. 5. Sheepskin is the most comfortable material I have ever sat on. Please do not go into a parts place and buy sheepskin seat covers in a box. These are not custom fit and will move around some when you get in and out of the car. One of the biggest advantages of custom fit covers is the fact they do not move so there will be virtually no friction on your original seats. This way when you remove your sheepskin covers your old seats will look brand new. Not that you will ever want to remove them once you put them on. Hello My name is Terry Matthews I own and operate multiple online businesses. I'm learning as I go and hope to share what I learn with others.

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