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With the augmenting prices of gasoline these days, managing fuel costs has become quite difficult for an ordinary man. However, one cannot keep the costs under control; he may go along with a few gas saving tips and tricks to improve the fuel consumption.The first gas saving tip is associated with the car engine. Revving engine before turning it off should be avoided as it results in the expenditure of fuel. Moreover, idling the engine for prolonged durations has a negati...

Gas Saving - Tips And Tricks

Gas Saving - Tips And TricksWith the augmenting prices of gasoline these days, managing fuel costs has become quite difficult for an ordinary man. However, one cannot keep the costs under control; he may go along with a few gas saving tips and tricks to improve the fuel consumption.The first gas saving tip is associated with the car engine. Revving engine before turning it off should be avoided as it results in the expenditure of fuel. Moreover, idling the engine for prolonged durations has a negative affect on the fuel consumption. Warming up the engine for 35-40 seconds is advisable for saving gas.Buying the gas skillfully may also contribute towards the recovery of the fuel cost problem. Gasoline should be purchased during early morning or evening because of being highly dense at the respective times. Furthermore, it should not be filled to the top of tank as it results in spilling over, thus draining a considerable amount of gasoline.Changing one's ways of operating a vehicle and altering motoring habits may also lead to effective gas saving. Driving the car at 55 mph results in a better gas mileage while use of 5th gear is recommended. Traveling at a high velocity with low gears should be avoided. Moreover, keeping air conditioner turned off while driving also improves the gas mileage.Besides these, driving on straight roads and avoiding twists and turns conserves the gas. Brakes should not be pumped too often while the gas pedal should be pressed lightly. Carrying heavy loads in the car's dickey should be obviated. Regular servicing of the car is necessary and the tires should be frequently checked for air pressure. Frequent examination of the chassis parts and the air filters is also commended. Above all, use of the lowest octane gas and a suitable fuel saver such as Tornado fuel saver plays a significant role in gas conservation. Tornado fuel saver functions as a gas-saving tool and can be used in a car, SUV or a truck.The above-mentioned gas saving tips and tricks will surely benefit the driving enthusiasts. However, if any sort of assistance is needed, CarSnaps customer support is there to lend you a hand. Alternatively, you can start a thread in the Automotive Forum for seeking any kind of advice concerning gas saving techniques.

Used Car Prices: What's My Car Worth? Myths And Facts

Used Car Prices: What

Whats my vehicle worth? What a question! I wish that after 20 years in the automotive industry there was a simple answer. One would think that with all the information available it would make prices and values easier to obtain. In fact, in many ways, the numbers are more unclear than ever.The following e-mail conversation regarding retail car prices and trade-in values highlights the confusion and misconceptions about automobile price and value.This conversation occurred between me/Ted, the dealer, and Rich, the customer...[Begin Email][Ted]Hi Rich...Donna loves the 2006 Volvo. Its a perfect fit!Again retail value is: $23,800Here's what Medway Imports can do:2006 Volvo S40 Price.............$18,9952001 Chevy Impala Trade-In Value........$4,000Thanks Rich!Note: the Volvo is still under its factory 4-Year 50,000-mile warranty, free road side assistanceetc.[Rich]Hi Ted,Thanks for the information. The Volvo certainly is a great price, but isnt my Impala worth $6,000-$7,000?Kelly Blue Book lists the private party value at approximately $7,995. I know that does not mean it will sell for that amount. However, most of the ads that I have been seeing reflect a range of $7,000 to $9,000.I would guess that based on the retail prices, the actual sale price would be discounted by $1,000-$1,500. That would mean a reasonable expectation would place the value at $6,000-$7,000.[Ted]Youre right Rich$6,000-$7,000 is certainly a reasonable "retail value" for the Impala, but research shows its actually only selling for around $4,000.Interestingly, based on your math of knocking $1,000-$1,500 off private party bluebook would put the 2006 Volvo at a "reasonable" price of $22,800, as it retails for $23,800 to $24,500 depending on which source you use.The facts are, however, neither the Impala nor the Volvo will sell for these retail valuesnot in todays market anyway.[Rich]I can lease an Infiniti which would probably cost me less on a monthly basis. My partner just leased a 2007 loaded Infiniti for 39 months, (78,000 miles) for $558.00 month. Cap reduction was only $595.00.I'm guessing that I could lease the same car for 3 years with 36,000 miles for no more than $400/month.Theyre also willing to give me $7,000 for my 2001 Impala.I'd appreciate your thoughts![Ted]Hi RichYour guesses might be close; however, this is a classic example of the confusion surrounding trade-in values and the actual vehicle worth.That $7,000 they will pay you is called a "feel good" number. Dealers use it all the time, and then whack you on the retail sale end of your new car.In other words, as a dealer, I will gladly give you $7,000 for your Impala provided youre willing to pay $22,800 or more for the 2006 Volvo.as you can see, based on these numbers, you'd spend more.Its stunning how often people fall into this trap every single day based off of blue-book-type retail numbers.For an interesting discussion on car values, check out the article on bluebook pricing @ http://www.repairtrust.com/articles_kelley.html. It's eye-opening!The facts are, however, we as a retail dealer are not likely to get $22,800 for the Volvo even though the book says it's reasonable. Book values, or the values placed on vehicles by websites are guides based heavily on opinions and averages. Go to seven different websites and you'll get seven different values.If youd like, I can get you any used car you want at a great value like the Volvobut I'd still only be able to pay $4,000 for the Impala.Since we don't use manipulative "feel good" numbers to inflate the trade-in value by increasing the sale price of the Volvo, it appears as if we're offering too little for the Impala.In actuality, the numbers are dead on. $4000 is a real number!Note...none of this is a sales pitch, but the straight deal on the "value" of the Impala in the real world. This is not to say that you couldn't sell it for $7,000, provided you want to do the footworkadvertising, replace the bald tires, service and recondition it, fix the rear seat...etc.In short, what makes up the value of a car is incredibly complex and variable.What I wouldn't want you to think is that you're being low-balled on the trade-in price. What is happening, and its the only way well do business, is that you are being given a "real value" and a "fair value" for your Impala.The short answer to all this is that you're getting a square deal on both endseven though it may not feel like it with the Impala.[Rich]Hi Ted, if I had to finance approximately $14,000 for the Volvo, my monthly payment would be around $430/month (3 years @ 7%). I think that I may be more inclined to lease a 2007 loaded Infiniti, which would probably cost me less on a monthly basis.[Ted]Hi RichLeasing has many positives; however, at the end of 3 years the value of the Infiniti to you would be $0. The residual value of the 2006 Volvo S40 is $9625.One of the major downsides of leasing is that at the end of the leaseyou have NO equity.I will not in anyway be offended if you choose to lease, or buy somewhere else. What I know, and what I can do for you is get you a great "value" for your dollar.$18,995 for a vehicle that is priced $4805 under the low value of $23,800 is a great value.$4,000 for an Impala that needs $1,000 or more in reconditioning is a real price.In short, you can't buy wholesale and expect to trade in for retail.Interestingly, the current wholesale price of the Volvo is $19,000 to $20,000. In other words, I couldnt even buy this car right now for $18,995.Those are my thoughts.I hope this helps in your decision making process.[End Email]As you can tell from this conversation, the perception and the reality of used car prices is very different. This article illustrates that pricing used cars must be done in context. An arbitrary number set by a website or book distorts the real-life values for the car buyer and the seller. These "values" make everyone distrustful, uneasy, and confused. The auto industry doesn't need any more of this!-Ted OlsonMedway Imports...Making sense of Used Car Prices

Pickup Truck Hauler -- Discover The Bigger, Tougher Brother To Sports Utility Vehicles

Pickup Truck Hauler -- Discover The Bigger, Tougher Brother To Sports Utility Vehicles

Pickup truck haulers are the more sturdy, practical alternative to sport utility vehicles, and many people are now making the switch. They are certainly a growing market, but a number of obstacles stand in the way of sales. Rising gas prices and environmental pressure influence many people's decisions of whether or not to buy, as well as the current dominance of sport utility vehicles on the market. Can they oust the competition and find their place in an over-crowded marketplace, or will they fall by the wayside as practicality gives way to political correctness?UsesPickup truck haulers have a variety of uses, and in fact the phrase can mean a number of things. The hauler can be separate, like a trailer, or even an add-on at the back to hold motorbikes. Mostly, though, pickup truck haulers are elongated pickups, designed to carry much larger items and cope with a heavier workload. Apart from motorbikes, jet skis, powered parachutes, canoes, snowmobiles, rafts, and balloons can be transported to their destinations, and they are frequently used as mobile skips and organic waste disposal units. They are getting larger and more versatile by the year, and are so reaching broader markets and appealing to a wider range of users.HistoryThe humble pickup truck has been around since 1925, when Henry Ford introduced the "Ford Model T Runabout with Pickup Body". Selling at $281, they quickly established a new market in motor vehicles, which was seized upon by the general public. Farmers found them particularly useful, but during the Great Depression banks would not lend money for luxuries such as cars, but they would for utilitarian vehicles such as pickups. This changed when a farmer sent a letter to Henry Ford asking, "Why don't you build people like me a vehicle in which I can take my family to church on Sunday, and my pigs to town on Monday?"; and so the utility vehicle was born, and it has gone from strength to strength since. Nowadays they can be used to move far more than pigs or people, but with their increased size has come an increased consumption of fuel, with damaging consequences.Fuel ConsumptionThe larger the vehicle, the more fuel it consumes, and the greater the effect on the environment. sport utility vehicles have received widespread criticism over the last few years from environmental pressure groups, and rising gas prices have shaken the market considerably. Polls in the summer of 2006 suggested that most people wanted to move away from utility vehicles and into the smaller car or hybrid sector. Nonetheless, the opposite appears to be happening, with sales of utility vehicles rising while car sales fall. Pickup truck haulers are definitely at the higher-consumption end of the market, but they fill a niche that cannot be otherwise filled by cars or smaller vehicles. If you need to move large items, then you need a large vehicle. Period.The FuturePickup truck haulers have a large role in the utilitarian market today, and will no doubt continue to do so in the future. The main criticism of sport utility vehicles is that they are are very often used by those who don't actually need them, such as couples or small families. So the question to ask yourself is: do I really need a pickup truck hauler? I cover this topic and the different varieties of haulers in my webpage, so I won't go into it here, but at the end of the day only you can answer that question, based on your career and lifestyle. One thing is for certain, though: pickup truck haulers are here to stay, and the time is right for them to overtake the competition and move into the fast lane.

Mecham Car Auction Means Performance, Technology And Success

Mecham Car Auction Means Performance, Technology And Success

High style performance for Mecham designed components as well as sophisticated equipments are presenting many cars. During an auction, personalized cars are more successful; they benefit of the added value Mecham numbered series creations.Mecham car auctions are always spectacular and picturesque, such as Mecham Pontiac Trans Am, or Mecham Chrysler Plymouth Jeep or Mecham Supercharged Corvette Z06. Mecham offers a centrifugal blower with dual air to air intercoolers; the result is spectacular: 540 hp. This car is giving the elixir of power. Mecham adds also some dress-up items, such as custom leather interior, metallic finish trim pieces and custom tips.Mecham cars auction include sophisticated cars that never wrecked and are really rust free.The cars are really spectacular, customized and it is obvious they these products must sell. Everyone will turn some heads with Mecham add on his car. Detailed pictures are available upon request for every Mecham car.Mecham "car auctions" have managed to keep up with the evolving industry through purchasing the latest technology; investing in computerized frame machines, the Mecham cars ad adds are safe, spectacular and powerful. Mechams quests for perfection include Mecham car auction, where every room is kept very clean and dust free.Mecham cars have a real charisma, they are so spectacular and powerful that is hard to ignore a Mecham designed car. When someone walks up to the Mechams car, he can be afraid to touch it for fear of it bit him. The Mecham designed car has the presence of a great elephant in a China shop. Mecham is giving something of his personality to the cars, making these cars noticeable, unforgettable aid very different from any other car. Everybody loves Mechams finishing and styling; the wings seem to be installed at the factory; only few people realize that it is not true.Hood and wings seem part of the Mecham designed car. The suppression is really improved too; the paint finish is often better than the original paint; frequently the painting is more attractive and distinctive. Mecham car auction are always a maximum attraction point, visitors are national and international as well. The teal over silver graphics is spectacular and dramatically improve the cars look.Mecham car auction include nicely loaded and extremely precious Macho Trans Am, all Mecham designed cars are hot collectibles. The added packages are improving dramatically the cars look; appearance features designed for a wide range of sports fans, transform a valuable car into an incredible work of art.Mechams cars are rare; this is the reason why the Mecham car auctions are so interesting and tempting; they are great evens and has evolved into a social event over the past years. Mecham car auctions are attend by thousands of car collectors and sport cars enthusiasts.Appropriate professional software allows live online bidding, saving the buyer time and money. For Mecham designed cars, the visit at the auction place is always a pleasure; everyone will enjoy a journey through spectacular powerful and unique cars.

Save Time Shopping For A New Or Used Car By Browsing Online First

The traditional car buying experience is often seen as an overwhelming task. But thanks to the Web, customers can save time and enter a dealership precisely knowing what they want to buy.How many times have you started the process by visiting different car dealerships? Purchasing a new or used car is a significant investment and you will hopefully be keeping your vehicle for awhile. You likely have certain features and options in mind, which will help narrow the scope of which models you will consider. But because you want to find the best car to meet your needs, the process can be intense and arduous.Many car companies and dealerships are posting their inventory online so you can search for a car to best suit your needs. If you begin with the website as your first step, when you walk into the dealership, you have a narrowed list of vehicles that have the features you want, in your price range and you dont have to waste a lot of time driving around from one dealership to another.There are three different types of auto retail sites available for car buyers and each has its own unique advantages.The Coast-to-Coast Dealers WebsiteWhen browsing online for your car, one of your primary concerns may be selection. CarMax is an online car dealership with a large inventory, located in several states across the country.When you visit the site, you enter the make, model, price range and other details for the type of car you want. You are asked to enter your zip code, and then given a list of available vehicles at locations near your zip code. You can compare models, pricing, features, mileage, and other details.If you arent sure what type of car you want, this is a good option to check out as many cars as possible in your price range.The Local Dealerships WebsiteThe local dealership is probably the best option if customer service, in addition to selection, is important to you. The difference is similar to shopping at a large retailer versus the small specialty shop owned by a local family known for their contributions in the community. But whereas that small specialty shop may not have an inventory comparable to the big guys, the local dealership may not only offer a comparable selection of cars, but services that you wont find at the larger auto retailers.Conklin Cars is a new and used car dealer with several locations in Kansas. When working with a dealership that has several locations, you have the advantage of a large inventory, and working with specialists at each location. Customers who have visited the Salina car dealer site, for example, can also visit the companys Newton car dealership and Hutchinson auto dealer sites online or in person to compare models, features and pricing.But in addition to searching for cars based on brand, make, model, new, used, and even building the car you want, customers can also send questions to the dealerships parts and service technicians. Rather than running all over town to try and find the right part your car needs, or taking the car to a mechanic that may not be familiar with your car, youve got both covered at one location. This works well because it gives you a one-stop-shop option for not only purchasing your car, but care and maintenance after purchase.Other notable advantages of using a local dealership include better, low-pressure sales and customer service, in addition to unique services. At Conklin Cars, sales reps are trained to create relationships with customers for any of their car buying or car service needs. For example, customers can rent a vehicle from Conklin Cars, a unique feature of this local dealership not found at many auto retailers.Brand Name ShoppingIf you have a particular brand in mind, visiting the companys main site is probably your best option. A manufacturers website will offer a comprehensive look at all of the companys offerings. Saturn, for example, is known for its low-pressure, no-haggle pricing. Like most automotive brands, the site is quite comprehensive with a photo gallery of different models, pricing, features and other valuable information to help you make an educated decision on which one of their vehicles will best suit your lifestyle.Modern technology has created an opportunity for the car buyer to save much time, effort and stress when shopping. Depending on whether you want a vast inventory, a local resource capable of providing all of your car service needs, or youre focused on one particular brand, beginning the car buying process online is a smart move. If you know your budget and enter the dealership with a clear decision on which cars you want to see, youve got the hardest part of the car-buying process covered, and all that will be left to do is make a decision and go through the paperwork.

Some Truckers Are A Class "A" Act

There are some truckers that are in a class all of their own. Driving a big truck or semi-tractor trailer over thirty thousand pounds requires a special license a Class A license. This is like the big leagues of truck driving. Those Class "A" truckers all had to earn their Commercial Driver's License (CDL) first before securing that Class "A" status. So what exactly is involved in earning that Class A license? Lets find out...First of all, as mentioned above, truckers have to earn their CDL first. And depending on the state in which you live, there are a certain amount of years you have to hold a CDL license before being eligible to earn a Class A license. In addition, obtaining a Class A license means heading back to truck driving school and the classroom for more instruction, as much as six to eight weeks. Truckers who are licensed Class A often drive those large trucks like the tankers or ones that handle hazardous materials. And because that load is more difficult, additional instruction is necessary in order to learn how to deal with it.Earning that Class A license opens more doors of opportunity with trucking companies. It is tougher to get that Class A designation, so those trucking jobs that require it often pay more money. And since the field of trucking is a growth industry, this is great news for the Class A truckers. In certain parts of the country, trucking companies are recruiting like crazy, offering awesome pay with lots of benefits to lure these truckers to work for them, even those with newly earned Class A licenses that have not had a lot of experience driving those bigger rigs. A trucking company taking a chance on a new Class A licensed recruit is making a big investment that could potentially pay off for both parties. So where are the trucking companies that offer these prime trucking jobs for Class A license holders? You have to know where to look! Start with your local newspapers and employment agencies. Talk with the counselors at the truck driving school. Chances are that recruiters often inform them of open positions within their trucking company. Finally, there is the internet. Do a web search of the trucking companies in your area and visit their websites. Truckers can find a lot of information about Class A licensed trucking jobs through that avenue.These truckers work hard to earn that Class A license. Most often, these truck drivers go for it because of the challenge of driving a big rig over thirty thousand pounds as well as the increase in pay. No matter what their motivation is, driving trucks that big earn them the status of being a Class "A" Act.

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With the augmenting prices of gasoline these days, managing fuel costs has become quite difficult for an ordinary man. However, one cannot keep the costs under control; he may go along with a few gas saving tips and tricks to improve the fuel consumption.The first gas saving tip is associated with the car engine. Revving engine before turning it off should be avoided as it results in the expenditure of fuel. Moreover, idling the engine for prolonged durations has a negati...