So you are having a junk car in your garage which is holding a lot of space. I guess at some point we really need to get rid of junk from our garage but getting a fair deal for it becomes difficult. Mostly owners demand a high amount which dealers refuse to fulfill. Seldom it is also affected by the fluctuations in scrap rates and we keep on waiting until a good deal is found. Finding a good dealer and rate is tough but if you have found one then here are some basic tips before you finally dispose it off.
1. Check thoroughly:
What can possibly be in that car? would be your first thought while thinking of checking it. We have a tendency to leave our belongings in the car. Sometimes car becomes another home and we tend to leave things in it thinking to be safe. Yes, definitely it is safe but now that you have decided to dispose it why not give it a thorough check. Check the car completely that is, the CD player, under floor mats, above visors,bins. If you have any insurance card left in the car then take it out as well even if it is out of date. The paperwork should be with you too. It is your responsibility to check before the tow truck comes.
2. Sell valuable parts alongside:
Ofcourse you found a good junk deal but there is no harm in selling valuable components of the car to some other person for few extra bucks. For like your car batteries as they have a resale value and you can sell it to some recycler as the lead in batteries can get some extra bucks.
3. Remove license plates:
The junkyard is always in a hurry, so you do not get sufficient time to even talk to the towing drivers. Make sure that you remove license plates to avoid any future distress. In many countries you have to handover the license plate to the motor vehicle department for cancelling car registration or an insurance. Make sure to remove it in the first place.
4. Use your fuel:
If your car was in working condition before selling it to the junkyard and you would want to use up the fuel before towing. Even if it is not running at all then siphon the gasoline from the fuel tank discreetly. The junkyard is anyway going to drain all the fuel off your tank before recycling it.
If you are looking to purchase a new car in 2018 then it is important you take a careful look at all the options available to you. Here are some of those options.
Petrol, Diesel Or Electric Powered Cars
Firstly you need to decide if you want a petrol fuelled car, a diesel car or an electric car. Now the latter is certainly an interesting one and one that is environmentally friendly. The only issue at present is that there is not as many battery charging points as there should be, but I am sure that will be taken care of in due course. Not so many years ago people were being encouraged to buy diesel cars by the government, now they are being told they are throwing out harmful pollutants and should be banned from our towns and cities, so maybe a petrol fuelled car is a safer option for the future.
Saloons, Estates, Hatch Backs Or Sports Cars To Choose From
Saloon cars are very useful if you have a family, and estate cars and also hatch backs are useful if you often carry large goods or equipment with you. A 4 x 4 is great for rough terrain (or for impressing friends and neighbours) but if you are at present single and you would like to impress the opposite sex then a sports car could be the option for you. I was nearly wiped out by a lorry a few years ago when it supposedly could not see me in my sporty car so I think I will pass on another of these!
It is a good idea to sit down and write down what you want your car for and what would be the main functions you require of your new car, and then decide what sort of car to purchase from there. Being methodical will about your purchase of a new car could save you a great deal of money in the long run.
Then of course there are costs to take into consideration. What you can or can`t afford needs to obviously be brought into the equation. You can of course take out finance to purchase the vehicle of your choice but if you do you need to make sure that the monthly payments will eminently affordable for you.
There’s nothing wrong with buying a new car, if you’re prepared to accept the short and long-term financial losses. The second you drive that new vehicle off the lot you’ve lost around 20%. A car that was forty-thousand loses eight driving home. Then a depreciation rate of 15% per year for most models, with some exceptions of course. We all know it’s easier to buy than sell an item! Therefore, my choice is always buying used cars, and this is my criteria that saves me big money in the long run.
My recommendation is purchasing a used car for cash not financing. Without interest and the two-way insurance requirement, you’re probably saving around $1200/ year. Next is not purchasing a used car from a dealer which can be considerably more expensive. Many people believe dealers do more to repairs used cars making those ones sounder investments. Keep in mind dealers need to make profits, which means incorporating costs like the trade-in, repairs, operational costs, and commissions. That is the reason my preference is being patient finding private sales. People selling their own used cars have no overhead expenses, and know they will get a lot less from the dealer.
The type of used cars I look for have low mileage, service records, accident free, many features that work, and sellers who have been meticulous with their cars. Doing a lot of mileage yearly my number is around $5000. Prior to purchasing I spend an hour labor having my trusted mechanic look the car over. If there is anything major I walk away, minor repairs are negotiated to bring the price down. My rule of thumb is keeping aside an additional $1000. Buying a used car, I know within 6 months there will be some normal repairs coming, like breaks, timing belts, or shocks. My objective is keep the car for 3-4 years owing me nothing re-selling it afterwards for around $1500.
Taking into consideration I can drive a used car for 4 years saves me $4800 in interest and two-way insurance. My total purchase cost being around $6000 counting in the set aside money. If you do the math above including in my $1500 resale, I’m ahead $300 based on my original purchase afterwards. Who can say that buying a new car could ever do that? If you’re thinking of purchasing a car try my way in saving big money buying used cars.
We must admit that, nowadays the load transportation is improbable without having trailers. We are faced with a huge choice of trailers; with different shapes, sizes and colours. Do you know which is the best choice for you? If you already have a trailer, or you are considering of buying one, than you should know the following guidelines for proper loading and towing.
Is your trailer loading safely?
Each trailer has its own max safe loaded weight. Over drafting that weight can cause damaging the towing vehicle, brakes, wheels or engine. The max load that the vehicle can carry, can be calculated when you subtract the unloaded weight from the max safe loaded weight.
The loads have to be arranged safely. They cannot distract the driver or hurt anyone. The objects` height should be as low as possible. Arrange loads so they don`t project outside the body of the vehicle. If the loads extend more than 200mm beyond the sides of the trailer, then you must attach flags or standard hazard warning panels. All loads should be properly restrained so they can`t shift around while the vehicle is moving. If you need to use lashing to secure the load – fasten it to the vehicle using as many lashings as required. A minimum of 2 lashings should be used to prevent the load from twisting, rotating and slewing.
Do you need to cover the load? If it may be affected by air flow or by the motion of the vehicle, then yes, you have to cover it.
Is your trailer towing safely?
Every light vehicle and trailer combination must be capable of stopping within a distance of 7 metres from a speed of 30 km/h. This means that the maximum allowable weight of a non-brake trailer is limited by the weight and braking ability of the vehicle being used to tow it.
The lights and the brakes are 2 important components that a trailer has to have. A trailer that is more than 2 metres wide must have one pair of side lights, stop lamps and at least one red tail light. The letters and numbers on the registration plate must be lit by a white light. It is important because you don`t want to confuse the other drivers about which way the trailer is facing. You do not want to endanger them.
The brakes should be in good working order and placed on both wheels. There are 3 types of brakes:
- Direct service brake system allows the driver of the towing vehicle to directly control the trailer brakes from the driving position. On the other hand, the indirect system causes the trailer to push against the vehicle and this force indirectly controls the trailer’s brakes;
- Breakaway brakes will apply themselves automatically if the trailer is accidentally disconnected from the vehicle;
- Parking brakes are useful for holding the trailer and they are applied by hand.
Regular maintenance of the trailer is very important. The wheels pressure has to be checked, and to identify any sign of their damaging. Complete working of the lights and cleaning them occasionally. Tow mechanisms must be well lubricated. No matter how good you are at towing, you can never tow a badly maintained trailer well and safe.
Did you know that the max open road speed for light vehicles towing trailers is 90 km/h? Have this in mind the next time you tow your trailer. If you need more tips for safe loading and towing, trailers company is here to help you.