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Consider fuel efficiency when buying a car

When you need to buy your next automobile make sure that fuel economy doesn’t get lost in the shuffle. Buying a compact car with good gas mileage is both friendly to the environment and your pocket book. You will enjoy the savings throughout the life of the vehicle. There is a lot to consider when buying a car. If you are buying a used car the condition of the clutch, brakes, engine and transmission will play a huge role in how much that car will cost to operate. Even minor problems can result in $300 repairs. With new cars you need to find the make and model that has a proven track record and fits your needs. Make sure that fuel efficiency plays a role in your decision making. If you emerge from the car buying process with a fuel efficient car you will burn up less cash in your tank and have more money to spend on things that matter. Take advantage of what is known. When it comes to vehicle maintenance, the one thing you can easily and accurately predict is how much gas you are going to use. Gas prices may fluctuate but most people can spend a week or two logging their gas consumption and get a good idea of how many gallons they use. If you don’t already, track your gas consumption so you...

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Making the dealer an offer

Before you make an offer you need to find a dealer with the car you want. You have three options in doing this. Drive around all day and night searching for a dealer who has the car you want. Spend countless hours online finding local dealers who have websites. And THEN spend more time digging through their websites to find your new car. Fill out a request form online and have a dealer contact you if he or she has the car you are looking for. This option alone can save you hours of your valuable time. So you know what you want, you know what it costs, and you where to find it, so how do you go about getting it? First and foremost is getting into a negotiating frame of mind. Always remember you can walk out at anytime and leave your offer on the table. Dealers want you to buy right then and there. They play on your impulses and try to rush you into a deal. Don’t play their game; it’s not the end of the world if you don’t buy right then and there. Before leaving the house: When you go to the dealer have all your research documents with you incase you have to review anything. It’s always nice to have supporting information when you are trying to get the lowest price. While...

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Confidence is king of the road

Confidence is more than just sexy. It can save you a ton of money on your next car or truck. Lots of people hate buying cars. When you get right down to it, the root causes of this fear and loathing aren’t hard to pin down. Fear of the unknown. Buying a car is a confrontational situation. It’s a huge commitment of time and money. Well, okay, that’s great, but how does that help you? Patience, grasshopper. While there’s no magical silver bullet to cure all of the above ills, a little confidence can go a long way. If you act uncertain and unsure, chances are you will get taken for a ride. This applies to every step of the process, not just when you’re checking out cars on the showroom floor. So what do you do? I mean, great, be confident. But what does that mean? Be decisive. Know exactly what kind of car you want and exactly what you want to pay. Do your homework first and research everything you can find. The Internet is the most powerful research tool ever devised by man. Use it. Show, don’t tell. Print copies of everything you find. Don’t just tell a dealer that you got a better price quote online. Show them. Don’t just say that you thought your credit was good enough to qualify for a better rate....

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Safety rules to consider when doing car maintenance yourself

Working on a car involves several risks which you should be aware of and prevent before actually starting the job. First of all, you should never try to work on the car and try to fix any part of it if you do not know what you are doing and how it works. One of the main things you should be very careful with when working on a car is the batteries, but there are many other things you should be careful about as well. The car batteries contain an acid and emit hydrogen gas, which can be not only dangerous for human health but can also produce explosions. This way, it is mandatory that you do not take any ignition source, such as cigarettes, close to the car while working on it. Besides this, you should wear gloves while handling the batteries and try to avoid having any direct contact with them. Besides this, batteries can also give you shocks due to the amps they have, and you should disconnect the battery negative cable in order to avoid having problems due to this. It is also highly recommendable that you maintain a fire extinguisher near the car and easily to reach while you are working on it. Some of the most combustible parts of the car are the engine and the batteries, so you should always be extremely...

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