Safety Many may not even think that vehicles gas cap could be a maintenance issue. Besides the safety concern of gasoline spilling out of a recently filled gas tank, gas caps can save a you a lot of money in fuel expenses if they are properly used and properly maintained and replaced when the cap is worn out.
This sometimes un-noticed part of a car’s fuel system can help raise the emissions of a car, which has a negative effect on your performance and gas mileage. Listen for a hiss when you loosen the gas cap. That means that it is fitting well, it hasn’t [...]
Buying a used vehicle requires a lot of preparation and research. Looking up Official documents is a great way to educate yourself about the vehicle, but buyer beware of counterfeit documents—always check them against the vehicle identification number to verify authenticity.
Using an online VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) check can be the easiest way find out the history of a used car. The NewsWheel wrote an excellent article highlighting a website called www.faxvin.com Just enter your VIN and get a documented history of the vehicle your researching.
The NewsWheel article points out that the Information included in a report is a VIN report that covers the following information:
• General characteristics of the vehicle, including the manufacturer, specs, gas mileage, safety features, etc.
• Records on maintenance, registration, title, reports on previous purchases
You have probably heard the term ” caveat emptor” or “Buyer Beware”. Seems simple enough however there are some dealerships that might try to take advantage of unsuspecting customers.
Here is one way this can happen.
Bait and Switch
The Scam: The dealer advertises a vehicle with a great price, but when you go to the dealership, they say it’s already been sold! They then show you a more expensive vehicle. Perhaps you have been offered a really really low down payment. An offer like “$1.00 gets you into any car” may seem to good to be true. It usually is because when arrive at the lot to buy a vehicle you find out you also need $2000 for tax and license before you can drive away!
“The whole point of a bait-and-switch ad is to get you to the showroom.” Says Business Insider
Perhaps you’re looking for a used car that has the latest technology such as adaptive cruise control and cameras that provide a 360-degree view of the surroundings. But, you can’t afford a 2-year-old model with average miles, but Highway Motors has the car of your dreams, and it’s a thousand less. There’s one problem: This 2-year-old model has over 100,000 miles. Should you stay clear?
Here’s a few pointers to help make a decision on either one of these cars.
The first thing with any car is “do your research”. CARFAX is a great reference as to the condition and reoccurring problems the may be a problem. Check if there are repetitive problems, such as serious (and expensive) issues with the transmission, power steering, electrical system and engine. Replacing the engine’s timing chain, for example, can run $2,000 to $3,000. Knowing a car’s history is important. Ask the dealer to show you data [...]
Damaged Cars Coming Out Of Flooded Regions Of U.S.!
We all remember the devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. It is important to note that Hundreds of thousands of cars were flooded in those hurricanes .
2017 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Including 2018 Hurricane Florence!
Although most of those vehicles have since been taken off the market. But don’t under estimate the number that have been restored and sent to the auction. Unsuspecting buyers of used vehicles, hundreds of miles from where they were flooded months earlier could fall victim of unscrupulous dealers or private sellers.
Assumptions Can Cost You Money!
Our example consumer knew when he bought the vehicle that underneath had some rust, and the engine compartment had what seemed like a light coating of road salt in it, which he assumed meant the [...]