Saturday, June 27, 2009

7 Great Tips To Save Money on Car Parts and Maintenance

Taking care of your car maintenance can be very rewarding if done properly so here's a list of seven tips that can help you save money on your car parts and service.

1. A well tuned car can has a fuel consumption from 25% to 33% lower than a poorly tuned car making a tune-up cheaper than driving without it, tuning your car for better performance can save you between $150 and $250 per year.

2. Regardless of the number of miles the manual recommends a oil change and filter change you should change them every 3,000 miles. This is one of the most important factors in your engine's life since it's going to prolong your engine's life and you're going to save on engine car parts. The potential savings are $500 to $3000.

3. Dirty air filter means more gasoline used and reduces the engine's life so you should check it regularly, maybe monthly. The air filter can be cleaned by blowing it with a hose or can be replaced. You can save about $130 per year..

4. Using steel-belted radial tires can increase the number of miles you make per year by up to 10%, saving this way about $130 per year.

5. Most cars, don't work better on premium gas, so, unless your car is pinging or knocking you shouldn't use higher octane gas. If your car doesn't have a high performance engine, using the gas that best suits your car's engine can save you $200 to $400 per year.

6. Having under inflated tires makes your engine burn about 6% more gas so make sure you check your tire pressure regularly.

7. If your tires are improperly balanced the tread on them will be destroyed. In addition, your suspension and shock absorbers can be damaged leading to more expense on car parts and service. Balancing your tires once a year can add thousands of miles to their life.

Friday, June 26, 2009


CITROËN’s Grand C4 Picasso has scored a hat-trick at the prestigious 2009 What Car? Car of the Year Awards, winning the ‘MPV of the Year’ accolade for the third year in a row.

The CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso is the perfect vehicle for the modern family on the move. With its contemporary good looks, light and spacious cabin and clever storage solutions it’s no wonder the seven-seat MPV won over the hearts and minds of the What Car? judging panel for a third successive year.

As well as being both stylish and safe, with a 5-star Euro NCAP rating, the CITROËN Grand C4 Picasso has also been recognised for its environmental credentials picking up the ‘Green MPV of the Year’ title at What Car?’s inaugural Green Awards. The winning 1.6HDi SX emits just 140g/km CO2 making it a leaner, greener option for environmentally conscious drivers.

What Car? say “CITROËN’s Grand C4 Picasso is definitely that — grand. It’s not just big, either; it’s also versatile, stylish, easy to drive and affordable”. They then go on to say “No MPV does a better job of transporting you, your brood and your gubbins” before concluding succinctly by saying “Family orientated cars don’t get any better than this”.

Receiving the award, Xavier Duchemin, Managing Director of CITROËN UK, commented; “As Europe’s most popular MPV manufacturer, we’re honoured and delighted to be receiving this award for the third year running. On top of this, we’re especially excited about the forthcoming CITROËN C3 Picasso, which is set to complement its award winning sibling in the next few months.”

Thursday, June 25, 2009

A Rookies Guide to Car Rentals

Renting a car can be a lot of fun, just plain fun. Car rentals offer the renter the opportunity to drive a car, truck or SUV that they normally would not or could not buy. Renting a car is for a weekend get away, to impress someone or just to have something different to drive for a couple of days are some of the most popular reasons to visit a rental company. However, as fun as it is to rent cars, there are some not so fun things that must happen before you drive it off the lot.

1- Keep in mind that most rental companies will not rent to any driver under the age of 25. If you fall under that magic number, you more than likely will need to get an older relative or friend to sign the actual contract for you.

2- You will of course, need a valid drivers license to rent the car. If you do not have a license, they will not rent to you under any circumstances. Most companies will also require you to reserve your car with the use of a major credit card, however, you can pay in cash if you would prefer.

3- You do not need to have personal auto insurance to rent a car; they will ask you if you would like to purchase their insurance for the duration of the rental contract. If, however, you have your own insurance policy, be sure to call your agent to see if you are covered during your use of a rental car. If your personal auto policy covers you, there is no need to purchase a policy from the rental company.

4- It is wise to call several car rental companies to inquire about prices, car availability and specials. Ask about options such as upgrades, pick up and drop off services, unlimited mileage and weekend versus weekly rental prices. Many companies will also offer special deals to customers who are members of other organizations (i.e. credit unions, warehouse clubs, etc).

5- After you have called around, found the best deal and reserved your choice car; it is time to pick it up. Be sure to have all of your personal paperwork with you, including your auto policy if you will not be buying theirs. Before you sign the contract, read through it and ask any questions you may have.

Monday, June 1, 2009

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