Step 9: Consider Your Buying Options

Step 9: Consider Your Buying Options

Moving from your seat in front of the computer screen to the seat behind the wheel of your next new car is the most exciting part of the buying experience. More »

Car Scratch Solutions – How to Remove a Key Scratch From Your Vehicle

Car Scratch Solutions – How to Remove a Key Scratch From Your Vehicle

So, you just discovered a nasty scratch on the side of your car, and a pretty long one at that. Yikes! After your mind races through the many possible ways it could have gotten there, you start to wonder where you should take your car to get the scratch removed. More »

Some Important tips when buying a used dump truck

Some Important tips when buying a used dump truck

Need to transport aggregate, asphalt or demolition material? Find the perfect used dump truck for the job at Hammer Trucks. More »

5 Tips to prevent your truck scales from rusting

5 Tips to prevent your truck scales from rusting

Investing in heavy-duty trucks can cost a lot of money. These trucks are important for loading and transporting large amounts of items to both close and distant areas. More »

4 Methods to Siphon Gas from a Vehicle

4 Methods to Siphon Gas from a Vehicle

Certain situations may call for siphoning gas from a vehicle. Whether you decide to use a lawnmower, a generator, or simply replace the fuel pump of your car, the first step is to extract fuel from it. More »

 

How to Open a Stuck Car Hood

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Jammed Hood
At times, the hood itself can get jammed. This could happen for a number of reasons, the most common of them being the rusting or aging of the lock of the hood.

» You will need a helping hand as you go about fixing this problem. You would need to release the lever to open the hood, while someone else could try to prop open the hood when you do. If this doesn’t seem to help, try pushing down on the hood, and then try to pull it open manually.

Tips to Make Your Old Car Feel New

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Are you a car owner who doesn’t feel good and excited looking at your car because it has become old? It can happen to the best of us, especially if you are just starting out in life. I remember the first car I bought was a used ’99 Chevy Cavalier. It was in fairly good condition, but being fresh out of college meant maintaining the car wasn’t one of my top priorities. Subsequently, my old car became an embarrassment whenever I took my girl out on a date.

Myths About Car Maintenance

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Everyone wants a car that runs smoothly, performs well, is well-maintained, and looks good. And in pursuit of all four, some car owners become so obsessed with maintaining their car, that they actually end up hampering the performance of their vehicle. They also end up spending more on their car, when it’s absolutely not needed.

17 Essential DIY Car Repair and Maintenance Tools

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Did You Know?
According to fueleconomy.gov, keeping the tires inflated to their recommended pressure can increase the gas mileage of a car by up to 3.3 percent.
There is always that sense of heavy discomfort when we have to leave our vehicles at the hands of professional mechanics. After all, for them, it’s just another client and no attachment to the vehicle in question; however, for us, our cars are one of our prized possessions. Anyone who concurs with this statement will understand how important it is to set aside a day in a week/month for cleaning, fixing, and revving up our dear ol’ cars. This Buzzle article discusses some essential tools every car owner must have.

Fuel Pump Replacement Cost

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If you have proper knowledge of all the parts of a vehicle and know how to replace a fuel pump, then you just need to invest a bit of time and the money on buying a new pump. However, if you are not confident about the procedure, then you should take your vehicle to a mechanic and get the problem sorted out.

4 Methods to Siphon Gas from a Vehicle

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Certain situations may call for siphoning gas from a vehicle. Whether you decide to use a lawnmower, a generator, or simply replace the fuel pump of your car, the first step is to extract fuel from it. Gas tanks filled with ethanol gas frequently need siphoning, as such fuel is known to quickly go bad.

Siphoning gas from a car involves simple principles of physics. In most cases, air is sucked out of a pipe dipped in the tank, creating a vacuum. The gas then flows into the pipe to fill up the vacuum.

What is a Car Tune-up and What Does it Include?

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Before the emergence of electronic systems in cars, a tune-up would normally include repairs of the ignition, engine controls, and fuel injection, which are nowadays undertaken by electronic adjustments.

A modern car tune-up should include processes of preventive maintenance, analysis of performance and minor adjustments, which might be causing driving problems. If conducted properly, a car tune-up usually helps in making the drive smoother, increasing mileage, and preventing any minor problems and symptoms such as poor fuel economy, low power, stalling engine, and ignition problems of the vehicle from getting serious.

Muffler Repair Cost

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The muffler of a vehicle can malfunction due to many reasons, right from a broken strap, which may cost as little as $20 to replace, to the whole muffler itself, which can cost as high as $250. But wait, it isn’t so straightforward. There can be other causes too, which need relevant fixes.

Muffler Damage

If you hear any noise coming from the exhaust system, first check to see if the muffler is properly attached to the exhaust. Sometimes, only the straps that hold it together might have broken. If this is not the case, then the muffler itself might have a problem. The oxygen sensor is an important part of the muffler. Information provided by the oxygen sensor is vital for the electronic controlling unit of the vehicle to maintain proper fuel-to-air ratio.

Step 10: Negotiate Your Best Dealer Retail Price

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Negotiating with a Dealer
So, you are at the dealership, have completed your test drive and review of the car and have decided to make the purchase. At this point there is usually room to negotiate downward from the dealer’s asking price on a used vehicle. However, in the last few years several “No-Haggle Pricing” dealerships have popped up across the country and, while the “no-haggle” approach usually applies only to new cars, it may apply to the used inventory, as well. While there may be little or no room for directly negotiating the price of the car at these dealerships, there are other opportunities to put your negotiating skills to work.

Step 9: Negotiate Your Best Private Party Price

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When buying from a dealer, you may receive a limited warranty (perhaps 30 days) and many dealerships offer manufacturers’ Certified Pre-Owned programs for their late model cars that can extend the warranties out a number of years. Some advantages of buying from a private party include a lower price, you will have all the repair records (if they are available) and you know the previous owner, should any questions come up later.