Auto repairs are usually always going to be expensive no matter how you slice that pie that you’ve been given, but the greatest thing about fixing your car now is that you’ve done one more auto repair that won’t need to be done in the future. It’s very unfortunate, though, that automobiles are not made to last even though the high prices we pay for them are simply outrageous. Nevertheless, all of the auto parts within a car generally fail within five to ten years, and it’s usually necessary to embark on the journey of replacing every single thing underneath the hood of the car, all with the exception of the engine and motor. Nevertheless, though, there are some definite ways to keep your auto parts working smooth when they’re underneath the hood of the car, and it only takes a little bit of care to see it through.
The first thing that one should realize about the auto parts in their car is that they are all like beautiful voices that mesh together in order to sing the most beautiful song on earth. If one of the voices, or auto parts , is out of tune then chances are that the whole song will be messed up. If one thinks about the auto parts in this way, though, chances are that he or she will have more luck when taking care of the car. Preventative maintenance is the key, though, and one issue that many people are oblivious to is that the oil in a car needs to be changed every 3,000 miles or ever 3 months. Even though this is one of the basic lessons that should be learned, one may be surprised to find out that there are thousands of people who have no clue.
By virtue of being in the car, the oil is meant to lubricate all the auto parts within the car so that they can last longer, run smoother, and be more efficient. There are plenty of ways to make sure that the oil is changed every three months, but the greatest way is to have a sticker placed on the inside of your windshield, which is what most oil-changing establishments usually do anyway.
Another way that you can keep your car and the auto parts within your car in tip-top shape is by getting your car a tune-up every once in a while. Just waiting until the last minute when your car doesn’t start anymore is not the smartest time of the year to wait. But by getting a tune-up at least once per year you are ensuring that your auto parts are kept in the best condition possible. Just remember that when one of the auto parts is acting out then chances are that there will be strains on the other auto parts within the car, too!
Originally posted 2009-12-16 00:59:39. Go Home page
You’ve come to the end of your lease and you like you car enough you want
to keep it in the driveway. Just like buying a used car, there is some
research to be done to nail a good deal.
First, you need to know the cost of buying out your lease. Read the fine
print of your contract and look for the “purchase option price”. This
price is set by the leasing company and usually comprises the residual
value of the car at the end of the lease plus a purchase-option fee
ranging from $300 to $500. When you signed on the dotted line, your
monthly payments were calculated as the difference between the vehicle’s
sticker price and its estimated value at the end of the lease, plus a
monthly financing fee. This estimated price of the car value at the end
of the lease is what is termed in leasing jargon “residual value”. It is
the expected depreciation – or loss in value – of the vehicle over the
scheduled-lease period. For example, a car with a sticker price of
$40,000 and a 50% residual percentage will have an estimated $20,000
value at lease end.
Now that you know the cost of buying out your lease, you need to determine
the actual value, also termed “market value”, of your vehicle. So, how
much does your car retail for in the market? To pin down a good, solid
estimate you need to do some pricing research. Check the price of the
vehicle, with similar mileage and condition, with different dealers. Use
online pricing websites, such as Cars.com, Edmunds.com and Kelly Blue Book
for detailed pricing information. Gleaning pricing information from various
sources should give you a fair estimate of your vehicle’s retail value.
All you have to do now is compare the two amounts. If the residual value is
lower than the actual retail value, than you’re into a winner.
Unfortunately, there is a good chance a car coming off a lease is a little
on the high side.
Don’t despair though. Leasing companies know as much that residual values
on their vehicles are greater than their market value and as such are
always on the look out for offers. You can knock down on the price of your
leased vehicle with some smooth negotiating tactics. Put forward a price
that is below your actual target and negotiate hard until you wind up near
Originally posted 2008-10-03 03:00:04. Go Home page