7 Questions to Consider Before Saying Goodbye to Old Trusty and Buying a New Car

Buying a new car can be frustrating. How do you know which one is best? We have a few questions you can ask yourself to help you decide. Answer them and be on your way to driving a great new car instead of one of those junk cars.

1. What do you need? You should consider whether you need to drive with passengers. If yes, how many? Next, think about the type of driving you will be doing. Do you need an off-road vehicle or do you only drive in the city?

2. What safety features do you need? Do you need central locking? An alarm or tracking device? All of this will help you narrow the search.

3. Will you be transporting cargo regularly? If you help friends move a lot or have a job that requires moving cargo, that will play a part. You need a specific type of vehicle for this purpose.

4. What can I afford? This is a very important question as it might be the deciding factor. Look into financing options and loans. Figure out what your best options will be to stay in your budget.

5. Lease or buy? Some places offer leasing as an option. You will have to decide how you feel about leasing. Both options have pros and cons. Buying costs more, but it will be yours. You can modify and sell it as you like. Leasing has certain limitations but costs less in the beginning.

6. What do I like? Look at pictures of cars online and in car magazines. This will also give you an idea of what you like. Get the names of makes and models that draw your attention. Do some research on them.

7. How does it drive? Arrange test-drives with the cars on your short list. Test them out and feel what works for you. You can also ask the assistant for advice.

Once you have the answers to these questions, you should be much closer to knowing what you want to buy. Remember, this is your car. If you are buying, you will be driving this car for years to come. You need to be happy with it and feel safe in it. Happy hunting!

German Car Prejudice: The Venting of an Angry Body Shop Owner and the Idiot Who Yelled at Her

Today, I am venting. If you have been reading this blog for a while, you will know how much I love cars. I love everything about them – the smell, the colors, the feel, the sound, the driving and the fixing. I don’t care what the make or model. I prefer certain types, but that’s my right, right? I get that other people don’t necessarily share this love, but at least show some respect.

This guy came into my shop today and started yelling about how we favor certain cars. He found it unfair that we specialize in German cars and not others. He started crapping on BMW, Audi, and Mercedes from a dizzy height. Let me just clarify that he had no original arguments. He just had the same old stupid reasoning as all the others before him.

Favoring one type of car does not mean you can yell at me. If you don’t like German cars or me or my shop, then go somewhere else. I appreciate other types of cars. I just happen to be an expert in German cars. I wanted to learn more about them and so I did. I am actually able to fix other types of cars, I choose to focus on BMW, Audi, and Mercedes.

So, you, the dude with the red cap and bad attitude. I am really sorry that you had a bad day. I’m really sorry that you feel inferior or something about your car. I actually liked your car. Its owner was a bit of an idiot, though. And I’m really sorry that you feel like we did you wrong. I am a professional and I am very good at what I do. So, next time you feel like yelling at someone, find a mirror. I do not deserve or need your negativity and self-righteousness. My customers love me and my work. That is what is important.

I hope tomorrow is a better day for you. You are now done spoiling mine.

7 Things You Can Do Yourself to Keep Your Car Running Well and Looking Good for Longer and Cheaper

There are simple things that you can do to keep your car in good condition. These are inexpensive and can save you money in the long run. You can do all these things yourself with little effort and a bit of know-how.

Tip 1: Regularly check and change oil – This is one of the best ways to keep your car healthy.Clean oil makes her happy and keeps her running like she should be. Dirty oil has the opposite effect. It makes her moody.

Tip 2: Flush Cooling System – The next good thing to do, is flushing the cooling system. Along with that, change the coolant once a year. Keep the system in good condition by mixing distilled water and coolant half-half. This will stop corrosion. It will also protect the system against the build-up of deposits.

Tip 3: Keep it Clean – It is good to wash the outside of your car regularly. Remember to clean the inside as well. What we often forget, is the underside. You drive your car over different terrains and many things get stuck. Wash of the belly to give it an all-over cleaning.

Tip 4: Keep it greasy – Your car has many moving and turning parts. All these parts need grease to keep going and working at their best. Grease them regularly.

Tip 5: Get waxy – Wax the outside of your car every 6 months. This will keep the paint shiny and you looking good.

Tip 6: Inside protection – To keep the inside of your car looking good, park in the shade or use a sun deflector. Also, use a UV protector on the plastic and vinyl to keep it from drying out.

Tip 7: Replace brake fluid – Brake fluid attracts moisture. Moisture is bad for car parts as it causes corrosion and even failure. Bleed the system and replace the fluid once a year.

If you do these things regularly, you will increase your car’s longevity. Your car will look good and you will love driving it even more.