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Boat and trailer security

Marine Security

In this article we talk about easy methods to prevent boat and trailer theft.

The idea of security is to implement simple techniques that make your marine possession “too difficult” or “too high a risk” to be stolen. Some might say you only have to provide enough security so a thief chooses the next boat.

This may not be that far from the truth. A quick scan of ten trailers at a local boat ramp showed only one wheel lock in use and three of ten boat trailers had no security at all.

Lets look as some deterrents to theft-

An alarm system, An upgraded locking system, Marking the boat for easy identification. Methods of immobilizing boat, Reducing motivation includes-



Lowering the amount of perceived gain from theft Reducing the perceived value of the stolen items-IE paint and permanent engravings #1 Rule-Keep valuables out of sight

Keeping valuables out of sight is listed as the number one theft deterrent on every police and insurance checklist. For the owner of a boat this is not really an option. The crew may be living or vacationing inside the boat so the thief may imagine there will be something of value inside even if every cupboard is closed and the table is clear.

Lets look at some other deterrents.

Trailer boats Trailers and boats are particularly easy to steal as they are designed to be drug behind another vehicle. Some common methods of theft prevention are-

Wheel Locks

Wheel locks are a simple device that immobilizes the wheels of a vehicle or trailer preventing movement. Wheel locks are often used by police to immobilized vehicles and have a sound reputation as a theft deterrent.

Wheel locks come in a variety of qualities. In the most basic form they simply clamp around the wheel, but leave the lug nuts and bearing exposed. For the professional thief this is slightly better than no wheel lock. Once the thief has a collection of trailers it’s only a matter of carrying a spare tire in the tow vehicle. By changing the tire protected by the wheel lock the trailer is quickly rolling along behind the new tow vehicle.

Better is a wheel lock that covers the lug-nuts and wheel bearing. The SAS wheel lock made in New Zealand is a prime example of the higher level of protection that covers the wheel bearing and a lug nut. This is good as it prevents the thief from easily changing the tire.

Vulnerable ball hitch

Most ball hitches arrive with some type of locking mechanism. At first glance this may seem sufficient, but is it really?

The lock on the tongue of the trailer must be designed to prevent a pair of bolt cutters from reaching the lock shank. An inexpensive pair of bolt cutters will slice the shank of almost any lock quickly and quietly. For this reason most trailer locks now employ the single shank style of lock, thus preventing bolt cutter access.

Hacksaw the lock

The single shank is still vulnerable to a hacksaw. A short length of pipe placed around the lock shank prevents the hacksaw from getting a bite. Make sure the pipe completely fills the shank width so a hacksaw blade can’t be slid down the side of the lock.

Ball hitch bolts

The bolts that secure the ball hitch to the trailer are the next easily removed piece of the security puzzle. Once a thief is in the trailer theft business keeping a supply of interchangeable trailer parts is simple.

The tongue nuts can be made more secured with red lock tight or tack welded to prevent simple disconnection and re-bolting to another trailer. Leaving extra thread showing on the securing bolts during installation can also increase the difficulty of removing the hitch.

Warning

Recently there has recently had a rash of trailer thefts from boat launch areas. When the unfortunate fisherman returns to the dock to find his trailer nicked he often heads off in search of another trailer. During his absence the stolen trailer returns to load the victims boat (fitting perfectly) making a clean get a way with a double theft, boat and trailer.

One method to help prevent theft like the above scenario is to leave the trailer locked to the vehicle. Back the trailer into an obstacle like a curb or tree so there is less room to maneuver the trailer away from the vehicle.

Trailer load locks

Once the trailer itself is secured now we turn out attention to the load carried on the trailer. Jet skies are a prime theft target. Two or three men can easily lift a jet ski from the trailer and transfer it to another location. For this reason the Jet ski or load itself can be cable locked to the trailer.

Paint

Most law enforcement agencies recommend painting the trailer and boat with a distinctive paint job. This can be difficult for a boat trailer, but the plate number or phone number can be welded directly into a support beam. It’s a good idea for this number to be plainly visible to help reduce motivation.

A detailed paint job can be expensive. Some prefer to simply paint stripes while others use high quality printed stickers. This paint scheme can increase the value of the trailer and boat while deterring theft.

Location

Picking the location to park your boat is an early choice that greatly effects the risk of theft.

Phil McSweeney of “Safe and Secure” (SAS) wheel locks tells us the highest theft risk is light industrial areas during the day. The amount of noise and work normally taking place in such areas can mask a theft, yet this is commonly thought of as a safe parking area.

Parking on the street in front of your house is better, but it’s easy for thieves to notice when the house is vacant. Parking by the side of the house, or between houses is better yet, and a second stored vehicle blocking the departure path of the trailer is an added deterrent.

Best is storing a boat in a well lit, camera-monitored area with one road in and out. Signs warning of passive recording of the number plate of every vehicle can go a long way in deterring the initial theft or locating a stolen vehicle.

Marina Security

Boats stored in the water are reliant on the marina security system. When deciding on a marine consider-

Are security cameras set up? Are they monitored? Have there been thefts recently? Was the security upgraded since the thefts?

It’s common for a company to purchase all the correct security devices only to ignore the system expecting to review the tapes if a theft happened to occur.

Marinas like Gulf Harbor, north of Auckland, have an excellent protection record, while boats on moorings in the adjacent Wade River have reported a string of violations. The difference can be attributed to the Gulf Harbor single road access and monitored security while the Wade River has multiple road access points and little security.

Window Markings

Etching the plate number into the window of a boat can help deter thieves. It should be noted the vehicle identification number should not be used as this number can be matched to the boat key for easy duplication.

A window marking warning of an alarm can help, but the warning should not include the alarm brand name as this gives the thief a clue to the type of alarm he has to disable.

Photos

Take photos of your boat from all angles. Take photos of the serial number, number plate, and engine identification tags. Take another set of photos of each piece of equipment’s identification plate (IE radios, auto pilots, etc) so if the equipment is separated from the boat you have a method of easy identification. By photographing you don’t have to spend time writing long numbers as the serial numbers are stored in a single photo set.

Keep boat photos (and document photos) in a safe place, preferably stored on the net (IE emailed to yourself) so you can find them quickly if needed or away from your home computer.

GPS Tracking

GPS tracking is quickly becoming the prime method of locating a stolen boat. The GPS tracker runs continuously monitoring a pre-determined guard ring. If the boat leaves the trailer park or marina the alarm sounds, and sends a text to a cell phone. The owner can view a web page that shows the vehicle’s progress. It’s a simple matter of calling the police with a description and current location of the vehicle.

GPS tracking can be purchased with two reporting options, satellite, or the less expensive cell phone reporting. This is important as if a vehicle is driven into an area without cell coverage, or a yacht is taken offshore the locating beacon will stop reporting.

Some tracking systems, such as pivotel.com.au report worldwide through the Global Star satellite system while Geosystems.co.nz and Verifind.co.nz are local NZ suppliers that report through the cell phone network.

Equipment costs start around seven hundred dollars. Short-term rentals units are available.

Outboard security

Yachts from the Caribbean have found themselves in a one-upmanship challenge with local thieves. In an attempt to prevent outboard theft, yachts began using a standard clamp lock on the securing bolts that hold the outboard to the tender transom. Thieves quickly learned to disable the commercial locking devices with a simple crescent wrench.

Specialty shops began making an upgraded stainless version of the outboard clamp. Thieves began using a hand sledge and a large punch made from rebar to break the outboard mounting clamp bolts. Stainless clamp bolts were built and distributed throughout the fleet.

The thieves then began cutting the transom out of the tender with battery operated reciprocal saws to remove the outboard. Yachts started adding a stainless plate on each side of the transom in an attempt to outlast the battery packs.

Yacht crew’s took further precautions by hoisting and locking the tender into davits, but thieves cut the locks. Special davits were designed that clamped the complete tender or outboard. Thieves began using high tech pipe cutters to slice through stainless davits or rails that secured the tender. The yachts began building davits and rails with an inside tube that a pipe cutter couldn't’t reach.

Safes

Traveling by boat means we often carry many important documents with us. Passports, bank cards, ownership paperwork, even the possibility of a document that may allow the thief further access to our lives might inadvertently be kept in the boat. To help secure these valuable papers many install a safe or a strong box.

A safe should be well hidden away from public view and well secured to the hull. The idea is to install the strong box so it takes time to find, and makes noise to remove. Thick bolts that can’t be accessed from the backside are a good start.

One of the most common mistakes in safe installation is talking about it. This is a real case of “loose lips sink ships.” Once the a potential thief knows about the safe their motivation level rises to open the “surprise.”

Electronic safe prices start as low as $75 dollars and a better version with mechanical tumblers can cost upward of $400.

Insurance

Once you have taken all the anti-theft precautions you can simply relax and enjoy the day. If you return to a stolen trailer or boat you will have an inconvenience, but at least you’ll be financially covered.

Or will you?

Phil McSweeney of SAS reports many insurance companies require that some forum of extra protection had been installed and used on the stolen trailer. For this reason Phil recommends checking the fine print of your policy and taking a photo of the anti theft devices in use. Keep these photos stored on your hard drive and emailed to yourself so if the unfortunate were to occur you have simple proof the secondary locking device was used. This can reduce the chances of a delay of payment.

Post theft

In the unlikely event your boat or trailer is stolen you should take the following steps-

Call the local police to file a report. Notify your insurance Post photos of the stolen items on http://www.stolenz.co.nz

Don’t buy a stolen boat

One way to reduce the chances of your boat being stolen is to reject the purchase of a stolen boat. The NZ Police website recommends the following to prevent unknowingly purchasing a stolen vessel-

Expect to pay a fair price. An unreasonably low boat price should raise concerns. Be sure to inspect the serial number of the boat and outboard motor. Look for signs of recent ownership changes. Trace the ownership history. Record the seller’s details. Take a photo of the seller. Contact the local police with the plate number to check if the trailer is stolen.

See- http://www.police.govt.nz/ for more information.

Ten cent solutions

Ten cent solutions are mostly a bluff in an attempt to prevent theft. Still for the DIY here are some simple techniques that have proved themselves in the field.

A common “ten-cent” alarm system is to connect a battery to a siren. A clothespin with contacts on the openings acts as a trigger switch. The clothespin is held open by a bit of plastic sheet. If the skiff is moved the plastic pulls free, and the clothespin snaps shut sounding the alarm.

More simple and inexpensive methods of reducing theft include-

A red LED flasher mounted on the trailer can present an image of an alarm system. Remove the coil lead, or other important part when the boat is left unattended. Engrave your number plate on the engine, parts, and windows in a high profile location. This will lower the motivation, as the vessel parts will be less valuable. Engrave another set of numbers in a hard to find location so if you ever stumble across your engine you have proof the outboard was once yours.

Future

On the horizon are a series of new technologies to help prevent theft.

The advent of computerized engine control systems will soon lessen the value of stolen vehicle parts. Without the manufacturer interface the stolen parts will not function outside the original vehicle thus reducing the “chop shop” value.

GPS tracking and satellite monitoring means the main engine can be shut down by a single push of a button from a remote location. Imagine the surprise of a thief when motoring along and the engine suddenly shuts down. A voice from a manufacturer representative asks why the boat is underway.

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An Extraordinary Trip In Your Motorhome At A Lower Cost

If you want to go on a holiday that's truly extraordinary but won't cause you to break the bank, the best way would be to rent a motorhome. This becomes an inexpensive option worth pursuing. Deciding to go on a trip might not be an easy thing for you to do nowadays, given the economy is driving up prices of airline tickets and hotel rooms which can become very expensive. Renting a motorhome can save you a lot of money and help you overcome these travel hurdles reducing budget prices dramatically.

Does an inexpensive motorhome for rent help you make your travel arrangements more affordable? How can there be a saving from renting a motorhome for your adventure? Read on to learn how.

You Combine Expenses when you Rent Camper Vans

The excellent thing about a motorhome rental that is affordable is that you get to lump together your expenses for lodging and transportation. You do not have to worry about renting a car for your trip, or booking a hotel room. When you rent camper vans, you get your transportation and your accommodation all in one. The price of renter a campervan is also often a great deal lower than a hotel room and a car rental.

You can even cut a good amount off your expenses and travel budget when you rent camper vans. For example, you have the choice to drive instead of taking the plane to your destination from where you picked up your rental. Or, you can find a one-way plane trip instead of a round-trip. You need not worry a lot about the expense of eating at restaurants during your trip. Campervans have kitchens where you can prepare and cook your meals to your liking.

An Inexpensive Motorhome Rental Takes You Off the Beaten Track

What makes renting a camper van even more advantageous is that you can visit places where tourists do not usually get to go. So long as your campervan is stocked with supplies, you can research isolated areas to your heart's content. By going off the beaten track, you get to have an experience of your trip that tourists do not get to have.

For instance, a trip on the north of Scotland will let you comb the wild and isolated landscape of the highlands without having to be worried about flight delays or what to consume and where to sleep once you get there. Your motorhome rental in the north is your home base that is always moving. You can drive it to those places that are isolated and if you find an amazing spot, you can stay as long as you like.

A motorhome rental is a fantastic way to go on a vacation. You allow yourself to experience a different type of adventure, and you will never know what to expect on the road. Moreover, when you rent a motorhome, you get to save money on your trip. So, travel in style, save money and stay in any one spot as long as you like!

Car Modification - Wide Body Kits

Love handles look better on cars than men, again it is my observation and maybe it's actually vice versa. But Im sure most of you will agree with me that many rally cars and high performance race cars having bulges at the sides do look cool. Needless to say, these love handles derived from Wide Body Car Modification Kits serve a real purpose. Wide Wheels for Cars - Advantages While cars with wider wheels get better grip and traction, you also get better grip with a larger distance between the wheels. Imagine a car with wheels further apart, protruding at the sides kicking up stones all over and threatening pedestrians with imminent contact. The bulges are an effective attempt to contain the wider track and wide wheels, while simultaneously taking care of the safety aspect. Aerodynamics do play a part here and the area between the wide arches needs to be planned carefully. Most cars with wide arches match this with skirts that run the length of the car. Most road safety standards specify that the entire width of the tyre must be contained. Whether this is accomplished with mud guards or wide body kits depends on the type of car you have and your taste buds. Wide body kits can make a car look great providing that your wheels fill the arches nicely. Use spacers and (or) fit wider wheels. It is pretty pointless fitting a wide bodykit to a car if there is going to be a big gap between the wheel and the outside of the arch. The aim is to get the wheel to fill the arch. There are two methods to achieve this and many show car owners employ them both. Body Kit and Spacers Firstly you can get spacers. These are thick metal disks which bolt on to the hub and push the wheel out a little further. A spacer will help provide clearance for brakes in situations where the offset does not match the car. The second method is by fitting wheels which are physically wider. The more adventurous enthusiast may even alter the hubs and fit a wider rear axle. Often the next size car up with provide a suitable donor. Remember that when changing the geometry of the wheel you should get the suspension realigned and set up correctly. You also need to check that there is sufficient clearance around the wheel when the bodykit is fitted although a wide body kit will usually improve the clearance issue. Fitting Wide Body Kits Wide body kits come in parts which have to be seamlessly attached to the car. Typically you can rivet them on or apply fixing studs and then finish with a smoothing compound. Front arches can also be purchased as replacement panels making the job as easy as bolting on a new wing. The last thing you want though is to scrape the side of the car on a post or wall so keep the body kit at least in line with the width of your mirrors. If you do scratch the car, you can get paint for scratches on the bumper without having to respray the entire car, so it isn't the nd of the world. You could always fit wider mirrors and you will appreciate the marker your mirrors give you. Some kits require skirts to be fitted first, others require the arches first and some will require the removal of the front and rear bumpers. Take your time, lay out the parts and plan every aspect of the job in detail.

Selecting The Best Mobile Mechanic

Uses The Right Products

The moment you buy any mechanical engine be it a car, truck, power saw or other machines that help in your daily activities, you are always ready to give it the service that it deserves. The mechanic you pick should be in a position to advice you on the engine oil alternatives best that you can use and get awesome results. With the right products you are assured of an excellent experience with your machine.

Provides warranty for services

There are reputed professional mechanics who offer a warranty on labour and parts. The warranty may go up to 12 months or so, depending on the company policy. However, the warranty may also be location-based one, so be aware of what they are offering you. The 'good ones' are those who look at the solutions to your problems when you come with the warranty claim. If their approach is 'blame game,' then steer clear, they are not the right people. Warranty services should be delivered happily, not after a battle of 'blame game.' So, in case you hear anything of that sort from a referral you know whom to avoid.

With ample amount of experience and expertise, the mobile mechanic will be able to tell how long the services will take and the price quote that will be charged for it. This is an excellent thing, as from beforehand you will get to know the details about the job and plan your day accordingly. However, not all mechanics can offer you an upfront quotation, except for the best ones. So, now you know which are the guys who are the best people in the business.

Communicates well

Well, by proper communication, it is meant that the mechanics offering repairs in Melbourne will let you know the reason for the car breakdown. The mechanics should be telling you how the problem occurred, why did it happen and how will they handle it. After the work is over, they mechanics should also inform you, if further servicing is necessary or not for long term trouble free functioning. Lastly, the essential thing and that is the servicemen should efficiently and honestly communicate the costing. Since you are not visiting the shop directly; the mobile mechanics should freely express the details. If they are non-communicative, probably they are amateurs with little knowledge of the business.

No traveling charges

The mobile mechanics who are into this business for a long time will not ask for any traveling charges at all. A reputed agency will include it all as a part of the business expense and not overburden you with an extra bill. Get away from the mobile servicemen who come along with a long bill as traveling expense.

Not only repairs but also servicing

Repair work is an emergency call, but there may be times when you don't want to get up, but your car needs maintenance. Just try and give a call, if you get the mobile mechanics at your place for servicing, then rest the matter there peacefully. You have found the 'right people' and its time you need to settle down with the best men in the business. When the mobile servicemen are offering you repair work along with proper servicing, then you can be convinced that you are working with real professionals who will be at your services whenever the need arises.

How To Find Good Auto Body Shop

Not knowing what to look for, choosing a quality auto body Calgary auto body shop is difficult to any car owner in Calgary. It is important to choose the right auto body shop to make sure that the vehicle is properly corrected the first time it got dent. It is also advisable to ensure that the shop is honest and reliable. There are many important characteristics of a good shop, including experienced staff and certifications. It is also good to read customer comments about the shop before making the right choice.



A Certified Shop A quality auto body shop is certified by the largest car organization. Facilities for the approval by the organization have proven their skills as certification is often a long process. In order to be approved, an auto body shop must demonstrate the latest equipment, skilled technicians with the adequate facility. They must also show that they provide a proper training to their employees. The major associations collected customers feedback before issuing a license to the shop. Some manufacturers and organizations also award certificate to auto body shop which makes them to meet certain requirements.

Qualified and Experienced Staff A good auto body shop must have qualified staff that has numbers of certifications. Certificates from ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) are particularly important. This is a non- profit organization that award certificates to automobile technicians that are excellent in their trade. Automobile technicians may also get certifications from manufacturers like Toyota, Nissan, Honda and BMW, demonstrating their knowledge and experience with the particular car brand. There are some other organizations that also give automobile technicians training on after market. Most training requires a lot of knowledge and experience and shows a technician is a professional in his field.

Positive Customer Reviews Where it is possible, existing customers should be consulted on their experiences about the auto body shop. The resources to get comments are online, so it is easy to decide whether a shop has a good feedback from the public. Comments should mention that the vehicle is properly fixed for the first time and the work was completed at the right time. Positive comments should also discuss whether a warranty was given by the shop and if the shop was clean and tidy. A shop that has the approval of a major automobile association has shown a positive feedback story on the part of customers, but it is always a good idea to consider checking on the shop regularly.

Accept All Insurance Another important aspect of a good auto body shop is acceptance of all forms of insurance. A shop that does not reject any insurance policy shows that it has experience in dealing with insurance companies to settle claims quickly. An auto body shop that does not accept major insurance is a warning that something is wrong. The ability to select the right auto body shop requires some patience and consideration. For example, the choice of the first store available can be a disaster if employees are not adequately trained. A good auto body shop is clean and up to date with friendly and efficient staff. The store should have positive comments and certified employees and certified shop.

I Had To Hire An Auto Electrician To Help Me

I was having some problems with the electrics in my car. My doors were locking on their own and they were doing it frequently. I had to hire an auto electrician to fix it for me and here is how I found the cheapest one.

First, I was telling a friend of mine about the electrical problems I was having with my car. My friend is the one that told me I would need to hire an auto electrician to help me out. I asked him if he ever hired one before or knew of any and he said no. He said I could ask around about one or call them.

I went to Google and started searching for auto electricians in my area. I found several phone numbers and also saw reviews about them right on Google. I called each one of them to tell them about the problems I was having and asked them if they could fix it for me. I also asked what they would charge to fix it. I found that some of them were very helpful and others were quite rude and not at all helpful.

After making several phone calls to different auto electricians, I was able to compare prices to find the cheapest one. The cheapest one also had great reviews on Google which made me feel even better about hiring them. I called them back to schedule an appointment with them and they told me I could go ahead and bring it in when I am ready and they would have it fixed in just a few hours.

I took my car to the auto electrician and only had to wait an hour for them to fix it. They said this was a common problem in this model car and they have had to fix a few of them. They said usually after they fix it, their customers don't have any other issues with it.

I am glad I had an auto electrician fix the electrical problems in my car. I haven't had any problems with it so far and it's nice to not have the doors automatically lock. Hopefully I don't have any other problems with it because I am getting used to leaving my car running while I am out of it. Before it was fixed, I locked myself out of it while it was running a few time and I really hope this doesn't happen to me again because it's such a pain.

Getting The Right Wheels And Tyres From Streetwheelsandtyres.com.au

There are various types of cars these days when it comes to style and design. Cars designed for young people are usually the sporty and fast types of vehicles that they enjoy modifying in order to fit their personalities and style. With a bit of creativity, this can be a lot of fun. The car experts at streetwheelsandtyres.com.au are aware that the mag wheels are normally the first thing that people modify so that their car would have a new look. If you have the perfect set of mag wheels, it could instantly improve the style of your car.

Obtaining the Right Wheels

You will need bigger or wider tyres if you want to grip a bigger surface area on the road. This means that you will also need bigger mag wheels, but you need to check that the mag wheels and tyres you buy would be suitable for your vehicle and have the right fitting sizes. It does not make sense obtaining wheels that would not fit your car.

When to Change Your Wheels and Tyres

Once you are able to obtain the right wheels and tyres, you need to take care of them. An apparent sign that you need to change your mag wheel or tyre is when it is damaged because this is quite unsafe and reckless. If it has a huge visible damage or a hairline crack, streetwheelsandtyres.com.au suggests that you take your car to the nearest wheels and tyres centre. It is risky to drive long distances if you have a damaged mag wheel or tyre.

Your wheels could be damaged beyond repair if you drive into a pit too hard, too fast, or at a wrong angle. This kind of accident may cause the wheels to be broken up to the point that you may not be able to get to a fitment centre. As such, your car will be towed and you need to replace your wheels and tyres.

Getting Durable Wheels

Alloy wheels are now available in most fitment centres. These wheels are durable because they can withstand various conditions like dust, rain, and many more. However, remember that you also have to take care of your mag wheels. If possible, you need to clean it weekly.

If your wheels and tyres are in good condition, you can drive with them for a long time and you do not need to change them often. When they get damaged, simply go to streetwheelsandtyres.com.au and visit their fitment centre to have your wheels and tyres replaced.

Advice To Make Shopping For A Car Easy

Where some individuals relish the thought of heading to a dealership to select a new vehicle, others find the process to be extraordinarily daunting and stressful. In order to get the best experience possible when looking for 1968 Dodge Charger for sale, it is advisable to conduct a bit of early research on the subject. Keep reading for some terrific advice.

Keep the overall price in mind, rather than the monthly payments. Dealers can alter monthly payments to fit your budget, but that doesn't mean the car is costing you any less. Negotiate the best price total you can for the car. After doing that, you can work out the monthly payments. Its all going to depend on whether you are looking for a project Charger or one that has been restored or original. Price is going to vary greatly based on that.

Don't ever pay full price. No sane dealer or individual believes he or she will get full sticker price. If you aren't a good negotiator, bring a good negotiator with you. Know what the fair selling price is before you go so you have some idea of what you want to pay.

Before signing any contract take the time to read every line, including the fine print. If there is anything listed that you do not understand, do not sign until you get an answer that you understand. Unsavory salesmen can use a contract to insert many fees that were not discussed.

If the price of a car is non-negotiable, see if you can negotiate on other terms. Some dealerships will agree to provide several months' worth of free gasoline or a year of free oil changes, for instance. It never hurts to ask if a salesman can sweeten the deal.

Always take any used car you are thinking of buying to a mechanic that you trust. Do not take the dealers word that the car is in good condition. They might have only owned the car for a few days or bought it from an auction. They really have very little knowledge of the vehicle you are trying to buy.

Those of you who are in the market for a certified pre-owned vehicle would be wise to check the cars certification checklist. This will allow you to be sure that all components have been inspected and everything is in order allowing you to buy with a great deal of confidence.

If you're worried about your credit score, you can check your credit report before you go to the dealership. It's free to check your credit report once a year, so take advantage of that. By knowing your credit before you go to the dealership, you'll be able to determine if you'd be able to qualify for any low interest financing offers.

Never shop for a car based on what you want to pay monthly. Most car sellers will try to help you shop around a monthly payment. This means they can put you in a car that is not what you want by telling you it is what you can afford. The only one who wins is the dealership.

You should test drive the car you want with every feature you desire. For example, test driving a manual model when you want automatic won't show you anything. If they don't have the exact model on the lot, go to a lot which does for the test drive as you can always go back for the purchase, if you want to.

Find out all you can about rebates. You can either get a cash rebate, low loan interest rate or the dealer themselves gets the rebate in cash. It is the manufacturer who offers these rebates, not the dealership. This will only be available on cars available on the lot, of course.

Take your time when shopping for a car. It can be very tempting to purchase the first car you see because it looks nice or it has nice seating. However, there may be a car out there that is even better for you. Shop around and make comparisons before making a purchase.

New car buying has an element of excitement to it, but it can also be characterized by nervousness and uncertainty. Conquering the doubt the process can engender simply requires some education and knowledge. With any luck, the tips above have left you feeling prepared and confident about your next visit to the car dealership.

Why Buying A Used Car Is Better

It's not really a comparison that can be justified when a person thinks about it, but in some cases it's just better to buy a used car. Of course everyone wants to ride off in a brand new model, but how many people can actually afford it? The fact is, drivers tend to underestimate the value of a used car, especially if they haven't bought the right one.

It's very important to buy a used car in kent from a reputable dealer, because big money is still being spent. Used cars might be a lot cheaper than new cars, but the amount still qualifies as an investment at the end of the day. So what makes a used car purchase better?

It's Affordable

This might be overstating the obvious, but nobody can get past the affordability. Drivers that can't typically afford luxury is now in a position to have it. Some cars never go out of style and given that the car won't cost you half as much as a new one, why not get one? With a used car the chunk out of a budget is significantly less and it will be paid off quicker.

Smaller Drop In Value

Many new car owners don't fully realise how much the value drops the moment they drive off. In fact, the value can drop with a massive 40%. There is no way that this is considered a good investment.

But what about used cars? The story is very different when buying a used model, because the value doesn't drop nearly as much. If the car owner applies regular maintenance and keeps the car in good condition, he or she should be able to sell it for a price close to what was paid. A new car owner doesn't have the same liberty.

The Variety Is Bigger

With used cars there is a lot more variety. Obviously there won't be too many late models, but the door is open for anything else. In the end used car buyers have a wider selection of choice which do make it affordable and the customer happy.

Less Stress

It's understandable that used cars are going to have a few scratches. This isn't always the case, but the fact is somebody else owned it first. Now, for owners of a new car there is going to be a constant nagging. There is going to be a level of fear riding with them every time they pull it out of the garage. This fear is embodied in the smallest scratch or dent. With used models it's not really such a big problem.

The bottom line is to always use a quality dealership when you buy a used car in Kent. Just by looking at the benefits mentioned above it's starting to make more sense. The car will still drive great, but it won't cost you an arm and a leg, so why not make that comparison before making a final choice?



6 Different Types Of Motorcycles - A Simple Guide.

Thinking about buying a new motorcycle? Whatever your reason, if you are interested in buying and learning to ride a motorcycle, you need to know about the different types of motorcycles you can choose from. This is because choosing the right bike can mean a safer, easier, and more fun ride. With that said, here is a brief breakdown describing each of the different motorcycle types.

1.Cruiser

Cruiser motorcycles are the kind of bikes to show off at your local motorcycle show. These bikes feature high handlebars, V-twin engine designed for low end torque and forward-foot pegs that allows riders to lean back slightly. However, these bikes are not ideal for beginners who would love riding for longer periods of time at higher speeds because pulling back on the handle-bars to battle wind can be very tiring.

2.Touring

Touring motorcycles are designed for long-distance riding and heavy commuting because of their large engines and bigger fuel tanks. They feature amenities like cruise control, enough cargo space, wind protection and heating control. They are relatively powerful and heavy which makes them a good option for experienced riders.

3.Sport

If you are in it for the thrill, a sport motorcycle could be your ideal ride. These types of motorcycles have high-performance engines resting inside a lightweight frame and are optimized for high speeds and acceleration. They feature higher foot pegs and a longer reach to the handlebars, powerful brakes and high-grip tires.

4.Standard

Also known as roadsters or naked bikes, they are the most versatile bikes and are well known for their upright riding position. Their low cost, user-friendly design, moderate engines and flexibility makes them a good choice for the novice rider. They feature foot pegs which are below the rider and handlebars high enough so the rider can maintain a very comfortable position without the need to reach too far forward.

5.Off-road

These are motorcycles designed to handle bumps, jumps and other difficult obstacles found on woodland trails or closed racing courses. They have advanced suspension systems, narrower and lighter frames, a kick-starter to reduce weight, increased ground clearance and tires with a knobby tread pattern for increased traction.

6.Dual-purpose

Also known as dual-sports, these motorcycles are made for riders who want the best of both worlds as they also offer some off-road capabilities. They are similar to off-road bikes except for the fact that they are legal to ride on public streets. They feature tires that can easily maneuver on both light and narrow frames, dirt and pavement, and even long suspensions. In addition, they offer great versatility for both experienced riders and beginners alike.

Bottom Line

Motorcycles can be incredible, fun and efficient machines. And with the wealth of bikes in this article to sample, finding the best that suit your needs should not be a problem anymore.