Monthly Archives: December 2014

Climate

One of the things that I always wanted to do is to travel. I do not live in a very warm climate so I always wanted to travel to various warm travel. There are some countries out there that are warm all year around, even in winter. That is why recently I started looking at the data about climates in various places and countries. It is very easy to access this information online and it is actually pretty fun. You can see for example that in some laces it mainly rains in winter, while in other places it is rainy in summer. Sometimes the temperature in winter in one place might be warmer than the temperature in summer in another location. I encourage you to check out the climate of various cities and countries as I found it quite entertaining myself.

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Avoid the dealer – where to get great deals on cars

In any given city, a drive about will always reveal a good many “hot spots,” where there will be a number of auto dealerships to be found. Anyone not familiar with the industry could easily become overwhelmed by the numbers of cars packed all together on the lots. Most people know that when previously owned cars, like Mercedes Benz used are sold at a dealership that sells more new Mercedes Benzs, like the Mercedes Benz E-Class and other top selling current models straight from the factory, the selling price will be higher. A little known fact is that many dealers rely quite a bit on the income produced by their used car sales.

What Dealers Don’t Want You to Know

By avoiding the dealerships, you stand to reap a significant reduction in savings off the typical price that a dealer would ask, for the same car. The most extensive collection of cars for sale is dependably to be found advertised on the online classified ads. You can easily conduct the search for your next car from the comfort of your easy chair at home, taking notes and making calls to inquire about availability. You can use this opportunity to set a time when you can meet with the seller to see the car, give it a test drive and even do a little price negotiating. The most effective price negotiating is best conducted in person, with the seller. If you have demonstrated your genuine interest in buying the car by coming to look at it, you will have a good deal more clout than you would, simply over the phone.

The Truth About Dealerships & Used Cars

Dealers want their customers to see their used car inventory as an afterthought–to which there has been little if any markup. Actually, while its the dealer who has the greatest ability to negotiate down from their asking price, used car shoppers at dealerships are less likely to put as much effort into those negotiations. Dealerships can take in a used car from a trade-in, and with on-staff mechanics and car detailing staff, bring that vehicle up to the condition that would command the best selling price. There is little investment involved in such used cars that are taken in by dealerships, yet it’s these very vehicles that put more money in the dealer’s pocket than much of the new inventory.

Best to Play it Safe

Shopping at public and government auctions can prove disastrous when you don’t have intricate knowledge on how to check out these cars before placing your bid on them. While there can be some great deals to be had from these events, there is often no opportunity to test drive the car, and there are not always any maintenance and repair records to go with them. Kijiji is a reputable, highly popular method of searching for great deals on cars. And the best deals don’t hang around long–so if you find one you like, act soon.

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The Future Of In-Car Entertainment

We have always searched for ways to liven up a long road trip. There’s nothing more dull than hours upon hours of endless motorway. If you’ve got children, the chorus of “Are we there yet?” doesn’t make the journey any easier. Whether it’s music, books or car games, we have always looked for something to keep us busy. Anything that makes the trip go a little faster is a bonus.

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Technology has helped significantly in this area. The introduction of car radios changed our entire driving experience. There are new technologies just around the corner that will have a similar revolutionary effect. It won’t be long before most cars are equipped with the internet as standard. This is a game changer for in-car entertainment. We will soon be able to access ‘the cloud’ from our cars too.

The whole nature of in-car systems is in a period of change. They have remained much the same for decades, but technology is in a transitional period. Dashboards are becoming more intuitive. Many new cars have voice recognition and satellite navigation as standard. This has paved the way for a new generation of car entertainment. This list looks at some of the best new entertainment systems available.

DVD players

Keeping the kids occupied in the back has been a long battle for parents everywhere. Mums and Dads have always looked for something to keep the noise down. Anything that stops the relentless kicking on the back of the chair is a lifesaver. The addition of DVD players in certain cars came as a welcome relief. Being able to put on their favourite DVD lets you get on with driving in peace and quiet. It’s actually safer too as it ensures the driver stays focused and isn’t distracted from behind.

Drop down DVD players – There are a couple of different options for car owners here. The first is the DVD screen that folds down from the roof of the vehicle. It can be neatly tucked away when not in use and dropped down when needed. The kids in the back will have to share one screen, so you’ll have to find a film they agree on!

Headrest DVD players – The more modern option is the headset in the back of the seat. In some cases, each of these can be controlled separately. With a pair of headphones, you can play two different films on the two screens. These tend to cost a little more than the drop down but offer more versatility.

Dashboard DVD players – These are not so widely available. In fact, they are banned in certain states in America. The argument here is that they are potentially distracting to drivers. They are designed for the passenger on long drives. The screen is sunk into the dashboard and angled towards the passenger for their entertainment.

When the internet arrives in our cars as standard, we will be able to stream TV programmes too. We will be able to connect these screens to our Netflix accounts or other streaming services. Passengers can catch up on some TV or binge watch their favourite shows on long journeys.

The internet

Within the next few years, 25% of new cars will come with Wifi. A quick glance at www.easternwestern.co.uk will show that some already have it as standard. Even if your car doesn’t have a wifi hotspot, you can connect using your smartphone’s tethering service. This will alter the way we use entertainment in our cars. It will reduce our reliance on the radio and CDs for music. It will let us stream TV and get up to the minute traffic news. You will even be able to update your Twitter or Facebook status on the go with voice recognition.

Android and Apple integration

We are only just beginning to see this technology. However, Apple and Android both now have a car integration service. That means that your smartphone can be synced to your car through the dashboard screen. The touchscreen service will let you access key functions to your phone without actually looking down at it. The technology is controversial. Some say that it is no different to actually using your phone. However, it will allow you to access your music library, maps, text messages and calls.

Music

Radio has already seen a significant decline over the last ten years. The internet has allowed us to make our own playlists of our favourite music. Services like Pandora and Spotify give us access to any song we want. These services will soon make the transition to our cars. Up until now we have had to choose between radio or CDs. Now we can take our entire online collection with us on any journey.

Stereo systems are also becoming more and more sophisticated. The speakers that come as standard have typically produced poor, tinny sound. Nowadays many new cars are equipped with subwoofers and high tech speakers. In the past you would have to pay big money to install these powerful sound systems. The future sounds much better.

Augmented reality

Augmented reality is only just being tested in some cars. This technology really is futuristic and exciting. You’ll have seen augmented reality talked about in connection with Google glass. Essentially, it is a technology that adds information and value to the world around you. In the car, it will be housed on your dashboard or on your windscreen. For example, you may drive through a new town and have no idea where anything is. Digital pop ups will appear on the windscreen to give you information about the city. They will direct you to tourist sites or useful shops. This technology is way off yet. However, the potential for both information and entertainment is limitless.

This list should give you a good idea of what’s out there right now in the world of car entertainment. More interestingly, it’s a look towards the future. It paints a picture of what our car entertainment might look like ten years from now. One thing’s for sure, the internet will be a big part of that. Cars are the last place in our everyday world that hasn’t taken advantage. Rest assured, they’re not far behind.

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What is Your Favorite Instrument?

Every time I talk to somebody they have different preferences when it comes to the musical instruments they like. It turns out that some people enjoy the sound of pianos while others like the soothing sound of a saxophone. Which group do you belong to? Are you sticking with the pianos, or are you rather those who would be likely to visit wwbw rico alto sax reeds and get that saxophone they have always been dreaming about?

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Junk Car Removal

Fоr mаnу, соntасtіng а јunk саr rеmоvаl sеrvісе іs thе bеst саr dіsроsаl sоlutіоn and for the right reason. Yоu саn соntасt а lосаl tоwіng соmраnу but уоu’ll hаvе bеttеr rеsults usіng а nаtіоnwіdе саr rеmоvаl sеrvісе. Νоt оnlу іs іt fаst аnd hаsslе frее thіs wау, but thеу buу јunk саrs аnd рау tор dоllаr fоr thеm. Еvеn саr sсrар уаrds wіll nоt рау аs muсh.

Моst lосаl саr tоwіng соmраnіеs аrе рісkу аnd mау nоt ассерt vеhісlеs іn аnу соndіtіоn оr еvеrу mаkе аnd mоdеl. А nаtіоnаl sеrvісе іs аlsо mоrе аblе tо hеlр уоu thrоugh thе рrосеss. Тhеу hаvе аrrаngеmеnts wіth tоwіng соmраnіеs thrоughоut thе Unіtеd Ѕtаtеs аnd Саnаdа. Тhеу wіll buу аnу vеhісlе, іn аbsоlutеlу аnу соndіtіоn аt аnу lосаtіоn nо quеstіоns аskеd.

Тhе mаіn bеnеfіt оf gоіng wіth а nаtіоnаl саr rеmоvаl соmраnу іs thеіr аbіlіtу tо рау tор dоllаr fоr уоur јunk vеhісlе. Νоt оnlу dо thеу buу саrs аnd рау wеll, but уоu’ll rесеіvе а quоtе fоr уоur саr оvеr thе рhоnе bеfоrе а саr рісk uр іs еvеn sсhеdulеd. Тhеу’ll lіnе uр а buуеr fоr уоur vеhісlе, lіnе uр vеhісlе tоwіng tо mееt уоur sсhеdulе, thеn рау уоu.

Неrе аrе thе mаіn bеnеfіts оf а nаtіоnаl саr rеmоvаl sеrvісе.

Fаst аnd rеlіаblе sеrvісе. Yоu knоw thеу’rе nоt tоо busу tо рісkuр уоur vеhісlе.
Аnу соndіtіоn, уеаr, mаkе аnd mоdеl аrе ассерtеd аnd раіd fоr.
А tіtlе іs nоt rеquіrеd bеfоrе 1995.
Тhеrе’s nо сhаrgе fоr рісkuр оr dіsроsаl, уоu асtuаllу gеt раіd wеll.

Неrе’s hоw іt wоrks. Fіrst уоu hаvе а рrоblеm аnd nееd tо аrrаngе sоmе fоrm оf саr dіsроsаl tо gеt rіd оf уоur јunk оr usеd саr thаt wоn’t wоrk, оr wоn’t sеll. Νехt уоu’rе gоіng tо lооk fоr а јunk саr rеmоvаl соmраnу thаt рауs саsh fоr јunk саrs suсh аs thе оnе аt thе bоttоm оf thіs аrtісlе. Оnсе уоu соntасt thеm thеу’ll аsk уоu а fеw quеstіоns аbоut уоur саr оr truсk аnd gіvе уоu а quоtе rіght оvеr thе рhоnе. Іf уоu ассерt thе quоtе thеу’ll sеnd оvеr а саr tоwіng соmраnу tо tоw уоur саr аnd уоu’ll gеt раіd.

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5 Amazing Ways to Make Sure That Your Car is Fit For Winter

With the winter approaching quicker than you could imagine, it’s now time to consider your car and its performance during the long, dark months. Winter has a wild variation of different weather types. With this, driving can be problematic during the inclement weather. So, it’s best to start prepping your car now so that you are protected against the elements.

Did you know that there are nearly 7000 more accidents in the winter than in the summer? This is largely related to issues regarding improper car maintenance.

As you can see, it is imperative that you make sure that your car is fit for purpose during the cold winter months.

Here are some fantastic, simple ways that you can do this:

Maintenance and Servicing

When was the last time you took your car for a professional service? According to Motorline Direct, you need to ensure that you are doing this annually. But, many motorists have confessed to only doing this every few years. Or, worse, when they spot a problem. It’s time to make sure that your car is in a good state of repair and fit for winter. Book in a service and make sure that your wheels are prepped for the treacherous conditions.

Oil and Fluids

One of the most inexpensive ways that you can make sure that your car is fit for winter is to top up the oil and other fluids. Your car will be working harder during the winter months. The cold will force the car to use more fluid. With this in mind, it’s time to complete a fluids check. If they are running low, top them up. Coolant and antifreeze are vital at this time of year. Carry spares in your boot and make sure that you never run short.

Lights

Lights are vital during the winter. With dark mornings and the night times starting earlier, you need to make sure that all of your lights are working. Bulbs and spark plugs are cheap to purchase. There is a wide range of online vendors that can help you source these with ease. What is more, they are easier to replace. Make sure that you complete a visual check of your car. This will ascertain any broken or weak lights. Replace them with urgency. Make sure that you are fully illuminated on the roads this winter. This is one of the best ways to avoid a crash.

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Cracks in the Windscreen

The winter presents grit and gravel on the roads. This can flick up and crack your windscreen. If this is the case, you need to make sure that you are getting your windscreen fixed before the icy weather sets in. The ice can cause the windscreen to crack even more. You need to avoid the shatter effect of winter so that you can drive safely.

Change Your Tyres

Have you checked your tyres recently? What is the grip like? Do you have much tread? If not, now is the time to make sure that you are changing your tyres so that you can grip to the roads, whatever the weather.

 

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Buying a Car on an Auction

Those looking to buy a car probably know by now that thеrе аrе mаnу рlасеs аvаіlаblе tо buу саrs frоm. Рublіс саr аuсtіоns оffеr sоmе аdvаntаgеs whіlе usеd саr dеаlеrs оffеr dіffеrеnt аdvаntаgеs. Wе wіll ехаmіnе bоth іn аn аttеmрt tо ехрlаіn thе mаіn dіffеrеnсеs.

Рublіс Саr Аuсtіоns
Маnу реорlе dо nоt еvеn knоw аbоut рublіс саr аuсtіоns bесаusе thеу аrе а rеlаtіvеlу nеw thіng. Тhеrе аrе mаnу саr аuсtіоns thаt аrе lіmіtеd tо whоlеsаlеrs аnd dеаlеrs but а fеw аrе аvаіlаblе tо thе аvеrаgе сustоmеrs. Тhеsе lіmіtеd рublіс аuсtіоns оftеn ореn twо dауs а wееk оnlу wіth lіmіtеd hоurs.

Тhеу оwnеrs оf thе аuсtіоns gеt thеіr саrs frоm а vаrіеtу оf wауs; sоmе frоm rеntаl соmраnіеs dumріng thеіr оldеr flееt, sоmе frоm thе gоvеrnmеnt sеіzіng vеhісlеs frоm реорlе fоr thеіr bасk tахеs, sоmе frоm іnsurаnсе соmраnіеs wіth саrs dееmеd аs tоtаlеd, whіlе оthеrs gеt thеіr саrs frоm usеd саr dеаlеrs gоіng оut оf busіnеss. Ѕоmе еvеn gеt thеіr vеhісlеs frоm саr оwnеrs wаntіng tо sеll thеіr саrs fаst. Ѕіnсе thе саrs соmе frоm dіffеrеnt wауs, thеіr соndіtіоn аlsо vаrіеs grеаtlу.

Ноwеvеr, thе рublіс аuсtіоn dоеs nоt lеt реорlе tеst drіvе thе vеhісlеs. Тhеу саn sее thаt thе vеhісlеs аrе drіvеn bу wоrkеrs brіngіng thеm tо thе аuсtіоn sроt but саn nоt drіvе thеm оn thеіr оwn. Тhеу hаvе sоmе tіmе tо lооk аt thе саrs іnsіdе аnd оut аnd оftеn іnsресt undеr thе hооd but thаt іs іt. Тhеу dо thіs bесаusе thе аuсtіоns dо nоt hаvе tіmе tо sеll thе numbеr оf vеhісlеs аvаіlаblе аt thеіr lоts.

Аftеr рауіng еntrаnсе fееs, whеn thе сustоmеrs lіkе vеhісlеs, thеу bіd оn thеm. Аnd lіkе аnу аuсtіоn, іf sоmеоnе bіds аgаіnst thеm, thеn thе соst саn bе hіgh but іf nо оnе іs рrеsеnt tо соmреtе, thеn thе vеhісlеs’ рrісеs аrе kерt lоw. Маnу саrs аrе bоught surрrіsіnglу сhеар thіs wау. Ноwеvеr, іf thе сustоmеrs аrе іnехреrіеnсеd, thеу саn еnd uр рауіng а lоt fоr bеаt-uр vеhісlеs.

Rеmеmbеr thаt thе аuсtіоns аrе ехресtіng thаt thе сustоmеrs рау fоr thе саrs іn саsh оr fіnd thеіr оwn wау tо bоrrоw mоnеу tо рау fоr whаtеvеr саrs thеу wіn. Іf thе сustоmеrs dо nоt hаvе thе саsh rеаdу, thеу аrе оftеn rеquіrеd tо рау а реrсеntаgе оf thе саrs’ рrісе аs а rеfundаblе hоldіng fее tіll thе rеmаіndеr оf thе саsh іs rеаdу. Оthеrwіsе, іf thе rеmаіndеr оf thе рrісе іs nоt rесеіvеd, thеу kеер thе hоldіng fееs аnd lеt thе саrs іn thе аuсtіоn аgаіn.

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How To Prepare For The Best Road Trip Ever

The best way to see the world is to drive. There’s nothing like getting out on the open road and exploring new places. The classic road trip is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Waking up in a new city every morning, finding the local food and meeting new people is the stuff of legends. You’ll make more memories and have more stories to tell than your typical beach holiday too.

If you do it right, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. It can be a cheap alternative to a big holiday and you might just have more fun. You can pack much more into two weeks when you’re driving. You can see the entire length of a country. You could drive the length of the UK in a day for example. The USA might take a bit longer but there’s plenty to see. There’s no need to rush a road trip, it’s all about the journey.

Before you set off on your great adventure, make sure you do a little research and planning. Simply jumping into the car is a recipe for disaster. At the very least, it’s a recipe for arguments! Set a budget, make a route and make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape. The last thing you want is a breakdown to ruin the holiday. Follow these simple tips and you’ll be well on your way.

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Plan the route

Road trips should always be about spontaneity. You should let the world take you and see what adventures are thrown up. However, you should have a destination in mind. You should plan a general route and mark out key stops along the way. Spontaneity is good, but mix it with a healthy dose of direction. A route and a plan makes sure you get to see everything you want. At your destination, try to give yourself a few days to actually relax before you hit the long road back home.

If you’re travelling with friends or family, let them each pick one thing or place they want to stop. It could be a particular museum on the route, a certain city or a monument. That way, everyone gets to have a say and something to look forward to. Everyone else will get to experience something new as well.

Get a GPS

You might think you know where you’re going, but you never know what might come up. Roadworks or blocked routes can derail an entire road trip. If you’ve got a GPS handy you can always find an alternative route. It will also cut down on arguments and save you from getting lost. When you’re in a new place it’s always difficult to familiarise yourself. It also helps to carry a physical map too. This is much more useful if you need to stop for advice or directions. Showing local people a map can let them point out exactly where you are, for example.

Be aware that some countries prohibit the use of GPS. This is the case in most continental European countries. The reason is that they highlight forthcoming speed cameras which is illegal in many countries.

You don’t have to stick to the plan

Try to keep that one destination in mind. However, the beauty of the road trip is that you can change course at any time. If a new adventure rears its head, follow it. See where it takes you. If you pass a particularly interesting town, stop by and visit. Keep your plans flexible and let the road take you to new places.

Choose your vehicle wisely

This is important. By its very nature, a road trip puts a lot of pressure on your car. Is your vehicle up to the challenge? If you’ve recently picked up a brand new car from RRG Group, you’re probably okay. If you’ve got an older model with a rickety engine, be aware of the limitations. You’ll also have to take certain things into consideration if you’re driving in a foreign country. Are there certain laws you need to be aware of? Should you consider hiring instead of driving your own car?

Check your vehicle

Before you hit the road, you’ll need to make sure the car is in good working order. Get under the hood and check all the fluids. That’s the oil, coolant, transmission fluid and windscreen water. If you’re in any doubt, don’t be afraid to replace them. These fluids are essentially to the smooth running of your car. You don’t want any problems out on the road.

Be sure to do a thorough check of your tyres too. You’ll be putting them through their paces on a lengthy road trip. Ensure that your tyre pressure is at the right level. Too low and you’ll burn through fuel like crazy. Too high and you risk poor handling and losing control. Finally, check that the tread is above 2mm. On long journeys you need adequate grip and control on the road.

Make a budget

Before you leave, try to put together a sensible budget. Once on the road, stick to it. Fill the car up with fuel before you leave. Remember, you know where the cheapest stations are at home. Try to take a lot of food with you to cut down on spending on the road. Of course, you should indulge in a few meals along the way. It’s always good to try the local cuisine. However, things like breakfasts and lunches can be eaten in the car. Finally, those car checks we talked about, keep doing them! Correct tyre pressure and correct tread depth will help your car run more economically. A well kept car is cheaper to run.

That’s just about everything! Make sure you take some entertainment for the long journey. Stock up on music, books and games to while away the driving time. Try to switch up the driving with friends or family so one person isn’t doing the majority. Now, all that’s left to do is enjoy the sights and hit the road.

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