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Tips On Buying A Steering Wheel and Cover

Pretty much everything on your vehicle can be replaced with original OEM or customized aftermarket accessories to help upgrade its performance or overall style. One of the simplest things you can do is to replace your stock steering wheel by considering buying a steering wheel, from aftermarket retailers, to give your car a stylish sportier look as well as better handling.

Some important tips to consider when shopping around to buy steering wheels from various suppliers are:

1) Make sure you are buying the correct sized wheel by taking the time to measure your current one. There are many sizes and shapes of aftermarket steering wheels on the market so if you are unsure you can ask the seller before deciding on a purchase.

2) The new wheel needs to be just the right size, which is comfortable for you without restricting your view of the dashboard or instrument panel.

3) When searching to buy steering wheel from a particular online store you have many choices. You can buy from regular retailers or even wholesalers who are trying to unload excess inventory or older models. The deals you will obtain are much greater than that of regular local stores and the selection of different styles and colors are more plentiful since floor display space is not an issue.

4) Determining the specific style to buy really depends on your own preference and taste. You can easily match the interior or look of your vehicle with 3-4 spoke steering wheels, multiple colors, boomerang or ultratech style wheels or even professional Formula 1/GT style racing performance steering wheels just to name a few.

5) Next on the list is choosing the type of finish you want. Some popular examples are vinyl, wood, leather and even carbon fiber steering wheels. Choosing the right type can add a stylish and elegant touch to the interior of your car.

6) Last but not least, after checking to see if it is the right size to make sure it is actually comfortable to the grip, since you will be using it to drive for long distances, to ensure safety on the road.

After choosing the correct one to buy you now need to think of protecting your new investment. There are a multitude of choices when searching to buy a steering wheel cover. The cost and manufactured quality of these particular covers ranges greatly but it should be no problem to find one at the price range you can afford.

Useful tips to know when searching to buy a steering cover are:

1) Be very wary of the total cost. It is not impossible to discover steering wheel covers that cost as little as five dollars but can be as much as fifty dollars. This is one time where you get what you pay for since the price of the item really helps in determining the actual quality of the goods.

2) Make sure to accurately measure the total diameter of your steering wheel and the circumference around the grip. This information is vital in deciding the correct wheel cover to purchase. If you are not sure, another choice would be to simply provide the year, model and make of your vehicle to the seller so that they can check their charts to determine the proper dimensions for you.

3) Next comes the type of material you would like. Steering wheel covers come in leather, wool, sheep skin, terry cloth, cloth, and vinyl. If leather is your choice then you need to be aware of the quality. Top grain leather, which is actually the top of the hide where the hair grows, is smooth to the touch. One step below, in types of quality materials, is known as splits or suede’s. The finish of these grains is rough but manufacturers will usually buff and apply plasticides on the grain to make them appear to be top quality. However, this particular material does not have the same feel and texture as that of top grain leather. You can expect to pay about thirteen to fifteen dollars for lower grain leather and anywhere from forty to fifty dollars for top grain leather.

4) Bear in mind the consideration of the ease of installing the cover and how it fits on the wheel itself. Your goal is to have a nice snug fit without it being too tight. Many covers are designed to easily slip on or stretch over the entire rim of the steering wheel while others are designed to be sewn right onto the wheel itself. Lacing cord and needle are usually provided with leather covers that have pre-punched holes in them already. All you have to do is stitch the cover to the wheel to make sure there is a snug fit.

5) Now we come to choosing the color. Despite the fact that most people who buy steering wheel covers choose plain old black, many manufacturers offer a wide range of colors to match all types of vehicle interiors. Be daring and choose a different color that matches your personality.

6) The grip of the steering wheel cover is also an important factor to consider. Some companies provide varying thicknesses of grips. One example would be a cushion grip wheel cover where it is designed to help reduce driving fatigue for the driver. The molded design features ergonomic thumb pads and finger grips to increase driver comfort. These types of covers are available in a number of grips from regular to extra-thick.

Now that you know what to look for when considering to buy steering wheel or buy steering wheel covers take a moment to browse through the wide selection available in our directory. When searching to buy steering wheels you will find that we have done all the leg work for you and provided reliable sellers who sell at rock bottom prices.

ODC Trailers Leasing

ODC Trailer leasing is a specialized business. Not every one wants a trailer that is rated for four hundred tones. The requirement is specialized and the equipment availability is also required to be considered in big projects.

Big Projects Require Leasing of Big Trailers

If you have ever been to a construction site of a big power plant or a nitrogenous fertilizer plant you will be able to see very big trailers. These trailers are required to handle ODC (over dimensioned consignments) packages. These can be reactors of fertilizer plants extending to more than 100 meters, or the power plant generators of weight more than 400 to 650 tons (imagine a single piece of equipment weighing more than 1.5 million pounds)

Transportation of ODC requires Leased Trailers

These trailers are not available with every transporter. These trailers are to be leased from specialized truck leasing companies and contracts are require to be made years in advance. If you do not plan the transportation of ODC material your project costing more than a billion dollars can be delayed and you will be required to pay a large amount. Very few construction companies in the world can afford to have these trailers on their asset list. So they have to be leased and leased in advance.

ODC Trailers require Special Handling

These trailers leased to the construction companies for years together require special handling and are damp leased. The crew cannot afford to get away from the leased trailer. The fueling arrangements of these leased trailers are also special. The trailer cannot go to the filling station. The filling station has to come to the trailer. The crew operating the trailer also looks after the maintenance of the leased trailer

Driving Arrangement of ODC Trailers

Most of the trailers are pulled fro the front of the trailer and the pulling force is generally sufficient. Where the slope of ground requires pushing from behind a separate driving head has to accompany each trailer so as to be able to push the trailer from behind. The front and rear driving heads come as a combined unit and the company leasing these equipments does not generally have a choice. Most of the time, the trailer is leased for the entire duration of the project, and kept at site for 2 to 3 years depending upon the duration of the project.

Insurance of Leased Trailers

The insurance of the trailers and the associated paraphernalia of leased trailer is the responsibility of the construction company and the insurance of crew is also included in the package of leased trailer.

Lessee Holds All Aces In ODC trailer Leasing

Thus when it comes to leasing of trailers for handling of ODC packages it is all for the construction company to cater to the whims of the leasing company. The construction company normally does not have a choice as its future depends on the lessee providing the equipment at the right time and at the right place. Any delay in providing the equipment can mar the success of project.

In other words if you happen to be the owner of an ODC trailer, you can dictate terms worldwide. There is no competition in this field worldwide and very few firms lease this kind of trailers.

10 Advantages of Having a Car and Driving Licence

From your personal life to your career, having a driving licence and car could be of huge benefit. Here are 10 reasons why you may want to find driving schools in your town or city.

1. Do you live with your parents? If so, you may want to take your test and get a car to gain a bit of independence for the first time.

2. Do you have small children? Taking them to school may be a stressful experience without a car. By getting your licence, the process will be much easier and less time-consuming.

3. Do you have older children? As kids grow up, they want to spend more and more time out with friends. While this is normal, being able to collect them wherever they are will provide you with a great deal of peace of mind.

4. Is your life dictated by a bus or train timetable? The convenience of being able to go wherever you want at the times you want to go there is not to be overlooked.

5. How well do you know the country you live in? Without a car, exploring the great many sights and experiences the UK has to offer becomes a lot more difficult.

6. Do you have to use taxis or public transport when grocery shopping? Not only is it inconvenient, it can also be a difficult and expensive process. Having your own car could make a world of difference to you.

7. Are your career prospects limited by not having a licence? Many jobs require you to be able to drive, so you could expand on your opportunities with a licence.

8. Are you only able to work where the trains or buses travel to? By having your own car, you will be able to work anywhere that’s within a sensible driving distance.

9. Do you have a partner who doesn’t live with you? If so, it can be difficult getting to see them as often as you’d like without a car.

10. Do you have elderly or sick relatives who require care and attention? By having a car, you’ll be able to visit them more often and run any errands they need doing.

Tremec TKO Transmissions Part 4 – How to Choose the Right One

So you have decided the advantages that the TKO five speed provides are worth the expense and effort. Now, the question is which one is the best match for your car? Do you want the extra deep first gear in the TKO-500, or would the closer gear spacing of the TKO-600 be a better match for your combination? Should you opt for the 0.82 overdrive ratio in the TKO-600 instead of the 0.64? If you have a Ford, which input shaft do you need?

The first determining factor when choosing a TKO is going to be your engine’s power output. Keep in mind that transmissions are rated for torque, not horsepower. The peak horsepower number doesn’t really matter much, it is torque that breaks things! The TKO-500 is rated for 500 lb.-ft. of torque, and the TKO-600 is rated at 600 lb.-ft. Even though both TKOs will stand up to considerably more torque than they are rated for, you still need to keep the torque capacity rating in mind.

The second thing you need to consider is your rear axle ratio. The general rule of thumb, with exceptions, is anything with a rear gear in the high twos or low threes (2.73, 3.08, 3.23, 3.36, etc.) will be a good candidate for the TKO-500. The low 3.27:1 first gear in the TKO-500 will give you much better off the line acceleration than a typical four speed, and help compensate for the “highway gear” in the rear axle. Anything with an axle ratio in the high threes and up (3.73, 3.90, 4.10, 4.30, 4.56, etc.) would be better suited to the TKO-600. With a rear axle ratio of 3.73:1 or higher (numerically), your car doesn’t need as much “help” off the line as the numerically lower axle ratios do, and the slightly taller overdrive of the TKO-600 with the 0.64 fifth gear will lower your highway RPM a little bit more than the 0.68:1 that is in the TKO-500. If you have an axle ratio in the mid-threes, (3.42, 3.50, 3.55 you could go with either one, and the right choice will depend on the third and fourth factors.

The third factor you need to look at is your rear tire size. If you have a really tall rear tire, the reduction in effective gear ratio that the tire provides needs to be taken into account. A tire that is 26-27″ tall is considered fairly normal for a muscle car. If you are running 30″ tall Mickey Thompsons, however, your tire height will make a 3.73:1 rear axle ratio perform more like a 3.25:1 axle ratio would with a 26″ tall tire!

The fourth thing to consider is your engine’s temperament, along with your driving habits. Do you have a relatively mild engine that is happy when cruising at 2000 RPM, or is your engine more high-strung and doesn’t really start to run cleanly until you hit 2800 RPM? Do you frequently drive long distances on the interstate at 75 MPH, or do you stick to secondary roads where you rarely go more than 60 MPH? It is very possible to get too much overdrive, and end up with a car that you can’t put into fifth gear unless you are running at least 80 MPH because at lower speeds the overdrive drops your engine RPM too much. That is when the TKO-600 with the 0.82 overdrive may be the best choice. Many people who participate in road racing prefer the TKO-600 with the 0.82 overdrive, because it keeps their engine in its powerband on a road course in fifth gear, and the 0.64:1 ratio would drop their RPM too low.

The last question to answer only applies to Ford owners. There are four different input shaft patterns available for the TKO in a Ford: 10 spline and 26 spline, short or long. The TKO-500 is available with either a 10-spline Ford pattern input shaft or a 26-spline GM pattern input shaft. The TKO-600 is only available with the stronger 26-spline GM pattern. For the input shaft length, basically you need to know what size and year engine you have, and what depth your bellhousing is. Ford has used several different bellhousing depths over the years, and there are more variations than I have room to get into here. Most Tremec distributors can help you determine what input shaft you need if you have the above information.

When choosing a TKO that is right for your car, you need to consider your engine’s torque output, your rear axle ratio, your tire size, your engine’s temperament, and your normal cruising speed. If you have a Ford, you will need to know the engine size and year, as well as the bellhousing depth. Once you understand how all these work together, you are ready to choose the transmission that suits your needs the best. For more information on TKO specifications, options, and the benefits of an overdrive, take a look at my other articles in this series.

Make Sure Your Windshield Repair is the Best Possible

Driver’s Ed classes have long been famous for images of windshields with passenger and driver sticking out of them at wrong angles. In those cases, windshield repair is fairly irrelevant, but just as it is important to practice defensive driving – and wear a seatbelt to keep yourself intact – making sure that you do the best to avoid repeated auto glass repairs is vital too.

Repairs Should Be Done As Soon As Possible

The exact items covered before they let us take our driving tests vary between states and organizations, and of course, no one has the time or budget to teach everything, but far too many important things get left behind in the rush to drill in rules and regulations. Proper vehicle maintenance often gets short shrift, and care of your car glass even less.

Any time you drive, you probably see several cars with plastic or cardboard where a piece of car glass should be. It’s true that even the best auto glass specialist can’t always get to you immediately – if your vehicle is old or specialized or both, there may be cross-country shipping involved – but so many things are at risk when you put off repairs.

Consider It See-Through Security

Not only is a car with a broken window that much more tempting to a thief, but wind, weather, insects, and noise get in too. You never really appreciate how important your auto glass is until it isn’t there.

This applies even more directly to windshield repair. For starters, this is the one piece of glass you can’t cover with plastic and keep driving – at least not without getting into an accident or arrested while having an accident. It is your most important piece of glass as far as visibility, security, and structural integrity.

The windshield keeps you in the car. It’s not fun to whack your face against the glass in an accident, but when you consider the physics of even a fairly slow speed crash, without your windshield, it would be far worse.

Little Problems Get Bigger

Just because it’s easy to ignore chips in your windshield doesn’t mean you should. Chips grow into cracks. Believe it or not, the same thing applies to scratches; they may start out small, but with time and pressure, they will grow into a much bigger problem.

While not a lot of car windshields last long enough without getting broken to be sufficiently scratched to impair vision, it can happen. We all know how annoying the reflections of sunlight off the road or the dash can be and how they impact safe driving. Imagine that compounded by dozens of tiny scores all over. That is an accident waiting to happen.

Most car insurance allows for replacing your auto glass simply because you’re having a hard time seeing out of it, meaning that your windshield repair shouldn’t cost you that much out of pocket.

Furthermore, any good auto glass repair company offers mobile windshield replacement, meaning that they will come to you. So, whether the little chip is now a crack across your field of vision, or scratches are ganging up on you, the cost is minimal compared to the risk of not getting it done.

The Importance of Ambulance Services in Society

Certain situations in life require immediate medical care and a fraction of a second delay can drastically change somebody’s life. The ambulance service and paramedics are very important in society as they save hundreds of lives daily by responding to emergency calls. They operate from ambulance stations located in various areas with control centres that respond to emergency calls and dispatch them when needed. Whether the patient is in rural retreats, busy seaside resorts or large urban conurbations, they reach the emergency scene within minutes of the call.

The emergency ambulance service crew includes a technician and a paramedic. Once the paramedics arrive at the emergency scene they evaluate the situation and the condition of the casualty and decide whether to take them to the hospital or just treat them there. One of the important roles of the ambulance crew is to stabilize and treat patients quickly to prevent any mishap before the patient reaches the hospital.

They provide immediate and effective life-saving care in a safe and clinical working environment with maximum mobility. They are well trained in first aid skills to be able to deal with profuse bleeding, crush and fall injuries, cardiac arrests, road accidents, and much more.

During earlier times they were used to transport patients after the doctor or fire department rescue squad applied simple first aid. Mostly the patient would ride alone however, in some cases the doctor rode along in the ambulance. Today, ambulances come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes equipped with a huge range of essential pre-hospital emergency machines including heart defibrillators, intravenous drips, splints, oxygen, drugs and much more. All ambulances have radios installed in them. Many times ambulances also transport non-emergency patients that might be transferring to another hospital or treatment centre.

In some cases patients may be transported in an air ambulance which is basically an aircraft specially designed for providing emergency medical assistance in critical medical situations. An air ambulance is used when the patient has to be transported over a long distance or terrain or if the patient has to be quickly transported to a treatment centre. Air ambulances are equipped with basic equipment like ECG monitors, ventilators, medication and stretchers.

For more information regarding ambulance services in the UK refer to SearchMe4 online business directory.

Choosing a Driving School Which Is Right for You

So you need to choose a driving school for yourself or one of your family members and you wonder – what driving school would be right for you? While most of driving schools would do their job well, each school however might target their specific audience and support their specific set of services which might not work for you individually.

Below are the main checkpoints to consider when selecting a best driving school for you.

  1. License Types Your Driving School Supports. Check if your school provides training for car drivers, motorcycle drivers, commercial truck drivers and so on. Note, that school bus drivers usually require special training.
  2. Target Audience. Check if your school provides special courses for first-timers, teen-drivers, seniors and drivers with disabilities. Teen-drivers usually require special training approach which is different from training for seniors. If you are a handicapped citizen a car for your driving training might need special equipment as well as instructors skilled in training of that kind of students.
  3. Your School’s Total Years in Business. While the longest work history doesn’t necessarily translate to the best training services, years in business could be considered as a valuable indicator that your Driving School knows how to adapt to the turbulent market and can withstand competition well.
  4. School Status in DMV. Many states provide up-to-date information about local driving schools, their ratings, customer feedback etc. In Canada, for example, you can get a list of not-recognized Canadian driving schools in provincial DMV web sites, so you could filter out obvious mismatches right away.
  5. Pricing Your School Offers. Compare your school’s pricing to the pricing offered by other schools with the similar driving training services. To avoid unexpected expenses pay special attention to the fine-print. Make sure that you understand all hidden fees and charges. Ask for special offers. Many schools offer special packages with discounts which you might find interesting.
  6. Languages of Instruction Your School Supports. We are a nation of immigrants. If you are not the native English speaker getting training in your first language could be crucial for you. Check what languages other than English are supported in that driving school.
  7. Requesting Male or Female Instructor. If your family has strong cultural ties with your back country it might be important for you to request male or female instructor for your kid training. Make sure that the driving school of your choice addresses your needs here.
  8. Formal Training in Classes. Does your school provide formal training in classes? If yes – how many hours of formal training is included into your fee? Note that while being beneficial, in class training is not mandatory and often can be done online.
  9. Behind-the Wheel Training. Check how many hours you will get in behind-the-wheel training with that school. This is very important checkpoint. Too few hours might not be enough to pass the test in DMV. Too many hours might look like a “money-oriented” school.
  10. Free Pick-up and Drop-off Services. Most driving schools provide free pick-up and drop-off services for their students. However these free services normally apply to specific locations only (usually expressed in miles from driving school’s main office). If your pickup/drop-off location is outside of the supported area you still can get pick-up/drop-off services but with some conditions – for example, the time an instructor drives from the school office to your location could be counted towards your driving lesson time. Make sure that you double checked this rule with your school of interest.
  11. Success Rate. Most driving schools would proudly state that the success rate of their students is %99.99. Take these statements with a punch of salt. As of today – the success rate statistics is not officially tracked by DMV; hence the most of such optimistic statements are the subject of good faith only. Get a second opinion – ask your friends, colleagues or associates about your school of interest. You can also check on-line resources, forums and web communities to get the broader opinion pool.
  12. Free, No Obligation Initial Driving Lesson. Some schools provide free, no obligation one hour training lesson for new students. Ask if your school has this offer – try it for free and only then make your final decision.
  13. Auto Insurance Discounts. Many driving schools provide auto insurance discounts for their students. Check if your school is one of them.
  14. Car for Driving Test in DMV. By law, it is the duty of the candidate to provide safe, operable car for his test in DMV. Addressing this issue some schools provide discounted or even free car rent to their student for their test in DMV. Ask for this option from your school if you cannot provide your own car for DMV test.
  15. Car Fleet. Ask what types of vehicles your driving school will be using for your training. Old, worn out vehicles decrease the morale and won’t help to progress your driving skills in a timely manner. Besides that newer vehicles are usually safer. However don’t be over impressed by new cars proudly advertised by some schools – new car alone won’t replace instructor’s experience and his professional skills. So, use this checkpoint with caution.

Conclusion

Go through the selection check list provided above and you will get the best driving school you are looking for.

Note, that many from above discussed questions can be answered without leaving your home.

For example, you can find all driving schools in your location using online driving school directories.

Try online driving license tests if you prefer to skip optional in-class-training classes in driving school office. Those tests are available in the web for free or for very reasonable cost if you are looking for more in-depth training.

Get comprehensive reference of U.S. road signs with explanation of each sign by visiting online road sign web references.

And finally – know your state’s of residence DMV/DOL web site and make sure to visit it regularly for recent updates.

Vehicle Safety Alert: Faded Plastic Headlights Can Be Very Dangerous!

Many of today’s modern vehicles headlights are made from a hard plastic called Poly-Carbonate. The plastic is very lightweight and very strong, and most importantly, much cheaper to mass produce. Today’s modern vehicle designs call for dramatic looking headlight styles and the automakers love using plastic for the headlight lens for more than one reason: First of all, plastic is much cheaper to mass produce. Just as important, the plastic lens is also very strong and lightweight. The days of using real glass for the headlight lens are all but gone. The main reason is that it would simply cost a heck of a lot more to make the lens out of glass. Also glass is much heavier than plastic and can be much more dangerous in a collision. The lightweight plastic lens is what the all automakers will continue to use these days mainly because they are always trying to keep the vehicles production costs low, and the automakers also want to keep the vehicle lighter and more economical. While the plastic lens has its many plus sides, the major down side is that the plastic lens will fade dramatically in time. Fading plastic headlight lenses are a problem here to stay, and if the cloudy headlight lenses are not fixed, it can be very dangerous to the driver, (and other motorists) and that is the simple fact of the matter.

Do all plastic headlights fade? The answer is yes! Due to UV exposure, the plastic lenses on all headlight assemblies will become cloudy in time. There is just no way around it! If a plastic headlight lens is exposed to the sun, it will eventually get cloudy and fade. Most automakers will cover the cost for replacement within 3 years, but after that, you are on your own. A cloudy looking lens condition can get much worse in time if not restored. A headlight that is neglected can turn yellow, or even brown, or perhaps a combination of both. This will have a great effect on the ability of the headlight to project light properly. Translation: Poor light output! A faded headlight lens can cut the drivers visibility distance to less than half in some cases. This is a very dangerous position for any driver to be in! Would you drive at night with your sunglasses on? A poor working headlight is basically the same thing. Less light means less visibility! It is very dangerous if the driver cannot properly see the road ahead. With less light output, the driver will have much less reaction time because the headlight beam is simply not projecting enough light to safely see the road ahead.

Please check your headlights! Are they faded? Are they cloudy? Do they appear oxidized? Do they have a yellow or brown tint? These conditions are all caused by UV exposure and age, plus the condition will become worse as the vehicle is subjected to more sunlight. Simply put: The UV rays from the powerful sun will fade the headlight lenses just as it will fade exterior paint. The sun is just too strong for the plastic and it is very important for you to maintain your headlights! There are some simple inexpensive do it yourself kits on the market that can save you some of your hard earned cash, however the results can be very poor. The much smarter choice is using a professional headlight restoration service. First of all don’t let anyone convince you that your expensive headlight assemblies need to be replaced. The only reason for replacement is if there is some really bad sand pitting, or if there are major cracks in the lenses that would allow moisture to get inside the assembly. Also, don’t be fooled by some of the products on the market that claim to be quick restoration kits for headlights. Most of these kits are garbage! Again, I recommend using a professional headlight restoration service that guarantees the restoration to last. Please be safe out there at night, and please check your vehicle’s headlight condition as soon as possible!

How to Get an Almost New Car For Next to Nothing!

How would you like to get a great, almost new car for a very reasonable price? It is becoming more and more common for ordinary consumers, even those with bad credit, to be able to purchase a nearly new car at a very economical price. How, do they do that? They simply buy a car from one of the many car auctions that are cropping up all over the country.

So now people that are in need of a newer car have the choice of buying and owning a superb, expensive auto while not paying much at all by attending one of these auto auctions. This makes the dream on owning an almost new vehicle a reality for many consumers that become the highest bidder at one of these auctions.

Instead of paying an inflated amount to your neighborhood car dealer, you can buy direct from a source that sells cars at reasonable pricing. Yes, auto dealers do have to make a living so they offer you a price which includes large markups that must be passed on. Obviously these markups are going to increase the price you must pay and this makes the car expensive to purchase.

The majority of these auto auctions are organized by insurance companies, lenders, banks and government agencies, both local and federal. The vehicles are usually brought into a very large, central area from different parts of a state, or even from many states. The most numerous amount of cars are the ones that have been seized by the bank for the failure of the owner to make timely payments. There are also many vehicles of all kinds that have been seized by assorted government agencies from people who owe back taxes or have been put in jail for drug charges.

The preponderance of these vehicles are normally in excellent condition and may even include brand new models with a still valid warranty period. The auction will try to raise as much as possible so the lenders can be reimbursed for the defaulted amounts.

Did You Know?

There are auctions where only used cars are sold and then there are others where a large number of products, including new and used cars are being sold.

These auctions are affordable seeing that the selling amount of the vehicle is decided by the purchaser who wins the bidding session. The price of the car is exempt from any sort of supplementary amounts that were additional when the auto was initially bought from the dealer. The bidding in this variety of auction starts from a low price and depending on how many people in the crowd are interested in the car, you potentially can pick up a really,

Many of these auto auctions are advertised on the net so you can get an idea of what’s coming up in your area of the country. The easiest and most convenient way to find these auto auctions is to look for a car auction directory. There are huge databases and announcement boards of vehicle auctions, both current and in the future. This way you may be able to find an auction near your home and check out the cars in person.

Without exception, you need to do your homework on the type of vehicle you’re seeking, peruse the blue book prices for the cars you may want, make a listing and go for it! Who knows, you could acquire a brand new Hummer or Harley Davidson for half or less than it’s original market price!

Car Emergency Equipment: Must Haves for All Seasons

Emergencies arrive without notice at the most surprising time and in unexpected places. Imagine yourself driving in a desolate area at 1:00 am and suddenly something went wrong, driving and handling your car seems difficult and your tire just exploded. You also remember that the last house you passed by was almost more than 10 kilometers away. In this situation, preparedness is the only way out.

Having a roadside emergency kit can take you out from being stuck for a long time and even save your life. Either short or especially long distance driving, your vehicle must have some stuffs to help you in emergency situations. However, not all people carry an emergency kit and truth is, most actually don’t have one kept in their trunks. To come prepared for any emergency that might happen along your way, keep the items on this list as part of your emergency roadside kit.

  1. Cash instead of credit cards or ATMs will be a lot of help as not all places have ATM machines and stores that accept credit cards.
  2. Bottles of water, for drinking and repair purposes. Water will definitely help during engine overheating and when your battery water runs out.
  3. Ready to eat food like crackers, peanut butter, oatmeal, granola bars or other energy food. Don’t include foods that spoils easily as you wouldn’t know when an emergency would happen.
  4. First aid kit with some medicines like aspirin and Tylenol, bandages, scissors, gauzes, hot and cold compresses, burn cream, and antibiotic ointments
  5. Extra blanket for those living in cold places and during cold season.
  6. Extra clothes so you won’t have to wear one you’re wearing for the whole time you got stranded.
  7. Flash light and spare batteries to help you properly repair your vehicle when it’s dark.
  8. Battery Powered Radio for updates in cases where there is a typhoon or other calamity.
  9. Knife, preferably a Swiss army knife can do more other than simple cutting and slicing.
  10. For drivers who always bring their kids along, diapers, toys, and other children’s necessity
  11. Jumper cables, preferably 12-foot in length to help when you drain your battery because of turning on the lights or your other car features.
  12. Spare tire and jack can help you get back to the road if your problem is damaged or flat tire.
  13. Spare fuses will help restore your lights on after a blown fuse.
  14. Duct tape can temporarily fix many things like broken hoses, windshield wiper, windows, and act as temporary cover to some tanks, and many others.
  15. Headlamp or tail light for extensive travels to replace lights that might go out during the lengthy travel. In construction, LED lights live longer than halogen ones.
  16. Basic tool kit with pliers, screw drivers, hammer, wrenches, and a socket set fitting your car
  17. A set of flares will help you alert other drivers that your vehicle has broken down. It might help prevent accidents and will save your life and the life of the passengers in vehicles that may come across yours.
  18. Pocket warmers or small propane burners for snowy places or during winter season.
  19. A gallon of antifreeze is a must especially if its winter. Low level of coolant can cause severe engine damage so it’s best to always have a refill on hand.
  20. Rain Coat, umbrella, and other rain gear will help you not to get sick when get off the car when it’s raining or when the winter wind is blowing.

You may find this list filled with so much stuff to bring, but you surely can put everything in a nylon bag or at least in a plastic container. Your trunk is big enough to keep your only way out of roadside emergencies.