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Five Easy Steps to Make Your Car Last Longer

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Do you own a car? If yes, then you must always look after it. Many people love their car but they don’t always take care of their car. By not looking after a car you shorten the life of the car which will cost you money in the long run.

It is essential that you take care of your car on a regular basis to ensure that the vehicle performs safely and efficiently for a long time.

But what are the best ways of caring for your car in a way that will ensure it runs for a long time?

Here are a few basic tips for you:

Drive Carefully

Scratches or marks – those are the things that no car owner likes to see on their vehicle. It is essential to drive the car carefully in order to avoid denting and damaging the bodywork. If you drive fast you are sure to do some damage to your car. It is essential that you drive your vehicle carefully with due consideration to others.

Wash at Least Once a Week

Washing your car once a week will ensure that you maintain the ‘well being’ of the car. It is important that you clean your wheels and free them of brake dust which is corrosive. It is worth cleaning the underside of the car with the aim of ensuring the chances of under body corrosion are minimised. Cleaning inside the vehicle is also important as any dirt on seats will transfer to your clothes and vice-versa. If you want to preserve your car for the long term then clean the vehicle on a regular basis.

Wax Regularly to Restore Color

Wax your car on a regular basis. It might sound weird, but it is one of the best things that you can do to protect your car. Waxing the car is a major way of caring for it. And it can play an important role in ensuring that the cars appearance is preserved fro the long term.. This is because, waxing helps to preserve and protect the color of the car from the effects of UV light. It also protects the paint from corrosives in the environment which are ever increasing with pollution from increasing numbers of vehicles on the road.

Take Care of the Tyres

It’s the tyres that keep your car in contact with the road. You will need to ensure that the tyres are in good condition at all times. If the tyre tread is wearing then you need to ensure you replace a tyre before the tread has worn below legal limits. Remember, a major contributor to car accidents is the continued use of worn or damaged tyres. You should keep an eye on how the tyres of your car are wearing and take action in a timely manner should you discover uneven wear or damage to a tyre wall.

Clean the Engine Regularly

Just the external cleaning of the car is never going to be enough. You also need to ensure the engine bay is kept clean and that the engine is not allowed to accumulate dirt. Dust and dirt can enter the engine and results in its malfunctioning particularly if the air filter is missing.

It’s essential to take appropriate care of your vehicle on a regular basis as it will make your car last longer whilst costing you less money over the life of your car.

Things to Consider When Purchasing a Car

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Planning to purchase a car? Owning a car is a dream come true for a lot of people. When you are purchasing a car you need to ensure you tread carefully. The first thing that you need to do is select the car that you like taking into account a number of factors. Once you have established the make and model of car and whether you are going to buy a new or used vehicle you will need to consider the following:

Budget is Important

You need to establish a budget for your car of choice. This is probably the most important factor in the process of buying. You can research the prices of a vehicle based on its age and mileage and establish the sort of vehicle you can consider with your budget having already been set by your financial position.

Finance

If you are looking to purchase your vehicle on finance then you need to ensure the finance is affordable and that interest payments are not excessive. There are a number of finance options available in the market place with Hire Purchase Agreements, Lease Agreements, Bank Loans proving to be the most popular. Don’t consider purchasing a vehicle with a credit card over an extended period of time as the interest charges will be extremely high in comparison to conventional finance arrangements.

Discounts 

Are the car dealers offering discounts?  Before you buy a car look at all discounts available. You may find a manufacturer offering a cash-back or some similar incentive to purchase. These up front savings may however be factored into the amount that you are paying over the term of a loan. The deals available may suit your circumstances if you don’t have funds readily available at the time of purchase but will have the funds to pay the finance over time.

Decide between Used and New Cars

Are you looking for a new car or a used car? It is an extremely important decision that you need to make. A lot of people prefer to buy a used car to start with. Obviously used cars are less expensive than their new counterparts as they have depreciated and so they are more affordable. There are several things you need to check if you are planning to buy a new or a used car not least of which will be the finance options available against a new or used vehicle.

What Fuel You Want for Your Car?

You have a number of options when choosing the fuel on which your car should run. You need to decide between these four options:

  • Petrol
  • Diesel
  • Liquified Natural Gas (LNG)
  • Electric/Hybrid

Buying an economical and reliable car is sort of essential these days unless you have unlimited funds available to you. The running costs and the reliability of the different types of fuelling systems are worth thinking about before selecting your car.

Top 5 Most Expensive Cars Sold at Auctions

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Owning a classic car is the dream of millions of people around the world. But not all of them can afford a classic car. In fact classic cars are extremely high priced. Over the years, a number of cars have been sold which have amazed people with the prices they have achieved at auction.

The price of a car at an auction can be determined by a number of factors:

  • The rarity of the vehicle
  • Model of the car
  • Whether it is still manufactured or not
  • Special features of the vehicle
  • Competition for the vehicle

It has been observed that usually sports cars achieve the highest prices at auctions.

Here’s a quick look at some of the most expensive cars sold at auctions. Ferrari seems to rule the roost when it comes to manufacturing the most sought after cars sold at public auctions.

A 1963 GTO

The most expensive car was privately sold. In 2013, a GTO built in 1963 was sold for a whopping US$52 million. This holds the record to date for the most expensive exchange of money for a car. This vehicle is a product of the Pontiac division of General Motors and was built from 1964 to 1974. The GTO in the name of the car stands for ‘Omologate’. It signifies that the car also has a few features, which make it akin to the sports cars.

Two Ferrari GTOs of 1960s Sold for Whopping Prices

Most of the extreme car sales occurred in recent years. And most of them involved GTOs. A 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO was sold for US$32 million in February 2012. However, the record was soon exceeded for a Ferrari GTO. A few months later, another GTO, this one built in 1962, was sold for US$35 million. These were among the most expensive second hand car sales of all time.

Mercedes-Benz W196

A Mercedes-Benz W196 was auctioned by Bonhams on July 12, 2013. This is a major racing model that was manufactured for the 1954 and 1955 F1 seasons. This model was one of the last racing cars manufactured by Mercedes, before they opted out of competing in F1 (until recent years). In the auction by Bonhams, the model was sold for $29,975,742.

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

In 2011, a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa model of 1957 exchanged hands at $17,182,830 in an auction held by Gooding and Company. This model is one of the most successful line ever built by Ferrari. It is a sports car, which has experienced immense popularity among Ferrari lovers.  The price achieved bears testament to the popularity of the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa as a classic car.

Ferrari 250GT SWB California Spider

In 2008, a 1961 Ferrari 250GT SWB California Spider was sold for $11,933,873. It is one of the earliest sports cars built by the company and has remained a popular vehicle among classic car enthusiasts for a long time. This Ferrari was sold in an auction held by the auction house RM Auctions.

Some of the most amazing cars ever manufactured are usually sold by auction. This is expected to continue and new records are likely to be set as some of the rarest classic cars are set to change ownership through high profile public auctions.

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