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Best of 2017….

Thanks to Off The Throttle!

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How to Prepare Your Vehicle for Car Transport – a Quick Guide

I’ve been asked this question many times, here’s a cheat sheet on how to do it! Thank you David Donahue.

Whenever you’re planning a long-distance move, driving your own vehicle doesn’t
always make sense. You may have multiple cars or may prefer not to put the extra
miles on your own vehicle. Whatever the case, car shipping is a great way to ensure the
safe delivery of your vehicle to a new destination.
If you’ve never used an interstate car transport service before, it can be helpful to do a
bit of research in advance on the company you will be using and the shipping process in
general. Knowing what to expect and being prepared will help everything go more
smoothly.
To help get you started, we’ve assembled this quick guide to car transport.

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Questions to Ask the Auto Transport Company

Before choosing an auto shipping company, it’s a good idea to ask a few questions
about their process and expectations. Some things to look out for include:

– Will the vehicles be transported in covered or uncovered carriers?
– Will the vehicle be shipped door-to-door, or will you need to pick it up at a terminal?
– How long will the car take to ship?
– Will you pay in full upon delivery or do you need to pay a deposit up front?
How much does it cost to ship a car to your destination?
– Will you be charged by the mile or a flat rate?

Door-to-door shipping is a convenient option that allows for your car to be picked up at
your house and dropped off at the final destination. However, this convenience does
come at a higher price; you may wish to save some money by arranging to drop the car
off at a terminal and pick it up from the shipping terminal in your new city.
Also bear in mind that it takes longer to ship a car than it does to drive it in most cases.
Expect shipping to take up to two weeks when crossing long distances.

What Kind of Insurance Do I Need to Ship My Car?

Insurance is an important part of keeping a vehicle safe and protected from damage.
The shipping company should do its part to protect the vehicle during transit, but
unexpected damage can still occur. Common scenarios include damage from road
debris, loading/unloading incidents and inclement weather during the transport period.
Having insurance in place on the vehicle prior to shipping will help to offset these costs
if they become a problem.
Before arranging for car transport, call your car insurance company to ask about how
the policy will apply to the vehicle while in transit. Ensure that you will be covered for
damage that occurs during transportation. Also contact the transportation company to
see whether they have additional protection that can be purchased or that is included in
the price of delivery. You should be able to obtain an insurance certificate to back up
whatever answer they provide.
Once you know what insurance is available, you’ll want to decide whether that coverage
is enough to offer peace of mind or if you’ll want additional protection. You can buy
specialized shipping insurance from your insurance company or even the transport
company itself that can help fill in any gaps of missing coverage. This is especially important for collector cars and other vehicles that especially valuable.
Before agreeing to coverage, ensure that your vehicle has been appraised and that the
value of the insurance matches the worth of your car.

Preparing Your Car for Transport

When shipping a car, you’ll want to be sure that the vehicle is clean and free of any
extra items. To reduce the risk of theft or potential damage, be sure to remove any
personal items as well as aftermarket upgrades:

– Custom alarm systems
– Aftermarket sound systems
– Mounted GPS devices

Also be sure to remove any toll passes and anything else that might attract attention
from potential thieves while the car is being transported. If you have an alarm system
that can’t be removed, disable it to prevent it being triggered by the shipping company
employees.
Once the car has been cleaned out of these items, go ahead and wash the car of any dirt, grime and debris. This gives you a good opportunity to see the car’s current
condition so that it will be easier to spot damage later if something happens.
Take note of any existing damage such as nicks, scratches or dents. Take photos as
necessary to record this damage. This will protect you later if the insurance company or
transport company refuse to pay for damages incurred during travel. Keep your notes
and damage photos stored somewhere safe that you’ll be able to find easily once you’ve reached your destination.
You may also want to have your vehicle inspected by a mechanic to look for any non-
aesthetic damages or issues. It’s important to note that most vehicle transport services
require the car to be operable. If your car cannot be effectively and safely driven, you’ll
need to make special arrangements and may not be able to use a standard delivery
service. Have your car mechanic pay special attention to the emergency brake, which will be used to secure the car during shipping. Any fluid leaks should also be dealt with before shipping as these could be potentially dangerous. If you can avoid it, don’t ship a car with a full gas tank; the extra weight could cost you in shipping charges.
Finally, finish your preparations by securing any loose parts and pieces such as
antennas, convertible tops, sun roofs, roof racks and anything else that is detachable or
could spring open. Securing these items reduces the number of things that could
possibly go wrong during transport.

Dropping Off the Vehicle

Once you’ve completed your inspection, the shipping company will most likely want to
inspect the car themselves. Take this moment to bring up any preexisting damage so
that there is a record of it being discussed; this can save you a lot of hassles later if
something does occur while the car is in transit. You’ll also want to have a spare key made so that you can hold onto the original keys and give a spare to the transport driver.
Take this final opportunity to ask any questions and be sure you know the answer to the
question of, “How much to ship a car to my destination”. You don’t want to be met with any surprises on the other side.
After everything is squared away with the transport company, you can rest easy
knowing that your car is prepared for the road. Damage during transport by a
trustworthy service is uncommon, but you’ll be well-protected if the unexpected happens
after following the tips in this guide.

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Drive Safe.

From my personal injury lawyer friend, it’s an eye opening infographic.

Life on the Road: The Cost of Distracted Driving

In the United States, driver mistakes are the leading cause of road carnages. Studies posit that distractions, lack of attention and performance errors, are the major factors contributing to road fatalities. Distracted driving is very costly. The net loss in terms of dollars is heartbreaking. Moreover, the precious lives that are lost everyday due to road crashes.

Economic losses associated with distracted driving

As seen in this distracted driving infographic below, distracted driving was costing $175 billion in 2014. Though these are the damages recorded on paper, the actual costs are usually way over these values. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the economic damages by road accidents account for about $1 trillion.

The Deadly Impact of Distracted Driving

The economic losses are constantly increasing due to the increasing incidences of distracted driving. With the increasing technology, mobile phones, road maps and GPS systems are the major causes of distractions. Moreover, radio systems, familiar passengers and unprecedented eating while driving also cause unnecessary distractions.

Life

Your life or the person you are carrying is very precious. On average, taking your attention off the road for just five second sis equivalent to travelling an entire length a football field at 555 miles per hour with eyes closed! A sad reality is that most drivers are aware of the dangers of getting distracted while during. However, most of them usually put forward claims that they are experts behind the wheel and can multitask.

Besides all these, distractions are equally as deadly as driving under the influence of alcohol. Additionally, it does not only endanger the life of the driver and the passengers but it also has a direct impact on the life of the pedestrians.

Physical loses

Road crashes always end in partial or complete destruction of vehicles. Moreover, electricity lines and telephone lines are usually destroyed. Buildings are also always damaged. The physical destruction associated with road crashes are tremendous.

From the first day in the driving school, drivers are always encouraged to put their eyes on the road. Although most of them do not usually heed to this instruction, they should be constantly reminded and enlightened on their roles to help keep the roads safe.

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Top 10 Diesel Cars and Trucks for Resale Value

From Steve at www.fordiesels.com.

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While the price of fuel vacillates with current events, the economy of diesel engines remains a constant. Any diesel owner will tell you about the love they have for the engine. The unmistakable audio signature of the incredibly high compression piston chambers exploding with mathematical precision is captivating for such aficionados.

Having a great car or light-duty truck with a diesel engine can be an incredible and irresistible delight. If you are among the chosen few who find fascination with diesel-powered vehicles, then you might possibly have such a vehicle right now, or are considering purchasing one.

The question often asked from current and potential diesel owners is “What diesels have the best resale value?” There is a bit of irony here because if drivers take proper care of their cars, diesel vehicles can last, virtually, for a lifetime. People have been known to wear out the upholstery in the car before they wear out the engine.

An overview

Here is our list of top ten diesel cars and trucks that hold their resale value best:

Light Trucks Cars
1. Dodge Ram 1500 Audi A3
2. GMC Canyon BMW 3 Series
3. Chevrolet Colorado Chevy Cruz
4. Dodge Ram 2500 Jeep Grand Cherokee
5. Nissan Titan XD Mercedes Benz GLK
6. Dodge Ram 3500 Volkswagen Jetta
7. Ford F-150 Volkswagen Passat
8. Ford F-250 BMW X-5
9. Toyota Tacoma Mazda 6
10. Ford F-350 Land Rover Range Rover

Now let’s look at the reasons behind our list.

Current popularity

The current popularity of any model of truck or vehicle closely follows the historic value it will have a few years down the road.

This means, for example, that one of Detroit’s greatest success stories, the Ford F-150, when acquired with a diesel engine, could accrue in value. The Ford F-150 comes in at number seven on our truck list. The same would go for Ford’s F-250, F-350 and so on, with those models coming in on our list as numbers eight and ten, respectively.

Another car manufacturer who has seen similar success with its diesel models is the Dodge Ram. The Dodge Ram 1500 (number one), Ram 2500 (number four) and Ram 3500 (number six) all come with diesel engine options.

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Both Detroit and foreign auto manufacturers recognize the popularity of diesel power plants and adjust their models accordingly. As far as cars are concerned, this would include Audi, with the Audi A3, number one on our list, the BMW 3 series, number two and the Chevy Cruz, number three. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, number four. The Mercedes Benz GLK, number five. The Volkswagen Jetta is number six and the Volkswagen Passat model weighs in at number seven in our car category.

It is notable that Volkswagen has been phasing out diesel production given the precipitous drop in gasoline prices.

Not surprisingly, the diesel models Jetta and Passat will likely hold their prices for the foreseeable future given the phasing out of the diesel production. These cars are at the top of the list in terms of popularity so you can expect their value to remain high should you seek to sell or trade-in your car. The same goes for light trucks as we look at the most popular Ford F-150, it’s cousins the F-250 and F-350.

All available in diesel and sporting the modern interiors that current vehicles afford, these models, particularly in diesel over gasoline, can retain their value.

Not to be excluded are Dodge Ram 1500s along with their cousins, the 2500 and 3500 series. All available in diesel, these light trucks boast a luxurious interior, and with the proper care and maintenance schedule, they can be expected to run easily for over 100,000 miles!

The Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon belong in this class of vehicle. We couldn’t properly finish off this list without mentioning the Nissan Titan XD.  All these vehicles are readily available with a diesel power plant and ready to work hard.

Custom packages

The accessory package sold by the original equipment manufacturer can add plenty to the MSRP of the vehicle and so too will it help the resale value down the line. While this has pretty much always been the case with cars, the recent explosion of light truck sales and the proclivity that owners have for customizing them has just made the market go wild.

While it was in part the relaxing of gasoline prices that revived interest in the purchase of gas-guzzling light trucks, the diesel models also derived a benefit from it because they too could be purchased with special packages. This further fortifies their resale value.

What is a good truck without a good tow package to go with it? If you’re going to be towing, you’re going to want a suspension upgrade, right? Now, is that truck the right height? You may need a lift kit, particularly if you are seeking to use oversized tires. Speaking of which, you’re going to need to expand the wheel well fairings for those tires.

These would just be some of the thoughts that can add madness to any effort to calculate the intrinsic value any given vehicle will retain. You’ll have to keep those x-factors in mind as you peruse our lists.

What’s the takeaway?

Buying a new car or a new truck is an option for many. Credit ratings, bank accounts and the like may have an influence on how you purchase vehicles.

If you are buying a diesel-powered car or light truck, you must know that the vehicle, with proper maintenance will live on practically forever, and it will retain an intrinsic value beyond. That value, in the long term, will be greatly dependent on the long-term popularity of that model.

The long-term popularity is tricky to predict. Today’s most popular cars and trucks equipped with diesel engines are in a class of their own and will certainly retain their value beyond their gasoline-fueled models.

The cars and trucks mentioned here are without a doubt, the most likely to retain value through the years and when resold, get a very good price.

 

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The pros and cons of buying a used vehicle!

This is from a reader Jess Lambert.  I believe that it’s almost ALWAYS better to buy slightly used but here’s what she says.
Considering the purchase of a used vehicle may bring with it some apprehension and fear. But sometimes, purchasing a used car can be a fantastic and rewarding experience. If you’re not sure what to expect and want to know the downsides as well as the positive aspects, this list of pros and cons for purchasing a used vehicle is perfect for you.
Pro: Cost Savings!
You will definitely save money buying used. There’s often no monthly payments unless you buy it off of a lot, and you won’t have to deal with depreciation, which is a very big issue when buying new. People who purchase a brand new vehicle lose thousands of dollars just driving their car off of the lot due to depreciation. Not only this, but because you’re not going to be driving around a new car, your insurance rate will also be lower!!
Con: No Warranty or Guarantee
A con to buying used would be that oftentimes, you won’t end up with a warranty or a guarantee. You’ll end up with exactly what you paid for. This is why it is extremely important if you’re purchasing used to have a mechanic give it a thorough glance over to be certain nothing is terribly wrong and will end up costing you more than the car is actually worth.


Pro: All Business
When you’re purchasing a used car, especially from a private seller, they’re going to be in a hurry to sell you the vehicle. You won’t have to deal with long negotiation or mountains of paperwork, either. And the best part? No additional fees!
Con: Repairs
Purchasing a used car does bring with it risk in the area of repair work that has to be done. If you had a mechanic look over it before purchase, you’re probably aware of how much it will cost to get the car up and running again. Before purchasing the car, be certain you are aware of exactly what you’re getting and how much it will cost. A car with a bad engine or transmission is probably not the car for you unless you are prepared to spend the money and think that it’s worth your time. Perhaps the car is in good working order, but has some minor dents or scratches. Either way, a dealership won’t be there to cover these things for you, so this is an expense you will have to cover yourself.
Pro: A Falling Registration Fee
In most States, the rate of your registration will be based on the make, model and year of your vehicle. You can expect your registration fee to fall dramatically the older your car gets. This is also true of insurance rates.
There are a lot of cons to purchasing a used car, but there are even more pros. Why spend money you don’t have to on a used car that loses over 15% of its value each year you’re driving it around? Not to mention the thousands of dollars you lose driving it off of the lot for the first time. Purchasing a used car is daunting, but making the decision will mean saving money and enjoying a new set of wheels that is all your own. Say goodbye to mountains of fees and endless piles of paperwork and purchase your used car today.

Questions:dontgetwrenched@gmail.com

Jessica Lambert is a freelancer who enjoys writing on a variety of different subjects, including but not limited to: lifestyle, finance,
vintage and used cars, artwork, history, baking, and travel. She currently resides in rural Alabama in a lakehouse and spends any free moment with her nose in a book.

http://mckenziemotorsdeals.com/

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And Another Award!

Top 25 Automotive Bloggers

We have a large automotive category on Savant Magazine that includes detailed reviews on auto products, such as infant car seat coverstire snow chainscar air freshenerstire shine and more.

We wanted to take a moment and recognize bloggers who are passionate about autos and who are producing great content on their blogs. Take a look at our Top 25 Automotive Bloggers below. Congratulations to our winners!

Don’t Get Wrenched

Author: Elayne Kling

https://dontgetwrenched.wordpress.com

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