If there’s one repair that car owners seem to dread, it would have to be a transmission replacement. It’s a costly car job that requires a mechanic to take a lot of their time away from other projects and focus completely on your vehicle. Not only do they have to take out the old transmission and put in the new one, but they need to test to make sure that everything has been installed properly. A new transmission is great, because it comes with a lengthy warranty and gives people the illusion that everything is going to be just fine. Even if it’s not, they feel confident that they’ll be able to get a replacement shipped off to them, and everything will be well.
Unfortunately, this isn’t really true in real life. A new transmission can have problems, and you’ll have to still pay for someone to replace it. What if there was a way to take care of the old transmission and just put in a cheaper one?
There is: meet the rebuilt transmission. What do we mean when it comes to a rebuilt transmission? Well, it means a component that’s been fixed with new gaskets, seals, and other parts. The rebuilt transmission is often far cheaper than the “new” transmission. We put new in quotes because a lot of manufacturers aren’t putting out truly new parts. They’re just cleaning them up at the factory level instead of the aftermarket level so they can charge a lot more for the product.
A completely rebuilt transmission is great because care has been taken to strip it down and built it all the way back up the right way. While a transmission is going to be expensive no matter what, these remanufactured or rebuilt transmissions are far cheaper than their so called “new” counterparts.
Are there any disadvantages of these rebuilt transmissions? Yes. If you’re getting a rebuilt transmission, there may be some shortcuts taken in order to give you this legendary good price. The warranty will also be shorter with a rebuilt transmission instead of a new one. The use of old parts can cause the system to break down faster, or for the transmission to have leaks.
No matter which choice you pick, make sure that you go forward carefully. The right decisions can make all the difference in how you enjoy your vehicle.
In the UK, a recent law has banned smoking in cars if children are in the vehicle. However, there are many dangers and problems concerned with smoking inside your car, and it is surprising that the authorities have not taking more precautions in order to eliminate these. Here are some of the issues which can arise with smoking inside your car.
- Distractions while driving
Distractions while driving, whether it’s your food, your friends or your cigarette, are one of the main causes of accidents and deaths on the road. The Highway Code advises against smoking inside your car, whether it’s a regular cigarette or e-cigarette, since your full attention is not being focused on the road ahead and the road users around you.
- Freak accidents
Experts say that if you’re going to smoke inside your car, e-cigarettes are a much better alternative to regular cigarettes. This is because if you accidentally drop your e-cigarette or encounter any other problems while driving, there won’t be any flames caused as a result. Dropping a regular cigarette onto the seats of your car, whether in a collision or through an accident, could cause your entire car to set on fire, and you might not be lucky enough to put it out in time.
- Second-hand smoke
The problem with smoking when other people are around is that they will consume the second-hand smoke which you are breathing out. Even if you don’t have children in your car, you need to think about other passengers who might be travelling with you. The smell of the smoke from regular cigarettes can also be very unpleasant for those around you. E zigaretten are a good substitute, since they don’t have the same smell and you aren’t breathing out toxic smoke.
- Your car
Smoking inside your car can really bring down the overall value of your vehicle. It will make the car stink of smoke, and you may even discover small burns as a result of the ash which has been dropped inside your car. If you buy a new car and you have plans to possibly sell it on in the future, the best thing to do is to refrain from smoking regular cigarettes inside your car. E-cigarette are totally different, since they won’t leave a smell which repulses potential buyers of your car in the future!
Are you thinking about purchasing equipment trailers but are not certain which model to buy? As you probably know, choosing a trailer these days can be at times overwhelming. It is not surprising when you see the amount of trailer manufactures and the different types of equipment trailers that are available.
Factors to be Considered
There are many factors that need to be considered when buying equipment trailers. One of the first things to consider is who the leading trailer manufacturers are. As with most everything, you usually get what you pay for, so try to pick the best trailer that you are able to afford.
What Type of Trailer
Deciding on what type of trailer you need to know what equipment you will be carrying and for what application, as this will help narrow down the manufacturers. If the truth be known, there are equipment trailers for almost every type of equipment. If you have to haul it, there is a trailer made to haul it or at least one that can very easily be converted to do the job. (more…)
Ask anyone who’s actually worked with a billionaire or even a merely vastly wealthy multimillionaire: they didn’t get that way by wasting their money. Sometimes, they are downright chintzy. You’d be surprised.
On the other hand, we know people who feel the need to purchase a new car every few years, never mind that merely means they will stay forever in debt to finance companies. These people will never be rich.
On the other, other hand, however, if you have a good job and are climbing the financial ladder, there’s no reason you should drive a poorly running junker. Sometimes, the best option is to avoid a new car purchase but to start purchasing items that will make your car run better and more enjoyably. (more…)
Anyone who has ever shopped for a car has doubtlessly been faced with a great question…. Buy new, or buy used? Each forte has it’s own set of advantages and disadvantages. Both will get you a car to drive… but each will help you out in their own particular ways as well. So, here are some things to remember for next time you go car shopping. Hopefully you can take these tips and apply them… thereby saving you money, or maybe time, or maybe even both!
First off, what are the advantages to buying a new car? Well, there are several right off. First, it is usually under warranty. You will save a lot of money if it breaks down or turn out defective, because the dealer generally covers it from bumper to bumper for awhile. Also, you know that you are the first owner… it has never been in an accident or anything. You get a brand new paint job, a brand new interior, and that new car smell. But the disadvantages? Well, you pay for them… with money. Also, if you need to be financed, you need to have good credit. (more…)
For those people in the market for a luxury imported car, there are many ways to go about acquiring one. Leasing is more popular with upscale imports than with domestic and non-luxury imports. The BMW 7-Series.
Leasing allows people who might otherwise not be able to afford a luxury import the opportunity to do so. When a customer leases a car, he or she is essentially paying the up-front cost of the car minus what it is expected to be worth at the end of the lease, an amount called the residual value. Financing only the residual value is why leasing costs less than buying. For cars that retain their value well, leasing can be a good way for an ordinary person to be able to drive a nice car, and that is one reason that imports, including luxury imports remain popular even in difficult economic times. But if you plan to purchase a luxury import outright, there are a few things you need to know and do beforehand. (more…)
Who says that you have to get a new car? If you don’t have the budget for a brand new car, there’s nothing in the world wrong with getting a used car — after all, its’ still new to you, right? Right!
Yet just because it’s a used car doesn’t mean that you’re automatically going to get a good deal. you’re going to need to make sure that you look at the different things that go into every used car, including the features that you want. The mileage on the vehicle is also going to make a difference. Of course, we can’t ignore the source that the car comes from.
Private used car sales can either save you a lot of money, or cost you a lot of money. Using classified sites gives you the best chance to really make sure that you’re going to be getting the best deal possible. People that are selling their car to someone else really do want to make sure that they’re going to be selling to someone that’s going to take care of their pride and joy. They want to get a fair price for their car, but they surely don’t want to try to rip you off. That’s going to be the overall attitude of regular people. (more…)
The Mechanism of Toyota Hybrid Cars And Other Vehicles
It is an undeniable fact that air pollution is largely caused by vehicle engine combustion. The burning of a petroleum-based fuel is the culprit behind dark fumes. Is this fact inescapable? Cars have been with us for more than a century and up until recently, fossil fuels were the only known way to supply power to a car since Karl Benz’s first engine propelled a vehicle. Yet, with hybrid engine technology, emissions can be reduced to almost zero.
There are two classifications of hybrid automobiles offered in the car market today. Foremost is the “series hybrid”. A “series hybrid” automobile is power-driven by battery-powered electric engine. However, a series hybrid car is also powered by a gas-motor. The gas motor energizes the car generator. In return, the car generator charges the electrical engine batteries.
During the whole period the car is running, the electric engine is constantly functioning as well. But as for the gas motor, an option to leave it on or off is dependent on the necessities of the hybrid car. Series hybrid vehicles are great for city traffic as they supply better fuel mileage.
The “parallel hybrid” is another classification of hybrid cars retailed in the car market today. It comes in the same gasoline-and-electric-engine package of the series hybrid. Both engines can function to run the transmission and run the hybrid vehicle. What makes the parallel different from the series is the utilization of the electric engine to amplify the parallel hybrid when there is a need to boost the speed of the car. If series hybrids are for city traffic, parallel hybrids are better fitted for open highways. (more…)
In 1997, Toyota introduced the Prius hybrid car. So overwhelming was the response to this gasoline-electric car that Toyota mass-produced it and it became an instant best seller. It led to the conviction that car-lovers are beginning to think of their cars in terms of environmental impact. Since then, Toyota has been fast-tracking its research and development of hybrid technology. (more…)
General Motors’ entry into the hybrid pickups scene rides on pickups utilizing the mild-hybrid technology. While full sized pickup trucks like Silverado and Sierra went hybrid as full-sized pickup trucks packed with all the power that trucks need, GM is set to follow these up with milder pickup versions in the hybrid Tahoe and Yukon SUVs. These hybrid pickups will come in 2007 and will live up to the standards of economy and efficiency of their bigger brothers the Silverado and Sienna.
How well did the Silverado and Sierra fare as far as their mild-hybrid technologies are concerned? EPA estimates pegged Silverado’s performance at 17mpg on city driving and rose to 19mpg on the highway. This is while EPA ratings for conventional models were at 15 and 19 for city and highway driving, respectively. With the mild-hybrid adoption by GM, fuel savings for these models are expected to move higher for these hybrid pickups. (more…)