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Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Yes, Your Teen Does Need Manual-Transmission Driving Skills

Got a teenager who’s about to learn to drive? Learning how to drive used to involve making the decision if you should learn to drive a manual transmission or stick shift. Nowadays, that question isn’t so prominent because driving manual transmissions is no longer a major possibility. But you might still want to teach your teen how to work a stick shift. If you do, your teenager is going to have more opportunities to drive than others who know how to work only automatics.

Falling Sales and Availability

Car makers, including Volvo, do still offer manual-transmission counterparts for most of their cars. But manual transmissions don’t form a large percentage of car sales–Edmunds reports only 3.9 percent of new car sales in the first eight months of 2013 were manual transmissions. Some car models don’t even have a manual-transmission counterpart anymore, such as the Volvo S-60 R-Design.

More Choice

So learning to drive a manual transmission car isn’t exactly urgent. But knowing how to drive one enables drivers to consider manual-transmission cars when buying or leasing a car, and that gives them more variety. Manuals aren’t always cheaper than automatics or continuously variable transmission cars, but sometimes they are, and having the option of getting a lower price on the car is always nice.

Knowing how to drive a manual-transmission car also gives drivers way more options when looking at used cars. If your teen ever finds him- or herself in a situation where he or she needs to buy a very old car, knowing how to drive stick shifts will make it much easier to find the right car. Someone who knows how to drive automatic only will not be able to buy a whole lot of used cars.

That in turn can translate into getting a lower price, too. If there’s less of a demand for cars with manual transmissions, the cost of buying the cars will not be as steep. That means your teen could be able to find a very good car that’s been sitting around because no one else can drive it.

Emergency Use

There’s one other reason to teach your teenager how to drive a stick shift: Emergency car use. If your teen needs to get somewhere fast, he or she can borrow someone’s car even if it’s a manual transmission. There’s no worse feeling than to have to get to a hospital, for example, because a family member’s been hurt, only to find that you don’t know how to work the one car available to you. Knowing how to drive a manual transmission will enable them to avoid that situation. Consult a professional service, like Volvo Specialists Service, if you have questions.

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Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Diesel In An Unleaded Tank: Will It Ruin Your Car?

You’re at the gas station. You’ve got 20 minutes to get to a destination 25 minutes away, a car full of bickering kids and you didn’t know you were out of gas until you were already late leaving the house. In a hurry, you slide your card to pay, pick up the nozzle and start pumping your gas. But as you stick your head back in the car to ask your kids to stop fighting for the 734th time, you hear that voice of doubt in your head. “Did I just accidentally start filling my tank with diesel fuel?!”

Chances are you didn’t. Most cars these days have a smaller nozzle insertion area, made to fit the unleaded gasoline option at the pump. The diesel nozzle likely won’t fit, or at the very least, won’t fit smoothly enough that you wouldn’t wonder what the problem was and double check what you were doing. But, if you happen to have somehow managed to fill your unleaded tank with diesel fuel, provided by a company like Nelson Petroleum, here are the steps you should take:

Don’t drive anywhere!

There is probably still some unleaded gas in your tank, but you don’t want to fire up your engine. Your car may go for a little while, but then the engine will quit because it has the wrong fuel and there is no telling where you will be stuck. Instead, call a tow truck to take your car where you want to go without running it.

But where do you want to go?

Well, that depends on how handy you are. If you think you are capable of draining the diesel out of the car efficiently, you can have the car towed home and DIY your blunder. If you would prefer a mechanic take a look, have it towed to your shop of choice.

What should you expect?

If you are handling the repair yourself, siphon all the diesel (and whatever unleaded was left) completely out of the car. Then refill the tank with the proper fuel and start the car. It may take a few tries, but eventually it should start. Once it does it will smoke quite a bit. Don’t be alarmed. That’s just your fuel system attempting to expel the diesel fuel. Your car may run a bit rough for a little while, but it should eventually get back to normal. Despite all your dread, using diesel in an unleaded tank doesn’t have to be a car-ruining experience.

If you take your car to the mechanic, he or she will probably also drain your fuel tank. However, your mechanic may also suggest flushing your entire fuel system. If the diesel stays in your system too long, it can ruin spark plugs, filters, fuel pumps, and more. And since there is no way to know how long is too long, flushing the fuel system is probably wise. Using a mechanic may not be the cheapest solution, but it may bring you the most peace of mind.

When you have that moment of panic at the pump, try to remember that the chances are small you actually put diesel fuel in your unleaded tank. However, if you did somehow manage to make that mistake, it won’t necessarily ruin your car as you might fear. Whether you DIY your solution or use a mechanic, diesel in your unleaded tank is a solvable problem.

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Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How To Purchase A Used Vehicle

If you need to purchase a vehicle but can’t afford to spend tens of thousands of dollars on one, you should consider purchasing a used vehicle. As long as you do your research and choose wisely, you will end up saving a lot of money.

Here are a few tips that will help you purchase a used vehicle:

Certified Pre-Owned Cars

To simplify the purchasing process, you should consider purchasing a certified pre-owned car (CPO). Many vehicle manufacturers have certified pre-owned car programs that customers can take advantage of to sell and purchase used cars.

A factory-certified car is a used vehicle that has been inspected by the vehicle’s original manufacturer. If the vehicle is deemed to be in good shape, the manufacturer will give the car their seal of approval. The factory certified car can then be sold to customers. Support for the car will be offered for an extended period beyond the vehicle’s original warranty.

By purchasing a CPO car, you won’t have to worry about purchasing a used car having major flaws. Instead, you’ll be able to focus on the features and aesthetics of the car. While CPO cars usually cost more than used cars that are not factory certified, the extra money is certainly worth the peace of mind.

Vehicle History Report

Before you purchase a used car, you should check the history report of said vehicle. In fact, you should obtain this report before you even contact the used-car seller. If the vehicle history report happens to be negative, you should not consider purchasing the car as it will likely have issues after you purchase it. This is especially true if the history of the car is absolutely plagued with major issues.

There are many different companies that sell vehicle history reports. To access this report, you will need the vehicle identification number (VIN). If you don’t have this identification number, you may be able to use the vehicle’s license plate instead. Vehicle history reports can reveal information like whether the vehicle has a salvage title or if the odometer of the vehicle has been rolled back at one point.

Purchasing a used vehicle can be a very time-consuming and stressful process, as there are many things you must consider. Fortunately, as long as you consider purchasing a CPO car and always take advantage of the vehicle history reports offered by various companies, you will likely make a good decision.

If you want to learn more, or have other questions, contact a company like Bronco Motors with your concerns.

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Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Four Ways To Save When You Buy A Semi Truck

If you are starting your own business that needs the use of semi trucks, or you are just in need of an upgrade for your company, then you want to be sure that you are getting the most for your money. So, before you purchase a semi truck for sale, you will want to consider these four ways that you can save:

  1. Focus on Needs: Think about what your company needs the semi truck for. After all, you will not want to purchase one that is too large for what you actually need it for. This is just going to cut into costs where it could have otherwise been saved. You also want to be sure that you purchase a truck that has just enough power to get you to where you need to go with the load that is being carried. 
  2. Gather all Papers: When you are purchasing a semi truck for sale, it is important that you first look at all the paperwork behind it to ensure that you are making a safe investment. This is especially important if you are purchasing a used semi truck for sale. You will want the original paperwork, service records, and receipts that show proof of any and all repairs that have been made over time. This will provide you with detailed information about the truck’s background, which will ensure that you are not purchasing a truck that will break down on you in the near future. 
  3. Go to an Experienced Truck Dealer: A truck dealer that has been around for many years means that he or she hasn’t stayed in business selling bad trucks to customers. A good truck dealer will ensure that you are not wasting your time.
  4. Think of Repairs: It is important that you do not buy cheaply just because you want to save some money. Of course, paying the lowest cost possibly is definitely a plus. However, you need to keep in mind whether or not that savings is going to go into the cost of repairs or not. If it is, then you should consider buying a more expensive truck that won’t leave you with so many issues to work out. 

Saving on the cost of a semi truck for your business is the best way to ensure that you are making the most for your money while still being able to transport items without any problems. For more information, contact Arrow Truck Sales or a similar company.

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