The 7 Biggest Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid when buying Car Parts

I am wary of buying car parts online:

I beg not to sound as if I am making any generalization yet a couple of instances have definitely left me sore. It involves buying spare parts for my car and how I have been hoodwinked from right under my nose and I realized it a little too late.

All the same, I am more cautious now:

A couple of years ago, my favorite automobile had a problem which my mechanic and the company that services it estimated the cost to go much beyond my budget. I called up the insurance guys who were not too helpful either. The choice was to either get it serviced at exorbitant rates or to put in on the block.

I was happy with neither of the choices:

I thought to myself that if I sit over it may be I could come up with a workable solution. In the meantime, my garage mechanic strictly advised me against sitting on the matter for too long because naturally the car had a nagging problem and it could become worse with not repairing it and letting it stand idle. Additionally, there was a risk that the car manufacturer in the course of time would phase out the model and I would not be able to sell it for a decent price because then the spare parts would be in demand and would claim a premium price, in turn, depreciating the value of the automobile itself.

I had to take a quick decision:

A friend of mine who was quite sympathetic about the whole issue asked me to check out online for the part and he also said something to the effect that the internet is a good place to find UK car parts.

I hate myself for listening to his advice. I hooked up with a person on the internet who claimed he was from the company and who sold me the parts that I needed at exorbitant rates assuring me that the company has no stock of the spare parts in question. Only three days later I realized that the company did have some stock left and this hoodwinker had duped me with refurbished parts of an abandoned car. I want to catch hold of that crook and wring his neck now!…

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Car and climate: How to get the perfect car for the weather conditions

You know you are safe when you know that your car is competent to put up with the vagaries of nature – rain, snow, and heat can make or break a journey if you don’t drive the right car. Not all cars are made equal; some cars are better suited for summer while others are more reasonable for winter. Yes, there are experienced drivers who can drive any vehicle in any circumstances comfortably, but for the vast majority, a little help is required to decide which vehicle is apt for which weather condition.

Cars and Climate is a good rental agency which offers cars for all seasons; I hired a campervan from here for my birthday trip around Scotland and I can assure it was the best decision I made the entire season. It is here that a helpful salesman provided the following tips to choose a car for every season.

Helpful Tips in Choosing a Car according to the climate

  • Summer: This is that time of the year when one likes to roll down the windows and let the wind guzzle the hair. It is also the time to open the sun roof and enjoy the crisp morning air or the cool evening breeze. At the same time, the midday summer heat can be very harsh therefore you must choose a vehicle that has a good air-conditioning, good ventilation and allows free air flow.
  • Winter: The pristine white snow while ethereally beautiful is fraught with dangers and perils when you are on the road. The ideal vehicle will be a four-wheel drive with low range gearing that will allow you to plow through mud slings and snow. You need more horsepower in winters; the ideal vehicles are crossovers and SUVs.
  • Rainy: The incessant rain is not romantic when you have to traverse rain soaked wet roads which are treacherous and slimy. You need a vehicle with sturdy wheels with more traction and suitable for wet conditions like the All Wheel Drive which are a must have for slippery conditions.
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HOW TO ATTACH A CARGO CARRIER TO A CAR’S ROOF RACK

Whenever you plan a road trip, no matter the reason behind the trip, you are bound to have stuff that you need to haul with you for every trip. Luggage ranges from easy to carry briefcases, rucksacks, to oddly shaped items like a canoe, kayak or perhaps a bicycle.

These are the kind of things that you are bound to not able to pack in the boot space of the car. So the only way out is to invest in a cargo carrier roof rack.

As you wonder about, ‘What accessories can I get for my cargo carrier?’ remember it is a fairly straightforward object. But what you can put on top of it ranges right from having a cargo box, cargo bag or even a cargo basket. In case you plan of carrying much more luggage than what can accommodate in these carriers, you could probably make use of hitch cargo carrier or even trailers.

Hitch cargo carriers are an excellent option when you luggage exceeds the regular amount. With this one, you can take advantage of the entire length of the car and carry as much luggage as the vehicle can. The vertical length is also available for use.

Securing the cargo carrier is also usually easy to manage. As most of the roof racks come with fittings that can be attached to the ledges of the car and used. But the important part is to secure the roof rack once the luggage is loaded on it.

Even though many believe that a bungee cord is the best to secure the roof rack, it is in fact the other way around. Bungee cords are mostly used to haul light weight things and are not made for heavy weight securing. When used constantly they tend to snap and break. One of the safest options is to use a ratchet cord. A ratchet cord is designed to secure heavy weights. It has a high tensile strength and can hold more weight with ease.…

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