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8 Interesting Facts About Cars & Driving

German AutobahnCars have a rich and interesting history.  Even with modern day vehicles, there’s still a lot that people don’t know.  Find out some interesting facts below!

1.  Despite how cool and high-tech dashboards are getting, they date back to some of the earliest days in driving history.  They were actually just wooden boards that were placed in front of a carriage.  They would block the liquids and mud that horses would kick up into the area people sat.

2.  Texting and driving is still legal in some states.  Can you believe that?  Texting while driving makes a crash 23x more likely to happen.  In 2011, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driver accidents, with 387,000 more being injured.

3.  Everyday people make up the test driving population.  So even you could have the chance to drive that hot new car before anyone else.  Often times, car companies need to get opinions from the general population to improve the cars and get advice before they hit the market.

4.  Truck drivers spend about 105,000 miles per year on the road.  The rest of America?  Anywhere from 8 – 18,000 miles per year.  Imagine spending 5x to 10x the amount of time in the car that you usually do.  It better be comfortable.

5.  The highest speed ever reached on the German Autobahn was 268.8 mph.  It was done by a Mercedes-Benz W125 in 1938!  It was a real race car, making the fastest everyday car to hit the Autobahn a Porsche 9ff GTurbo850.  It was certainly modded, but clocked in at 236 MPH in 2010.

6.  Your car most likely has a “black box” in it, which means that it records certain driving data, like speed.  Kind of scary right?  You might be thinking, “Nothing is private anymore!”  But the black box is mostly used after a car accident.  It helps determine how the event happened.  This helps police in the law process, and helps automakers increase vehicle safety.

7.  The most expensive car ever sold at an auction was a 1954 Mercedes Benz Formula One race car.  It sold for 29.6 million dollars.  The vehicle won two different Formula One races in its historic run.

8.  The first automobile was not the Model T Ford.  The first automobile was actually built more than 200 years prior, by a man named Ferdinand Verbiest.  The car was steam powered and couldn’t hold a driver.  There were other cars made after it that could hold drivers, still before the Model T was made.

How to Properly Buy a Used Car

Chevrolet Quality Used CarsUsed cars have their advantages, and just because they carry the “used” title doesn’t mean the process needs to be a total crap shoot.  Perhaps you’re looking for a reliable choice for your teen, or just a way to avoid paying an unnecessary amount of money to get that new car smell.  Buying a used car can be tricky, and sadly, good honest salesmen are few and far between.  Don’t give yourself any unnecessary stress.  Follow these steps to make sure you’re choosing the right car.

In your initial used-car-hunting stages, you can do some simple tests to see if the car is worth the next step (taking it to a mechanic.)  The first thing to look for is rust and dents on the exterior.  Rust can turn into a huge problem on used cars, especially if there has been no attempt to treat it.  When you’re done looking on the outside, look for similar problems under the hood.  Try the quarter test on the tires, and look for other issues like interior seat ripping and bad headlights.  If there are no blatant, forewarning issues, it’s very important to take your car to a mechanic.  The mechanic’s bill is just a small price on such a major purchase.

Get a background check on the car you’re about to buy, no matter what.  At $39.99 from Carfax, this isn’t a huge investment in the grand scheme of things, and could save you a lot of money in the long run.  If you’re buying from a used car dealership, they’ll often give you one for free just for asking.  I once looked at buying a car that seemed too good to be true.  It had a flawless exterior and drove smooth as silk.  Right before the deal went through, I was informed by the seller that the car had been in a recent accident.  This happened to be a best case scenario.  The seller could have easily left that little bit of information out.

Negotiation is key.  Even if the car is advertised at a good price, there’s no harm in trying to go lower.  Research what the car is worth based on the Kelly Blue Book, and give the seller a reasonable offer.  It’s very important to know a lot about the car you’re about to submit an offer for.  Be sure to point out every problem, prices of parts that will need fixing, and so forth.  As long as you’re respectful, this will only help your case.  Sometimes you’ll hear the seller say there are a lot of people interested, in order to get you to pay more and commit to a purchase more quickly.  Take those words with a grain of salt.  Bidding wars don’t happen often with used cars.  You can usually work out a deal right in the same time frame of test driving the car.

Remember, if the situation doesn’t feel right, it’s usually not.  You may find yourself in a difficult situation from time to time.  For instance, the car seems really nice, but something is fishy with its dealer.  Car problems can be covered up very easily, and your 20-minute test drive can still hide a lot about the car.  Don’t let any dealer talk you into a purchase before you’re ready.

How to Find a Mechanic That’s Right For You

6159766148_1253432d2bWhen it comes to your car, you don’t want to trust just anyone to make the repairs that you need. And if you don’t know how to fix your car yourself, you’re really limited when it comes to options for good mechanics. You don’t want to get nickel and dimed, but at the same time, you want to be sure that your car is well taken care of and is actually going to receive the care that it deserves.

So if you’re feeling somewhat in the dark when it comes to finding the right mechanic, read through these quick tips, and next time your car is in need of some TLC, you’ll be glad you know what you’re looking for!

4248396588_08fbcae837Do Your Research

Of course, researching mechanics in your area is an obvious place to start, but the important tip to take away from this article is to research a good mechanic before you actually need one. Put in the work now to find someone who you think might be good for you so that should anything come up with your car, you know immediately who to go to. Even go and meet with some of your options before anything is even wrong with the car.

The truth is, when something does go wrong with an automobile, the owner often panics and rushes through the research process. To avoid this, just be prepared ahead of time.

2903513401_d367bb3836Put Price Aside at First

This may be hard to do, but if you can put aside the price points at first and narrow down a list of mechanics based on strong recommendations, you’ll be more likely to find someone who will treat your car much better. Instead of looking at price lists right off the bat, read some reviews or call around to friends, neighbors and other community members to get recommendations.

Then, narrow down your list of the highly recommended mechanics, and shop by price at that point. Once you have a few reputable choices to look into, then it’s time to do the comparison shopping.

335310324_7c3f4ded1aKeep It Local

The problem with the big-box auto repair shops is that they don’t rely much on repeat business because they have such big brand names for themselves. They’re usually quick stops for people who don’t know where else to go, so they’ll be much more likely to take advantage of your wallet if you choose to go to one.

If you stay local, you’re more likely to find a mechanic who works mostly off of referrals. And when a mechanic is working off of word of mouth alone, they’re far more likely to be giving it their all for your car while offering fair prices. If they were taking advantage of their customers, they wouldn’t be receiving any referrals.

4619165257_bf3d46239bWhen All Else Fails, Use an Honesty Check

If you’re having some difficulty researching mechanics or hearing of any that you think might be reputable, or if you’ve found too many good ones and can’t choose between all of them, it might not be a bad idea to do an honesty check. Consider taking your car to a mechanic you’re looking into when there’s nothing wrong with it. Tell them you think there might be a problem, even though you know there isn’t one.

An honest mechanic will tell you that everything looks fine – a dishonest one will try to find something wrong with your car. If you choose to utilize this tactic, just use caution. Make sure there’s really nothing wrong with your car, and test a mechanic that you think you’re most likely to use in the future. No one likes working for free – so be willing to pay to cover an hour’s worth of labor or something of the sort, but don’t pay to have anything else done to the car.

Stay Loyal

When you’ve finally found a mechanic that you like and can trust, remember to stay loyal to them! Give them the positive referrals that they deserve, and don’t betray them by suddenly switching to another mechanic to have one tiny little problem worked out. Find someone you like, and stick with them.

4 Easy Tips to Care for Your Car in the Winter

First winter for my carIf you live in an area where it tends to drop to frigid temperatures in the winter, you’re probably experiencing just that right about now. How much do you dread those early mornings heading off to work, leaving your warm and comfortable home to venture out into the cold for your morning commute to the office, only to leave the warmth of your car to once again brave the cold to go into work?

Well, guess what – your car dreads that feeling, too. In fact, mistreating your car during the cold winter months can lead to serious long-term damage and can even contribute to shortening the life of your car. So before you hop in and drive off on those sub-zero mornings, take these 4 tips into consideration to help preserve the life and health of your car.

Check Your Tires Frequently

Traction CurveYour cars tires often get overlooked during the winter. If you change out your tires for the season and replace them with snow tires for better traction, it’s easy to think that they’ll be fine all the time because, well, they are built for winter after all, aren’t they?

Yes, they are, but they still need to be checked frequently. Drops in temperature can significantly impact your tire pressure – in fact, for every 10 degrees the temperature falls, your tires lose about 1 pound of air apiece.

It’s a good idea to check your tires at least once a month during the winter, looking for cracks due to pressure changes or any winter wear and tear from the tough roads out there. Proper tire pressure will not only help improve your fuel economy while you drive, but it will also save some of the suspension parts of your car and can prevent your tires from blowing out completely should you hit a pot hole or anything of the sort.

Keep Extra Stores of Necessary Fluids

Pollinated windshieldWindshield wiper fluid and anti freeze are necessities that you should absolutely keep on hand throughout the winter, even storing extra containers of the fluids somewhere in your car until you need them. That way you have access to it whenever and wherever you need it. Try to keep ice melting windshield wiper fluid handy in the winter to help clear off any light ice or frost from your windshield before you drive.

While running out of wiper fluid could impair your vision while driving on salt and snow-covered roads, putting you in danger, it’s important to also check on the other fluid levels in your car, too. Transmission, brake, power steering and coolant fluids should be checked regularly to ensure proper running of your vehicle.

And don’t forget, should you ever run out of the fluids you need to keep your car running smoothly, just purchase your favorite Hy-Per Lube products from your local auto store or through our website.

In the Car WashGet Regular Washes

Salt and dirt builds up all over your car so easily in the winter that it’s hard to remember what your car even looks like when it’s clean sometimes. Believe it or not, the salt can do more damage to your vehicle than just cosmetic if you don’t take the time to keep your car washed throughout the winter.

Salt used to melt ice on the roads builds up easily on the underside of your car, and if left there, can lead to major underside damage, and eventually even corrosion. The same is true for the paint on the exterior of your car. To keep it bright and looking fresh, take your car to be washed frequently and make sure you get both the whole exterior and the whole underside washed thoroughly.

A good rule of thumb is to take your car in for a wash after any major snow or ice event in the winter. Wait until there’s a day or two of nice weather coming up in the forecast so that your wash doesn’t completely go to waste. After all, there’s no use in taking your vehicle through a car wash in the middle of a snow storm only to return to the same salty roads you just came from!

My carGo Easy On A Cold Car

This is the one tip that everyone already knows, but not everyone always abides by. Sometimes, you’re just in such a hurry to get out the door and get to work that you just don’t have the time to sit in your freezing cold car for 10 minutes waiting for it to warm up before you go.

Especially true if you park your vehicle outside overnight, you should let your car warm up before you drive it. But you’d be surprised at just how long your vehicle needs to warm up – 20 or 30 seconds should be plenty of time to get the oil circulating up to the cylinder head in your engine, and that’s really all you need to drive safely.

This doesn’t mean, though, that it’s OK to drive off at full speed after just 20 or 30 seconds of warming up the engine – you should take it easy on the gas pedal for the first few minutes of driving, at least until the internal temperature of your car hits a happy point. In fact, driving your car will help warm it up faster than just letting it sit and idle there.

The interior of your car may still be freezing cold after such a short waiting period, but as long as your car is running and you go easy on the gas until it fully heats up, you should be good to go far more quickly than you think.