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15 Secrets Your Mechanic Will Never Share With You

A modern driver has to be aware of all the ways he or she can save money – and mechanics won’t be the ones spilling the beans.

When our automobile gives us any signs of trouble, we’re likely to go searching for a local repair shop or mechanic we can trust who will take care of our vehicles. Due to popular demand, almost 750,000 auto mechanics now spend long shifts fixing and trying to diagnose our vehicle problems.

Countless people have suffered direly from mechanics who welcomed their cars with open arms only to strip the engine and discover that they could not fix whatever had caused the red light to start blinking in the first place.

Auto mechanics understand that our vehicles are a major investment to us and have taken the initiative in trying to offer every service possible – even window-washing it just so they can strip us of our hard-earned cash.

A modern driver has to be aware of all the ways he can save money. Here are 15 secrets your mechanic will never share with you. CONTINUE READING

How To Avoid Buying A Stolen Vehicle

Thousands of cars are stolen each year, often with the intent of turning around and selling them. If you buy a stolen car unknowingly, you could lose the car and your money. You may also be prosecuted for receiving stolen vehicle.

Ignorance is not an excuse before the law.

The following tips may help you stay out of trouble when buying a vehicle:

For Foreign used (Tokunbo) cars:

1. Ask for the original Customs papers and do a VIN check on the vehicle

2. Buy only from a reputable car dealer

3. Check for repainting of the car, especially the bonnet area where it is hard to re-spray

4. Check the glass for any engraving

5. Demand a bill of sale. You want some sort of document that establishes you bought the car. If the seller hesitates to give this to you, then you should walk away. Typically, you’ll want a bill of sale, which should include the following information:

  • car’s make, model, and year
  • VIN
  • seller’s name and address
  • your name and address
  • amount of the sale
  • seller’s signature and date

For Nigerian used cars:

1. Ask for the original Customs documents

2. Ask for the original vehicle documents

3. Confirm that the name on all documents match seller’s name. If not, let the seller provide proof of sale from original owner

4. Input the plate number into FRSC database and make sure it conforms to the vehicle

5. Make sure all documents are originals and not photocopies

6. Take a selfie with the seller and the vehicle. Who knows, it might save you trouble in future.

15 Mistakes Everybody Makes When Selling Their Used Cars

Selling a used car can be a burden. However, one can benefit from looking at common mistakes others have made first before diving into the process.

Selling and buying a used car is a big decision for anyone. Both parties want to get a good deal. Furthermore, it can be possible that the person you are talking to, the buyer or the seller, can be a scammer trying to fraud you. So, unless you have years of experience in selling and purchasing cars, you can make many mistakes.

In this article, we will look at 15 common mistakes that everyone tends to make when they sell their used cars. These mistakes can lead you to safety issues and even blowing a good deal. So, we will go through a number of tips that will help you go through the entire ordeal without any difficulty. After all, learning from someone else’s mistakes is always better than making your own share of mistakes, and then learning from them. Lucky for you, we’ll hold your hand through the entire process and help you out.

15. Unrealistic Expectations

It is natural to want to get the best price for your car. However, make sure that you don’t have unrealistic expectations about the price. The value of the car depends on the condition of the car, as well as many other factors. For example, if you need to sell the car quickly, you will not have a lot of time to CONTINUE READING

How to Parallel Park Perfectly Every Time

Finding parking is always a hassle, but perfectly parallel parking? That seems almost impossible.

If you street park a car in a large city, you may dread every time you switch on your blinkers and start to back up. So, in order to ease all this pain and frustration, we teamed up with our dear friends at Jalopnik to put together this easy video guide on how to parallel park like a pro.

Our car expert, Andrew P. Collins, demonstrates each step of the process:

  • Make sure the spot is large enough to fit your car. If your car is roughly the same length as one of the cars on either side of the spot, try to CONTINUE READING

Hyundai recalls nearly 430,000 U.S. vehicles over possible short circuit

Hyundai Motor America is recalling nearly 430,000 vehicles in the U.S. because moisture can get into the antilock braking module, resulting in an electrical short and possible engine-compartment fire.

The recall covers 2006-11 Hyundai Elantra and 2007-11 Hyundai Elantra Touring vehicles. The automaker did not release a global number of vehicles involved.

Hyundai issued a letter to NHTSA on Feb. 6, acknowledging the safety defect.

“An electrical short in the ABS unit may cause an electrical fire, even when the car is turned off, increasing risk of an injury,” the automaker said in the letter.

Hyundai has not been able to identify a “discernible trend relating to a design or manufacturing defect” that is causing the moisture intrusion, according to a NHTSA document.

To fix the problem, dealers will install a relay in the affected vehicle’s main junction box to prevent the risk of an ABS short circuit while the car is turned off.

Owners will be notified of the recall starting April 3.

Hyundai spokesman Michael Stewart said the automaker is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.

“This recall is not related to previous Hyundai recalls for engine issues,” Stewart said in an email to Automotive News.

So far, at least three Elantra vehicles have had engine-compartment fires that may be related to the ABS module.


2017 Toyota Highlander Trim Comparison

Highlander LE

•2.7-liter DOHC 4-cylinder; 185 hp; 184 lb.-ft.

•Toyota Safety Sense-P Package

•4.2-inch LCD Multi-Information Display

•Integrated backup camera

Highlander LE Plus

In addition to LE standard features…

•3.5-liter DOHC V6; 295 hp; 263 lb.-ft.

•Three-zone automatic climate control

•Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel

Highlander XLE

In addition to LE Plus standard features…

•Leather-trimmed front and second-row seats, heated front seats

•Smart Key System with Push Button Start

•Driver Easy Speak

Highlander SE

In addition to XLE standard features…

•LED ambient lighting on interior of doors

•Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite

•Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert

Highlander Limited

In addition to SE standard features…

•Perforated leather-trimmed front and second-row seats

•Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite

•Rear cargo Tonneau Cover

Highlander Limited Platinum

In addition to Limited standard features…

•Bird’s Eye View Camera

•Heated Steering wheel and heated 2nd row seats

•Safety Connect

Hyundai Tucson unveils at the Auto Expo 2020

  • The new Hyundai Tucson has been unveiled at the Auto Expo 2020.
  • The new Tucson has a bold and premium styling that boasts of a dominating performance.
  • Other excellent features include Smart Technology & Comfort and Enhanced Connectivity combined with advanced safety.

The Auto Expo 2020 has witnessed a flurry of unveilings with one of them being the new Hyundai Tucson. The Indian automotive market has recently shifted its preference towards the SUVs from hatchbacks. Thus, the unveiling of the new Hyundai Tucson comes at the most opportune time. 

The Hyundai Tucson is already one of the most successful models worldwide since its launch in November 2016. With more than 6.5 million customers, it has gained the reputation of being one of the best-selling SUVs in the world.

Mr S.S.Kim, MD and CEO, HMIL, stated that Tucson has redefined the premium SUV market with its excellent performance. He added that Hyundai has always been India’s most trusted and preferred SUV brand. The new.. [Read more]