I am going to need to get a ride from the airport, in Maryland, in the near future. I am going to probably need to hire the car for a few hours, because I have an important business meeting that I will be attending, and I need to make sure that I have a ride back to the airport after the end of the business meeting. I am going to need the car on pretty short notice, so I need to find a company that can accommodate car service in maryland on short notice. I hope that I will be able find something pretty quickly, so that I can go ahead and set up arrangements for a ride from the airport.
I really want to get a luxury sedan to transport me too and from this meeting. It is a pretty important meeting, to be sure, and as such, I need to arrive in style. I am thinking that as long as I get a car that is a high quality brand of luxury sedan, I should be fine. (more…)
We just got up to the Blue Ridge Parkway a couple of hours ago and we have been setting up camp. Of course we have all of the conveniences of home, there is not much chance that I could get Maria and the girls to come up here and sleep on the ground like the pioneers did back when Daniel Boone was hunting up in these mountains. We got a really nice travel trailer, which is pretty much like bringing home with you. You can click here and see what I mean. (more…)
My boyfriend is not the sharpest tool in the shed. He has no idea how to spend his money, and in fact, it scares me a lot that he wants to move in with me and I know that I do not trust him with money so it would be really hard for me to do so. He had a lot of problems with his twelve year old Lexus so he went to a web site with cars that had great prices and he found an eight year old Mercedes Benz for only six thousand dollars. (more…)
In the search for cars that are efficient, fast, and earth-friendly, a lot of car makers have attempted to create unique vehicles that can help lower pollution without the risk of slowing down transportation for drivers and passengers alike. Some have failed and some have come up with brilliant ideas that most of us have embraced today. One of these ideas is the methane powered cars – cars that use biogas that has effectively helped in lowering air pollution throughout the years. (more…)
If you are repairing or restoring a vehicle there will come a time when you need to transport the parts required for repair. In most cases, repairs require a few small parts that are easily transported, but what about a larger repair where car body parts or larger mechanical parts are needed? This isn’t a problem if you have a large vehicle or truck, but not all of us have this type of vehicle. In this situation a standard vehicle may have trouble transporting these parts and you may need an alternative. This is where a hire trailer could make the job much easier. (more…)
As a software engineer, I have many ways that I put my skills to good use. I have a website that sells car rims, and another website that deals with used car parts. I have a section for comments, and a lot of people often scoff at the idea of buying used car parts. However, people really should not judge the fact that the car parts I sell are used because the truth is that used car parts can be better than brand new ones. Here is more information on the benefits of buying used parts for a vehicle.
Many people love to take care of their cars by fixing it on their own using parts they buy from a dealership or an auto parts store. However, car parts that are bought at an auto parts store can cost a lot of money. By buying used car parts, people can save a lot of money on the part they need.
Even if an auto parts store has a huge catalog of what they carry, they still might not carry everything that an amateur mechanic may need to fix their car. Websites like mine that sell used car parts can do a special order for parts for every year, make, and model. Often factory wheels are not sold in stores, so you either have to go a dealership or visit sites like mine.
Some amateur mechanics love to go on a parts hunt because they get to go all over their hometown exploring junkyards. While going through junkyards can be like hunting for buried treasure, the fact is that not every mechanic has the time to go on a scavenger hunt for the right car parts. Websites like mine that specialize in used auto parts can save people a lot of time. Once a mechanic finds the part they need, and orders it, within a few days it will be delivered right to their home. Now that they have the right parts, that broken down car can be running in no time.
Some websites that sell used auto parts will offer a discount if the mechanic trades in used parts that are broken. A lot of the websites offer used part repair, and offering a discount for their customers that send them broken parts is a good way to save money and keep customers for a long time.
When mechanics work on cars, and need parts, sometimes they will just throw away that broken part instead of trading it in. The broken car part will end up in the landfill, which is going to add to the garbage problem because landfill space is limited. By buying used car parts, those old car parts will be saved from going into a landfill. Buying used car parts is a form of recycling, which is going to be very good for the environment.
I have more than one website that I make money off of. I have a website that sells car rims and another website that sells used car parts. Many people think that used car parts are just junk, but the truth is that there are many reasons why people who work on their cars should look into buying parts that are used. Amateur mechanics can sometimes spends months going through junkyards, and are still not able to find the part they need, which is a lot of time they wasted when all they had to do was look into a used auto parts website. Also, for people who are into recycling and being green, buying used car parts is a form of recycling because the parts are one less item that will not end up in a landfill taking up valuable space.
While travelling on an interstate last week I got stuck behind a log truck at 65 mph. The truck was shedding loose branches and bark from the pine logs. That may not seem like a lot of debris, but when one of those loose tree parts hits the windshield at 65 mph, it will crack the glass like a bullet.
I thought, “Okay, I will just let it go because the crack is a small one, and it does not affect my vision.” Big mistake! The tiny crack spread wider with travel and soon looked like a glass spider web about 6 inches around. The more I put off the repair, the worse it got. When I was stopped in a license driver check in my town, the officer said I would need to get the windshield repaired or replaced. I asked, “Why?” He said legally it qualified as an obstruction to my driving vision and was a hazard. He gave me a warning, not a ticket, but I only had one week to get the problem fixed.
I did not know where to start. How much will it cost to replace a windshield? Should I go to the dealer where I bought the car? That would not work because it is a used car bought at a car show. I went through the phone directory and looked under “windshields” then “repair, then “body shop.” There were too many choices! I decided to resort to the internet to get some advice and answers.
The results were quite interesting (this site had the answers to most of my questions). For example, did you know that a tiny crack in the windshield can be patched? That is certainly affordable. If you wait until the crack spreads, it is still good to talk to shops that do patch repair. These companies are great for hail damage, both to the windshield and car body. They are also perfect for nicks and dings from road debris.
Replacing the windshield is more expensive than a patch, but even here there are choices, options, and questions to be answered. Do you need the repair done in your driveway or work parking lot? Are you able to drop off your car to get the repair while you go about your business? What if the windshield leaks after the repair? How do you choose a reputable installer? Does insurance pay for the cost and does the shop accept insurance? How much is the cost of the traffic ticket if I put off the repair too long? And, most importantly, how much does it cost to replace a windshield?
My internet search not only helped me cut through the details, but also gave me information for questions I did not even know to ask. After my search, I went straight to my phone directory and located services that resulted in just three phone calls to schedule my repair.
I ended up with a patched windshield because the crack was very shallow and it worked out great. My recommendation to find the cost to replace a windshield is to let your fingers do the walking on the keyboard to narrow your options before you thumb through the phone directory.
The prime interest rate is a term used in the U.S. and Canada when referring to the standard rate on home mortgages. This might be considered the best rate that a borrower could get, but it is not a guaranteed rate. Those with a poorer credit rating may be charged a higher rate to compensate for the risk taken by lenders, and as there is no universal standard for “poor credit” it is up to each institution to determine who will receive the rate. The prime rate is important to understand for those with an adjustable rate loan, as their own particular rate will be affected by that prime rate. While this prime rate affects home loans, it can also affect car sales and car loans. How so?
Each lender has their own guidelines for how they set interest rates and how they approve loans, but they need to be competitive with other lenders in the industry. By using the prime rate as a guideline or base rate for auto loans, they can ensure that their auto loan rates are competitive and that they are not driving away customers by charging too much in interest. Across the industry it is simply a borrowing act, and consumers with good credit have some bargaining power to try and haggle for the best rate possible.
As with home loans, auto lenders will adjust their own rate according to their own standards so this prime rate will not always match the rate of an auto loan, however, it is often a common guide. If auto lenders start their rates at the prime rate and then adjust it up for customers with bad credit, they know they’re being competitive and customers can know what to expect by way of financing offers.
While the prime rate is used by banks for mortgages, remember that a bank is a business with many divisions. The activity of one division will almost always affect the activity of another. If banks see that they are getting more customers when they lower the rate for home loans, they may do the same for auto loans. If they see that a higher interest rate for a home loan is bringing in higher-risk customers, they may offer the same financing for car loans.
The lending industry is connected, one part to another and banks need to consider their profits overall when they set rates for any type of loan. You may see rates for car loans drop at the same time as the prime rate for home loans, or go up when the prime rate goes up because these are all connected. In addition to these considerations, banks must also look at the signals coming from the government and other financial regulating bodies in their country of operation. Interest rates also fluctuate based on the interest rates that banks themselves are being charged by the government itself, and this is reflected in the rate passed down to borrowers looking for auto loans and mortgages.
I love it when I have the opportunity to talk with clients and business partners about more than just the job at hand. This is what has happened recently when working on a project with an Australian software company called JobAdder. JobAdder provides recruitment software for recruitment agencies and HR departments in Australian and the world.
The work we have been undertaking recently has been to integrate a job board in the US with the SAAS software provider. This allows jobs to be distributed seamlessly via web services to the job board and allow applications to these jobs to be entered against the job requisition in JobAdder. The client who requested this particular integration was Constructive Recruitment who provides Engineering jobs, Mining Jobs, Safety jobs in various locations across Australia.
The recruiting software provider has just opening an office in San Francisco, which is exciting for the lead developer as he is heading up the office and has made the move over to the US from Sydney.
It’s been a fun project and I always enjoy working with other developers, you learn not just new ways of working, but about what cars they drive and have driven in the past.
Brett told me he has had a number of cars, one in particular he used to love driving was his Holden Kingswood. (see image)
The Holden Kingswood isn’t a car I have driven or one we would have had over her, but from what Brett told me this car was the most popular car of its era in Australia.
The Kingswood range spaned some 16 years from 1968-1984 – with a number of different models along the way.
The Kingswood HK had a V8 with a 307 Chevrolet small-block engine. The Monaro was release just after and was effectively a 2 door version of the same car.
Brett had the Monaro, and not to dissimilar from this above – although his outfit was a little different. The car was a 1968 HK Holden Monaro and it offered a range of new features that were not common, including power windows, air con.
Check out the video, it’s pretty funny:
I would have loved to have given this car a drive, its look like a lot of fun. Brett mentions if he still had the car it would be worth a considerable amount of money in good condition. They are now a very collectible and rare car in Australia.
There were 3 version of the car were offered with a number of different engines, the base model with a ’161 2.6 litre engine, and there was a six cylinder ’186 3.0 litre and a 5.0 litre V8 ’307 engine. Brett had the later in his Monaro, and says it was the best car he has ever owned – although if he had it today would cost a small fortune to run and the handling was not particularly good.
It was a good looking car due to its sleek lines and the technology in the car was superior to anything else at the time (in Australia), from what I understand.
It was certainly interesting to talk with Brett and seeing what he was driving when he was younger and helps break up the projects in a nice way.
This may sound strange, but hear me out.
In an age where money is getting tighter and tighter, damaging recessions are causing unemployment and family’s are struggling to keep a roof over their head and pay rent, the cost of running a car, paying for insurance and even filling it with fuel is just adding to the burden.
But there seems to be a new age of car owner, who are taking advantage of renting out space on their vehicle.
I’ve seen them do this on the bonnet, the back, sides and bizarrely even the roof.
This is a really clever use of space (if you don’t mind driving round like an advert) and it’s not just taxi cabs, buses or lorries doing this advertising anymore, it’s your mom and pop family’s that are out there and maximizing their cars, to bring in some extra cash.
In my local area there’s one estate agent that seems to be regularly using these types of spaces. This company here We Buy Any House Estate Agents must be popular with all the adverts they have going around, it must be attracting them buyers and sellers of all sorts.
There’s also a garden company that seems pretty busy with their car adverts and I like their style of adverts too showing landscaping before and after pictures on both sides of the car.
Swimming pools, handymen, letting agents, solicitors even florists are all using these cars.
So it must be a really cheap method for all these types of companies to be involved.
I’m not sure what the going rate is of the adverts, but as a car owner it’s really worth looking at.
Even if you just cover the cost of your insurance or a couple of weeks fuel, it’s definitely worth considering.
The only downside is if your happy to drive around with these adverts and promoting the local businesses. If you don’t have anything against estate agents or gardeners, then I would say go for it
When it comes to the adverts, you seem to have two options.
The first is to go with a large company and just lease or rent the space to them. Kind of like a house rental where you have a fixed term contract (like a tenancy)
The other option is to go direct to the companies and try and sell the space yourself.
The problem with the second option, is that it’s very difficult to know if your getting the best price. So if your no good at negotiating then do you really want to be going up against salesmen that negotiate property sales day in day out or solicitors?
I would say it’s safer to go with the first option, that way you can leave it up to the professionals to get you the best price and you just wait for the money to come in.
So if your looking at ways to make better use of that run down car on the drive or your thinking of how to pay for some new tyres this year, then hopefully this idea could help
P.s. – If you do look to advertise the spaces yourself don’t try and sell the roof space like some owners have done, no idea on that one works, but that must be a hard sell
One of my colleagues has recently changed from a mile munching diesel Mercedes to something well.. completely different. It all started over a beer when he told me how many miles he had been doing due to an onsite seminar project. The project started as online only but prospects are now asking for face to face meetings so the car is becoming a second home.
James drives a Mercedes C-Class diesel which does about 40 to 50 miles to the gallon, has a 7-speed auto and a 2.2 (roughly speaking) diesel engine. It’s the C250 version which has 200bhp so, whilst it’s not blisteringly quick, it does have a fair amount of torque and will go on to 150mph with 0-60 in about 7 seconds. So, basically, a nice car to own.
However, James said he was bored. Totally bored of driving a diesel with it’s predictable reliability and quiet cabin which shielded him from the outside world as he drove to various meetings.
“I’m still young enough to drive something with a little more fun” said James. To put this into context, James had just passed his 40th birthday milestone so a midlife crisis could be on the cards. “I mean, I’ll drive a diesel when I’m 50.” he considered whilst on his 2nd beer.
James had his eye on a Lotus Elise, the 111R version with the Toyota engine. I actually believe this to be the worst one of the range to be honest. The reason? Simply the engine, it has a strange 2nd cam kick of acceleration at 6200rpm. But anyway, back to the plot.
Since the beer, James has gone ahead and bought the 111R which couldn’t be more different than his previous diesel Merc. The major problem is the noise James says “Attending conference calls on any hand free system is difficult since the 111R also has an aftermarket exhaust fitted. Sports of course!”. And the motorway travel is sometimes a little tiresome but isn’t it always? The 111R wasn’t really designed to just simply cruise. It wants to be driven hard down country lanes or on the track.
Right now it’s winter but James is looking forward to getting the roof down when the weather warms up. And that’s what driving is about. The majority of our time is spent going from one location to another with limited opportunity to have fun. As cars become quieter, more refined and as they generally attempt to shield us from the outside world, cars like the Elise are still around for those of us that wish to feel what we drive. Yes, the Merc is the more sensible car but the Eilse is also cheaper to run and has more accessible parts. Plus, it even has a radio.
Does James regret his purchase. No. Put simply, motorways are boring regardless of what car you drive and the chance to have a blast at weekends is priceless. James has a goal of owning two cars at some point. He says that the ultimate would be a Range Rover for comfort and an Elise for the weekends. “I could probably handle that” reports James. “I also find the Elise a great tonic for clearing my head” he goes on to say, “I’m working on developing our site right now and a break in the Elise allows me to re-focus”.
We’ve all made some car mistakes in our time with my most notorious story occurring from a cheap run about I bought because I was saving money. I figured a car costing $1000 would be just fine and reliable. The story ended with the engine nicely on fire after about 100miles. And, no, there was no opportunity to buy any replacement parts for a quick fix. It really was totally on fire. Still, lesson learned.
I spend most of my time working as a software engineer. When I was young, I explored a lot of career options. I looked at working in the legal field , medical field, and even in the educational field to work as a teacher. In the end I settled on being a software engineer because of the pay and the flexibility it allows me in my lifestyle. It’s fun and lucrative but more of an exercise of the mind than a physical job. The truth is I’ve always loved classic cars even when I was a classic youth. I’ve also been interested in the mechanical workings of vehicles. Needing an outlet from software design, I figured it was high time to try this for a hobby.
Synergy, thy name is restoring classic cars. I’ve done quite a few but I want to share with you the thrill of the first time love, breaking the mold with my first classic car restoration and some tips for newbies based on that great experience.
Let me tell you though, keep these bullet points in mind when considering your first classic car restoration project:
• Repair Manuals
• Mechanical Know-How
Restoring classic cars is so much fun that I shared the experience with my family. My young son, Bud, helped me throughout the project. We got in some quality bonding time. We went looking for a great car to restore, finding one in a barn, a few miles from home. A retired farmer had a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda out in back. He kept it around for nostalgia value. However, he was getting on in years and wanted to see the car run again, so put an ad on Craig’s List.
The car had possibilities. A snazzy convertible, we completely ripped apart the car, then went to nearby junkyards locating parts. Most of the parts were reasonably priced but the process also illustrated the first rule of classic car restoration. It takes money, honey. Be prepared to spend what it takes. Most parts were around but we had to buy a passenger-side mirror new for the restored car.
Money was no object and time was no problem. However, you have to realize going in that the process will be a lot more expensive than working with a newer model. The best thing about restoring classic cars is they’re not going anywhere. You can take all the time you need. This presented a challenge. Since it was time consuming, we worked mainly on the weekends for a year. It took a lot of time taking parts off the classic car, then going around finding replacement parts. It also took a lot of time to install the parts.
We worked in my garage, parking my regular sport utility vehicle on the driveway. No way was that Barracuda going to swim with the sharks outside. It rains, you know. I had an entire arsenal of tools taking apart the car, fixing parts and putting the car back together. It helped to get a mint condition repair manual for the 1970 Plymouth. That’s where being a software engineer an knowing my way around the Internet helped.
Long story short, the time I spent restoring my first classic car with my son was priceless. If I could go back in time and do it as a career, I would do it in a second. It’s a little more exciting than being a software engineer, paralegal , doctor or teacher. Unfortunately I got into it a little later in life. If you have the means to do it, it’s a great hobby I heartily recommend for all.