Car Dent Repair All by Yourself

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By Steven Magill

It is every driver’s nightmare to see their cars with dents. Fact is, it could not be avoided. No matter how careful you are as a driver, there would always be times wherein your vehicle gets dings and dents. Then, logically, your next step is to visit your nearest shop and have it fixed but did you know that you could do something about it, all by yourself? This article will give you tips as to how one could make the dented car look as good as a brand new one.

First thing that you’ll do for car dent repair is to assess the damage. There are dents that can be tapped or popped back out as long as it’s not crumpled or creased the metal. One could actually tell just by looking at the dent. If you could not see any ripples or bumps in the metal that would look partially folded then you could fix it yourself.

If you’d like to get best results, before starting to fix it, do wash that portion of your car to make sure there is nothing that would interfere with your tools and allow for a good seal that is if you’re going to do a suction method to get rid of the dents in your car.

There is actually an easy way to remove a dent and that is through the help of a common plunger. All you need to do is apply the plunger over the dent, press in a slow and steady way until air could escape and you can see a tight seal between the panel and the rubber head of the plunger.

There is another method that could be used and this is the tapping. For this method, you will need a rubber mallet, an old towel and a block of wood. Then, just wrap the towel around the block. This would lessen the risk of scratches in your paint. Next is to take the block carefully and lay it against the metal on the opposite side of the panel. In order to get best results, just take your time in doing it and when you strike the wood, make it a point that you’ll hit the flat surface.

Repairing your car dent is not always recommended though because of the skills it requires. If you can do all of these methods without bringing more damage to your car, then okay. But if you are not sure, better hire a mobile paintless dent repair company such as Dentmaster Whales. They come to you and fix your dents in a matter of hours, even less than an hour if it’s just a minor one. The charge is substantially lower compared to conventional repair shops plus the output is almost of the same quality.

About the Author:

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The Many Benefits of Buying a Used Car

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By Dave Nolton

If you belong to a middle-income household and are in need of a car, be it your first or second, a great used car is the appropriate choice for you. The market for high quality used cars has increased tremendously over the last few years and with the prevailing economic conditions the world over, this couldn’t be a better time to invest in an operationally sound second hand car be it a Honda or a Suzuki.

Finding a great car within a budget that suits you and does not add unnecessary pressure is one of the greatest advantages of buying a used car. There’s hundreds of cars available within your price range and with a little research you can find one that’s in tip-top condition. If you’re a car enthusiast you can examine the car for flaws and problems. If not, take some along with you who can properly evaluate the car’s condition. Take it for a test run and see it its really as good as the owner or dealer says it is.

Used cars also depreciate less over time as a percentage of the purchase price. New car prices drop rapidly after the first year or two and the money lost in selling a newly purchase car is far more in percentage terms. In addition, an increase in demand of used cars also means that prices are less likely to drop unexpectedly in time of economic hardship.

Auto insurance is one of the regular costs incurred in maintaining a car and can be a substantial amount depending on the car you use. Used cars, due to their market price, have lower insurance premiums. In fact, if you’re buying a second car, you can ask your existing insurance company for an additional volume discount, allowing you to save even more money. Remember, the older the car, the lower the price and hence, insurance payments.

If you’re not to rigid on buying new parts and your car is of an older model, used spare parts can work out to be pretty cheap as well. Keep in mind that this may prove to be the opposite in case of used cars that are more than a decade old. Carefully consider the availability of used spares for your car before committing to buy.

Used cars have become more abundant and easier to find than ever before. Popular newspapers and online classifieds are great sources to locate good deals on used cars. Advanced search features allow you to use price as a primary filter to view cars that fall within your budget. Other options exist to further refine your search by make, model, year of manufacture and other features and key specifications.

In all, used cars are perfect not only as second family cars, but also for an opportunity to save cash. With economic outcomes becoming unpredictable and volatile, its far better to save your money for a rainy day than blowing it on a new car. And if social acceptability is an issue, you’re far better off leading a comparatively stress free life with low monthly payments than worrying about what friends and family might say.

About the Author:

Dave Nolton runs a successful HR Consultancy firm and helps hundreds of applicants to successfully locate and secure jobs in Pakistan using popular printed media and free classifieds.

Step Wise Procedure On How To Donate A Car To Charity

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By Herman White

Buying and maintaining a car is becoming more and more expensive and taxing day by day. New cars are becoming costly and the costs of repair are soaring high. It is because of these high repair and maintenance costs, people want to get rid of their older cars soon. Also, the older is the car, the lesser is its saleable value. Hence it is better off to sell your old car as soon as possible.

But selling your car is no less tedious a process. Taking time off for advertising, looking for prospective buyers, attending them, negotiating and getting the whole paperwork done require a lot of effort, money and time. However, you can save your money, time and effort as well as get rid of your old car at a fair market price by donating your vehicle to charity. If you want to know how charitable car donations take place, then following steps can help –

How to Donate a Car – Easy Steps

Step 1: Prepare the Title of Your Car: It is important for you to note that car donation services only accept cars with a title. Before selling a car to a charitable organization, make sure that the title of your car is prepared and in your hand.

Step 2: Searching for a Car Donation Service: Now that you have prepared a title of your car, the next step is to search for an organization that facilitates car donation process. Remember, looking for car donation charities is much easy and convenient than looking for prospective buyers. There are many car donation services operating in the United States and looking for the one available in your area can be done in just a click. Look for a car donations service that is classified under 501 (c) (3). It ensures that the car donations service is legal. Verify its status from the IRS Tax Exempt and Government Entities Department.

Step 3: Filling the Application Form: The next step to donate a vehicle to charity is filling of application form. You can call car donations services at their toll free numbers whenever in doubt. You can fill the application form (available online) by furnishing details.

Step 4: Get the Car Picked Up: You can rely on the car donations services for an immediate pick-up. This is usually done in 24 to 48 hours time. Make sure that you ask for the acknowledgment receipt.

Step 5: Claim Your Tax Deductions: The last step is to get your paperwork streamlined. One of the most important documents for claiming deduction is the acknowledgment receipt that contains all information related to your car donation. Almost all car donations services need a time period of 30 days to prepare the relevant paperwork.

About the Author: Car donation is a simple and less time consuming process. For more information on how to donate a car to charity, one can visit This website provides all that one needs to know about car donation.

Car Loan Calculator and Credit Reports

Car Loan Calculator.

Most consumers today conduct research online before visiting car dealerships to purchase their vehicles. They spend a significant amount of time browsing third party websites such as All About Cars Online, car dealers, and auto manufacturers educating themselves about reviews, prices, and special promotions. Surveys show that once decided, car buyers are also willing to drive over an hour or more to a dealer.

What is unclear is how well consumers are informed about their individual finances and credit report scores. It is always a good idea to get a personal credit report and score before contacting car dealers. Just as important is accessing an online loan calculator to get an estimate of a vehicle loan whether the auto loan is with a bank or dealer financing. Finally, going online to look for financing specials and rebates at the auto manufacturers website is also prudent.

So while being informed about the pricing and performance of various makes and models, don’t ignore your own finances – both the good and bad.

Auto Loan Calculator

TransUnion Credit Report

Experian Credit Report

Equifax Credit Report

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The Thrill Of Group Motorcycle Riding

By: Matt LeClair

Have you ever been on a group motorcycle ride before?  If you have, then you know about the feeling you get when you’re cruising down the highway with a dozen or so of your close riding buddies and all you can smell is the exhaust from the other bikes in front of you.  Or the rush you get when you all leave a small town and hammer on the throttle, roaring out of town, as if to say, “We were here!”   Read more of this post

The Concept of Automobile Dependency

By: Brenda Williams

Professors Peter Newman and Jeff Kenworthy have come up with an interesting concept that they call “Automobile dependency” to explain the situation in the major cities of the world, mostly of the major cities in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. The idea is that the predominant use of automobiles in these cities severely restricts the freedom of people to move around in their own city. There is a culture of automobiles that has been developed leading to the extreme of an addiction to them. The number of automobiles is exponentially increases due to the increasing demand for them. It is almost as if people in these cities have become dependent on automobiles as a basic necessity of life. People with the financial resources are indulging in the luxury of acquiring more and more cars, resulting in diminishing returns that they derive out of each vehicle. Read more of this post

2010 One Lap of America

Motor Trend follows The Tire Rack One Lap of America as it travels 3500 miles across the U.S. and makes stops at 8 tracks along the way. All on one set of tires. Enjoy.

Third party websites such as Motor Trend, All About Cars Online and Auto Trader are an excellent source of information about the auto related industry and a place to start your dealer search.

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