Archive for May, 2009

How to discuss a Great Deal When Buying a Used Car!

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Negotiating a Good Used Car, Used Truck or Used SUV Deal is the same as negotiating a New Car Deal! The very same tactics and strategies I discuss in “How to get a Great Deal on a New Car” and “The Anatomy of a Good Car Deal” apply here.

Research used car values at Yahoo! Autos . Then figure on settling on a price somewhere between retail and trade-in allowance. If it is a very clean low mileage vehicle, or a unique and pristine vehicle, the dealer will hold out for top retail or more, and if he doesn’t get it from you he’ll wait until the right buyer comes along!

The problem with a used vehicle is that you have no way of knowing for sure how much the dealer has invested in it! You can only guess! A good rule of thumb is to take the average trade-in value and add about $1000 for reconditioning, transportation and other costs associated with a car dealer buying a used car for resale. This should at least give you a “ballpark figure” to go on!

Make your initial offer $500 over this amount and go from there. Keep in mind that in most cases the salesperson has no authority to make the final decision on an offer. It’s usually the Sales Manager’s call, so don’t be afraid to send the salesperson into the manager with a low offer.

One more Very Important point! You should never buy any used vehicle without first doing a very extensive test drive, getting a Free CARFAX Record Check, and having a trustworthy mechanic look it over – on a lift – very carefully!

For more tips on buying or trading a used vehicle visit the Used Car Guide!

Preparing your Car for Sales

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

A few quick and simple works could add hundreds of pounds to your car’s value before selling.

We show you the necessary steps to preparing your car.

Car maintenance checks

Car buyers love to check under the hat when viewing a car. The following checks will ensure your car is in great figure before selling:

  • Check your oil level and fill accordingly. Clean oil looks far better than sludgy treacle
  • Fill all water and coolant bottles up
  • Check your tyre pressure and replace any worn or damaged tyres
  • You can steam-clean the engine bay but avoid going overboard – some buyers may think you’re trying to hide faults. Take care with older cars, as steam-cleaners can sometimes damage fragile parts or connections
  • Clean out leaves and debris from the air intakes and make the engine bay appear well looked-after

Washing your car

Cleaning your car can greatly increase your chances of selling it – without costing the world. Here’s how to make your car gleam with pride:

What you’ll need

  • Car shampoo
  • Sponge
  • Bucket or hose
  • Leather chamois
  • Car wax or polish
  • Window cleaner and cloth
  • Vacuum cleaner
    Low-gloss cleaner

Avoid using washing-up liquid, as this can cause rust.

Car Dealership Secrets

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Why is it whenever you go into buy car you feel like you are walking right in to the lions den with little chance of escape and it always seems like the first thing that comes to your brain is great, here comes the salesman, this is the man that I have to contract with and I know he is going to tear me off. I guess that is the way it is and always will be. That could change, however, if you silent car salesman policy and you had a real good idea on the inside game.

What are you actually up against?
It can be a very difficult condition, knowing that you are going to go up against cohort of salesmanship that go back years and have ideal the art of the car selling trying to take every penny you have.

A successful commissioned salesman has a very enthusiastic sense of people and their personalities. Those salesmen that are at the top of their game can recognize a person’s flaw in the less than two minutes after meeting them. They do this every day all day long. It’s rather difficult for the average consumer to go up against that kind of experience.

Learn by you get burned!
So instead of feeling ill prepared. Learn what you’re up against. There is a vast resource everywhere in this article, Education is a key. Once you are able to comprehend and appreciate what’s going on in their minds, you will be able to enter the dealership with confidence, which in turn will save you thousands of dollars and create a great car buying experience.

General Motors: Company Overview

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Renaissance CenterGeneral Motors currently employees approximately 266,000 people around the world. GM’s global headquarters is the Renaissance Center located in Detroit, Michigan, US. In 2007, 9.35 million GM cars and trucks were produced in 19 countries. General Motors is the preponderance shareholder in GM Daewoo Auto & Technology Co. of South Korea and has had much collaboration with the world’s different automakers.

This includes product, power train and purchasing collaborations with Suzuki Motor Corp. and Isuzu Motors Ltd. of Japan, advanced technology collaborations with Toyota Corporation and BMW AG of Germany and vehicle manufacturing schemes with several of the world’s automakers including Toyota, Suzuki, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation of China, AvtoVAZ of Russia, Renault SA of France, and most recently, UzAvtosanoa of Uzbekistan. GM also had collaborations with Fiat S.p.A and Ford Motor Company. To this day, GM retains a variety of stakes in many different automakers.

According to at least one automotive columnist, as GM seeks aid from European governments in 2009 while acknowledging it has no substitute plan, and admits it is willing to surrender control of its operations in Europe to enable an infusion of cash, the “de facto deglobalization” of GM is in progress.

The domain name gm.com attracted as a minimum 7 million visitors annually by 2008.

Importing Cars in India Rules and Regulations

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

India has massive market for imported luxury cars. There is great insists for new cars as well as used cars. The Exim Policy 2001 lifted quantitative limitations on the import of used cars.

The import of cars shall be subject to the following guidelines of the Government of India:

1. (I) A new imported vehicle shall mean a vehicle that: –

(a) has not been assembled/manufactured in India; &

(b) has not been sell, leased or loaned prior to importation into India; or

(c) has not been register for use in any country according to the laws of that country, previous to importation into India.

(II) The import of new vehicles shall be subject to the following circumstances:

(a) The new vehicle shall-

(i) have a speedometer representing the speed in km / h;

(ii) have right hand steering, and controls;

(iii) have photometry of the headlamps to suit “keep-left” traffic; and

(iv) be imported from the country of manufacture.

(b) In addition, the new vehicle shall conform to the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and the rules made there under, as applicable, on the date of import.

(c) The import of new vehicles shall be permitted only through the Customs port at Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai.

2. (I) A second-hand or used vehicle shall mean a vehicle that :-

(a) has been sold, leased or loaned prior to importation into India; or

(b) has been registered for use in any country according to the laws of that country, prior to importation into India;

(II). The import of second-hand or used vehicles shall be subject to the following conditions:-

(a) The second-hand or used vehicle shall not be older than three years from the date of assemble;

(b) The second-hand or used vehicle shall:

(i) have right hand steering, and controls (applicable on vehicles other than two and three wheelers);

(ii) have a speedometer indicating the speed km / h; and

(iii) have photometry of the headlamps to suit “keep left” traffic.

(c) In addition, the used vehicle shall conform to the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 and the rules made there under, as applicable, on the date of import.

(d) Import of used vehicles shall be permitted only through the customs port at Mumbai.

(e) The used vehicles imported into India should have a least roadworthiness for a period of 5 years from the date of importation into India with pledge for providing service facilities within the country through the five year period. For this purpose, the importer shall, at the time of importation, submit a declaration indicating the period of roadworthiness in reverence of every individual vehicle being imported, supported by a certificate subjected by any of the testing agencies, which the Central Government may inform in this regard.

(f) The vehicle has to be submitted for testing to Vehicle Research and Development Establishment, Ahmednagar, of the Ministry of Defence or the Automotive Research Association of India, Pune or the Central Farm and Machinery Training and Testing Institute, Budni, Madhya Pradesh, and such other groups as may be specified by the Central Government, for yielding a certificate by that agency as to the compliance of the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and any rules made there under.

Ferrari 248 F1 Racing Car

Ferrari 248 F1 is a single-seater sports car wholly for use in the Formula one World Championship. A characteristic feature of the racing car is the introduction of an eight cylinder V pattern engine, with an in general capacity of 2400 cubic centimeters. Though the car can run fast in all type of tracks, it suits more to SCX and Scalextric.

Ferrari F1-2000

Ferrari F1-2000 was engineered by Rory Byrne for the 2000 Formula 1 season. The distinguishing features of this design are the lifted front end and the clean lines of the stern. The main technical innovations in Ferrari F1-2000 were the lowering of the centre of gravity and the use of new materials, attractively the overall performance of the car.

Ferrari F2001 Racing Car

Rory Byrne and Ross Brawn designed Ferrari F2001, extremely successful Formula one for 2001 racing season. Because of new regulations, the aerodynamics of the car had to be redesigned and as a effect F2001 had a lower nose, a higher front wing and longer flanks.

McLaren F1 Racing Car

Manufactured and Designed by Gordon Murray and McLaren Automotive, McLaren F1 is a car which was a trend-beater in some aspects. In 1998, it set the record for the fastest production car in the world, 386.7 km/h. It held the record awaiting Bugatti Veyron was introduced in 2005. The designers trusted that they could make the decisive road car.

McLaren SLR 722

Unique technology and inspiring design combine to make McLaren SLR 722. The car is built by British motorsports specialists RML Group. Jointly developed by Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Automotive, it has front mid-engined understanding and sole driving characteristics.