The Importance of Keeping Your Car Clean

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Most people spend as much time in their cars as they do almost anywhere else. Being able to travel wherever and however you want is great. However with that freedom comes the responsibilities of keeping the car gassed up, changing the oil, fixing any damage and keeping the car clean. That last one usually gets ignored but its just as important as an other aspect. Here’s why.

Damage to the Paint Job

Dirt being on the outside of the car will chip, push against and scratch your paint job and if you leave the dirt there the scratches get filled and everything gets worse. As things like rain and salt stay in these cracks it can oxidise and rust the paint as well. The excess dirt can also clog the wheels and any other part of the car that has gaps in it. If you don’t wash the car every so often the accumulated dirt can make the vehicle ugly or worse.

Internal Rust

This is a more serious version of the paint job problem. Accumulated salt and dirt on the bonnet, the chassis and the hubcaps can actually compromise the structural integrity of the vehicle. It can make it less resistant to shock and more likely to break and crush in a crash scenario. In addition as the hubcaps rust and pit you will need to replace them. A full set of hubcaps is incredibly expensive and having them attached to the car can be even worse. Damage to the bonnet can even effect the engine.

Illness

If you leave the interior of your car with food, trash and drink containers things will inevitably leak rot and gather bacteria. As things get too far tainted there’s a danger of bacteria and even mould to grow on the cars interior. As you breathe in these things it does more than fill your nose with something awful. It can make you really sick, many diseases grow on mould and can infect human beings. All of this trouble just for picking up some AMC car cleaning supplies and getting the job done yourself.

Mental and Social Issues

Having an ugly filth filled and dirt coated car will get you judged. It will be seen as a basic inability to get yourself together. Prospective employers and partners will refuse to see you as an option and eventually this will begin to make you think badly of yourself as well. Its a physical indicator of how much care you’re willing to take of your posessions and in the world we live in that’s a status issue.

Having a clean car is not hard, its not particularly disgusting and all it takes is a little extra maintenance to get it done. For not doing this the punishment is a ruined car, illness and judgement. That’s not even a question.

How to Choose the Most Stylish Mitsubishi Model

mitsubishiFinding a beautiful car may seem like a real chore. You might not know what to look for or how much you’re willing to spend. One thing is for sure and that is that Mitsubishi is one of the best car brands out there. Any Mitsubishi is built to last for years, making it an incredibly economical and financially-wise decision for a brand new car owner. If you are looking to purchase a Mitsubishi, you might want to know how to choose the right one for you that will fit all of your many needs.

Know Your Budget

The first thing you need to establish is a set budget that you will be able to work with. You should determine this amount based on how much you will be able to afford each month on loan payments. You can use a quick online calculator to determine loan payments based on the price of the car and the interest attached to the loan. You can then determine how long you would like to have before the loan needs to be paid off in full. As a side note, it might be a good idea to first find out if you can even be approved for a loan before looking at cars.

Know Your Needs

Every Mitsubishi is different in its own way. You can find more stylish and sporty cars that are perfect for single individuals or couples. If you have a large family, you might want to look into a crossover or van. The main thing that you will need to do is to look at your lifestyle and then find a car accordingly. While it may seem like a brilliant idea to choose a small sports car, this may not be the best choice if you have a large family and this is your only car.

You should also think about additions included in the Mitsubishi to see if they will enhance your lifestyle further. One example would be an integrated GPS system. This particular addition will cost more, but it will be something that comes in handy for individuals who tend to travel a lot or for those who find themselves getting lost while driving. These are things you can find out when you actually go to look at the car in your local dealership’s showroom.

Visiting a Showroom

Once you’ve determined your budget and needs, you can visit a local dealership to see what types of Mitsubishi cars are available. Never feel pressured into buying any car and do not feel hesitant to let the sales person know that you need to be left alone while making a decision. You can also use the Internet to your advantage so that you are able to find something that fits your budget and lifestyle equally. There is nothing more beneficial than being able to purchase a car that is perfect for both you and the rest of your family.

About the author:Juliet J resides in Brisbane, Australia. She loves her Mitsubishis and has only ever owned the one make of car. She recently upgraded to a new 2013 model and received great deals from one of the local Mitsubishi Brisbane dealers.

Winter Driving Tips: Keep Safe on The Roads This Winter!

No matter where you’re at or what type of driver you are, winter driving can be dangerous and difficult for all. In Scotland, winter conditions are harsh and slick, making it rough for you to drive safely. Luckily, there are some ways you can keep safe and prevent you from slips or accidents. Hamilton Mazda is an excellent place to stop by for used cars that will keep you safe in these conditions. Check out these tips on how to drive safely in winter conditions:

1. Put on snow tyres:

If you’re in the snow or know there will be some along your way, be sure to put on snow tyres because they are your number one bet in staying safe when there’s snow or ice. They will put a nice grip on your car and prevent you from sliding.

2. Increase your distance between cars: 

winter driving, safety tips in drivingStay further away from cars when you begin to break. You never know what the car behind you may be doing or how the road is ahead. If a car slams into you, staying farther away from the car ahead will save you from possibly hitting it. Plus, the roads are icy and you don’t want to risk getting to close.

3. Defrost your windows: 

When people are running late, they don’t want to defrost their windows and go straight on the road. Defrosting your windows is one of them most important parts of driving safely, because not being able to see in harsh conditions can cause you a crash. Defrost your car before you get in it.

winter tyres, driving in winter4. Check your tyre tread: 

The deeper the tread on your tyres, the better it is for slick roads. Your tread needs to be at least 3mm, but the bigger it is the safer you’ll be on slick roads. A 1.8 and under needs to be changed right away.

It goes without saying that you should be careful on the roads, especially when driving with the most precious cargo (your family and friends). Wherever you are, you should take the utmost care and precautions when setting out on any journey where there is a chance of snow, sleet or slush. Remember, black ice is one of the most deadly obstacles on the road, and it’s impossible to spot. Please follow our advice and enjoy the winter wonderland safely. Thanks for reading, please leave your comments and questions below.

About the author:Aaron is an ex-professional rally driver, Aaron is now a full time family man who blogs (when he gets the chance!).
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Towed

Saturdays are very important for us. It is the day when we go out and go for a drive somewhere and of course do our weekly groceries. Without a car, these wanderings will be tiring. Have you experienced your car being towed because it broke down in the middle of the road? We just did!

Yesterday, we were supposed to go to a nearby city, Heidenheim to do our shopping. It is approximately 30 mins from our location. We’ve been traveling for a little less than 10 minutes when hubby suddenly reacted. The accelerator and brake pedals were not working. I almost panicked but I can’t show it to the kids as I know they will get scared. Good thing we were approaching a shoulder and made a stop there. We were a little relieved but surprised at the same time. We were wondering what’s really wrong with the car since we just had it fixed the other day. Last Monday, we brought it to the repair shop because it didn’t start  all of a sudden that morning. We were thankful that happened already here and not where we went last Saturday. It was a city, 2-hour drive from our place and I couldn’t imagine what we’ll do if our car stopped working there. 🙁 I’m still thankful we were still near our place when our car didn’t function yesterday. I called my classmate whose husband is the one working on our car. They went to our location and pulled us with their powerful Volkswagen Toureg.

volkswagen toureg

Notice we’re not in the center? That’s because our mounting bracket is located at the right side. The tow bar was connected and off we go. Honestly, I was a little worried because we really didn’t have any controls except for the stirring wheel and the handbrake. I feared of anything that could happen. It was still a long drive going to their shop and the streets had uphills and turns on them.

towbar, mounting bracket

At last we arrived at the shop and I felt like it was the longest 10 minutes I’ve ever had. After some tests, they discussed on what happened and what could have gone wrong. It was really technical and I didn’t bother getting the details. And also, it was in German. Hehe…

Hubby’s planning to buy a new car next year since the cost of repair of our car has already exceeded the cost of the car the time we bought it. But with the current happenings, it looks like this plan for next year will take place sooner than we expect. Now there goes our budget.. 🙁

Weinachtsmarkt

Weihnachtsmarkt or Christmas market is a street market done within the four weeks of advent in celebration of Christmas. It is said to originate in Germany, Austria, South Tyrol (an autonomous province in northern Italy) and Alsace (a small region in France). But now these street markets are already done around the world. Who haven’t gone to a street market in the Philippines?

Last Saturday we went to the city center to checkout our city’s Weihnachtsmarkt. Check these out!

At the entrance

Stalls are set up and mostly food are sold. Sausages (of course!) and tea and goodies for kids, too.

Ryz doesn't want her picture taken.

There was also a merry-go-round and of course the kids enjoyed it.

Rides for the kids!

 It was nice to see a “Belen” here. A reminder that Christmas is the birth of Jesus and a time for the family to be together as one.

The "Belen" or Nativity scene with live sheeps. 🙂
The family minus me!

Many say that Weihnachtsmarkt here in our city is such a bore compared to other cities. They say Stuttgart and Nürnberg are great. These Weihnachtsmärkte are tourist attractions during the holiday season.

 

Porsche 911, anyone?

I wonder if there will come a time when we can own a Porsche car. I know for us who are just a middle-income family, owning one is close to impossible. Although we’re already living in Germany where we can see these grand cars everywhere we turn to I still can’t see hubby or me driving one. Haha! When we visited the Porsche museum where our eyes had a feast of the vast models of Porsche and how they evolved, I saw the delight in the eyes of my son, Zyc. His fascination with the cars simply doesn’t stop and I thought, could he make a career out of it? Once he said he wants to be a race car driver. So maybe he can earn that much to buy this! Hehe..  🙂

Porsche 911 GT1 96

Seriously, I know time will come when he’ll wish to have a car of his own. And I trust that he’ll choose a car which matches his taste and style. Who knows, when he grows up he can already buy one. It may not be brand new but something that is reliable and practical such as a used Porsche 911. Not the race car above though, but like this one…

Porsche 11 Carrera 3.2

With Zyc’s passion for cars, I know owning one will not forever be a dream.

Car Wash

Our car just had a bath. Unlike in the Philippines where we usually wash our car on our own just along our sidestreet, here we can’t do that. First, even if we have a garage where we can wash it we don’t have a faucet where we can get the water supply. Second, I think we are not allowed to do that here. I don’t know, some say it’s prohibited.

There are two kinds of car wash here, the manual and the automatic. We normally choose the manual, self-service and cheaper. In a way it’s machine-operated since we drop a coin in a “vendo-like” box and press few buttons to set the program.Water is expensive here so the length of time you want to use water depends on how much coin you drop to the machine.

The machine where you drop the coin, set the program and shows how much still is your balance.
Illustrates the different programs of the machine and the how to's. (No need to translate, you can already understand the pics, right?)
Zyc, still enjoying what he loves.

I was surprised when I saw a lady washing a carpet (unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take a photo of it) but hubby said it can also be done there. So now I have an idea where to bring our carpet. Hmmm…

Next time we’ll try the automatic one.

Looking for a new car

I can’t wait to go back to Munich to visit the BMW Museum. I’m getting so excited on what I’m going to see there. I’ve mentioned in my last post that I’m not really that much of a car enthusiast but I like seeing beautiful cars! I can already imagine my two kids hollering! (Maybe, me too but silently. Haha!) They usually do this when they see BMW convertibles on the streets and I tell you, we have plenty here now that it’s summer and the sun’s out with rage! Europeans love the sun (I don’t!). Understandably, they only feel the heat 3-4 months a year unlike me who have felt it my entire life! For me, what I liked about the BMW cars I see now are their LED xenon headlights. They call it the angel or halo eyes. They’re so incredible! Well, I just hope we can have a BMW even if it’s not a convertible. It’s not really practical for a family with two kids. But a good SUV will do. Lately I’ve been hearing some clanking underneath our old wagon. I think it’s high time to look for a new one. Of course we can’t afford a band new so we might as well settle for a preowned.

I like this one!!