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Why Call a Wrecker to Pick Up Your Old Car When It’s Not Working?

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When you have a very old car that is beyond the point where you want to have repairs done, you may consider selling it or trading it in, but calling a wrecker can be a better option. A tow truck that works with a salvage yard can pick up the car, and salvage companies often give you cash no matter the car’s condition. While that cash may not be much, you might note why it’s good to work with a wrecker versus instead of trying to fix or resell your car to anyone else. 1. Safety and damage It’s easy to think that someone who buys your old car is responsible for whether or not it operates safely, but you might be missing a few legal points. If you don’t advertise certain aspects of your car’s condition correctly, this might mean liability on your part. For example, you might not realize when a car needs to be listed as salvaged or may not realise that it may need to noted that the car was in a flood, given the laws in your area. These types of damages can affect a car’s overall safety and drivability, and you may be required to note this when selling. Rather than risk any liability, it may be good to simply have a wrecker take the car and tear it apart than try to sell it to someone you think will drive it again. 2. Money You may actually get more money for your car from a wrecker than from a dealer or even a private buyer. This is because the wrecker will take apart your car and sell each piece individually, marking up each one as they can. They make more money on those individual parts than a dealer would with a whole older car and which may not run very well or which may need repairs just to run at all. It can be good to call around to different wreckers to price your car before you make a decision, as you might be surprised at the price they will pay you. 3. Ease and convenience Selling your car to a dealer means having to tow it to the dealer as well as keep the title and insurance current while the car is on the road. There may also be some haggling involved, and you may need to meet with the dealer during business hours to have your car assessed and to get your check. With a wrecker, you can usually make one phone call and have them pick the car up, so there’s no need for storing the vehicle, renewing the paperwork, or arranging a tow on your...

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Why Shop at a Salvage Yard for the Car Parts You Need?

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When you’re ready to manage your own repairs for your vehicle, you may want to consider how to save the most money on parts; this can mean choosing used parts rather than new. Many used parts have lots of life left in them and can last as long as your car, if you know how to shop and choose the best ones available. Note a few reasons why you may want to choose a salvage yard versus a car parts store when it comes to the parts you need for auto repairs. Workshop services Many salvage yards will strip cars and then check the parts available, making repairs to them as necessary before they’re resold. This can mean that they have a workshop onsite for repairing old parts. Your auto mechanic may not work on parts alone and may only fix a problem with the car itself or may prefer to replace broken parts with new. Many used auto parts stores don’t actually work on parts but only resell what they get in stock from other suppliers. Having someone work on a part that is broken can mean saving money on buying a replacement part, even if you buy something used. Diagnostics Along with workshop services, a salvage yard may have more diagnostic services that they can provide than a used parts store. Because a salvage yard needs to know what is wrong with a part and if it can be resold, they can use that same equipment to tell you if a part you have is salvageable or is really the problem with your vehicle. This can mean knowing the right repairs you need for your car and knowing if you really need to purchase a different part versus other repairs that might need to be done. Name brand parts at a discount While some off-brand parts can work sufficiently for your car, name brand parts usually offer a better fit and better overall performance. Even when they’re used and not new, they may have more life left in them than off-brand parts. However, name brand parts are often very expensive and can be difficult to find for an older car or limited edition model. When shopping at a salvage yard, you may be more likely to find those name brand parts for much less money than at any other store, so you get the parts you need without spending as...

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Mobile Home Owners: Five Questions to Answer Before Buying a Generator

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A generator can handle your power needs if your electricity goes out, but, if you live in a trailer home, there are special things you should keep in mind when buying and using a generator. Consider the following questions: 1. Do you want full backup support or just the basics? If you want full backup power in your mobile home, you need a standby generator with ample wattage to support your HVAC system, appliances and other electrical needs. However, if you just want a generator that can supply you with lights and a bit of energy to charge your laptop and phone, you may be fine with an inverter. 2. Are generators allowed in the caravan park? If you are living in a mobile home on your own land, this question does not matter. However, if you are living in a mobile home in a caravan park, you should ask the park manager if generators are allowed. Get the details on any safety requirements so that you know which rules you need to mind. If noise is an issue, get an inverter. It won’t help with all of your electrical needs, but it will provide the basics quietly. 3. Do you have a spot to place the generator? It is never safe to use a generator inside your home, so you will need to find a spot to stow it outside. Ideally, you want the generator sitting on the concrete slab that supports your mobile home. The generator needs to be close enough to a window so that you can run cords from the generator, through the window and into your home. However, it also needs to be set slightly back from the window so that fumes don’t blow into your mobile home. If there isn’t space on your concrete slab for the generator, you may want to pour a small slab for it before you purchase it. 4. Do you have rain protection for your generator? Just as the generator should be on flat ground, it should also be protected from the rain. Creating protection is simple. Just pop a canopy over the generator. If you don’t have a canopy, consider buying one when you purchase your generator. 5. Do you have a safe spot to store fuel? Once you have a generator, you will need to keep fuel on hand so that you can fill it. To be on the safe side, you should not store fuel in your mobile home or under it. To that end, it is best if you have a shed or garage where you can store the...

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4 Cost-effective Ways of Sourcing For Rare Spare Parts for Servicing Your Classic Car

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

As time flies, spare parts for your classic car will become hard to find as new models come into the market. For most owners, classic cars mean more than just a form of transportation. The car is a treasure trove of memories, and hence, owners would want to keep these cars as long as possible. If you want to keep your classic car in good shape without spending a lot of money, you will need some guidance on acquiring spare parts. Here are some simple tips to help first-time classic car owners get rare spare parts. Watch out for Unbeatable Deals — Always be on the lookout for deals on classic car parts. When you find a rare part that is still in good condition, never hesitate to buy it immediately. When you delay, other car owners can easily beat you to it. Do not pass on a chance to buy rare spare parts such as unique mirrors and chassis when the deal is in your favor. You will realize that the investment was worthwhile because, with time, these car components become more expensive and rare. Check Salvage Yards for Spare Parts — When you are a novice owning a classic car, you should not be afraid to check out scrap and salvage yards, especially during the weekends. Your local salvage yard can be an excellent source of rare parts that you will never find in auto shops. You can also find parts at good rates during garage sales. The bottom line is that you should not depend on conventional sources like shops to find classic car parts to service your vehicle. Become a Collector — Although stacking piles of ‘junk’ in your basement or garage might sound crazy to many people, it actually is an effective approach to collect rare car parts that you may need at a later date. This way, you are always guaranteed that when you need a spare part, there will always be one available. Reputable Workshops — Another alternative is to source for parts at your local car workshops or garages. It is advisable to choose an expert or shop that specializes in restoring classic cars. A restoration and maintenance project should be entrusted to an experienced individual. Such a person can also have spare parts for your vehicle because they often deal with these types of vehicles. Therefore, involve the owner of the workshop if you want to get rare parts at affordable rates. However, when the restoration project starts, never get in the way of the project by controlling every nuance of it. For more information on car service, contact a local service.  ...

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Waiting for a tow truck driver? Follow these safety tips

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When your car breaks down and you call a tow truck driver, it is important that you keep your safety and security in mind. The following tips will help you remain safe until the tow truck driver arrives. Make Sure Others Know You Are Broken Down As soon as you pull your car over when it breaks down, turn on your hazard lights. This lets other drivers know that your car is not just parked temporarily on the side of the road or highway, but is not going to be moving. It gives advanced notice to other drivers who might not know why you are pulled over. In addition to the hazard lights, you want to make it obvious that your vehicle is on the side of the road so nobody accidentally hits you. You can do this by placing orange cones around your car if you have them. These also alert the tow truck driver to your car so it is easy for them to find. Remove All Personal Belongings If your cell phone is dead and you need to walk somewhere else to call a tow truck driver, make sure your vehicle is locked up and that you don’t leave any personal belongings in the vehicle. There is no telling who will come along while you are away from your vehicle, so this is important for security purposes. Aside from your cell phone, purse, and other personal items, also make sure you remove your car insurance and other identifiable information with your name and address on it. This also ensures you have personal items on you when the tow truck driver arrives to haul your vehicle. Remain the Vehicle and Lock the Doors  When you are planning on remaining in the vehicle after calling the tow truck driver, make sure you keep the doors locked. Some nice people might approach you and ask if you need help; just kindly let them know you have called a tow truck and don’t need help. Don’t let them in your car or accept a ride from them. Even if they seem friendly, you should never accept a ride from someone you don’t know. Make sure when you are waiting outside of your vehicle as the tow truck driver is approaching, you don’t stand on the side facing traffic or behind the vehicle where someone driving by might accidentally hit you. Stand on the opposite side that is away from flowing...

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What to Consider When Buying a Grain Trailer

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Many farmers usually know the size and the capacity of the grain trailer that they would like to buy. However, some of those farmers may not pay as much attention as they should to the other features that can make using that grain trailer easier for them. This article discusses some of those useful features that you should consider as you make a grain trailer purchase. The Work Area Lights You may often need to offload grain from the trailer at night. Such situations call for proper lighting during the offloading process. Many grain trailers have work area lights to facilitate nighttime work. However, some grain trailers are equipped with better work area lights when compared to others. For instance, some trailers have work area lights that are built into the body of the trailer. Such a trailer may be better than another trailer whose work area lights are not built into its body. This is because the built in lights are safer from the damage that may result as the lights are positioned by hand. The Slope of the Trailer Floor Pick the grain trailer with the steepest slope on its floor. Such a trailer will be easier to clean out when compared to a trailer with a smaller slope angle. The grain trailer with the steep slope is also easier to offload because gravity will make the grain to flow out of the trailer at a faster rate. The Sub-Frame Construction Select a grain trailer with a sub-frame that is made from hot-dipped galvanised steel. Such a trailer will be in a better position to resist corrosion when compared to a trailer that has a painted sub-frame. The materials that contact the trailer when it is out in the field can easily scrape off the paint. This can create an opportunity for corrosion to attack the exposed steel. The Trailer Door Some grain trailers have two-stage doors while others open at once. The grain trailers with two-stage doors may be better because they require less torque to open when the trailer is fully loaded. This is because the operator can open only the first stage so that gravity pushes out most of the grain. He or she can then open the second stage so that the remaining grain can also be removed. The single-stage door requires more torque to open it entirely when the trailer is fully loaded. Pick a grain trailer with the features above and you will soon realise that it is easier to operate and maintain when compared to a trailer that does not have those...

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Aftermarket and OEM Auto Parts: What’s the Difference?

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Uncategorized |

When a part of your car fails or wears out and needs to be replaced, how do you choose a replacement part that will the best quality and service? There are two common types of car parts you can get for your vehicle: aftermarket parts and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts. Understanding the features and differences between these options can help you select quality parts within your budget. OEM auto parts You should know that one manufacturer did not entirely make the car you have. Most car companies use independent manufacturers for different car parts. OEM car parts are parts manufactured by the original company which made them for your car company. They are the most genuine and authentic car parts you can get on the market. •    Advantages OEM car parts are easy to choose and obtain. All you have to do is visit a dealership and ask for any car part. Since they are from the original manufacturer, you do not have to worry about assessing the quality or brand. Once you fit an OEM part, it should work exactly like the one you are replacing. OEM parts offer peace of mind regarding familiarity and performance. Also, they are likely to come with a warranty and free repair services if you visit your manufacturer’s dealer. •    Disadvantages OEM parts are the most expensive auto parts on the market. It could be because they are usually sold at dealerships only, or due to their quality and performance. Whichever the case, if you are ready to part with more money for better quality, they are an ideal option. Aftermarket auto parts Aftermarket parts are manufactured by other companies other than your manufacturer. For this reason, you will find several brands of the same part on the market. When buying aftermarket parts, you need to be familiar with companies that produce quality car parts for the best value. •    Advantages Aftermarket auto parts are cheaper than OEM parts. You can get the desired part that’s of high quality and performance without paying through the nose for it. The parts are also readily available. You can walk into a service station or your local mechanic and get a part that fits your vehicle. There are different varieties to choose from as well. •    Disadvantages There is a selection of aftermarket parts with varying quality levels from which to choose. You can easily get overwhelmed or end up selecting a part that won’t work properly with your car. Also, these parts may not have a warranty; therefore, you might be required to pay for repairs and parts every time you need them. Your budget and preferences will be the determining factors when choosing between these two options. At the end of the day, ensure you get auto parts with excellent performance and functionality, whether you’re looking for Ford parts or parts from another...

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Choosing the Right Access Equipment Hire

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Access equipment can allow contractors to reach various elevated areas and tight spaces, without having to work with an unsafe and unsteady ladder. Homeowners might also find they need access equipment to make repairs, paint an elevated ceiling, do repair work to the exterior of their home, or work on exterior lights on their property. Whatever your needs for an access equipment hire, note a few tips to help you choose the right type. Scissor lifts The advantage of scissor lifts is that they often have the widest platform of any access equipment, so they’re good for when you have more than one worker or need to bring a large number of tools and other pieces with you while working. Many also have an extended platform available, so you have even more storage space on the lift. Because they lift straight up from the bottom, they may also be good for those who are nervous about working at heights; since the lift is directly under their platform, they may feel more secure and be less distracted while working. Man lifts A man lift is like a scissor lift in that it has a work platform, but isn’t as large. It’s good for when just one person needs to be elevated and it offers the advantage of being able to fit through more narrow spaces than most scissor lifts. A man lift is also very lightweight so it’s good for working indoors, as it’s less likely to tear up flooring and carpeting. Knuckle booms A knuckle boom has a joint in the middle of the arm so that the lift can rise and then be extended outward. If you need to reach up and over any obstruction, this can be the right choice. However, note that because the boom is then extended past the lifting mechanism, some workers might find it uncomfortable, as they no longer feel that they have a secure base underneath them. It may not be the best choice for those who are already nervous about working at elevated heights; homeowners who don’t work at elevated heights very often may find it uncomfortable to be on a knuckle boom, so consider this choice carefully. Mobile booms These are usually the tallest access equipment, and since they’re often used for outdoor work and excessively elevated heights, they may come with extension arms at the base. These are put into place to keep the boom lift steady and secure even in soft soil or on an uneven surface. For any outdoor work where the ground is not level or if you’re especially cautious about working at an elevated height, these extension arms can be the best choice for keeping your lift secure. For more information, talk to a professional like Paradise Tower...

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What You Should Know about Using Auto Repair Apps for DIY Repairs

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Handling your own auto repairs is something that many car owners try to do, at least for the seemingly easy repair jobs. You can turn to online tutorials, videos or books for repair needs, but recently more car owners are turning to their smartphones. There are a number of apps available for both iOS and Android to help you through some of the more common repairs and give you advice on what tools to purchase or even when to stop doing the repair yourself and call a professional. If you have never used these types of apps for auto repairs, there are a few things you should consider. Car Age Restrictions One of the issues you may run into is in cases where the automobile is an older or vintage model. Some of the apps available on the market may be restricted to a certain time frame of years, for example cars manufactured in the past 20 years. You may also want to consider that if your car is a specialty car or limited edition model, it may not be listed in the app. Before you get ready to handle the repair and download the app, make sure the app meets your automobile make and model requirements.  Auto Repair Parts List One of the aspects of the repair that you may not have considered is buying or finding parts for the repair. For example, you  may have considered that you need to replace your brake pads, but if you get into the repair you may find that the plates or other parts of the brake system also need repair or replacement. The good news is that most apps include a pricing guide and a parts locator. The locator works off your GPS and helps you locate the nearest parts store that has your part in stock. Warranty Considerations One of the key points you should consider before using any app to help with your auto repairs is your warranty. There are some repairs that are fine to handle on your own, such as oil changes and oil filter changes. However, if your car is still under warranty, you may be voiding your warranty by doing all or even part of the repair on your own. Before following through with the app instructions, make sure you aren’t voiding your warranty and that any changes done to your vehicle will not be unlawful. An example of an unlawful change to the vehicle is removing a safety feature on video playback devices in cars equipped with video screens and other entertainment devices. These are just a few of the considerations when using an app for your auto repairs. Keep in mind, if you have any doubts about what you are being told or the certification of the technicians appearing in the app, take your car into a professional instead. They can ensure your repairs are handled professionally and your warranty is not...

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4 Reasons to Hire a Bus for Your Party

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are planning on hosting a party or special event, you might be looking for ways to transport guests to and from the event. While they can take a taxi, this is not always a convenient option. For high-end parties, hiring limos is an option, but that can get expensive. Here are some reasons to consider hiring a bus or two for the party and guests. It is Safer For the Guests A lot of parties have alcohol, which can be dangerous when guests get inebriated and feel confident to drive. It can be a lot easier and safer having one bus driver who will drive multiple people to their homes at a time, as opposed to having designated drivers. Even if some guests bring along a friend who promises not to drink, there is no guarantee of that. It can also be difficult being the host of an event while keeping track of everyone’s car keys so they don’t lose their inhibitions and assume driving is no big deal. It is best to hire a bus that brings guests to the party and brings them home when they’re ready to leave. A Bus is More Convenient Also consider the fact that a bus is a lot more convenient than having dozens of cars at the event or trying to manage other forms of transportation. First of all, the bus can possibly hold all guests, or at least a large number of them. If your event will include multiple stops, such as during wine tasting, you can easily transport all of your guests to each location, where everyone rides together and arrives at the same time. There are no lost cars or waiting for certain people to show up. It is also more convenient when you have limited space at your home or the party venue for parking. You won’t be trying to figure out where everyone can park their car since you can have the bus pick everyone up at their home. You Can Save Money Hiring a bus to have guests transported between different locations of the event can be a lot less money than multiple limousines, town cars, and other types of transportation. For example, if the event is for a wedding, hiring a bus is often less expensive than having multiple cars that you need to rent to move people from the ceremony to the location of the reception. The same can be said when you want to have guests picked up at the airport and brought to a particular event. For more information, contact a company like Myaree Car...

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What are Some Benefits of Recycling Your Vehicle?

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you have a vehicle that is no longer in operating condition, you might be trying to figure out what to do with it. One option is to have the vehicle towed to a local auto wrecker, who will help recycle the vehicle and its parts. Here are some benefits of choosing this option. There are Environmental Benefits One of the main benefits to salvaging your vehicle if it no longer runs properly is that it helps the environment. This is because other people are going to buy parts from the vehicle that you salvage. Instead of having all of these parts thrown away or sitting in the vehicle that remains in your garage or on your driveway, those parts are put to good use. If the car is completely totaled and the parts can’t be salvaged, they will at least pull apart the vehicle and recycle the steel. This keeps the metal from sitting abandoned or ending up in a landfill somewhere. You Can Save Money on Repairs If your vehicle requires extensive repairs before you’d be able to use it or sell it, you are much better off just sending it to a local auto wrecker. They will often give you money for putting your car in the wreckage yard, which can be used to help find another vehicle. This is especially helpful if you don’t want the car and are having trouble selling it. While some people will buy a vehicle even if it isn’t running, they might not bother if the repairs require too much money or time. You don’t need to worry about this at all when sending your car to an auto salvage yard. The Car is Removed From Your Property Another benefit of using auto wreckers with your old vehicle is that they often pick up the vehicle for you. Call local auto salvage yards and ask if they will tow the vehicle away for you. There might be stipulations for this, such as only towing certain vehicles, depending on the condition of your vehicle and what parts it might have that they are in need of. However, if you do find an auto wrecker that handles the towing for you, this further simplifies the process of getting it off your property. However, even if you need to bring it to them yourself, you will be able to make more space on your property for other...

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