For many of us, our car is our one big love in life. Some people spend time and money on fashion, jewels and art – but for anyone who considers themselves a bit of a petrolhead, it’s all about cars. Of course, you don’t need to be a car expert to know that it’s a pretty expensive hobby to have. The initial purchase of a car alone can set you back thousands of dollars, especially if you have high-end taste. However, that is often only the start of your problems. Car ownership can also be incredibly expensive, as running costs and things like tax start to pile up. The last thing you want is for you to have to give up your passion for cars because you can’t afford it anymore. So, it is possible to truly have your cake and eat it? Here are a few different ways you can keep costs for your car low, so you can spend more time actually enjoying it.

Driving safely

It may seem obvious, but car accidents are not merely always harmful to your health. They can also cause some quite significant damage to your bank account, as you delve into your savings to pick up the pieces. If the accident wasn’t your fault, familiarize yourself with something like Woodbridge Structured Funding,LLC structured settlement review. This will give you all the information you need on  what will happen to your money should you file a claim and should a court case arise. Additionally, you can also get money off your insurance by installing a ‘black box’ in your car – something that tracks how safely you are driving. If you drive smoothly and achieve a certain level, you will notice your insurance premiums fall dramatically. Installation of the box is free, so it’s totally worth it!

Filling up the tank

If the car that’s sat on your drive is a large and fast one, you may find that it is also a bit of a gas-guzzler. There is nothing more depressing than spending hundreds of dollars every week on gas and watching that dial on your dashboard constantly hovering near ’empty’. Of course, one easy way to solve this is to buy a more energy-efficient vehicle, but this isn’t always an option for everyone. Instead, make it your business to learn how gas prices operate, and familiarize yourself with the local stations in your area.

Keeping it in good condition

As much as you love your car right now, there will come a time where you need to say goodbye to it. Cars are investments, so you will probably find yourself selling it on as a used car, and using the capital to put towards a new vehicle. However, cars easily fall victim to depreciation – loss of value over time. You want to make sure that you can get the best profit possible from your car when the time comes, so make a special effort to keep it in prime condition.

There’s nothing worse than taking a ride out in your vehicle and then getting into trouble. Whether that’s with the law or even a car accident, it could see you off the road. And we end up living with regret, wishing we could turn back time. However, there are some ways you can avoid these errors occurring by investing in some new gadgets. In fact, here are some cool car gadgets which will ensure you steer clear of accidents and points.

A dash cam

Cool Car Gadgets

It’s becoming more and more popular to get a dash cam for your car. And it’s no wonder as this cool gadget can save you a ton of money if you get into a crash. If you have it switched on while you are driving, and you do get into an accident, you will have proof that you didn’t cause the crash. And rather than having to accept joint responsibility, you can then make a claim against the other driver to ensure you get your car fixed in no time. It can also stop you getting in trouble with the law as the dash cam will capture the accident. And it will give the police the proof they need to know exactly what occurred. Also, if anyone hits your car while you are not in it, it will show exactly who did it. That way, you can pass the number plate to the police and get them into trouble!

An alcohol breathalyzer immobilizer

 

If you drive after having too much to drink, you could end up putting your own life in jeopardy, as well as other people around you. After all, you might make vital errors that lead to an accident where people get hurt. And if the police find out that you had been drinking, you could be looking at a stretch inside, as well as a ton of points on your license. In fact, you will need a dui defense lawyer to help you. Therefore, you should consider getting some form of alcohol breathalyzer immobilizer that will prevent you from driving over the limit. That way, even if you aren’t in control, the system will stop you before you make an error. It checks your breath and then will immobilize the engine if you are over the limit. That way, you won’t be able to drive, and it will save you making a big mistake!

A speed alert gadget


It’s easy to zone out when driving. After all, you might be concentrating on getting home, rather than what’s on the road. Therefore, you might end up going through a red light camera or a speed trap going way too fast. And then you could be looking at a huge number of points on your license. Not only this but you could end up in an accident which will leave your car damaged and you potentially injured. Therefore, look into getting some form of gadget which will alert you to stop you making an error. For example, TrapTap will notify you of speed traps and red light cameras in the distance. That way, you can ensure you slow down and avoid penalties and tickets which will leave you sobbing!

And remember to always get your car checked over by having a service annually. That way, you can ensure you don’t have a risky ride!

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The Ford F-Series has long been the most popular type of vehicle in the United States of America, and the very fine jewel in the middle of that crown has always been the Ford Ranger. The Ford Ranger is the High School Homecoming King of middle America, a beast that mixes practicality, power, and rugged good looks.

Ford Ranger
2015 Ford Ranger facelift

But popularity often comes with a flaw, and in the case of the Ranger, it is the fact everyone has one. You aren’t unique, you aren’t different, you are a sheep and not a shepherd, which begs the question; what is the best way to customize your Ford Ranger?


Well, we have scoured the internet and spoken to petrolheads, and here are our top tips for making your one in five truck a million in one beast.

Shed Its Original Skin

There are a thousand different shades of color to choose from and just as many different types of paints, yet Ford’s standard colors stick to just a few. So if you want your Ranger to stand out from the crowd then you need to start with the paint. You don’t have to go wild, wacky or incredibly out there. You could go with a matte black paint to give your vehicle something rough and ready, sexy and sleek. Alternatively, why not chuck a pearlescent paint on it, something that looks green from one angle and a nice silky purple from another, a paint that changes in the light, sort like a chameleon.

 

Upgrade Your Shoes

It has only been in the last few years that manufacturers have realized what a difference a set of rims can do to a car’s appearance. A great example of this is Volkswagon. They started adding cool and stand out rims as standard long before any other everyday car. But as cool as they are, ‘standard’ still means ‘the same’. That’s why you want to add some custom rims of your own. Stick to the same size, go a couple of inches bigger, it doesn’t matter. What does is that you pick something that will pop and something that makes others stop.

 

Around The Outside

When it comes to truck accessories, nothing is more subtle and more standout than new steps or running boards. Not only is this a practical

upgrade, though, one that will stop you slipping when it’s raining or muddy or both, it is also a cool upgrade, a cool customization. You see, adding that little bit of width and authority to the flanks of your Ranger gives it more size and, in the truck game, size is power; it is authority. You may be hesitant now, but the moment you see that little bit of extra width get added you’ll be so happy you listened.

 

Light It Up

The best thing about upgrading the lights on your Ranger is the variety. A light bar on the roof with four to six strip lamps lined-up, neon lights under your chassis, LED lights locked into position under your hood, new brake lights, or a tail light or even a spotlight. Each of these will add to the importance of your truck, it will add to the character and personality and it will add to its uniqueness. So don’t hold back, bring that extra bit of menace to your machine and light it up.


When it comes to buying a car, most people are pretty under informed and can be prone to making the wrong decisions. This isn’t necessarily their fault. After all, it’s a pretty big deal and it isn’t all that uncommon for buyers to lose sight of what they’re doing and walk away with a car that actually isn’t all that right for them. This happens because people are lured in by glossy car adverts instead of thinking about what they actually need from their vehicle. When buying used, people can get hung up on whether they’re getting a good deal rather than the overall qualities of the car.

How Safe It Is

 

It’s tempting to go for a car that is fun and fast to drive…but only until you’re actually out on the road and you realise that it’s not the speed of the car that counts, but how safe it is. Before buying any car, triple check its safety rating – some of the most popular cars can score pretty poorly on the safety rating, and it’s sometimes the ones you overlook that will keep you safest on the road.

 

The Durability Factor

 

There’s no point buying an expensive car if it’s going to depreciate massively within the first six months. More than just the money, you’ll want to ensure that the car is made to last, that it is reliable and durable and won’t let you down. A Kia car, for example, is noted by its drivers to be particularly long lasting and reliable. Remember: it’s much better to have a steady car rather than paying big money for a car that won’t last the distance.

 

Standard Features


You know on car adverts when they’re listing the many features that come with the car? Yeah, they’re not really real. You can get all those features, but you’ll have to buy the most expensive trim to get them all. Some car brands really do come jam packed with features as standard, however. When you’re looking for a car, make sure you know which features will be included in your purchase; if you don’t, you might drive away with a car that isn’t as well equipped as you thought.

Bringing the Fun

 

It’s important to differentiate between the things that add fun to a vehicle and the things that are just gimmicks. In any case, when looking for a vehicle you don’t want to solely be focusing on the technical specifications of the car; cars these days are more fun than ever before, and you should make sure your car has its fair share included too.

 

The Feel


Ultimately, you can’t ignore “the feel” of a car. It’s only when you’re inside a vehicle that you’ll know if it feels right or not. You shouldn’t ignore this intuition, but neither should you put too much emphasis on it. Go in with a rational mind and make sure you’re looking for the things that actually matter to the performance of the car and you’ll walk away with the right one.

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The 2017 Shanghai Motor Show is underway, and BMW have already started soaking up the limelight with a lighter, faster version of the M4. The production of the new BMW M4 CS will be limited to two years, and prices will start at around $150,000 (AUS).

BMW M4 Coupe by AC Schnitzer

According to the German auto giant, the main difference which sets the CS apart from the original it’s based on is its motorsport-inspired character. They’re certainly not wrong about this when it comes to the looks. As soon as you lay eyes on this car, you immediately wonder what it would look like with a sharp, angular spoiler and some branded car wrapping! While this new version of the M4 isn’t quite up to the strict performance standards of the M4 GTS, the improvements made from the base model M4 are plain to see.

The bonnet houses the same 3-litre, twin-turbo engine, but it’s now been tuned to produce 454bhp – 10bhp more than the M4 Competition Pack and a whole 29 higher than the standard M4. Due to this, taking the car from zero to 62mph takes 3.9 seconds, with power being shot to the rear wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox. Although the engine tweaks and added power have been the highlight of all of BMW’s hard work, they’ve also changed the suspension setup in order to improve the car’s dynamic prowess over the original M4. With these tweaks in place, BMW have claimed that the M4 CS is capable of lapping the Nürburgring in 7 minutes 38 seconds. That’s 22 seconds faster than the first M4.

When it comes to styling, the CS has remained rather modest, with only a few frills and details that tell you this is the Club Sport model. A refreshed, more prominent front splitter has been added under the front apron, while there’s a new lip spoiler on the boot lid. There are new, ten-spoke alloy wheels with a distinct grey finish, and two new metallic paint jobs have been offered on the car – San Marino Blue and Lime Rock Grey. Open the doors, and the car continues to be a delight to the senses. BMW has used an interesting combination of leather and alcantara for the interior. The dash gets its very own CS badging, and there are sleek, new sports seats for you to enjoy as well. BMW’s “Professional” version of their navigation system, along with automatic climate control, comes as standard.

As part of their work on the CS, BMW have also applied a range of weight-saving changes. The car is full of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic. This has been used for the gurney, front splitter, roof, bonnet, rear diffuser and even the drive shaft. This change alone has enabled the car to shed an impressive 32kg from the original M4, which came with a bulky DCT gearbox.

If you already have an original M4, then the CS probably isn’t worth the money for a few little perks. For many though, this is certainly a dynamic and welcome addition to BMW’s impressive fleet.

Cars can be incredibly dangerous objects, for a number of reasons. For one, it’s impossible for every driver on the road to have the same level of skill. This results in accidents all the time. And, the number of cars on the roads makes it impossible for all accidents to be avoided; statistically, there has to be some. These are issues that can’t be controlled by each road user, though. But, some dangerous aspects of driving can be. One of the biggest areas that drivers will often fail to focus on is the condition of their car. If your vehicle is damaged; you put everyone on the road at risk. So, to help you out, this post will revolve around fixing the little things in your car.


To start, it’s important to consider the dangers of a poorly looked after motor. One of the biggest culprits on a car for wearing out is tyres. The tread on car tyres is specifically designed to ensure that the car has enough traction on the road. Without this grip, it’s easy for the driver to lose control. Another issue that a lot of cars have is their brakes. Over time, the pads that squeeze the brakes on your car will degrade. But, of course, without them, you’ll struggle to stop the car. This presents obvious issues. The problems that a poorly maintained car are numerous and broad. And, many of them won’t give you much warning at all.

So, it’s up to you to find the issues before they become much larger. To do this, you might need some professional help. If you’re already a mechanic; this post probably doesn’t apply to you, anyway. Getting help on your car can come from many places. Some people will use friends that are in the trade. And, others will use a business to help them. Ideally, your car needs a service every three to five thousand miles. Having a professional do this work is the best way to do it. They will be able to advise you on issues that need to be fixed in the near future. And, they will be able to help you to find the more dangerous parts of your car. It’s not worth going it alone here; unless you’re completely confident that you have the skills.

Now, it’s time to get the issues that you’ve found resolved. Some items won’t need to be dealt with right away. But, if you have the finances; it’s best to get the work done as soon as you can. Of course, if you have to wait, though; you’ll just have to wait. Some issues will have to be fixed as soon as possible. And, these are the ones that could cause trouble. Unfortunately, there aren’t many ways to get car work done cheaply. The parts are expensive, and the work is very skilled. So, any money that you save will likely lose you a good deal of quality. Instead of looking for cheap options; you should look for great value ones.


Hopefully, this will give you an idea of what needs to be done to start making your car just a little bit safer. A lot of the dangers that a car presents come from the driver; even when it’s a fault with the car itself.

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We’re just past the first quarter of 2017 and already we’ve seen a couple of excellent cars coming out and touring through our streets. The Audi A5 Cabriolet is one such example, completing the Audi A5 range and giving us an iconic car with some new and improved inner workings. But what else do we have to look forward to this year? Let’s find out.

Lamborghini Huracán RWD Spyder

Lamborghini Huracan by VF Engineeringhuracan

 

If you’re in the market for a new supercar then look no further than the Lamborghini Huracán RWD Spyder. This rear-wheel-drive supercar is sure to turn heads if you’re cruising down a busy street or a long stretch of countryside scenery. This 580-horsepower V10 powered beast is a monstrous and powerful car that is capable of pushing 62mph in just 3.6 seconds, and it’s also about 70 pounders lighter than the all-wheel version of the Huracán Spyder. Just keep in mind that a RWD Huracán will set you back $219,780, so start saving your hard-earned cash now or consider a car loan for bad credit if you really want to own a stylish piece of history. Just make sure you can pay it back because the last thing you want is to have your flashy new Lamborghini repossessed or stolen!

 

Aston Martin V8 Vantage


The newest release from Aston Martin has already been spotted in the UK way ahead of its late release. Pre-production prototypes have been spotted in several places and they have very little in common with their older counterparts. The sightings have shown that the new Vantage looks eerily similar to the DB11, but it’s important to note that these are pre-production models and are likely borrowing some parts. However, even if most of the bodywork has been borrowed, it’s likely that everything underneath the exterior is what we’ll be seeing in the future. The new Aston Martin V8 Vantage is likely to be in the neighbourhood of $150,000 to $200,000, close to the price of a new DB11.

Honda Civic Type R

 

At the Geneva Motor Show, Honda unveiled their all-new Civic Type R. Based on the current-generation Civic, the new Type R is due in dealers sometime between summer and autumn this year and will likely be somewhere around $40,000. Honda says they aim to increase performance all across the board, such as the dynamic performance, track driving experience and its speed. The Type R is fitted with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder VTEC, giving it 316bhp and 400Nm of torque. Honda is going all-out with their promotional material too as they aim to reclaim the Nürburgring front-wheel drive lap record which is currently being held by the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S at 7:47.19.

 

2017 and beyond is looking to be a fantastic time for motoring enthusiasts and the choices are getting harder and harder to narrow down. Save up that cash, break into your savings account, and start revving up those bank balances because 2017 to 2018 is a year you do not want to miss.

One of the biggest ways that you can waste money on a car is by not taking good care of it. Simply put, you may as well not drive the car if you aren’t taking care of it. You’ll be chucking money away in buckets. The thing is, cars do cost a lot of money not only to run, but to buy. The cost of a car is wasted if you aren’t going to look after it. There’s really no excuse as well, since you can employ any number of professionals to work your car for you.

There’s no choice when it comes to the maintenance of your car. It simply has to be done. No matter the type of your car, you need to look after it. It is never not a good idea!


The easiest thing to do with looking after your vehicle is to check the tires. This simply requires a close inspection that will take no longer than five minutes. You see, if tires are worn, you car handling will suffer. The tires are rubber wheels that are the only thing keeping your car grounded. If there is one single aspect of your car that always needs to be in good condition, it will be the four rubber tires keeping the car on the road. Tires get worn with general use of the car, so they do need to be changed if worn and inflated if air pressure is dropping below acceptable levels. Simply put, if you’re driving with worn tires, an accident and a meeting with an accident attorney isn’t far away at all.

If you’ve spent a lot on your car, why would you let the exterior of the car erode? Dirt, bird droppings and other grime will eat the paintwork of the car. This can not only decrease the value of your car; but it will also in some cases actually destroy the exterior. Wax the paintwork and clean the car to avoid this.


An engine oil change is often required and is an easy maneuver to perform. Engine oil is essential to the clean running of a motor vehicle, thus keep it clean. Dirty engine oil wipes grime around the inside of an engine and this isn’t good – especially if you want to keep your car on the road. A engine oil change costs less than an engine block clean or replacement, consider that. As for spark plugs, they won’t ignite the fuel if they are filthy, so keep them clean and replace them.

Store your car well, as well – wrap it up, keep it fueled and tick the battery and engine over every so often to keep it in drivable condition if you aren’t planning to use it in a while. A car’s condition can really go downhill if it is neglected in storage.


Look after your car, seriously. If you’ve spent the cash on it, it makes sense. However, if you do want to waste money – don’t look after your car.

The 2018 Mercedes AMG GT will include a yellow-on-dark identification rather than the red utilized for the S show. On top of that, it appears that the inside of the auto will utilize a similar shading plan. Not very far in the past Mercedes displayed a secret which uncovered lightweight can seat wrapped in Alcantara with differentiating yellow sewing. The safety belts likewise appear to be yellow, and we are almost certain that the greater part of the inside will take after this plan nearly. Different alternatives may be accessible as additional items, yet for the present, this is all Mercedes uncovered to us.

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The Engine go for Changes and Upgrades

The progressions are not going to stop just on the outside and inside the lodge. The most noteworthy overhauls are likely going to be to its running apparatus and motor. Mercedes as of now uncovered that the AMG GTR will be speedier than the SLS Black, which was at that point a quick machine, to begin with. This ought to be accomplished by stiffer stuns and springs with a superior electronic control framework. On top of that, the auto is likely going to hit the market with carbon artistic brakes offered on the base trim level. These will be extremely useful, particularly on a hustling auto.

For a lot of drivers, safety is something that they often forget to think about. The problem with that is that, if you’re not thinking about safety, you’re putting yourself and other people in pretty serious danger. Plenty of people only discover how important safety is out on the road when it’s too late. To help make sure that you avoid that fate, here are some ways to make sure that you’re staying safe while out on the road.


Think about safety when buying the car

It’s all too easy to get wrapped up in engine size, speed, and style when you’re buying a car. Those kinds of things are right there on the surface, and they’re specifically designed to get your interest. But it’s important not to ignore important details like safety when you’re actually thinking about putting money down on a vehicle. The best thing to do is to make sure that you’re buying from a reputable dealer like PaulMoakVolvo.com. You’re much more likely to end up with a car that isn’t safe on the road if you buy privately. Then you need to ask some of the less important questions. How well has it performed in safety test? What kinds of airbags does it have? Does is, have any safety features that don’t come as standard? Those kinds of questions might not seem particularly exciting, but they can end up saving more than one life in the event that something happens while you’re on the road.

Get your car serviced regularly

 

The biggest mistake that drivers often make is to simply assume that their car is working fine because they can’t readily identify a problem. The problem there is that, just because there isn’t oil leaking from the car or smoke pouring out of the engine, doesn’t mean there’s not something wrong. The best thing to do is to take it to a mechanic regularly just to make sure that everything’s working alright. It might seem like you’re wasting money, but it’s far worse to end up with your care suffering some kind of serious malfunction. When that happens, you might not just be facing a financial cost.


Drive defensively

No matter how safe your car is, the one thing that you can never account for is other people on the road. The best way to do that is to learn defensive driving. Defensive driving essentially means that you should be driving in a way that encourages you to predict and potential dangers so that you can avoid them as easily as possible. It’s all about an increased awareness so that you’re never caught off-guard by someone else driving irresponsibly.


In a perfect world, you’d never need to worry about safety, but sadly we don’t live in that kind of world. The best that you can hope for is that you take all of the right precautions and then never really need to put any of them into practice. That might seem like something of a waste, but it’s better than not taking safety seriously and then realizing, too late, that you should have.