When you’re trying to shift a used car, you don’t want it lingering for too long. It costs you money and value the longer you hold onto it. Guaranteeing a quick sale is the best way to get the best deal on it. But trying to sell it before it’s ready to go out there is only going to do more harm than good. Here, we’ll look at why your car isn’t selling and why it’s going to keep costing you money.

You haven’t taken care of it

This is priority number one. If a car doesn’t feel good on a test drive, then it’s probably not going to be taken for any more drives after that. You don’t have to completely kit out the car and replace all its parts to get a better drive. A thorough maintenance will highlight issues in the breaks, the engine, and suspension that all have a drastic input on how the drive feels. Failing to maintain your car won’t only lower a buyer’s estimation of the car’s value and their opinion of whether they would buy it. Not having a maintenance log kept up to date is going to make a real dent in the car’s value.

You’re not paying enough attention to the details

Even if the car drives fine, people do look at the details. Sometimes they see something that seems minor, but in actuality means that they’re only buying more work when they buy the car. The most common instance of that is a small chip or crack in the windshield. If a buyer sees that, they’re going to think that it’s at risk of growing into a huge crack that could jeopardise the windshield. They’re correct in thinking that, too. Glass restoration services like http://novus.co.nz/ can help you make sure that all the details of the car pass inspection. Don’t forget to detail and wax the car and to clean the interiors, either. It might seem like buyer nit-picking to you, but it really does change their perception on the car.

You’re not selling it very well

It might not have anything to do with the car itself but how you’re trying to sell it. Online is the best marketplace to sell a car on, but it’s also one of the marketplaces where it’s easiest to mess it up and turn people off the car entire. http://www.autoguide.com/ has a lot of useful advice on how you can write a listing that drastically improves the car’s chances of catching some interest. Include all the necessary details and make sure that you take high-quality digital pictures (not on your phone) of the car’s exterior and interior. Failing to do so can make buyers believe you’re trying to hide something about it.

It’s all about presentation. How the car looks, how it feels to drive, and how you advertise it in its listings. As long as you haven’t taken care of those issues, you’re probably going to be waiting longer for offers that don’t match its real value.

Every new year brings new cars, new engines, new tech, new sighs and new sounds. 2018 will continue that trend and bring new to our lives, especially so when it comes to cars. There’s plenty to grab your eye – and your wallet – within the next year, and we want to bring your gaze to something different. The Alpine A110, new for 2017.

The original A110 was a road and racing classic, with Steve McQueen looks and European class beneath the bonnet. This road-racer had the right look for sport. And it’s back. The two-seater sports car is a remake of the 55-year-old original Alpine A110 two-door Berline, and it’s tasty – that’s for sure. What made the old A110 so special? It was a heavy, classic sports car in the style of fantasy. It looked as good as it performed – and it’s about to get blown out of the water by its offspring. A lot of this is because of the new materials used to make cars – which are so much lighter than the heavy metals of old; but the A110 is more like smooth Jazz.

We’re expecting the A110 to set you back quite a bit, but it will be worth it. You’ll need to look after it though. Repairing and maintaining European cars isn’t difficult with experts around like Malone’s so check out their auto shop – especially so if you’re putting big money into a car like this. Taking your car into the right shop will make all the difference, and you’d ideally want people who specialise in fixing up European models to look after your new Alpine (which runs on Renault!).

 

In the scene, this new A110 is one of the most long-awaited models in recent years. It seems like we’ve been looking at constant concept leaks and other tidbits for ages, but the car is finally here, and you aren’t far away from owning it. What’s going on under the hood, though? It’s got a 1.8-litre quad-cylinder engine that can ramp up to almost two hundred and fifty brake horsepower; which gets you to 60 miles per hour in just 4.5. seconds, racing ahead at a top speed that stretches over one hundred and fifty-five miles per hour. If you’re a car nerd, you’ll know that the speed of this new model dwarfs the one hundred and thirty-nine top speed of the original A110.

 

It sounds like a lot of fun to drive, and it looks it as well – it’s got a classic blend of rich leather, carbon fibre and metals with racing bucket seats. The aerodynamic features of the outside are heavily represented within the sleek interior. It’s a light car as well, weighing in at just over a ton. With all that power, being a lightweight beast allows it to ride the roads well, making for a pleasant and airy drive all around. No manual transmission will be supplied in the car though.

 

It’s best to look forward with cars, but this new A110 succeeds by looking back. This blast from the past is the next big thing.

The day will come when your son or daughter is grown up enough to drive. Now, this is a strange time for any parent because you want them to have their independence. More than that, though, you want them to be safe, and teenagers aren’t a model of responsibility. But, what are you supposed to do, never let them drive? Of course, this isn’t a feasible plan, not least because they will hate you forever. The best option is to try and limit the damage as much as possible, and below are the tips that will help.

Lead By Example

 

As the saying goes, you only start to learn to drive after you pass the test. As a result, your children will take their cues from you, a recognized seasoned veteran. What you have to do, then, is lead by example through your own behaviour. That means cutting out the road rage, sticking to the speed limit, and not being reckless. Another important tip is never to drink and drive even if you have a good DUI lawyer. The law states you can have a certain amount of units, but it’s best to stay clear altogether. If your kid sees you doing it they will follow suit, and they are more likely to abuse it.

 

Install Safety Features

 

You will find that most vehicles come with safety features as standard. However, it is possible to take it to the next level. Consider cameras for a moment. Most people wouldn’t think to put a camera on a car, yet it aids safety. The reason is that it acts as another set of eyes for the driver to use. Hopefully, this should limit the number of blind spots and result in fewer accidents. Parking sensors are also available. A sensor beeps whenever the car gets too close to an object, which should alert the driver to a potential accident.

 

Keep Tabs

 

If you are a fan of George Orwell, you might be happy to learn that there are apps which track cars. So, with the help of the Car Parental Control app, you can keep tabs on a teen driver. Sure, this is a drastic measure to take, especially if they find out what you are doing. However, some parents think it is necessary because new drivers are not the most trustworthy. Whether it crosses a line or it doesn’t, it will add an extra sense of security.

 

Send Them On A Course

 

After people pass, they can go on an additional educational course which teaches them about safety. For obvious reasons, any teenager won’t be thrilled about having more lessons. But, they won’t have an option if you are helping them find a car and paying for the insurance. If they are independent, there is nothing you can do. If they need your help, you can include it as a mandatory stipulation before they get behind the wheel.

 

Now you won’t have to worry as much when they pass.

As far as economical cars go, there are many out there right now. In recent years, they’ve become a far more viable option than they used to be. However, there are still a few out there that are better than others. One that particularly stands out right now is the Vauxhall Astra Hatchback. Want to know why this car could be your next dream car? Read on!


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An Amazing Driving Experience

Many people who drive this car say that it’s the most amazing driving experience. They even go as far to say that this is the best car that Vauxhall has ever made! However, there are a number of different models. It’s worth bearing in mind that if you want to cut fuel costs, the 1.6-litre CDTi ecoFLEX diesel model is the one to go for!

 

A Powerful Yet Frugal Engine

Although the engine is powerful in the Vauxhall Astra Hatchback, it’s still frugal. Not only is the engine great, it also has a wonderful design on the inside. Everything is laid out beautifully; it’s comfortable and spacious too. Both the interior and the exterior are extremely stylish. As well as all of this, it has a 5 star crash test safety rating.

 

The Vauxhall Astra Hatchback has come an awfully long way when you look at economical engines of the past. It’s one of the best family hatchbacks on sale. Just look at the infographic below to get an idea for yourself of how far the economical engines have come in recent years!

 

Like Italy the UK has had a long history of manufacturing thoroughbred sports cars. From the E-Type Jaguar that debuted in the early 1960’s, British designers have always been way ahead of the game.

There is a number of driving experience provider which offer people the chance to drive an Aston Martin, including 6th Gear Experience. Who have a range of British supercars on offer to drive which as an innovative gift for someone special, is also an ideal present for someone with just a passing interest in cars.

Starting with the range from iconic British supercar manufacturer Aston Martin, 6th Gear Experience offers the ever popular Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Capable of almost 180mph its soundtrack is pure supercar and given its relatively small size it’s agile and punchy. Next up is the V12 engine DB9, a favourite on 6th Gear’s fleet with its raucous exhaust note and smooth but muscular looks. Finally the ‘daddy’ of the Aston Martin line up is the famous DBS. Driven by Daniel Craig in both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace ours unfortunately doesn’t come with the machine guns, built in defibrillator or ejector seat but it does come with a turn of pace that will take any Bond fans breath away.

Another British icon that claimed fame by its appearance on BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ is the supercharged Ariel Atom. Remember the episode some ten years ago now when Clarkson’s cheeks were distorted by the airflow created by the acceleration of this small but potent pocket rocket? That sent sales of the supercharged version of the Atom into the stratosphere and the tiny supercar has been a legend ever since.

The acceleration of the Atom is its trademark. 0-60mph in less than 3 seconds is some achievement and leaves the average 6th Gear customer stunned! Fortunately our fleet of three supercharged Atoms also comes with an experienced instructor who can speak directly to the driver via headsets installed in the helmets. With no ABS, traction control or indeed any sort of driver aids the Atom in the dry is mind-blowing. In the wet it can be very tricky to say the least! Possibly one of the most popular supercars on 6th Gears fleet is the Atom and it’s not difficult to see why.

 

Jaguar over the years has also carved a niche in the UK sports car market. Starting with the aforementioned E-Type over 50 years ago every so often this truly British brand releases a jewel in the crown every so often. The latest icon is the F-Type a worthy replacement to its successor. 6th Gear Experience own two of the Jaguar F-Type’s, both with the ultimate 5 litre supercharged engine known as the ‘R’ model. What is astonishing about this stunning looking convertible is not so much the tremendous pace of this sublime sportscar but its rapid F1 style paddle shift gearbox which changes up and down with the speed of a machine gun. Combining eye catching looks with a punch not seen from a big Jaguar in over 20 years it’s not difficult to see why the F-Type Jaguar is a best seller for the group.

 

Attending a 6th Gear Experience event day is a lot of fun and on every one of the seventy or so experience days the company puts on at six different locations, all the supercars mentioned above will be in the line up on the day.

Whilst most of the customers driving will have been bought the experience as a gift it’s still possible to simply turn up unannounced with your driving license and get behind the wheel of a supercar. Always popular with the friends and family of the pre-booked customer this ‘Pay and Drive’ service 6th Gear Experience offer is great fun and enables everyone else in your group to take part too.

 

Check out 6th Gear Experience website for the full range of driving experiences packages which are, available to purchase as a gift. Buying a British supercar driving experience as a gift makes an innovative and surprise present and you can rely on 6th Gear Experience to give your special someone a day with us they will never forget!

 

If you’re passionate about cars – and how could you not be? – then you may have considered modifying your vehicle, in the hope of improving its performance, power, and style. This is an exciting adventure, one that allows you to exercise your passion, and build a car more in the image of what you want. However, it’s not straightforward. If you’re just beginning to think about the modifications you can add, then there are some things that you need to think about. We outline five below, which will help you get the car you want.

What’s Your Goal?

 

To begin with, ask yourself what you’re trying to achieve from modifying your vehicle. There are many different ways you can do it, but you won’t be able to do all of them – or initially, at least. For example, do you want to give your car some added roar under the hood? Do you want to change the exterior, making it more interesting, and more of a head turner, in the process? Or are you all about the entertainment, and keen to add a sound system that’ll be the envy of other drivers?

 

Long Term Cost

 

Make no mistake: modifying cars is an expensive business, in more ways than one. For starters, it’s crucial that you invest in high-quality parts, especially if it will affect how your car runs. You might be able to live with a cheaply made sound system, but anything that affects the safety and performance of the car needs to be watertight. It is not the place to look for bargains. Also, while the start up cost can be expensive, remember that it won’t be the final thing you pay for; modified cars always need tweaks and improvements, making it an ongoing expenditure.

 

Insurance Issues

 

You’re making your car stand out, which is positive in some regards, but you’ll also be making it more attractive to would-be criminals. Because of this, your car insurance policy is unlikely to foot the bill if any of your modified or customised parts are stolen or damaged. Even if your insurer won’t cover your modifications, it’s important that you notify them should you make any alterations. Remember that adding safety features to your vehicle can reduce the cost of your insurance; worth thinking about, as it’ll offset any rise in cost you might experience due to modifications.

 

DIY Jobs

 

If you’re eager to modify your car, then you probably want to be a part of the process, doing the jobs yourself. While this is possible, and recommended if you know what you’re doing, remember that some additions will require a technical proficiency that you’re unlikely to possess. As such, you should figure out which jobs you can do yourself and which will require the services of a professional.

 

Keep it Appropriate

 

Finally: keep it tasteful. It’s easy to get carried away when it comes to our cars, but if you take it too far we’ll end up with a car that looks ridiculous, performs too well for the street, and which can’t be sold!

As a parent, you’re always willing to do what your kid needs. You make their meals, take them to school, and even support their college applications in any way that you can. So, it’s only natural for you to be cautious when they hit big milestones. You’re so used to being so involved in what they do that you can’t help but find the idea of them driving super scary. And in some ways, it always will be. But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen – because it will. So it’s your job to help them through the process, which includes getting their first car and knowing exactly when they’re ready for it.

Do They Have Their License?

 

First of all, the key indicator as to whether your kid is ready for their first car is whether or not they have their license yet. Of course, this is going to vary for everyone, but some parents will want to make sure that their kids have got their license before they buy the car. Sometimes, it may be the case that they’re working towards their license and they have a birthday coming up, so getting a car a little early won’t hurt. But, only if they’re ready.

 

Are They Responsible?

 

It also helps to know that your kid is responsible. When your kid struggles to gain your trust, it’s not always the best idea to go ahead and get them a car anyway. But, if your son or daughter is mature, constantly proves to you that they’re responsible, and you know that you can trust them, why wouldn’t they be ready to own their first car?

 

Are They Knowledgeable?

 

Car ownership is a big responsibility. It’s not something that you can allow your teenager to take lightly. It’s important that they know exactly what it means to be a car owner. They should know what auto repair work their car will need, and when to get it. They should also know how to drive safely, and how their car works in case they should ever have an emergency and have to change a flat, for example.

 

Will They Take Care Of It?

 

Being knowledgeable is one thing, but you’re also going to want to make sure that your kid will take care of their car. Whether you’re planning on purchasing it or they are, being responsible enough to take care of a car is a big deal. They will need to learn all about car maintenance and the key checks they will need to make on a regular basis. And, they should also know that they’re going to need to keep it clean too.

 

Can They Afford It?


And finally, you’re going to want to consider the cost. It’s important that your son or daughter knows the cost of owning a car. Because it can be expensive. Do they have a job? If not, how are they going to pay for the upkeep? It’s also important to determine who will be buying the car in the first place, as saving up is a great way for them to appreciate the value of money.

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When it comes to choosing a new car, there are so many things to take into account. Most people will focus on the superficial: the design of a car, the cost, its general popularity and general public perception regarding how desirable it is. But when it comes down to it, when you take to the roads, there should be one main concern on your mind: your health and safety. The roads can be a dangerous place and accidents can result in damage to your vehicle, injury to yourself or, in extreme cases, fatalities. While the sensible and good handling of a vehicle is the main factor in ensuring not only your own safety but the well-being of everyone else on the road and surrounding pedestrians. But a safe vehicle will give you that extra level of protection that could make all the difference in negative situations. This is where the Alfa Romeo Giulia Saloon comes into play. It has been ranked as one of the safest vehicles on the road. Here are a few reasons to consider in investing in this as your next automobile.

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

 

Safety Spec

 

The Alpha Romeo Giulia has managed to gain the highest ever score for adult occupant protection achieved by any car tested by Euro NCAP. It achieved an outstanding 98%. The vehicle offers admirable side-impact protection for individuals seated inside the car’s reinforced passenger compartment. The seats are designed specifically to reduce the negative implications of whiplash. In terms of child occupant safety, it scored a high 81% and an impressive 69% score when it came to pedestrian protection. Altogether, it is a fairly safe vehicle for those involved in any incidents. Where the car lacked was perhaps its 60% safety assist score. But not to worry. It has extra features that prevent accidents from happening in the first place, including autonomous emergency braking as standard and lane-departure warning systems. Overall, the vehicle has an impressive safety spec and rivals or exceeds standards set by various other cars.

 

If you do end up in a bump or scrape, you may find that the cause of the accident may not be your fault. This vehicle not only offers protection from others but when you purchase a car that is so applauded for its safety features, you demonstrate your commitment to road safety. This can cast a favorable light when it comes to claiming. Mention this to Nagle and Associates before making any claim. They may be able to help your case.

 

Compromise?


Now, we know what you’re thinking. When you choose a safety conscious car, you often have to make large compromises elsewhere. This is usually in the area of the vehicle’s design, speed or size. Safe cars are often considered undesirable because of this, with many opting for more superficial and aesthetically pleasing designs at the cost of more important factors. But not to worry. The Giulia Saloon manages to maintain a sleek design, high performance and is considered to rival the popular BMW 3 Series.

The automotive industry is one of those areas which is always improving and always finding new ways to do old things. Anyone who is interested in finding a good car will do well to pay attention to some of the ongoing trends which you can find in the industry. Some of them are much more obvious or overt than others, and some more subtle, but they all have their place to play, and it is worth keeping an eye on them. In this post, we are going to look at some of the car trends that you might want to look out for over the next year or so. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting.

Turbocharge

 

Although already a well-established facet of car design, it seems as though there is something of an increasing willingness to turbocharge vehicles. Part of the way this is changing means that many vehicles are now being turbocharged which would never have received this treatment in the past. This is something to definitely watch out for, as it ultimately means more and more powerful cars within a shorter and shorter frame of time. If you enjoy a speedy car at a reasonable price, then you should probably welcome this changing approach towards turbocharging everything with open arms.

 

 

Reliability Over Price

 

It is clear that the price of a vehicle is always hugely important, but something else which always needs consideration for many car owners is the reliability of the vehicle. This is harder to pin down very often, but it is very important. A change in the way people approach building cars means that reliability is becoming more and more standard and staple, regardless of the price of the vehicle in the last analysis. This is ultimately great news for all drivers: fewer journeys to the auto repair shop, and a much safer ride all round, no matter the vehicle you are driving.

 

 

Integrated Tech

 

More and more, car companies are installing different kinds of technology into their vehicles, often making the experience markedly different to how it might have been previously. If you are keen on this kind of approach, then you probably have plenty to look forward to in the next year or two, as the integration of smartphones and other mobile devices begins to play more of a central role amongst a variety of car developers across the world. The exact ways in which this will show is not yet entirely clear, but you can bet that there are going to be some interesting combinations of device and vehicle.

 

 

Go Sports


Finally, be prepared for more and more sportscar-type vehicles becoming available at more modest price ranges. This is great news for real motorheads, who always love the opportunity to drive something a little fancy. It is mostly a design change which will implement this, but that should be good enough if you just want to look good on the road. From now on, it’s sports all the way!

Most car owners agree that cars used to be easy to repair and maintain at home when they didn’t rely on electronic features. The original Beetle from Volkswagen was designed to be a car that you could maintain at home easily. As a result, you can easily take an original Beetle apart assuming you have the appropriate tools. More impressively, you can put it back together just as easily, and the car will still work. Modern cars are not designed to be hands-on, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t look after your car at home. Indeed, while you need a specialist computer to deal with warning icons on the dashboard – and consequently, it’s best to rely on a trained mechanic – you can make sure that your car is clean and in good condition at all times.

Get The Basics Right

Car maintenance is essential as it is the process that keeps your car taking you smoothly and safely from A to B. Naturally, you can book your car for a yearly checkup at the local garage, but in the meantime you can get the basics right to make sure that your car keeps running for a long time. If you drive regularly, you need to check the oil in your engine regularly, a minimum of every 2 weeks is an essential. Why so? Because the oil is necessary to lubricate the engine and absorb heat at your drive. Without it, the engine overheats. You should also check the pressure of your tires regularly, every three to four weeks, depending on your driving habits. Why does it matter? Because low-pressure tires are fuel greedy. And may cause damage to your suspension system.

 

 

Look After The Engine

Looking after your engine at home is vital. We’ve mentioned the oil earlier. You need to keep the oil level high to help the engine – the oil gauge has marks that indicate the maximum and minimum levels. Taking care of your battery is vital too, as your car won’t start if the battery goes flat – however, the battery can be recharged as you drive. But there is another reason why your car won’t start. If the engine turns over but doesn’t manage to start, it can be an indication that your carburetor is dirty, if you have an old car – built before 1994. For this, you’ll need the appropriate carburetor cleaning tools to solve the issue. Indeed, when the carburetor accumulates dirt, it means that the combination of air and fuel can’t reach the engine. Consequently, the engine turns over but it can’t start.

Don’t Let Rust Settle In

Rust is the worst enemy of paint and alloys. Consequently, you need to actively protect your car from it. Using wax on the body can help to reduce the risk of rust and oxidation developing. You can sometimes wax your alloys, but you need to clean them first. For a start, you will need to remove the brake dust that accumulates into the alloys and the wheels, as these tiny particles can damage your car. Using a car brush will allow you to clean every aspect of the wheel and the alloy. Be sure to use the right kind of cleaning product for your alloy, as aluminium and steel alloys react differently.

 

Check Your Brakes

As a car driver, you need to be able to check your brakes easily and rapidly. Why does it matter? Because your car sensors – if you have any – can only notify you when the brake pads are fully worn out. However, being in a position where you can find out in advance and easily whether you need to change your brakes or not can avoid you a lot of troubles in the long run. As a rule of the thumb, you need to check your brakes every 6 months to a year, depending on your driving habits. Don’t think that if you don’t drive often, you won’t need to change brakes often. In reality, you are more likely to change your brake disc and pads more regularly, as these might rust together during the time you don’t use the car – assuming you park the car outside.