Martes, Agosto 30, 2016

Top 10 budget friendly cars that you can definitely afford

When you’re in desperate need of a car and you’re on a tight budget, you need to let go of superficial preferences and be extremely practical. 

1.     Hyundai Elantra
Not only that this is the only manual transmission available in the entire 2010 Elantra sedan lineup (which we know are cheaper than automatics), it’s also tuned for maximum fuel efficiency.

2.      Kia Forte Sedan
Prep yourself because this list is dominated by Hyundais and Kias which are Korean. Yes it’s a little expensive but as mentioned we’re going for the practical ones to buy and own. This Forte is a six-speed manual transmission, plus it’s quite attractive too.

3.      Suzuki SX4 Sedan
You’d assume more people are into this hatchback since its price is quite reasonable considering it’s decently fast. But surprisingly it’s one of the most underrated cars. Three year insurance cost of this one is only $3830 and three-year fuel cost would be $3563.

4.      Kia Soul
This may be small but it offers an extensive menu of customization options not to mention that it only cost $21, 063 in three years, inclusive of base MSRP, EPA combined mileage, fuel cost, and insurance cost.

5.      Toyota Yaris Three-Door Hatchback
Yes, it’s about $1000 more expensive than a Smart Fortwo. But this has more cargo space and has more passenger space so it gives you a feeling of a real car.

6.      Kia Rio Sedan
When it comes to driving experience, Rio sure is more than an anemic shuffle. Actually, it placed third on the comparison test of econocars. Not to mention that it’s only costs $19, 378 in three years of owning it, so there’s that.

7.      Chevrolet Aveo Sedan
Okay, let’s get this straight. We did include this sedan on the list because three-year costs are within reasonable one. But you’d want to opt for the 2011 model, it’s similarly thrifty but it’s a lot better compared to its predecessor.

8.      Smart Fortwo Coupe
If you’re only after a vehicle so you can have a ride to and from anywhere that is small, cheap and fuel efficient, this is great. Just don’t expect that much from this Coupe.

9.      Hyundai Accent Three-Door Hatchback
While the Accent is the cheapest car on the list, you have to be aware right off the bat that it’s insurance cost over three years isn’t that cheap. So, if you’re really wanna stick on the budget, you might want to prioritize your insurance agent.

10. Nissan Versa 1.6 Base
Well, the Nissan Versa is fine. It is quite competent and capacious for its $17, 506 three-year cost of ownership. But you’ll have to do with some setbacks. But then, it is the cheapest car possible. If you want a little more quality than what the Nissan Versa can offer you with the same price, start looking for trust-worthy used cars.

Huwebes, Agosto 18, 2016

Car Repairs You Can Easily Handle On Your Own

Replace Wiper Blades
With a screwdriver and new blades, you can easily replace the old ones, by tilting the wiper arms upwards, in just five minutes. Just follow the instructions on the package and you should be fine.

Replace Fuse
Check your owner’s manual first to know where to find the fuse box and the type of fuse you’ll need. Using a fuse puller, you can easily do the job. The fuse box cover is usually labelled so you won’t have trouble identifying the circuit.

Replace Light Bulb
It’s basically as simple as replacing a light bulb at home. You won’t need a mechanic for that, do you? Just make sure you buy the same bulb as the old one from a trusted auto parts.

Replace Air Filter
Remove the cover of the filter box using a screwdriver then just lift the filter out.

Change Oil And Filter
You would have to refer to the user’s manual with this one too. That will tell you the type of engine oil and recommended capacity. After that prepare your latex gloves, drain pan, funnel, oil filter wrench, and a combination wrench, if your car is a newer model, you’ll be able to get this done in less than 30 minutes. Oil filters of newer cars are more accessible which also means there’s less chances of spill.

Tire Replacement
If there’s one car repair that every car owner should know, that’s changing tires; especially since jack and tire changing tools are provided by most car makers.

Check Radiator Hoses
Always check both the upper and the lower radiator hoses to see if they’re both damaged. Radiator hoses are usually just held by screws and clamps, so all you need is a screwdriver.

Check Car Batteries
You’ll know it’s time to have your batteries replaced if it hits only 9.7 volts when starting the engine. You’ll need suitable gloves, eye protection, and a voltmeter for this car repair.

Check Car Signal Relays
All you have to do is check your owner’s manual. Inspect relay cluster and then the turn signal relay. It could be just a bad turn signal relay or dead bulb.

Check Seat Belts
With just a screwdriver, you can easily replace the old seat belts with new ones. But even if you’ve already replaced it, see if the new seat belt is working fine.

Miyerkules, Agosto 10, 2016

Top 9 Road Trip Friendly Tips

Road trips are fun and exciting! It’s a great way to explore new places while gaining a lot of benefits like being able to sharpen your mind, seeing things in new and brighter way, building your confidence to try new things and get out of your comfort zone. But to make sure you get the best out of your travel experience, mind these tips to avoid common mishaps on the road.

1. Pick An Enthusiastic Companion

Nothing sucks out the life out of a supposedly fun trip than having a travel buddy who is in a completely different page. So you might wanna make sure that the person you’d be traveling with is someone who understands the responsibilities and challenges of travelling, but is also spontaneous enough to take things in stride.

2. Be Realistic With Your Budget
Do your research well when it comes to possible expenses so you can budget well. Believe me; you don’t wanna cut your trip short because you ended up with not enough money to go on.  Be smart on the things to save and splurge and make sure to set a fund for unexpected expenses.

3. Make Sure You Take A Reliable Car
If would rather bring a car than to commute, you better be certain that that vehicle won’t be a problem. Have the car checked for possible repairs before the trip; opt for a ride that ensures fuel economy, passenger comfort, cargo volume, off-road ability and cruise control. Secured safety features like airbags, traction control, vehicle stability, and tire pressure monitor system should also be a non-negotiable.

4. Don’t Drive Tired
You’re supposed to be headed for a fun and relaxing getaway, not to a hospital due to road accident. No one wants that, so don’t risk it by forcing yourself to drive even if you’re already beat just so you could go home by a set schedule. Give your body the rest that it needs to avoid accident.

5. You Pick The Playlist
The driver should be able to pick the playlist. Why? Because music can affect the driver’s mood, which means he can be as engaged or not on the wheels depending on the music he hears.

6. Don’t Be Too Confident With Your GPS
What if your phone goes haywire all of a sudden? Then you’d end up not knowing which route to go because you relied on one source for GPS. Better have a backup gadget as well as backup navigation apps just to be sure.

7. Get Off The Highway
Now, where the fun in that if you stay on the highway? That’s fine if you’re already headed home, but if you’re still in the middle of the road trip, why not goes off the beaten path? Who knows, you might discover a local restaurant or a tourists spot that not many people know but turned out to be a great find? Just make sure your car is prepared for fewer gas stations, public attractions, and rest stops since you’d be going in less traveled road.

8. Opt For Healthier Snack
Yes, you need to eat when your stomach calls for it, but you’ll get tired right away, not to mention gain more weight if you stop for fast food every time your tummy growls.  Have a stash of easy snacks that are a good combo of protein, carbs, and healthy fats to keep you satisfied in the car.

9. If You Can, Don’t Crash On Motels
If you come to think of it, hotel accommodation don’t costs that much considering that they often come with complimentary meals, a nice pool, fitness centers, and comfy mattresses. Plus you can always split the price with your travel companion, so why settle for a motel with amenities you can’t be sure of?

Miyerkules, Agosto 3, 2016

The 10 Finest Muscle Cars!

You fancy muscle cars? Dig in to this list of 10 greatest old muscle cars and get to know them a little bit more!

1967 Shelby Mustang GT500
This super snake fastback doesn’t disappoint! With its 428cu (7.0L) V8. 2.048 engine, no wonder it was featured in the 2000 action movie remake of "Gone in 60 Seconds”!

1966 Shelby Cobra 427
Of all the Cobra variants the 427 Semi/Competition or S/C is the most desirable series. This series were strictly made for racing complete with solid lifters and side oil passage which this series is very known for.

1969 Z28 Chevy Camaro
The 1969 Z28 Chevy Camaro had single season styling and unique combination of brake, engine, exhaust, and induction option. This is probably the reason why it was the most sought after Z28, though it wasn’t the fastest muscle car.

1970 Chevelle 454 SS
Producing an incredible, tire spinning 450 horsepower, this Chevelle 454 is truly invincible over a quarter mile.

1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda
Aside from the V-8 engine, shaker hood, featuring an air intake mounted on top of the engine's air cleaner that protrudes through a hole in the hood which was a standard on this bad boy, the dual-carburetor, 426-cubic-inch Hemi that whipped up 425 horsepower seals the deal with this one.

1965 Pontiac GTO
Back in the day and even up to this day, the 1965 Pontiac GTO is a hit. With its 3/2 BBL 398 V8 engine which produces 360 horsepower evokes speed and style along with its coke bottle curves!

1970 Boss 302 Mustang
You know why many car enthusiast desire this car? It’s because it’s not just some vintage track car, but a car that helped serious racers and enthusiasts improve their own Boss 302’s.

1969 Dodge Charger
To attract more youthful drivers, the 1969 Dodge Charger sported a new grille and tail light treatment to bolster the sporty image. Nevertheless, it was still legendary.

 1968 Pontiac Firebird Coupe
You probably may not compare it to today’s well-built car, but it will still turn heads. Plus for an old car, it’s performance is commendable.

1970 Buick GSX
Once upon a time, the roads were graced by this 455-cubic inch V8 engine. There’s no denying that it remains the era’s largest engine ever.