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Essential checklist for a viewing a used car

What should you look for when you pop the hood on a car? What do you need to check in the interior? What documents should a seller have? If you’re about to view a selection of used cars and you’re asking yourself these questions, don’t panic. Here’s your essential checklist…

  1. Do they have the right documentation?

If you’re going to view a private-seller vehicle, there are a few essential questions you should ask and paperwork you need to see. Can the seller show you the V5C registration document? You won’t be able to tax the car without it, and if they don’t have it or are not named on it, it’s important to understand why. When viewing the document, you should also check that the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN),engine number and colour match the details on the V5C. If anything seems suspicious to you where the paperwork is concerned, walk away.

  1. Learn the warning signs

Whether you’re visiting a garage or a private seller, there are a few warning signs you need to be wary of when checking over the vehicle. Is the car hot to the touch, a sign that it’s been warmed up prior to your arrival? Does the mileage seem accurate for the age of the car? You can check the recorded mileage on service records, MOT ‘certificates’ and other documents, but also look out for any signs that instruments have been tampered with, such as worn screws.

  1. Ask about damage

It might be when you view the vehicle that there are signs of damage not previously mentioned in the online description. Be sure to check the story of this with the seller, but always conduct an online HPI check, which scans online records for any accidents the car has been involved in. You should also make a note of scratches, rust and any other issues with the condition of the car, as it will help you to negotiate a lower price later.

  1. Safety first

Once you’ve gone over the administration and initial look of the vehicle, it’s time to delve a little deeper. Your first consideration should be safety, so start with the tyres and whether they’re in good condition to the correct specification, with no visible cuts or bulges. Is there a spare wheel, and a working tyre inflator? Are the jack and other tools included? Are all the seatbelts working, or are any fraying and in need of replacement?

  1. Check over the interior

Once you move inside the car, check all upholstery for staining, rips and tears that will cost you to repair. Check every button, lever and gadget, from the radio and air conditioning to the built-in sat-nav system. Then, move on to your lights, and make sure everything is in working condition, including side lights, head lights, full beam, indicators, your hazard warning button, brake lights, fog lights and so on.

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Get the Most for Your Valuable Car

Cars that are very rare have become more of a collector’s item than ever before. Classic cars are going for record prices at auctions all over the world. It is because of the massive amount of money at stake that you should take the right steps to sell your valuable car. You might have a rare automobile that has been sitting in your garage collecting dust for many years. Your children are getting ready for college and you figure selling it might pay for their tuition. If this is the case, you do not want to miss your chance to make as much money as possible on the sale of your car. Here is what you should do when you have finally made the decision to sell your rare car that you believe to be valuable.

1. Get a professional car appraiser involved in the process.

A person who appraises rare cars for a living will be able to give you an accurate determination of exactly what your car is worth. This is very important because you need to know the value of your car so you can determine what you will ask for it. You also need to decide what the lowest amount you are willing to accept for the car is. You will find it difficult to get buyers if you price your car too high.

2. Contact a company that buys rare and valuable cars.

The explosion in the rare car market has created the need for companies that search for certain vehicles for wealthy clients. These companies will acquire old and rare cars that they are looking for in the hopes of selling them to their clients at a profit. You would be wise to contact some of these companies and see what they will offer you for your classic Porsche 911. You might get more than you expected for it.

3. Put your car up for auction.

Another option you have available to you is an auction. Rare cars are auctioned off every day. The advantage of selling your car at auction is that you will not just be accepting a single offer. There is no limit to how high the bidding will go. There might be a couple of bidders who really want your car and are willing to pay more than market value to own it.

Bumper Blacklist – What to Look Out For When Buying a New Car

There’s no doubt that buying a new car is an exciting process.

Whether you’re upgrading your current model or looking into purchasing your very first vehicle, there are so many things to consider.

If you think back ten or so years ago when features such as power steering, air conditioning or even a CD player were expensive optional extras, you’ll realise just how far technology has progressed.

We spoke to Cars and Co to get the lowdown on what to look out for when considering technological features for your new car.

Bluetooth and USB
Having the option to connect your smartphone via Bluetooth now comes as standard in many models currently available on the market. However, not all Bluetooth systems are created equal.

Firstly, it’s important to check that the Bluetooth system was installed before arriving at your chosen dealership. If not, this could mean that the system may not have been integrated into the car’s controls or audio system correctly. Having Bluetooth systems installed by your dealer could also mean that the system is not covered by the car maker’s warranty.

You should also check to see if your vehicle’s Bluetooth system has been designed to wirelessly stream audio. Having this option will allow you to listen to music or radio stations via your phone or portable music device.

If your car does not have Bluetooth you can connect your smartphone or music device via USB ports. USB ports commonly come as standard, even in less expensive models.

Five-Star Safety
Newer models are now rated by a five-star safety system.

When looking into safety ratings it’s important to know which organisation or authority has rated the vehicle you’re looking at. Euro NCAP and Australasian NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) are the two most commonly used organisations.

Although these organisations tend to share data, the two do have different scoring systems. For example, Australasian NCAP often gives their rating based on the safety of the occupant, whereas Euro NCAP tends to focus more on pedestrian protection. This is why it is common for some models to have a higher safety rating in Europe than they do here and vice versa.

When you take into consideration that some navigation systems can be purchased for as little as $100, it’s hard to think why some car manufacturers can charge over $5000 for the option of an in-built navigation system. Luckily some mid-priced hatchbacks now include this option as standard but again there are some things that need to be considered.

These include whether or not the system has a touch sensitive screen and if map upgrades are included in the price of installation. Updating maps on your navigation system can cost anywhere between $100 and $200, but some manufacturers will offer free map upgrades for a number of years.

Rear Seatbelt Warning
The seat belts are considered to be one of the main safety features in your car.

Yet, there is no way of knowing if your passengers have unbuckled themselves without a seatbelt warning light. This feature is great for those who have small children and want to ensure that their family is safe during car journeys.

The best versions of these warning signals show who is secured in each of the five seats within your car. Cheaper systems may only have one warning symbol of all 3 seats, which give you no indication of who has undone their seatbelt.

Hopefully, the above points have given you some indication of features to consider when buying your next car. Nowadays there are so many technological features and gadgets to be considered in order to make your new car suit your individual lifestyle and specific wants or needs.

Preparing Your Car for Texas Auto Transport

4-open-auto-transporterShipping a vehicle can seem deceptively simple; you either drive it or hire a transporter. Whichever choice you make, though, there are ways to prepare your car for the trip ahead. By following the tips below, you’ll be ready to go when the carrier picks your car up.

Clean it Up

Wash your vehicle thoroughly, taking photos from a variety of angles to document your car’s condition before shipment. If there’s any damage, make a note of it; the carrier will also note it on the inspection report. Carriers can’t be held liable for previous damage, as outlined in the contract.

Clean it Out

When you’re getting your car ready to ship, you should remove all of your belongings from the trunk and the interior. Most transporters don’t allow customers to move personal items with the car; they’re not licensed to move household items, the items won’t be insured during transit, and unsecured items can become dangerous projectiles during an accident.

Tighten Loose Parts

Before pickup, check the car and ensure that loose parts are tightened or removed. Whether you’re hiring auto transport California to Texas or you’re moving a short distance, auto shipping takes time and planning. By removing loose parts such as fog lights, spoilers and mirrors, you can ensure the safety of your vehicle during shipping.

Disable the Alarm

8-enclosed-luxury-car-transportYou may have done everything else on the checklist, but it’s easy to forget about the alarm system. It’s important to disconnect it, especially on overseas shipments. If you have to leave it on, or you forget to disconnect it, tell the shipper how to do so. A system that goes off during shipping won’t stop until your battery goes completely flat.

Inflate Your Tires and Charge Your Battery

When preparing your car for auto transport Texas to California, top off all fluids and tell the shipper about any leaks. If your car leaks brake fluid, oil or transmission fluid, have the leak repaired before shipment, as the leaking fluid can damage other cars and the carrier itself.

Mechanical Issues

Though it’s possible to ship a non-running car, it’s best to move them when they’re fully operational. However, if mechanical issues exist, let the carrier know beforehand. By following the tips above, you can ensure that your move is secure and safe. Reliable carriers know how to help customers get the most out of the service, and they can answer any questions you may have.

Hyundai Creta Review – Autoportal explains why you should buy the diesel version

Hyundai CretaThe much awaited compact SUV from Hyundai Motors India Limited – the Creta was launched just on the 21st of July this year. This launch comes at a time when the car buyers in the country are obsessed with compact sedans and compact SUVs. It would be really interesting to see how the Creta will prove its worth in this tough race. Nevertheless the model has already begun its conquest by getting over 10000 pre-booking orders.

The Hyundai Creta diesel automatic

One reason that makes the Creta stand over its rivals is its automatic diesel engine, which is the very first and also the only one in its segment. While the 1.4-litre diesel and 1.6-litre diesel engines get a 6-speed manual gearbox, the 1.6-litre diesel engine can be bought either with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The automatic versions have been perfectly tuned in for highway cruising as well as urban city drives. Indians have now got a taste of the automatic transmission and the demand for these cars is now increasing at a fast pace, which makes the Creta diesel very special.

Engine Performance

The 1.4-litre CRDi diesel powertrain produces maximum power of 90 PS along with 220 Nm of top torque while the 1.6-litre diesel motor produces 128 PS of peak power and 260 Nm of maximum torque. Conversely the 1.6-litre VTVT petrol engine is capable of churning out only a high power of 123 PS along with 151 Nm of top torque. All the engines are refined and the gear shifts are quite smooth. Mileage offered is also decent at 17-19 kmpl for the diesel ones and 15-21 kmpl for the petrol one. Another striking feature here is the well-controlled NVH levels.

Rich in features

Adjustable front head rests, keyless entry, power windows, height adjuster for driver’s seat, adjustable rear seat head restraints, 7 inch infotainment system with steering mounted controls for audio system and Bluetooth, audio-video navigation and smart key with push button are some of the worthy comfort features. In addition, the automatic diesel modelgets Child seat anchor, chrome-finish outside door handles, leather-finished gear-lever knob, smart key with push-button start and 60:40 split rear seats. Features like engine immobilizer, six airbags, impact sensing auto door unlock, electronic stability control with hill assist control, rear parking camera with guidelines and sensors and rear parking sensors make it an absolutely safe car.


Hyundai offers the Creta diesel models in a price range of Rs 9.46 to Rs 13.57 lakhs. The high-end 1.6 SX + AT Diesel model at Rs 13.57 lakhs seems slightly pricey, but then one should remember that it is the only diesel automatic vehicle in its league.