Some Tips for Before You Buy a Car

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This is a good time to buy a car—new cars and used ones, too. Dealer lots are overstocked, and there aren’t many shoppers kicking the tires in showrooms these days.

No one knows that better than Jeffrey Brown, CEO of Ally Financial. Ally is one of the biggest auto lenders in the U.S. The giant bank handles auto financing for more than 4 million consumers. It’s been in business for nearly 100 years under the GMAC name—General Motors Acceptance Corporation. It was rebranded as Ally Financial in 2009 when GM spun off the unit during the financial crisis.

Speaking to Fortune’s Susie Gharib, Brown says that used cars are the one bright spot in the auto market these days. “The used car market remains very attractive. Very strong,” he says. “It’s almost three times the size of the new car market and about 50 percent of the business we do today is in the form of used.”

So it’s not surprising that automakers are offering special incentives and deep discounts to shoppers interested in getting a new car. And even with all the bargains, Brown says it still makes sense to negotiate better deals.

“The reality I think is dealers know that they’re going to have to negotiate prices down. That’s part of the normal buying process,” says Brown. “And I’d still say it holds true, last day of the month, it’s still a pretty attractive time for consumers to go inside a dealership and get the best deal.”

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Tech Report: Tips to immediately increase the amount of storage on your phone or tablet

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — We keep our digital lives stored in our pockets on our phones, and when space runs out, you get the dreaded storage full notification.

Before you start deleting apps and pictures, KRON4’s Tech Reporter Gabe Slate shows you how you can squeeze some extra gigs of space out of your phone or tablet.

Here’re some tips on how to get the most storage out of your phone or tablet.

Watch the above video to see Gabe’s full report.

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Tips to prep up your car for the monsoons

Here’s a list of tips for you to protect your car during the monsoons and get through the rains easily.

Here’s a list of tips for you to protect your car during the monsoons and get through the rains easily.

While rains bring with them much-needed respite from the scorching summer heat, it also creates annoying traffic problems and disrupts the daily life, not to mention a host of problems for car owners to deal with. Often you may catch the site of a stalled car on the road in the middle of a downpour while you thank your stars that it isn’t you in that situation.

What if we told you that there are measures you can take to avoid being caught in such a situation and avoid pulling your hair out? Here’s a list of tips for you to protect your car during the monsoons and get through the rains easily:

Brakes

Brake

Brakes are among the most crucial parts of a car, especially during monsoons. Keep the brake calipers clean. Make sure that the brakes are neither too tight nor too loose since you will need to use it a fair number of times when driving on wet roads. You must regularly clean the brake pads, and if needed replace them. Get the brake fluid checked and refilled regularly and make sure the brake line does not let in water or air that obstructs the flow of brake fluid.

Tyres

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Check the tyre pressure and inflation regularly during the monsoon since tyres tend to lose air pressure often during the rains. Also, make sure the tyre tread depth is at least 1.6mm deep to avoid skidding on slippery surfaces.

Wipers and washer

wiper

Wiper blades tend to wear out quite soon. Make sure you get the wipers checked and replaced if required, before the monsoon sets in. Also, ensure the wipers are functioning as they should at all speeds.Meanwhile, to keep your windshield spotless, it is advisable to use washing liquids.

Body

Body

Rainwater can corrode exposed metal areas as well as the car’s paint leading to rust on the body. A good way to ensure protection for the car is by applying a thin layer of wax polish on the body, allowing rainwater to roll off. Grease the locks and hinges of the car doors and use anti-corrosion spray on exposed metal areas.

Headlights and taillights

Headlights and taillights

Ensure that the car’s headlights and taillights are working properly. As heavy rainfall causes poor visibility, properly functioning lights can help avoid mishaps for you as well as other drivers.

Electricals

Electricals

Get all electrical connections in the car checked and make sure external wires are insulated. Also, ensure all the fuses are functioning as they should. You can also keep extra fuses in the car. Check the parking light and brake light since it advisable to keep them on while driving during low visibility.

Interiors

interiors

High water levels on the roads can end up flooding your car and a good way to get on top of this situation is to place an additional set of mats on the floor to soak up the water. Keep a portable vacuum cleaner in the car to dry the wet floors or seats and to keep away the bad odor. When your car is parked in a dry spot, open the windows to air out the car and prevent any fungal formation.

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Tips to prep up your car for the monsoons

Here’s a list of tips for you to protect your car during the monsoons and get through the rains easily.

While rains bring with them much-needed respite from the scorching summer heat, it also creates annoying traffic problems and disrupts the daily life, not to mention a host of problems for car owners to deal with. Often you may catch the site of a stalled car on the road in the middle of a downpour while you thank your stars that it isn’t you in that situation.

What if we told you that there are measures you can take to avoid being caught in such a situation and avoid pulling your hair out? Here’s a list of tips for you to protect your car during the monsoons and get through the rains easily:

Brakes

Brake

Brakes are among the most crucial parts of a car, especially during monsoons. Keep the brake calipers clean. Make sure that the brakes are neither too tight nor too loose since you will need to use it a fair number of times when driving on wet roads. You must regularly clean the brake pads, and if needed replace them. Get the brake fluid checked and refilled regularly and make sure the brake line does not let in water or air that obstructs the flow of brake fluid.

Tyres

Tyer

Check the tyre pressure and inflation regularly during the monsoon since tyres tend to lose air pressure often during the rains. Also, make sure the tyre tread depth is at least 1.6mm deep to avoid skidding on slippery surfaces.

Wipers and washer

wiper

Wiper blades tend to wear out quite soon. Make sure you get the wipers checked and replaced if required, before the monsoon sets in. Also, ensure the wipers are functioning as they should at all speeds.Meanwhile, to keep your windshield spotless, it is advisable to use washing liquids.

Body

Body

Rainwater can corrode exposed metal areas as well as the car’s paint leading to rust on the body. A good way to ensure protection for the car is by applying a thin layer of wax polish on the body, allowing rainwater to roll off. Grease the locks and hinges of the car doors and use anti-corrosion spray on exposed metal areas.

Headlights and taillights

Headlights and taillights

Ensure that the car’s headlights and taillights are working properly. As heavy rainfall causes poor visibility, properly functioning lights can help avoid mishaps for you as well as other drivers.

Electricals

Electricals

Get all electrical connections in the car checked and make sure external wires are insulated. Also, ensure all the fuses are functioning as they should. You can also keep extra fuses in the car. Check the parking light and brake light since it advisable to keep them on while driving during low visibility.

Interiors

interiors

High water levels on the roads can end up flooding your car and a good way to get on top of this situation is to place an additional set of mats on the floor to soak up the water. Keep a portable vacuum cleaner in the car to dry the wet floors or seats and to keep away the bad odor. When your car is parked in a dry spot, open the windows to air out the car and prevent any fungal formation.

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Hot weather tips to keep kids safe, car running

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Summer has officially started and that means heat waves will stick around SoCal for the next several months. So how can you and your family keep cool, especially in hot cars? AAA has some tips.

To show just how quickly it can get hot inside a car, Doug Shupe with AAA placed a thermometer inside a car. The vehicle was a cool 72 degrees when the test started, but in less than 20 minutes it reached 90 degrees.

A few minutes after it hit 90 degrees, it began hitting the triple digits.

The test was done to show the dangers of leaving a child or pet inside the car on days when it’s hot. But here are some tips on how to prevent a tragedy.

  • Leave a child’s toy in the front dashboard where you can see it
  • Leave something you’ll need at your next stop, such as a cellphone or brief case, in the backseat with your child
  • Take off the shoe you’re not driving with and leave it in the backseat near your child

Keeping your car running can also be a challenge on a scorching day. The vehicle is working hard to keep you cool and get you to where you need to be. Here are some tips to prevent a breakdown.

  • Make sure the batteries are clamped down securely
  • Check to make sure there is no corrosion around the terminals
  • Make sure your coolant and oil are topped off

AAA also recommends having a safety kit in your vehicle that has the basics: jumper cables, a flashlight and some simple tools. There should also be plenty of water bottles on hand in case the car does break down and you need to stay hydrated until help arrives.

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Monsoon Tips For You And Your Car!

The monsoons are here. And with it all the muck, floods and incessant traffic jams that we have become so used to. The monsoon is also the worst season of the year for your car as it starts to accumulate mud, dirt and of course water in all the smaller crevices and gaps which can result in rust. So here are a few tips to keep your car spic and span in the rains and also some tips and tricks to help you drive safer and to keep your car protected from all the harm that it can go through.

Protecting your car’s exterior:

The Simplest way to protect your car’s exterior is to make sure dirt and muck don’t settle on it. If you do get the time to do so, always try and wipe down or wash off all the gunk from your car’s body post driving in the rain. This will ensure that the dirt and muck gets washed off and cant stick around and in turn damage paint. Every morning too, wipe your car down to get rid of all the leaves and twigs from your car’s paint.

 

car cover in rain

(Never use a car cover in the monsoon if parking in the open)

Never use a car cover on your car if you intend to park it out in the open. While it might protect from random leaves and twigs falling on the car and while most of the water falling on the car might flow away, the cover tends to stick to the car’s body due to the moisture. When the sun is out and the car dries, the cover can stick to the car’s clear coat and can actually peel it off when the cover is removed causing irreversible damage to the paint.

 

car care monsoon tips

(Always clean the under bonnet and boot areas to clear the water drains)

Remember to always clean under the bootlid and the bonnet of your car. Frequently, leaves tend to get stuck under them which ends up clogging the water drainage gutters. The leaves can also get stuck inside door jams causing water to accumulate in crevices and causing rust which will then lead to water leaking into the interior cabin.

The underbody of the car can be protected by spraying a mixture of diesel and used engine oil. This mixture keeps moisture and dirt/grime away and can be integral to protect mechanical moving parts and the underfloor of the car from rust. The combination can also be used on the likes of the front suspension. Avoid spraying it on the engine/exhaust components due to fire hazards and on the brake discs as it can form a film that can cause loss of braking.

Applying a paint protection film is the best way to protect your paint from the effects of rain and moisture. However, these are very very expensive so as an alternative measure, you can apply a ceramic paint protection to make sure water tends to flow away. You also also use simple car wax or polish your car’s paint to make sure the water doesn’t stay on the surface and tends to flow away.

Protecting your car’s Interior:

The interior of your car takes one of the worst brunt in the monsoon. Wet and muddy shoes, wet clothes and very high level of moisture can cause the insides of your car to smell. The best way to keep the water and muck off the carpets is to use old newspapers. Newspaper absorbs water instantly and is cheap to buy too which makes it a great alternate to using cloth to clean the carpets and mats.

interior monsoon car care tips

(Use newspapers to soak up the water inside your car)

If you are going to get wet when you enter the car, the easiest way to protect your seats is to drape them with a large towel. In particular, drape the backrest and the headrest as that is what tends to get the wettest when you enter the car after getting caught out in the rain.

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