Make the right choice when deciding whether to ditch or keep your ride
The average age of vehicles on the road rises and falls, pretty much depending on the current economic situation. When times are good, people have more money, and their cars are younger. When times are bad, there isn’t as much money floating around, so people hang on to their cars longer.
Proper maintenance can go a long way toward keeping those older cars on the road longer, but major car repairs can quickly stack up and make us wonder, “Is ‘old reliable’ still reliable enough to repair?” and “When is it time to look for a new car, or at least a newer car?” We wish the answer was simple, but it turns out there are a lot of factors involved in making the decision to stick with what you already have, or spring for something newer.
Generally-speaking, you need to try and separate sentimental value from the monetary value of your car. In other words, how much is your car really worth? Also, how much would it cost to buy a new car or newer used car? That way, when you look at how much maintenance and car repairs cost, you can judge whether or not it’s worth your hard-earned money to: a) repair the car, or b) replace the car.
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Is your motor oil going the extra mile for you?
When it comes to car maintenance, perhaps the most frequent thing we need to do is wash the carand change motor oil. Of course, less often, we also need to change the engine air filter, engine coolant, transmission fluid, brake pads, brake fluid, and tires, to name a few. Most older vehicles, as the age-old rule-of-thumb suggests, had their oil change every 3,000 miles or three months, whichever came first. Modern vehicles may stipulate, depending on usage, up to 10,000 miles between oil changes, thanks to modern engine manufacturing processes, as well as modern lubricant technology. The question is, is your motor oil doing all it should, or all it could? Are you ready for a different kind of oil change?
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Until the Lord of the Rings trilogy came out, everyone thought that Morocco in North Africa had the best landscape for movies. However, if you love nature, if you would like to experience this legendary landscape where the movie Lord of the Rings was filmed, you should take a New Zealand road trip. This will be an adventure that you’ll never forget. But why New Zealand? One of the most outstanding features of the scenery here is the unspoiled landscape. This is one place that looks just as it is shown in the travel brochures - amazing.
If you can flash back to the films, you will note that most of the Middle Earth landscape reminds you of cones and craters. And indeed it does because New Zealand is home to more than 60 extinct volcanoes. But that is not all really, as there is a little of everything. For example, the Tasman Sea has great beaches where you can catch the sun and roll in the pristine sands and take pictures against the backdrop of breathtaking peaks.
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Can car washes go green? Water can be recycled. That is… you wash your car, spill water, the water evaporates, condenses and then it falls again as rain… but is there a more eco-friendly solution? Green car washes are already taking South Africa by storm, and it’s time that they take hold in Eastern Africa.
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Cut almost in half by the Equator, Kenya has wonderful climate. It is mostly warm throughout the year. Kenya is home to the Big Five beasts – Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino and Leopard. Taking an Africa road trip to one of the biggest game reserves in East Africa, the Masai Mara, is the best way to see the land, experience the culture and see the wildlife.
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You do not have to spend a ton of money on car care. How do we know this? It is quite simple. You just need to think a bit outside the box and find out what you can do to avoid several trips to the car care shop. Mostly, you will find that you don’t have to buy any extraordinary products. You will be happy to know that you can use most of the items that are readily available at home. This is not genius stuff, but then, why didn’t you ever think of it before? Here are some of the money-saving car hacks for everyone who isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty….
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Safety on the road depends on a number of factors. However, the safety features present in a car can play a significant role in the elimination of accidents in the road. Research has confirmed the benefits of auto safety technology and its contribution to the reduction of road carnage. Today, almost every auto safety feature has amazing technology behind it.
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When buying a car, one of the factors that should govern your search include your specific needs. For instance, you need to consider where you will be driving your new car. If you are choosing a car for long distance drives, you will need a car with adequate features to handle long distances without breaking down. On the other hand, when selecting a vehicle for city driving, you only have a few factors to consider. Actually most car models will be applicable in driving around the city and its suburbs.
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Buying your first car can be a daunting task considering the many models in the market. However, each model has specific features that make it stand out from all the others. Different buyers want to have different features in their cars. Thus, the availability of such features attract buyers to certain car models. The most important features are for ensuring safety, performance, and good handling of the car.
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As the economy improves in many African countries, more people and goods are moving about, whether to school, university, work, or shopping. Those people and goods aren’t going to get here and there without capable and reliable transportation, but fewer than ten percent of the population have the means to purchase and maintain a private automobile.
Indeed, with a continental population of over one billion people and just 65 million private automobiles, Africa is the perfect place to establish far-reaching public transportation systems. Aside from South Africa, however, public transportation systems, such as rail and municipal bus lines, do not exist. Even in places with rail and bus lines, these just aren’t extensive enough to meet the needs of the hundreds of millions in need of transportation. What a perfect explanation for the boom in private transportation collectives, many of which employ passenger and commuter vans in the Toyota HiAce series.
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