Renting a car means some risk; if you return the car damaged and the agency's insurance doesn't cover the damage, and your own car insurance doesn't kick in, you may be liable for the costs. You may also find that you're charged for things you weren't expecting when you made the rental arrangement. Note a few ways to minimize your risks of liability and extra charges when renting a car during your travels.
When buying auto parts for a car repair, you can choose between brand name parts and generic parts. Very often generic parts are more affordable, but it's usually recommended that you buy brand name parts simply because they may fit better than generic car parts. This is because name brand parts are made to exacting specifications that may not be provided by generic parts manufacturers. Remember that you may not be able to tell this difference yourself as parts may look exactly the same to you, but even a microscopic defect can make a tremendous difference under your car's hood.
The exhaust system directs fumes from the engine towards the rear of your vehicle, reduces the noxious chemicals in the fumes to reduce harmful emissions, and lessens the noise made by your car's combustion engine. It is important to keep the exhaust system in tip top condition to protect both yourself and the environment from unnecessary pollutants. Following are the main components of the exhaust system and common problems that each part can develop.
When you take your four-wheel-drive or 4x4 vehicle off-roading, a new suspension can be a must-have for the vehicle. This will lift it off the ground and protect it from brush, small trees, and the like. It also makes the ride more comfortable for you. After installing a new 4x4 suspension, the work doesn't stop there. It might be good to think of a few accessories that can better protect your suspension and your vehicle when off the road.
Vehicles that offer 4WD, or four-wheel-drive, are very good for snowy roads or when driving on soft dirt, as this means that all four wheels are working to push the vehicle forward. Typically these vehicles allow you to shift into 4WD on your own while the car is moving, and you can usually tell when the 4WD is working, as the vehicle changes gears. If you notice problems with the 4WD or with your vehicle in general, you might note a few common troubleshooting tips before taking it to your local mechanic.
I've always driven used cars, and when I first started driving, I made some costly decisions and bought a couple of cars that just weren't worth the money I spent on them. I knew I needed to learn how to inspect a car's engine and how to spot warning signs when I was buying a used car, so I started reading everything I could find on the topic, including basic car mechanics and maintenance. I started this blog to share what I've learned over the years, and I hope my tips will prevent other new drivers buying used cars that will drain their wallet and sap the enjoyment out of driving. I hope you find my posts informative and useful.