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Four Things To Look For When You’re In The Market For A Used Vehicle

When you’re trying to find your next used vehicle, it’s always a good idea to look for four things. They include the:

– Buyer’s Guide
– Warranty
– Implied Warranty
– As Is – No Warranty

What Do They Each Mean?

Buyer’s Guide – When you’re shopping for your next used vehicle, be sure to see if the Buyer’s Guide sticker is on the car window. The Federal Trade Commission requires that this sticker be on vehicles that are sold by dealers. The Buyer’s Guide will inform you if a service contract is available. It’ll also tell you if the vehicle has a warranty, as is or implied warranty.

Warranty – If the vehicle still has a manufacturer’s warranty on it, you may need to pay a fee to get the coverage so that it becomes a service contract. If the dealer absorbs this fee, the coverage is thought of as a warranty.

Implied Warranty – There are two kinds of implied warranties. Both implied warranties are not written, only verbal and based on the idea that the seller stands behind their product.

When the vehicle is under the “warranty of merchantability”, the seller is promising that the vehicle will do what it’s supposed to. When the car fails to run, the implied warranties law stipulates that the dealer must repair it (unless the vehicle was sold as is) so the purchaser has a working vehicle. If the vehicle falls under the “warranty of fitness for a particular purpose”, it means the purchaser is buying the vehicle on the seller’s advice that it will be fine for certain reasons like trailer hauling.

Under state law, used vehicles are typically covered by implies warranties.

As Is/No Warranty – If you purchase a vehicle that’s as is, it means you are responsible for all the repairs even if the vehicle breaks down after you just buy it. However, if you purchase a dealer service contract within 90 days of the car purchase, your state’s law on implied warranties gives you some additional rights.

There are some states that forbid the sale of “as is” used vehicles. Some states demand the use of certain words to deny implied warranties. Some states have lemon laws for used cars, which means a consumer can get a refund or a replacement if the vehicle they purchased is seriously defective.

Be sure to learn your rights regarding used vehicles by checking with both your local and state consumer protection office or getting in touch with the Attorney General.

Why It’s Important To Have Vehicle Repair Tools With You While On The Road

There are going to be instances where you’re going to have problems with your car, which is why you should have emergency tools on hand. A repair tool kit is important to have when you’re traveling because you never know what could happen. While some foresight is important, it’s not the only thing you need. You also need some initiative.

In order to stop major car damage, you need to properly maintain the vehicle. This means carrying out general maintenance on it. Still, at one point in time, your vehicle’s engine is going to give up the ghost – it will wear out. And, when that day comes, you will need it replaced. If you want to keep this happening to you in the distant future, you need to make minor repairs to the vehicle.  Making small repairs is favorable to your pocketbook and isn’t that hard.  In fact, you can even do the repairs yourself.

The Basic Pack Up List

For the Basic car emergency checklist, store items such as Flat Tire Repair Kit, basic emergency auto tool set that includes screwdrivers, hammers, wrenches, ropes, electric tape, duck tape.
Other checklist will have Battery Jumper Cables, Tow Strap, Flashlight with spare light bulbs, spare fuses and handy shovel, Fire Extinguisher. If winter times, bring Snow Brush & Ice Scraper as well.
For your own personal treatment, sanitizer, wet wipes or tissues, first aid kits (with bandage and anti-bacteria ointment), gloves, paper towel and canvas tarp or blanket.

3 Key Ways To Learn How To Fix Your Vehicle

Car trouble is one avoidable aspect to owning a vehicle. And, it tends to occur at the least opportune time. Therefore, it’s imperative to learn the basics of auto repair. Consider the following:

•    Reading Internet tutorials
•    Take local classes
•    Watch basic mechanic’s videos

With these tools, you can understand what tools you need, how they work and what areas of your vehicle they can be used in.  Keep in mind that the more in-depth the tutorial and classes, the better off you’ll be. However, it’s up to each person on how much they want to learn.

If you’re learning just the basics, there are some procedures that will be a little more complex. Still, individuals can learn how to replace the fuel filter and spark plugs themselves, and it’s something every novice should learn.

Where To Purchase Your Tool Kit

After you learn the basic information, the thing you should do next is buy a basic tool kit. This kit will allow you to make the necessary mechanical repairs. The kit tends to have a guidebook that comes along with it; useful when vehicle owners are confused. Where can you bit a kit from? You have three places:

•    Automobile accessories store
•    Supermarkets
•    Internet – If you go with this option, stick to the reputable sites

Keep this repair kit in your vehicle so that whenever you have car troubles – either at home or away from it. Preparation is necessary to keep yourself from suffering a financial blow. After all, the unexpected can happen at any time.