Buying a car is normally a big step in most people’s life. Hence, it is quite understandable then that you should have all the necessary aspects in check when you do obtain the car. Top of the line would probably have to be car insurance. Without a decent insurance, it is quite unlikely that you are going to be able to get to enjoy the car.
After all, no one wants to buy a car after pay a lot of money and then be fleeced when it comes to insurance as well. Ideally, you would want to pay as little as possible for your car insurance.
Getting the quote
In order to pay less for your car insurance, you should first get a best insurance quote. One of the known ways in which you might be able to get a really good quote would be by going online. A good online car quote can help save a significant amount of money.
You can get comprehensive car insurance without spending a lot of money. In fact, it is completely free, which makes it quite abnormal if you actually decide to not get a quote from the internet.
Get the best price
Once you get the different sources of the online quote, the next best option would be to go out there and compare the different quotes. In this manner, it will be possible to get the best possible price that you can expect for your car insurance.
Without this information, it can get quite challenging to get a good quote for your vehicle. Hence, you would end up shelling out a lot of money, which should be avoided as much as possible, at all costs. A quick comparison yields a lot of information, which is why it is imperative to do this and get the information from it.
Know about the feature set
The other big benefit of performing a car insurance comparison is that you will be able to better understand the features that you ought to expect in your insurance and not simply go in for pretty much any feature that you might end up obtaining. Be careful as to choose the right kind of policy and not end up opting for the cheapest one.
Sometimes, looking at the features will give you a better idea about this. Upon comparison, you will quickly understand the right option for you to go in for and the one that you could perhaps avoid is.
The advantages of performing this kind of a comparison is simply too beneficial to miss out on. It would be thoroughly unwise to opt in for some kind of car insurance without understanding all the different aspects that go into it.
Since it is not every day that you are going to buying a new car, it follows that you would want to get the best car insurance possible at the very first try. Check out insurance quote UK to see how much you ought to be paying and start saving money right away.
The purpose of fuel injector cleaning is to remove the buildup of fuel varnish deposits and contaminants that clog injectors and affect their operation. They need periodic cleaning for optimal operation. Experts recommend fuel injector cleaning every 25,000 to 30,000 miles or once a year.
Fuel injector cleaning not only improves functionality but also helps restore and improve engine’s performance, reduce emissions and improve fuel economy.
One good thing in fuel injector cleaning is you can do it all by yourself, without the help of an auto mechanic. However, if the injector is badly clogged, you may need to take his help. Let’s take a look at the different methods used in the cleaning.
Method#1: Using fuel injector cleaning kits
Fuel injector cleaning kits are available at any auto supply store. Before connecting the kit, locate the fuel injector and take measures to prevent fuel entering the injectors. You can do this either by using tubing to bypass the fuel injector so that the fuel returns to the tank or by removing the fuel pump and blocking the fuel return line. Once it is done, disconnect the fuel pressure regulator.
Now, connect the cleaning kit to the fuel input port and remove fuel cap of the tank to release any pressure in the tank that may built up by the kit. Open the cleaning kit’s valve till its pressure value matches with the injection pressure value (you can find injection pressure value of your car’s engine from the manual).
Once the cleaning kit reaches the required pressure value, start the engine so that the cleaning solvent passes from the kit through the injector and removes the dirt and debris that clogged the fuel injector. This will take a few minutes. Once it is done, switch off the engine, remove the kit and reconnect the fuel lines, fuel pump and fuel pressure regulator. With this, the cleaning job is done. You can notice significant difference in your engine’s performance after the clean-up.
Method#2: Adding cleaner additives to the fuel
Adding cleaner additives, also called as detergents or deposit-control additives, to the fuel helps to control the dirt and debris accumulation in the fuel tank. These additives help reduce the volatility of lighter components of the fuel. Though, the fuel from gas stations do contain certain additives, some suppliers may not add the required amount of detergents; some even use use low cost, less effective alternatives. So, you need to add additional additives to fuel.
One of the commonly used best additives is polyetheramine (PEA). Though it is a bit expensive compared to others, it is proved to be effective in keeping the injectors, valves and combustion chamber clean and it does not require any additional fluidizers.
Method#3: Manual cleaning
On-car cleaning may not be that effective for a badly clogged injector because it cannot pass the cleaning solvent during the cleaning cycle. So, when on-car cleaning doesn’t work you can for off-car cleaning, which involves removing the injector from the vehicle and cleaning it. However, this
has to be done at service center.
Off-car cleaning requires special equipment and takes more time compared to on-car cleaning. However, this is more effective as it cleans each part of injector thoroughly. Moreover, it also allows flow-testing that checks the spray pattern and volume of the injectors to confirm that they are cleaned properly.
• Make sure to disconnect pressurized fuel connection
• Ensure there are no fuel leaks or high pressure solvents in the engine while it is operating. These solvents are highly flammable.
• Wear safety goggles for eye protection
• Close all open sources of ignitions such as sparking plugs
• Avoid contact with cleaning solvent
• Use only the cleaning kits specific to fuel injector cleaning. Don’t use other cleaners like carburetor cleaner, brake cleaner, etc.
• Don’t overuse fuel additives as they may eventually damage expensive catalytic converters
These are the popular methods used for fuel injector cleaning. If you experience clogged injectors frequently, it is better to replace them with good quality injectors that provide optimal performance for longer time.
When shopping for a used car the obvious goal is to locate a reasonably priced vehicle that is relatively free of mechanical deficiencies. As part of the buying process you must inspect the vehicle to determine the condition. Many people elect to have used cars inspected by a mechanic previous to making a purchase offer however there are limitations to this process.
It is not practical to pay a mechanic to inspect every vehicle that you consider a possibility to buy. Specifically the cost and time associated with the inspection, coupled with the fact that the majority of used cars are overpriced and require extensive repairs to make them roadworthy, make this an impractical enterprise. In order to maximise the cost versus benefit of paying a mechanic to inspect a used car you must be able to determine, at least somewhat, a viable used car option.
If you are able to determine a likely candidate for a good deal on your own, this can help to narrow the field of potential vehicles down. If you are able to determine which vehicles require repairs which are too expensive to consider buying then you will drastically reduce the amount of wasted time and money you spend hiring professionals for their opinions.
Listed below are the most common as well as most expensive vehicle repairs that you will encounter when used car shopping:
New Transmissions – A new transmission in a car requires specially qualified mechanics and often will cost more than replacing an entire engine. This is especially true for automatic transmission cars. When considering buying a car with an automatic transmission it is essential that you research the specific year, make and model of car you are looking at to determine if it has a reputation of premature failure with the transmission. In person, the most accurate test you can do to is to smell the transmission fluid by checking the transmission fluid dipstick. The transmission oil should be red and will become discoloured over time from heat, dirt and mechanical wear. If the transmission fluid smells burnt this is a clear indication that advanced transmission wear is present and this vehicle should be avoided. Additionally a test drive that allows the car to shift into every gear is essential. Listen for any sounds emanating from the transmission such as whining as you accelerate. Also note if the vehicle changes gears smoothly. Any cars with leaks in the transmission system should be avoided. Unlike the engine where small oil leaks are not uncommon especially in higher mileage vehicles, leaks in the transmission are a big problem and should be avoided.
New Engines – Much as you would expect new engines in a car are very expensive. Even rebuilt engines or replacing a blown engine with a used motor can be one of the most costly items that a used car could require. The oil in the engine will be your biggest insight into the condition of the engine overall. An engine that leaks oil is an indication that the car has been abused or not properly maintained in the past. Check the oil in the car, which should be clear-ish and light brown in color. Black oil is a sign of engine deposits and grime and are an indication that the inside of the engine is dirty. A car that has not had regular oil changes will have black oil even shortly after a fresh oil change. Oil that is coffee coloured, or milky brown, can be an indication that radiator coolant is leaking into the engine. This is a sign of internal engine damage from either a cracked head or leaking head gasket – both things that you need to avoid if you are looking for an engine that will last for any reasonable period of time. Another indication of this problem can be found by looking in the radiator itself (NOT to be done while the engine is hot, or even warm unless you are trained at how to do this as it is dangerous). If you find evidence of oil mixed in with the engine coolant, or evidence that the coolant level is lower than what it should be you need to skip this vehicle and move onto the next
Rust & Rot – The third most expensive repair that you can encounter with a used car is extensive rust or rot anywhere on the car. Rust is considered the cancer of used cars and can cause extensive in so many ways that it would be impossible to list them all. One of the worst areas for rot would be on the frame of the car itself as repairs to this are exceedingly difficult and time consuming to perform. Some vehicles with advanced rot to the undercarriage and frame will be beyond the scope of fixing and you may find yourself with a car that is not drivable at all. Always inspect used cars in good light, and be sure to have a good flashlight with you to inspect the underside of the car. Especially in cold weather climates where road salt is commonly used you will find many used cars that are rusted beyond the point of repair.
There are of course many other items, both mechanical and otherwise, that must be inspected before you can purchase a used car with confidence. These are simply a few of the more common failures to look for and avoid when used car shopping.
Some head units are flimsy and weak. Some are built to last. Usually the best way to determine this is by the weight of the unit. Also, check to see if anything doesn’t “fit”, or if there are parts that are cheap or flimsy. The truth is this: The bigger name units tend to be better. Also, the more expensive units tend to be better. This isn’t always a big deal for everyone, but I believe that build quality is very important.
Basic Head Unit Features:
Most head units have built-in amplifiers. These drive the speakers. Some head units do not have internal amps, and therefore, require the use of an external amp. Head units without amps are usually high-end models. Anyway, power is measured in WATTS. We’ll talk more about watts later, but for now, just see more watts as more volume. Most head units (unfortunately) are deceptive about the power output. Usually, the power output spec on a unit will say “50Wx4 MAX output”. This means that when the laws of physics are on your side, it’s a clear day everywhere in the world, the planets are aligned, the bass hits really really low and hard, and for about a tenth of a second, yeah, your head unit will put out 50Wx4. However, most of the time, your head unit is probably putting out a quarter of that. It’s not that the head unit manufacturer is lying, it’s just that they are exaggerating the truth, AND MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW BETTER. So, anyway, many people put a lot of importance on a head unit’s power output. I don’t because head unit amps suck, and no serious car audio person uses the head unit’s amp anyway. Most head unit brands have about the same power output anyway. 9 times out of 10, an aftermarket head unit will put out more power than your factory head unit, and as such, will sound better.
These are used to connect external amps to your head unit. These are the same red and white cables that you use for your home system. Basic head units usually have one set of preouts (front left, front right). Some head units have two sets (front left, front right, rear left, rear right), but most decent head units have 3 sets (front left, front right, rear left, rear right, subwoofer left, subwoofer right). One quick note about subwoofer outputs: Sometimes they’re called “non-fading” outputs because they are not effected by the head unit’s fade control (front to back balance). If you’re not planning on adding an external amp, you don’t need to worry about RCA pre-outs. If you want to add an external amp (or amps), I would always recommend getting a unit with three pre-outs.
RCA Pre-out voltage:
Usually this spec is next to pre-out spec. It is measured in VOLTS (which we’ll go over later). Basically, the higher the voltage, the LOUDER the music will be at your amp. Don’t look at this as “free power” because it is not. In addition, the higher the voltage, the less noise that will be introduced to your system. Again, this spec doesn’t matter if you don’t plan on using an external amp. If you do plan on using an external amp, try to find the HIGHEST voltage you can. 2 volts is basic, 4 is standard for a good unit, sometimes you’ll see units with 5 volts. I know Eclipse units have 8V(!) pre-outs. In short, more voltage=less noise and cleaner sound.
Digital time correction:
This is used to simulate a perfect stereo environment. If you’re at home listening to music, you want to situate yourself in the middle of the two speakers to get the best sound. The same is true in the car, EXCEPT that it’s a hell of a lot more difficult. Usually, the passenger side speaker will be farther from your ear than the driver side. Since sound travels fairly slow (comparfed to light), you’ll have one ear receiving a portion of sound before the other ear. The digital time correction delays the music slightly so your ears will be perceiving the same music at the same time. This is a very important feature if you are planning an SQ system.
This feature is incorporated into many components in a car audio system. If your head unit doesn’t have it, don’t worry. Just be sure your amps have it. Basically, this makes sure the right speakers are playing the right sounds. I will go into more detail about crossovers later.
Equalizer aka EQ:
This feature allows you to tweak the sound. The most basic EQ is a two-band, and controls BASS and TREBLE. Some head units have 3-bands, BASS, MIDS, TREBLE. More advanced head units have 5-band EQs. If you are serious about tweaking your sound to perfection, you won’t use your head unit’s EQ; You will get an external unit, and some of these units have 30 bands! I will go into much more detail about EQs later.
Theft Deterents/Security Features:
There are a few options when it comes to head unit security:
The most common method is a detachable faceplate. Basically, you remove the faceplate of the unit (where the screen and controls are), and the unit won’t function. This will deter thieves, but please don’t leave the faceplate in your car. Thieves know most people do this, and will still break into your car, find the faceplate and steal your head unit.
Some other units have a password function. When the unit is disconnected from power, then reconnected, the unit will require some sort of password. The unit will not function until the password is provided.
A few units use a key CD. Basically, the first time the unit is used, the unit will ask for a key CD. You insert any CD, and the unit will now designate that CD as the key CD. If the power is disconnected, the unit will ask for the key CD before it will function again.
Black out face:
When the unit is off, the head unit has a completely black face with no visible buttons or controls. Come on. Criminals aren’t so stupid that they can’t see that the head unit still has its face attached.
This is common for DVD players with screens, and one unit that I used to own, the Alpine CDA-7998. Basically, the face folds into the head unit, and looks exactly like a unit with the faceplate removed. Neat, but the unit is still vulnerable.
In short, all of these tactics are imperfect. Pick the one that makes the most sense to you, however most units only have a detachable faceplate feature.
CD Changer controls/Optional equipment interface:
This is a feature that allows you to connect other peripherals to your head unit. These peripherals are often CD changers, digital music players, satellite radio units, and video equipment. With this feature on your head unit, you’ll be able to add additional capabilities to your stereo system in a convenient way. However, most of these interfaces are only compatible with the same brand. In other words, you’ll need an Alpine head unit with the Ai-net interface connected to an Alpine CD changer with the Ai-net interface.
Some head units have remote control capability. This is a handy feature because you can control the headunit without taking your eyes off of the road.
OK, so these are some of the features of head units. Now, let’s look at the specs of specific types of head units.
Most head units have AM/FM capability built in. Check out this information on getting the best AM/FM performance possible.
Presets: This feature allows you to save your favorite radio stations, and instantly recall them at the push of a button.
HD Radio: A new radio format that is close in sound quality to CDs. Basically, a radio station broadcasts their usual programming, but with an additional signal that can be received by units with “HD radio” capability. The availability of units with this feature is still small, and most radio stations haven’t yet embraced the technology. I do expect this technology to take off, however because the sound quality is better, and not everyone wants to pay for satellite radio.
RDS: AKA “Radio Data System”. A new feature for FM radios. This technology makes it possible for radio stations to transmit text to your receiver. This text can be used to show the station title or the artist name, and other information.
FM Sensitivity: The ability of your unit to tune into a weak signal
FM Selectivity: The ability of your unit to reject interference from other stations.
FM Stereo Seperation: The ability of a tuner to recreate the proper left/right channel sepearation.
CD-R/CD-RW Playback: This feature guarantees that your unit will play a CD-R or CD-RW that was made with a CD recording device.
CD-Text: This feature displays CD text information that is encoded on some CDs. This information includes artist names, song titles and album titles.
MP3/WMA/iTunes Playback: This spec assures you that certain digital file formats can be played back on certain units.
ID3 Tag Display: Displays text (such as song title and album name) encoded into MP3 files.
DAC: Digital to Analog converter. This device takes the digital signal from your CD, and turns it into an analog signal for your amp. The better your DAC, the more “real” your sound will be.
CD Frequency Response: The range of frequencies that the CD player can reproduce. It should at least cover the 20hz-20,000hz range.
Electronic Shock Protection: This feature prevents your CDs from skipping. If your head unit doesn’t offer this, don’t buy it. However, most players have it, and technology has gotten pretty good lately, so it’s unlikely that you’ll have any problems with skipping.
Signal to noise ratio (s/n): A measure of how well a CD player silences noise. The higher the rating, the less noise.
Zero Bit Detect mute: When the CD player detects a series of 0’s on the CD (such as between songs), it will automatically mute the output. This feature isn’t really important, but is often advertised.
Oversampling: The CD Audio format has a resolution of 16 bits, with a sampling rate of 44.1khz. What the hell does that mean? I really don’t know, but think of a digital picture. Zoom in really close to this picture, and you see pixels. Think of each pixel as a sample. When you increase the pixels, you increase the sharpness and quality of the picture. When a CD player has oversampling, it takes the 44.1khz, and turns it into a bigger number. More samples=More realistic sound. Confused? I know. I am too, but a unit with oversampling will sound better than one without. Of course, the good news is that pretty much every unit these days has this feature.
Auto Reverse: A feature that will automatically play the reverse side of a tape at the end of a side.
Dolby noise reduction: There are many Dolby technologies incorporated into tape decks. Most of these features exist to lower tape hiss, and raise the signal to noise ratio.
Frequency response: Again, the frequencies the tape deck respond to. Normal human hearning is from 20 to 20,000 hz.
Wow and flutter: This spec tells you how stable the tape deck playback speed is.
Now that you know some of the features of head units, you are ready to buy the right unit for YOU.
The choice between car buying and leasing is based on more than money as experts at CNNMoney point out, “… (leasing) isn’t just a dollars-and-cents decision. It depends on the intangible importance you give to owning a new car. If the image of driving the latest model is essential to you, then you’ll justify spending more money for this privilege. If you look at a car as merely transportation, then owning the newest car on the block will be lower on your priority list.”
Just remember, if you like the car and want to buy it after the lease expires, it will cost you more than if you bought the car at the start and paid off the loan. Plus, if you own the car, you should have years of relatively low-cost driving long after the loan is retired.
According to The U.S. Department of Transportation, the average life span of a vehicle is 13 years, with final mileage around 145,000 miles. Half of all vehicles on the road today are at least eight years old.
Say you buy a new car and drive it 14,000 miles a year (the national average). By the time you pay off a four-year loan, the vehicle should have around 56,000 miles on it. You should have, on average, another six years and 84,000 miles of reliable transportation.
Leasing Advantages: You are always driving a new car, which means the latest safety features. You have a lower down payment than if you bought the car, provided you have good credit. You will also have lower monthly payments than if you were making payments on a 36-month loan. And, there will be little or no maintenance costs because the car will be under warranty.
Leasing Drawbacks: You always have a car payment. Leasing usually applies only to new, more expensive vehicles. When you turn in the car you have nothing to show for your money. And keep in mind there are stiff penalties for terminating the lease early.
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So Why (or Why Not) Lease?
A few of the advantages of getting your very own wheels are generally obvious: you are able to determine the actual course of your entire day, your week or your entire vacation, rather than always be limited to taxi times or bus schedules. Possessing a vehicle will help you to discover lesser-visited areas that numerous travelers overlook and can provide you with the independence to switch your plans in case something pops up. And furthermore just who does not like controlling the radio stations on a journey?
Nonetheless, traveling within Costa Rica isn’t easy. The roads may be long, curvy and in bad condition. Traffic is usually poor within metropolitan areas or even on mountainous roadways, and also signs are often non-existent. It really is easy to get lost (specifically any time you do not have GPS NAVIGATION or top quality roadmaps) it is difficult to get back on the right track when you are not comfy dealing with instructions from a local speaking The Spanish language. There are many points to consider likewise, such as traffic laws, the cost of fuel, as well as traveling time.
Leasing a vehicle is generally not really suggested for first time visitors to Costa Rica-the trouble as well as possibility of stress and confusion is generally not really worth the time and effort. Nonetheless, travelers which are adventurous enough and have been to the country before might want to think about leasing a vehicle. If you’re still on board, continue reading.
What to Lease
The kind of vehicle you select depends upon whatever you plan to do on your vacation. If you’re going to be traveling in the mountains, along countryside roadways, or even in some seaside regions, you will need some sort of four-wheel drive automobile. Consider leasing a 4 Wheel Drive vehicle in the event you are going to be going to any of the following areas: The Nicoya Peninsula, Monteverde, Rincón de La Vieja, the La Paz Waterfall, Bajos del Toro, the south Pacific, the Osa Peninsula, and several locations along the Caribbean coastline. A number of these roadways have potholes as well as stream crossings, and need vehicles with large clearance-so it is almost impossible traveling these types of routes without an SUV.
One can find both compact and full-size SUV options available. Compact SUVs tend to be smaller, possess lower clearance, and get far better gas mileage. They can fit 4 to 5 individuals and are available in both two door and four door options. Full-size SUVs tend to be larger and much more powerful. They have got much better ground clearance, a more powerful motor, and much more interior space. Because of this, they may be more suitable on bad roadways or when traveling in big groups. The majority of full-size SUVs have 4 doors and will seat between 4 and 7 individuals; they also include trucks. On the other hand, because of their higher center of gravity, full-size SUVs have a greater chance of tipping-take particular care while driving around corners.
If you’re thinking about keeping along relatively well travelled routes, a compact or full-size vehicle is going to be fine. Coastal locations within the central and north Pacific suit more compact cars, as are many areas between the Caribbean coast and the northern lowlands. The roadways around the Arenal Volcano are appropriate for this type of vehicle as well. These types of vehicles have two-wheel drive and they are not really ideal for rough roadways.
Compact cars will be the smallest, most affordable choice. Quite often they may be hatch backs, although some are sedans too. Full-size cars tend to be bigger than compacts. These are typically passenger sedans and also have bigger motors. As a result, they get somewhat worse fuel consumption. Full-size cars tend to be more spacious and better for groups with a lot of baggage.
One more choice is vans. Vans are the biggest, most roomy vehicle and they are ideal for large groups. Vans ought to be utilized in the same areas as a small or even full-size car. The majority are two-wheel drive and also have very poor all terrain capabilities. They will generally seat as many as 12 individuals and also are available in 3 or 4 door options. Vans have a tendency to get lower gas mileage and just like full-size SUVs, possess a higher possibility of tipping because of their size.
All rented vehicles include basic features, such as air conditioning, power steering, power windows/locks, dual airbags, along with a COMPACT DISC player/radio. Manual and automatic options are available in every category. Rental cars likewise usually include a safety kit for accidents and flat tires. This consists of jumper cables, rope, a flat tire kit, road triangles, and a fire extinguisher.
One preferred – and much suggested – gadget to add to your vehicle rental is GPS NAVIGATION. Costa Rica’s roadways tend to be curvy, complicated, and frequently without having real street signs. Because of this, it is quite easy to get lost when you do not have an up-to-date map or GPS unit. A GPS device will save you time and a world of problems. They can be included in your car for around $10 USD per day and generally require a deposit of around $450 USD.
We recommended utilizing the GPS unit that the car rental business offers instead of downloading something through the Internet-by doing so, you will be aware of new routes as well as the latest changes in roadways. One more thing to bear in mind: a number of places within Costa Rica have exactly the same name, which often can get complicated. Because of this, if you already know just where you will be heading (destinations or hotels) when you pick-up your vehicle, have the leasing agency save the locations in to the GPS DEVICE. This will likely save the headache of arriving at the wrong destination.
A great way to supplement GPS NAVIGATION is by using the (Waze) app. Travelers which has a smart phone and global data plan can easily download this community-based traffic and navigation application to have current information about roads, routes, mishaps, traffic jams, construction, and much more. (Waze) will, however, need an Internet connection to initially map out routes as well as obstructions. This is why, many of us suggest using (Waze) in order to chart your route whilst still at the hotel or even before you begin driving-once you no longer have Internet, your routes will be stored. A few parts of Costa Rica do, however, lack Access to the internet, therefore it is recommended to make use of (Waze) as a supplemental navigational system to your car’s GPS DEVICE.
Visitors may also purchase as well as rent road maps through the majority of car rental agencies.
Local Rental Policies
Prior to leasing a vehicle, it’s a wise decision to read up on the actual leasing policies. That way you will not get whacked by having an unforeseen fine or have impractical ideas as to what the actual deposit procedure is like. The subsequent section consists of information on insurance coverage, deposits, penalties, and rental periods.
Travelers to Costa Rica require a driver’s license from their home nation in order to lease a vehicle. Tourists are usually permitted to lease a vehicle for as much as Ninety days. After 90 days, you need to obtain a Costa Rica driver’s license.
Additionally, there are supplemental full coverage insurance policy options which can be purchased along with the required insurance coverage. These are more costly, but deal with the majority of situations, possess an increased amount of protection, and may even have zero deductible. Several also include 24-hour roadside assistance. Once again, the amount you pay depends upon the kind of automobile you lease.
Prior to leaving for Costa Rica, review your personal car insurance policy. To begin with, figure out if you are protected in another country. If you are, find out if your coverage extends to all individuals driving the vehicle and just how much liability is actually covered in case a 3rd party is injured. Additionally find out if the kind of vehicle you will lease in Costa Rica is actually covered in your agreement.
Whenever you lease a vehicle, you will additionally be asked to place a deposit. Typically, this runs from $700 to $1,500 USD and depends upon the kind of insurance coverage the customer selects. The leasing agency places a hold for this amount on your charge card and releases it once you return the vehicle and GPS device in good, working condition. The actual deposit is not really released immediately, however, but instead requires close to 3-4 weeks to be placed back on your charge card.
In the event that a car accident does happen, your deposit will be kept while your case goes to court. Once a judge has made the decision the final verdict, your deposit can either be returned or go towards paying for the actual car’s damage.
There are various circumstances that could result in a fine from the leasing agency. These include returning the vehicle with less fuel than it was initially rented with, returning the vehicle late, or returning the vehicle to a location other than originally agreed upon. Concerning the second point, rental times are defined very rigidly – 1 day of rental actually means 24 hours. For instance, if you lease a vehicle for just one day and you get it at 8 AM, it must be returned by 8 AM the next day. Failing to do this will result in a fine.
Driving within Costa Rica is not like driving within North America or even Europe. Inside the span of a day, you are able to journey along winding mountainous roadways, countryside gravel routes, or even picturesque coastal byways. The country’s distinctive geography – of mountain tops, volcanoes, valleys, plains, and shorelines – can make for a demanding road system. Prior to heading off on a journey, consider where you will be heading and what you will be traveling through.
Costa Rica driving conditions can easily toss you for a loop if you’re not really prepared. Learning about the road conditions provide you with a good idea of what to prepare for. Costa Rica driving conditions differ from one place to another. Around cities such as San José, you will find large, multi-lane freeways with smooth highways. The farther you get from the developed area, however, the poorer the street conditions are apt to be. Because of Costa Rica’s mountainous landscape, several roads tend to be two-lane as well as windy. They will curve up, down, and around mountains. Along roads such as these, is not unusual for big 18 wheelers to go very slow and get traffic stack up behind them. That is why, going a relatively short distance may take a lot longer than anticipated.
A few roadways lack guard rails and also have steep drops along either other side. Others are pockmarked with potholes or have recently been washed out entirely by a landslide. Without a doubt, the rainy season wreaks havoc on Costa Rica’s roads-landslides, flooding, as well as erosion aren’t unusual. In numerous countryside areas, gravel or dirt roads are the norm. These can be quite difficult and may require stream crossings. For that reason, it may be necessary to have a four-wheel drive automobile in several parts of the country.
Two-lane roads frequently narrow in to single lanes over bridges-in this case, motorists must yield (ceda) to drivers with the right of way. The reflective paint separating lanes or lining the actual roadways may be faded or non-existent, which can make driving hazardous, particularly at nighttime. Signs in Costa Rica tend to be equally hit or miss. Along well-traveled tourist routes (as an example, in Manuel Antonio), the signs are very well placed, easy to understand, and informative. On the other hand, in many parts of the country, signs are usually either lacking or simply completely missing. It is very easy to get lost, particularly without GPS.
Recommendations and Safeguards
If you read the prior section, you will have a good idea of how hard it is to drive in Costa Rica. The following segment can instruct you on the most useful methods to prevent accidents, fines, and aggravation.
The best way to prevent all three things is by using GPS DEVICE. These devices may be leased for a reasonably small fee (around $10 USD per day) when you pick-up your vehicle. Frequently, the GPS DEVICE will be attached to the dashboard of your vehicle and is also easy to see whilst driving. They are hands-free and can inform you when to turn and what to expect. They are able to help you plan routes, calculate distances as well as arrival times, as well as locate the closest gasoline stations. GPS is without a doubt necessary for navigating Costa Rica’s road system.
As a supplement to GPS, travelers with cell phones and an international data plan can easily download apps such as (Waze), which help chart roads, routes, accidents, construction, and more. It’s a great way to get a 2nd opinion on wherever you are heading. It does, nevertheless, need Internet access-fire it up and enter your destination before venturing leaving behind your hotel. Many of us also recommend travelers to have actual physical roadmaps in a vehicle at the same time. These may be leased or bought from the majority of auto leasing agencies.
If you do get lost, it will likely be useful to know at least a few words of The Spanish language. You might drive through rural places that people don’t understand much English, therefore being able to ask for the highway or hotel will be important. Buy a basic Spanish phrasebook and take it along with you. Practice your pronunciation in the car for fun. You will be pleased you did in case you wind up dead lost in the middle of nowhere.
Costa Rica is a difficult place to drive in during the day. During the night, it is even more difficult. Road signs (which are already substandard in some places) can be difficult to see in the dark, it’s common to go by the road or hotel you were searching for several times. Roads may also have inadequate reflectors between lanes or lining the side of the road, and very often have very little room to pass. People sometimes walk close to the edge as well, which means you will need to exercise much more caution whilst driving during the night.
It’s also good to pay attention to the availability of emergency services. Outside of San José, both vehicular and medical emergency services may be minimal. The nearer you might be to a sizeable township, the greater the chances are of being able to get towing, mechanical, or medical help. Over the Inter American Highway, normally, this is not an issue. Major towns and tourist destinations – like Liberia, Puntarenas, Golfito, Quepos, and Palmar – all have clinics or hospitals. Having said that, in more remote locations, it might be difficult to get your vehicle towed and fixed or get an ambulance to a hospital.
If you do have a car accident, call the National Insurance Institute (INS) at 800/800-8000, as well as the Transit Police at 2222-9330 or 2222-9245. You can also contact 911 and get rerouted to whatever agency you need. If there is a police officer close by, they will show up and prepare a report, which will help facilitate your insurance claim. Officers can sometimes be unhelpful toward tourists that they perceive as being rich as well as reckless. Speaking Spanish will help, as will being kind and patient.
In case your car breaks down, pull it alongside the road if at all possible. Your trunk should have reflecting triangles that you can place behind your automobile in order to alert approaching traffic. Contact emergency services and wait until they get there. Some types of rental insurance covers breakdowns and also have roadside assistance; a few do not. Make sure to look at your policy prior to leaving the rental office.
Although Costa Rica is comparatively small, the driving time between destinations may be long. Once again, this is mostly a direct result the country’s poor road system. With this in mind, it is recommended to plan on trips taking more time than you might have expected. Generally speaking, expect to travel at a rate of 50 km/h (31 mph). As an example, if you need to drive 250 kilometers (155 mi.), you need to plan on it taking around 5 hours. And remember, Costa Rica utilizes kilometers, not miles. One kilometer equates to 0.62 mile
Costa Rica is really a friendly country, however you may still find thefts. Because of this, at all times secure your vehicle whenever it is parked and steer clear of leaving behind valuables inside. If a camera, handbag or wallet is sitting on the seat, you are encouraging thieves to break in and take your belongings. Within large metropolitan areas such as San José, Alajuela, Limón and Puntarenas this is especially true. When parking in these metropolitan areas, attempt to leave your vehicle in a secure lot with an attendant. Rural areas can, nevertheless, encounter break-ins as well-lock your vehicle and leave expensive or important items at your hotel. As with most things, if you exercise sound judgment and care, you ought to be fine.
Gas stations – known as bombas or gasolineras – can be found all through Costa Rica. Gasoline is sold as “regular” and “super,” both of which are unleaded. Super offers higher octane than regular, and diesel is generally offered as well. The majority of rented vehicles take super, however ask someone at the rental office to make certain. Gas stations are full-service; attendants fill up your tank for you. Gas much more expensive than in the U.S. – a gallon (3.8 liters) usually goes for about $6 USD.
Gas stations are located in nearly every town, however there are parts of the country where they are sparser. For instance, the south Pacific, south Caribbean, Nicoya Peninsula, and areas close to the border with Nicaragua. If you’re going to be planning a trip to any of these areas, fill up your tank at the start of the day. The majority of GPS devices have applications which show you nearby gas stations. If you find yourself running low in an area which lacks a gas station, look for small, local operations. Generally these will be out of someone’s home or even business and have hand-written signs that say gasolina.
Familiarizing yourself with Costa Rica’s traffic laws will save you time, cash, along with a painfully slow legal process. A lot of Costa Rica’s driving laws are similar to the U.S. and they are easy to follow. Even so, there are a few that travelers should become aware of. By way of example, cameras that take pictures of speeding vehicles have been recently placed along highways. The cameras automatically issue tickets which range from $300-$600 USD. Once you return your vehicle, the rental car company retains your deposit till they have confirmed you have no pending tickets. If you do have a ticket, you are going to lose a portion of your deposit. Because of this, we suggest that potential drivers review our segment on Costa Rica driving laws, which follows.
Your journey ought to be enjoyable. Stop to take pictures and eat at roadside eating places. Discover new roads to the coast or even go exploring along a countryside road. There is certainly a lot to consider while driving in Costa Rica, but don’t allow it to eclipse the key reason why you rented a car in the first place: to have the independence to come across brand new places and people on the way.
Driving Laws as well as Penalties
The very last thing anybody wants to handle while on vacation is a traffic ticket (or even worse, jail). Costa Rica’s driving laws are practical and straightforward. When you exercise caution and drive wisely, you will be fine. The next items can help you understand Costa Rica’s most relevant driving laws.
Motorists as well as passengers are required to wear a seatbelt and motor cyclists must wear helmets. The fine for not doing this is approximately $185.
· Driving faster than 120 km/h (75 mph) or 20 km/h (12 mph) over the speed limit is considered speeding. In addition to highway law enforcement with radar, you will find cameras positioned around the country which report license plate numbers to police/rental car agencies. The fine is around $617. A speed of over 150 km/h (93 mph) can lead to imprisonment.
· Talking or even texting on your cell phone is not permitted whilst driving. The fine is around $550.
· Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is taken seriously. Driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in between 0.50 and 0.74 is recognized as under the influence. The fine is around $550. Driving with a BAC higher than 0.75 will lead to prison.
· Making a U-turn where one is prohibited can lead to a fine of around $550.
· Running a red light or stop sign can lead to a fine of around $372.
· A current driver’s license from your home country is required and you may only drive with a foreign driver’s license for 3 months. Driving without your driver’s license (or with one for longer than three months) can lead to a fine of approximately $93.
· Yellow lines represent areas where you are not permitted to pass. Passing in such areas (or along curves) can lead to a fine of approximately $550.
· Passing on the right is not allowed. The fine is around $200.
· Child’s seats are required for children under 12 or smaller than 1.45 meters (4′ 9″). Children not utilizing a child seat can lead to a fine of approximately $372.
· Carrying excess passengers may result in a fine of approximately $160.
· Driving on the beach is not allowed. The fine is approximately $200.
· San José has a rotating ban on rush-hour traffic, with the goal of decreasing congestion and fuel usage. The ban bars certain license plate numbers from driving throughout certain times of the day – Monday through Friday from 7 to 8:30 AM and from 4 to 5:30 PM. Cars with license plates ending in the digits 1 or 2 are prohibited on Monday; 3 or 4 on Tuesday; 5 or 6 on Wednesday; 7 or 8 on Thursday; and 9 or 0 on Friday. If you are found driving a car with a restricted license plate within the central section of San José on these days/hours, you will be ticketed.
From this article you can see, Costa Rica’s driving laws resemble most other countries. The key items to keep in mind include wearing a seatbelt, having your driver’s license handy, not speeding, not talking on the phone, not driving drunk, and always utilizing a child’s seat for the kids under the age of 12. By familiarizing yourself with these laws and being a cautious, defensive driver, you ought not have any legal difficulties while driving in Costa Rica.
Leasing a vehicle in Costa Rica has the potential to create an extremely special trip for travelers. It is possible to seek out little-known areas, stop when you wish, and create your personal adventure from day one. All the same, driving in Costa Rica is serious. Road conditions can be difficult as well as driving times can be long. Prior to getting behind the wheel, consider what it requires and just how you want your trip to unfold. Your experience in Costa Rica is going to be amazing regardless of what course you steer.
You’ve always been a do-it-yourselfer but you don’t have experience in all the areas of classic car restoration. You can replace parts, do a tune up, and you’ve even done some interior work before. Engine rebuilds and body work are something you’ve never touched but you would like to learn.
The online book stores are overflowing with How To books on all the topics you need to get acquainted with to restore your baby, but there are so many. Which ones do you buy? The list is endless!
It seems a bit basic but the best way to get started would be getting a copy of the factory shop manual. Why the factory shop manual? Because the factory shop manual is going to give you all the details on things you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll find exploded diagrams of components like doors and window regulators, the suspension system, front end sheet metal, and even the under dash components. You’ll need these drawings later. In most cases, after disassembling parts of the car you won’t get back to it for 2 or 3 weeks or more. You’ll need the exploded diagrams to match the parts together again.
The factory shop manual is going to provide visual references as well. You’ll need these when shopping for parts that were missing when you bought the car. If you’ve never seen them before, how would you know you’ve found the right part at a swap meet, junk yard, or car show? An added bonus now-a-days is that a lot of shop manuals are available on CD and some of these images can be easily enlarged using a picture manager.
A car specific parts number and casting number guide is invaluable. Why a parts number guide? Well,..there are a lot of NOS or New Old Stock parts out there and they all have part numbers on them. Let say for example you have an early 60’s Chevy and a part you are looking for was reused over 2 model years but changed the following year. The difference between these parts is minor and they will both fit your car. If you know the correct part number you can make the right parts choice.
Maybe you are looking for the correct exhaust manifolds for your car. Over the years the originals cracked and were replaced with something else that “fit”. This was common practice during the early years, when your car was someone’s daily driver, because they didn’t care what it looked like. This is where the casting number guide helps you ensure the originality of your ride.
The books you could buy are of greatest value to you when you really need them. That would depend on what stage of the restoration you are on. Buying a book on sheet metal body panel replacement might not make sense when a casting number guide would be of more use to help you identify those key parts that were missing. An engine rebuilding book would be premature if it meant rebuilding the engine first and then you had to leave it sit in the corner for 3 years because the car wasn’t ready yet.
If you are lucky enough to find a drivable classic car that just needs some interior work and a new coat of paint, then the books recommended earlier wouldn’t be your first choice. Even still, the factory shop manual is not going to be a waste, since that beautiful driver you just bought has likely had a few incorrect parts replaced over the years.
With so many books to choose from, take stock of what your classic car needs first. Buying books to put on the shelf doesn’t make sense if the next revised edition has already come out by the time you get around to using it.
Before I explain the removal procedure of the Fiat radios listed below I would recommend that you ask your Fiat dealer to release your radio for you as they have specialist radio keys and they should release it for you for FREE. You do have a Fiat car, right? So they shouldn’t charge you for a 2 minute job.
But if you are happy to attempt this yourself, let’s go. Removing one of the following Fiat radios can literally take either 2 minutes or an hour if you aren’t using the Fiat radio removal keys. Some release very easily but some can be really awkward and you may want to get someone to give you a hand while doing this. However, they all use the same release mechanism.
Fiat Radios with this mechanism:
As you look at the radio, there are 2 clips on either side of the radio, making a total of 4. The top 2 clips are located about one inch from the top of the radio on the side and the bottom clips are about one and some half inches from the bottom on the side of the radio. The clips can be accessed by sliding a solid thin object in between the radio edge and your dash. A Kenwood radio key, hacksaw blade or something similar should work OK.
I would recommend releasing one side of the radio at a time. To do this, keep your fingers in the radio cassette aperture to prevent it sliding back into the locators. The top clips are the easiest to release but the bottom clips can be quite awkward.
To release the top clips, slide the release tool close to the top edge of the radio on one side and then slide the tool downwards. You will feel the resistance of the clip, keep this in position while you release the bottom clip
Now slide a second tool in at the bottom of the radio on the side and slide upwards until you feel the resistance from the bottom clip. Try to push the clip backwards slightly as you raise it upwards if the clip will not release. This is the awkward bit, getting to raise it up high enough to release it fully from its locator.
Repeat for the other side and slide out the radio.
Mallorca also known as Majorca is the capital of Palma Island. It is a very popular holiday destination for tourists due to its large number of beaches, warm weather and facilities for tourists. It has a Mediterranean climate consisting of hot and bright summers as well as mild and stormy winters. Mallorca consists of many attraction sites of interest to visitors hence the significant growth in number of persons visiting. If you are considering a vacation to relax and tour exciting places, Mallorca is the place to be.
Best Time to Tour
The best time to visit Mallorca would have to be during summer in the months of June to September as these are hot and dry. The city is usually crowded with people and a very vibrant night life at this time. You will also catch up with summer festivals such as Waiting for Waits festival and Fonart Short Film Festival. For people who are budget conscious the month of October would be favorable as it comes with fewer crowds hence hotels are cheaper.
Top Attraction Sites
The City of Palma de Mallorca is one of the amazing sites of Mallorca with its Gothic Cathedral which is a centerpiece of the city’s historic quarter. There is also the Bellver Castle which is unique compared to other castles in Palma because of its circular design. One can have a magnificent view of this castle across the Bay of Palma. The Caves of Dranch are other great attraction sites of Mallorca city. They have incredible and quality lighting arrangement allowing visitors to take boat rides in some of the caves’ underground lakes. One cannot afford to miss the many long white sandy beaches along the coastline of Mallorca. These beaches are normally busy with people but they offer extensive facilities for families and children.
Food and Drink
Mallorca city has a wide variety of hotels and restaurants ranging from bars to large five star hotels. Restaurants specialize in all types of dishes from Spanish, Italian, Mexican, African, Chinese, French and fast foods among others. Olives and almonds are a typical dish in Mallorca with pork as the staple meat.
You will love to taste the local sausages made of pork which are locally called sobrasada. You cannot leave Mallorca without visiting one of the local cuisines offering dishes such as tumbel which is aubergines, potatoes and pepper in olive oil. Others include rabbit in onions, boiled scorpion fish and other variety of fish. Restaurants in Mallorca offer white end red wine in addition to hearty meals. Examples of these are Spanish beer, Sherry and Spanish brandy.
Getting around Mallorca
One can opt for the bus transport for a sightseeing tour around the city. The Soller Train is another means which offers a one hour journey across the plains and mountains. The best option for touring Mallorca is car hire. There are several companies that offer this service and hiring can be done online as it is much cheaper.
Selling a car is a long process. With a million things to take care of, it can often become a tedious task. Therefore, it is imperative to keep in mind the various steps in the process of car selling.
The state of Virginia has specific rules which need to be adhered to while selling your car. As Virginia is the 12th most populous state, amongst the 50 states of America, the number of car buyers is huge. But, do not worry about making a successful sale. With the following stepwise guide, you will be able to make the most of the car selling process in Virginia.
How to Sell a Car in Virginia?
- Title Transfer
The primary step is the transfer of the title to the buyer. In order to move ahead with the title transfer, you will need to provide the required details and obtain a title certificate. The laws of Virginia require you to provide details of the buyer’s name and address. You will have to provide an odometer reading and the sales price of the car. Also, make sure that the buyer provides the required details for the successful completion of the title transfer.
- Remove your License Plates
Prior to handing over the car to the buyer, remove your license plates. Once you have removed your license plates, you can either transfer them to another car or return them to the Department of Motor Vehicles of Virginia. You can obtain a refund in case the registration on your license plates has not expired and the plates are valid for another 6 months or more. In order to obtain a refund, you will have to inform the Department of Motor Vehicles of Virginia about the inactivation of the license plates and fill in the Application for Vehicle Registration Refund form FMS 210, respectively.
- Notify your Insurance Company of the Transaction
After selling your car, you should inform your insurance company about the sale. In case you are thinking of another purchase, you can transfer the liability coverage to the new car. Before cancelling the liability coverage, make it a point to inform the Department of Vehicle Motors of Virginia in order to avoid any confusion. If the insurance company cancels your policy and the Department of Motors Vehicle of Virginia has records that you own the car, your driver’s license will be at risk. Therefore, inform the Department of Motor Vehicles of Virginia and your insurance company about the sale of your car.
Selling your car in Virginia can be a time-consuming process. However, the above stepwise guide can surely come to your aid while selling your car.