Diecast Model Car Buyers’ Guide

If you have an interest in cars but don’t have the budget to collect the real thing, a great hobby to get into is to start a scale model diecast car collection. You don’t need to be rich to afford to collect scale model diecast cars. They are affordable, highly detailed, easy to display, and a lot of fun.

You can collect vintage cars, American cars, foreign cars, even hot rods and race cars. It’s all up to you and your personal interest. On the racing front, the truly avid NASCAR fan may build a collection of NASCAR diecast, however these models tend to get expensive because they are highly sought after by collectors due to their high trade and resell value.

For most beginning diecast collectors it makes sense to start a collection with more reasonably priced items. A great way to start your collection is to shop on a site that has a broad range of diecast vehicles to choose from.

A main factor in determination of the price of a model diecast car is the size of the model. And, as most things go, bigger size means bigger price tag. For some reason the 1/18 scale diecast is a great way to start your collection: they are reasonably inexpensive and easy to store. 1/18 scale diecast is where the attention to detail really starts to become more apparent. This scale also offers a lot of working features like hoods, doors and trunks that open. Wired engines. Lots of interior detailing, and even working suspension systems. 1/24 scale diecast model cars can also include these features and high level of detail, but to get a really good quality 1/24 diecast car you are going to pay well over $100. Once you start getting smaller than 1/24 scale, most diecast vehicles in 1/32 scale, 1/43 scale or 1/64 scale are really nothing more than a HotWheels or Matchbox sized car.

Options available for new diecast car collectors include: 1/18 Scale (1/18th the size of a real car) 1/24 Scale (1/24th the size of a real car) 1/32 Scale (1/32nd the size of a real car) 1/43 Scale (1/43rd the size of a real car) 1/64 Scale (1/64th the size of a real car) which is basically, a Match Box car.

Lastly, if space is an issue, consider where you plan to store or display your model diecast cars before you buy.

Car Audio Guide

Many enthusiasts tend to think of car audio components such as subs, amps, speakers and head unit as separate entities. They don’t realize that to improve sound quality, they need to set-up a system that is well structured and tuned to maximize sound performance.

Thousands of enthusiasts pay a lot of money on car speaker replacements thinking that by doing so they will improve their sound quality. If you are one of them, it time to think again. Although speakers contribute to the overall sound performance, you need to understand that there is much more than that. Beside speakers, a good and well planned car audio system consists of a quality head unit (receiver), wires and subwoofers. If you neglect any of these vital elements, you will be missing out a lot.

The first thing anyone must consider when upgrading his system is the head unit. The head unit is the brain of your system and it controls and feeds the signal to your subs and speakers. Since everything starts from the receiver, make sure that you replace your factory stereo with a one that can be easily expanded and loaded with the latest technologies. Since not every head unit is suitable for every speaker type, make sure that your new head unit can power-up your speakers to eliminate damage and get the most of your system.

Once you decided on the receiver, it’s time to find the right speakers. Car speakers come into many sizes and shapes, so make sure to get speakers that matches your car specs and fits perfectly to eliminate lousy and low quality sound. Installing your speakers or subwoofers in the wrong location will affect their performance and life expectancy.

Looking for more power? You can give your system a boost by adding an amplifier. Car amplifier can add a lot to your audio system. The main role of an amp is to amplify the signal that comes from your head unit and send it to your speakers and subwoofers. If you are battery can’t power up your system, you can either replace it with a special power cell or add a capacitor. Making sure that your amplifier gets constant power will ensure a consistent performance and prevent damage to other car components.

Car customization and modification can be a challenging task especially for those who don’t know much about car audio. Make sure that you plan your set up before getting your system installed. This will ensure that you are getting the best set up and prevent any damage to your expensive equipments.

A Step by Step Guide For Car Donation

How often have you realized that selling your car is expensive for you? Perhaps, you have realized it. Yet, most of us want to ignore this fact. We tend to look at the result o selling. We think that we will get money at the end and, our thoughts start and end there.

But, if we think a little deeper, we will find that selling the car is quite a hassle. You have to have good contacts to get a customer without spending a single dollar. Otherwise, you will have to advertise your cause and wait. It is both expensive and stressful. Again, after you sell the car and received the money you have to pay some part of it as sales tax. So, there are a lot of hassles there when you sell your car.

However, when you donate a car, you find yourself in a more profitable condition. You don’t have to spend a single buck in the process of donating the car. Again, the value of the car is completely deductible from the sales tax. Naturally, you get twice the better result than selling the car. In addition, you get rid of the junk that is there in your house. What’s more, you can donate car regardless of what condition it is in, a prospect that is impossible when it comes to sell a car.

Now, if you are thinking about donation your car, you will find itself the easiest thing that you have ever done. Of course, the advent of internet has made the car donation even easier. So, just take a look at the steps that you need to perform if you are to donate your car.

The first thing that you have to do to donate your car is to find out the right organization for car donation. You will find thousands of different organizations there in the internet. Naturally, you have to be a little cautious here. Make sure that you have checked all the information given on the websites. For, there are tricks that different websites use to allure people. You can check out the website of IRS to find out whether an organization has the eligibility to receive donation.

Another important thing that you have to do is to learn certain lessons on the tax laws. The difficult part here is that it keeps changing. So make sure that you are updated with the latest laws.

However, once you have picked up the right website, you have to file your application. Normally, this is done through an online form that is offered by the website. The forms are generally very easy to fill. In fact, it does not take more than a few minutes to complete the form. So, you don’t have to step outside your house to apply for the car donation.

The steps that follow them need a little bit of engagement from you. Now, the responsibility lies on the organization to pick up the car that you want to donate. In fact, you don’t even have to be in the house when the organization will come to pick up the car. So, sit in front of computer and relax.

Morocco Car Hire Guide

Morocco is a small North African country with a population of no more than 32 million. It sits on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, runs through the Gibraltar Strait, and goes into the Mediterranean Sea. Morocco is a very rich country. And it is popular amongst the local and foreign travelers not only because of its paradise-like shoreline but due to its impressive historic sites as well.

Here in Morocco you can easily explore the Ruins of Chellah in Rabat. An important Islamic altar was also built here during the 14th century, called the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. As for geographical wonders, there’s the High Atlas Mountains, Rif Mountains, and the Sahara Dessert to be proud about. All of these sit in the beautiful contrast to the country’s sparkling waters and calming lakes.

If you’re all set for a Moroccan adventure, you should also have the car that you’ll use during your stay all planned out. Don’t go there without a clear means of transportation as you might miss out some of the breathtaking sights that this country can provide. Book a car from major car hire providers such as Avis, Sixt, Europcar, and Hertz. They would gladly help you out and provide for the vehicle that’s a perfect match for your needs.

Morocco has a great network of roads and highways which are constantly improving. Traffic rules are strictly implemented around here so you better stick to the right side of the law at all times. There are police officers at every corner, especially in the city capital of Rabat. But more than anything else, the police are there to make you feel more secured when driving, especially if you’re a foreigner.

Driving your own car in Morocco has its advantages and having the ability to explore everything about the town is just one of the many things that you can do with your own car at your disposal. Be sure that you reserve a vehicle days before your scheduled arrival in the country. This way, you’ll be assured of the best vehicle to use around town. Book a car online for both comfort and convenience.

My Guide to Car Buying

There is nothing like the thrill of driving home in a nice new car. I used to sell cars and of course I’ve bought a few myself. When buying your new car its very important to follow a few steps to guarantee you’re getting a good deal. A bad deal can cost you thousands of wasted dollars and could even hurt your credit if you get yourself in in too deep. Try and follow these rules so you can get the best deal possible.

One of the most important rules when determining you’re ready for a new car is don’t go out and make a spontaneous decision. Do a little homework. Even for a couple of weeks or more if necessary. Do a little research on the internet and do your homework on the vehicle you’re interesting in purchasing. Check out the car buyers guide Consumer Reports publishes. They have great information on things people often overlook that factor in to the cost of ownership of the vehicle. They also compare the car to other vehicles in the same class and measure things such as predicted reliability, ride, noise and resale value.

If possible I recommend not trading in your car at the dealer. Car dealers take in used cars as trades to obviously sell them for higher prices then what they’re willing to give you. They want to make as large a profit as possible on your car. In some instances dealers may not have a need for your car and just plan on unloading it at an auction for wholesale price. You can usually get thousands more by selling the car on your own which isn’t that difficult. You can find simple sale forms online and it usually only takes a few hours and a couple small ads placed in local papers or on the internet. Craigslist is a great site to start and they even let you post your vehicle ad there for free.

If you decide to sell the car on your own or if you decide to trade it in, make sure it is cleaned and polished to perfection. When I sold cars I would see the dirtiest and most disgusting interiors in cars brought in to be traded. Many were never even simply washed first. Remember that someone is deciding on how much your car is worth and you’re the salesman and your car is the product. The better the car looks inside and outside, the more the buyer is likely to believe you cared for the car properly. Spend an hour or so washing the car, cleaning the windows, vacuuming, polishing the dash and removing the junk and clutter.

Do your homework on what your old car is worth. A great site for this is Kelly Blue book. If privately selling your car use the site to determine a fair asking price. If trading in your car, look for the trade-in value to help you figure out what to expect its value to be. Remember if trading in your old vehicle that you’re not just negotiating on the price of the new car, but also the value of your old one. Many dealers will try and satisfy the shopper by over inflating the value of the trade-in and not significantly discounting the new car. Others will discount the new car and low ball a buyer on the value of their trade-in. You obviously want to get a high discount and a great price for your old car. That’s why you’re better off usually selling your car on your own to maximize the price you receive for your old car.

Car dealerships make a great deal of their money on the add-ons they sell after the sale of the your new vehicle. Things such as extended warranties and items like car alarms, car starters and radios are usually heavily marked up. I personally highly recommend passing on these. Most of them can be purchased at places like Best Buy, Circuit City and many other local retailers for much cheaper prices and usually much higher quality.If you do feel you have to purchase any of these add-ons, most are also negotiable.

Many dealers will try to scare you and tell you that after market work will void your warrantee. This isn’t always the case and dealers say this to make you want to roll in additional items into your loan and just get the work done there. This is usually not the case as most dealerships take their cars to local stores to put the items in for them anyway. By rolling the highly marked up items into your auto loan you are now going to be paying interest on them for years.

The finance manager you usually meet is usually the one to pitch you the fore mentioned items. Its also his job to try and get you to take a loan he arranges through the dealership. The rate in some instances is also able to be negotiated. They may try to get you to sign a loan with an interest point or two higher than you could get elsewhere. This cost you extra money over the life of your loan and puts money in their pocket. Before even going to the dealership or discussing rates with the finance manager check with your local credit union or bank to get an idea of the current rates out there.

Finally this is my most important rule. Even if you skipped my whole article and jumped right to here remember this. You really are the one in control. No one can force you to buy. The salesman and the dealership need you more than you need them. They want your money and in most cases there are other dealerships where you can buy so you have the edge. SHOP AROUND!!! Try and never, and I mean NEVER, buy on the first trip to a dealership. I have saved myself and others countless dollars by taking this approach. No matter how good of a deal you may have think you worked out, another dealership is usually willing to go that much further to beat it.

If you go in person to the dealership they will usually send in the “closer” if you don’t agree to buy right away. Its okay. Don’t get nervous. Just be calm and be firm after you have heard their best deal. They will even usually sweeten that once or twice more before they finally accept you are ready to go. If they try the “I can only give you this deal today” then they’re getting too pushy and they’re usually lying anyway. If you walked and came back most dealers are not going to pass up a ready to sign deal.

Now that you know one dealers best price and if you have no trade-in you could just call another dealership right over the phone and negotiate. With the amount of competition out there and so many shoppers buying right over the phone and internet now, most dealers will work a deal right over the phone with you now. If you have a trade-in of course you would need to visit the other dealership so they can evaluate your trade.

Be sure to look into car manufacturers discounts. Car companies sometimes have extra discounts for military personnel. There are also usually discounts available for recent college graduates and loyalty programs for those buying or leasing another vehicle from the same manufacturer. If you’re not sure what’s available ask the sales rep, finance manager or look online.

Finally many dealerships now go as far as 7 years for loans on vehicles. Spreading a car out over this many months is a very bad move. You’re more likely to get yourself upside down this way (owing more then your vehicle is worth). This makes selling your car, or trading your car in later almost impossible without coming up with a very large down payment and it means you’re more likely to become upside down on your future cars as well. If you have to stretch your car payments that long in order to get a payment you can afford, odds are you’re looking at too much car for your budget.

Good luck and happy car hunting.

Guide For Buying Repossessed Cars at Auction

When buying at a repossessed car auction, there is much more to do than just assessing the appearance of a car you are interested in. Further research is required before a purchase is made. Car auctions are widely regarded as being the best place to pick up second hand or repossessed cars at the best price, but it is also very important to note that people often end up paying over the odds or picking up a repossessed car which gives them mechanical problems.

For this reason we have put together a comprehensive  guide  to buying a repossessed  car  at a car auction near you. This will help to assist you especially if you are attending your first auction. If you are going to your first auction, we would recommend attending with someone who has been before and is familiar with the process or we would recommend only observing on the first occasion. Remember that casr are sold “as is” at auction, which means that the vehicles will be sold as they appear on the lot and once the highest bid has been made, it is binding.

Below is a  guide  to purchasing a repossessed  car  at an auction:

1. Take A Mechanic With You

It is advisable to take a car mechanic with you when attending an auction, particularly if your knowledge on what’s under the bonnet is limited. The expertise of a mechanic could save you lots of money in the long run so even paying him a small amount could help you pick up a good deal. It is important to check the car from top to bottom especially the engine.  The majority of auctions do the utmost to make sure the repossessed cars on offer are at a high standard and are reliable. However, it is important to note that some vehicles which are below standard do make it through so it is important to make sure you avoid these kind of vehicles.

2. Study the Vehicle History

Before making a bid you should make sure you study the history of a vehicle. Auctions are often made up of cars which have previously been in accidents, and these are the cars which are usually being sold cheaper than the market rate for the specification of car. It is important to note that these cars may cause problems by not running properly especially if they have been in a major accidents and repaired. Slightly accident damaged motors can often prove to be a bargain so try to keep an eye out for these.

3. Have a Price in Mind and Stick to it

Do not bid too much for a car. It is very easy to go above market price when bidding so we would advise to calculate a price for a vehicle you are interested in and don’t go above this price. Repossessed cars often get overpriced when there is a bidding competition. In these cases we would advise to not get involved and let the winning bidder take it. If the price becomes too overinflated it may be better to look at other options.

4. Check the Pedals and Steering Wheel

A very simple tip when buying at auction or buying any used cars is to check the pedals. These are usually not replaced or changed so it can often be a giveaway when the exterior of a car has been modified or repaired to make it look almost new. If the pedals are worn and the outside of the car looks brand new then you know that something has been changed. It is recommended to check the paintwork thoroughly and also have check the steering wheel. Move it back and forth, any clunking noises and this is a car we would not recommend you buy.

5. Carefully Examine the Frame

If a car has a damaged frame, this would indicate that this is a vehicle which has been involved in a major accident at some point in its history.

6. Run A Finger Into The Edges

When examining the car we would advise to run your finger into the edges of the paintwork, rough spots indicate that the car has been fixed after being in a major accident. These rough spots appear when masking tape has been applied to the car bodywork during a paint job. Also look for changes in shades of colour. New resprays may have a slightly different shade of colour – another giveaway that a car has been repainted after a collision.

La Palma Airport Car Hire Guide

La Palma Airport is just eight kilometers from Santa Cruz de la Puerto, which is the city center. This airport is the main entry point to the Canary Islands. It is a rather small airport as it is, especially when compared to the ones found over its neighboring islands. Just the same, this airport has seen over one million passengers in 2009 and has handled around 20,000 flights in the same year.

There are varied modes of local transportation available over at the La Palma Airport. You’ve got four choices – hired car, buses, taxis, and airport transfers. A private transfer is always available for passengers; just make sure that you make some arrangement for it prior to your arrival. A driver will meet with you at the arrivals and would courteously lead you to the couch. If you’re more inclined with the cheaper option, you can choose to hail a taxi just outside the arrivals area. It would cost you around 20 Euros for a ride anywhere in the islands. A public mode of transportation is also available though. Wait for the bus servicing the airport at the station outside the terminal. Such buses can give you a life to the Santa Cruz city center. From there, you can simply transfer buses, take a taxi, or just walk to your actual destination.

Given these facts, you can easy see that reserving a hired car before you arrive at the La Palma Airport becomes the easiest and most convenient means of travelling locally. Book a car from the 3 major rental car providers in the area, along with the 2 local car hire companies having offices at the airport premises. Hertz, Avis, and Betacar have branches that are always open to serve passengers like you. The local providers you can also consult with are Atesa and Autos Ancar.

Reserve a car prior to your flight to the La Palma Airport by going over the internet. The international rental car providers specified above have online partners to handle your vehicle requests. Book a car with their help and reserve the vehicle that you need. Then expect it all ready for you the moment that you arrive at La Palma.

Newbie’s Guide to Car Donation

After all, you’ll be helping a charity, as well as getting rid of a car you don’t really need anymore. And there are plenty of organization that’ll help you donate. However, the whole process isn’t necessarily as easy as it first seems. There are a number of legal issues to pay attention to, and you’ll need to make sure you’re doing things right.

Donating your boat or car to charity sounds easy at first. It reduces the difficulty of getting rid of a car, frees you from the paperwork that comes with selling, and allows you to get a tax deduction for helping out people in need. Unfortunately, the reality is often much more complex than the idea. Donating a car correctly can be incredible difficulty. Before handing over a valuable vehicle, make sure you’re working with an organization that really does what it says.

Choose Worthwhile Charities

Remember that even if a charity is a good one, that doesn’t mean it’s ready to handle the donation of a car. And just because a charity is ready to take your car, that doesn’t mean it’s worthwhile. Take some time to check up on any charity you consider using, and make sure you’re working with a really reputable one. Try investigating at the Better Business Bureau, which will keep a record of complaints against the charity, and don’t believe marketing hype. You’d be surprised at the number of charities that aren’t as good as they claim.

Make sure that any charity you donate to is IRS approved as a 501(c)(3) organization, especially if you’re concerned about your tax deduction. While many organizations, such as temples and churches, do qualify, not all charities, too. Want to learn whether a charity falls under the 501(c)(3) rule? Check Publication 78 on the IRS website to find organizations that you can donate to and receive a tax deduction.

Be Careful

Remember that IRS is unlikely to accept your valuation for your vehicle if it’s worth more than about five hundred dollars. Make sure you get a receipt from the charity stating how much the car is worth, and provide this information in writing. You need to keep track of the paperwork, so that the IRS won’t give you problems later. Have an outside appraisal for any car worth more than five thousand dollars.

Have the title changed, as well – don’t rely on the charity to do it. If you’re detail oriented, both you and the charity you donate to will get the most out of your donation.

Buyers Guide to People Carrier Cars

People carrier cars, also called MPV’s and Minivans, do exactly what the name suggests – they transport as many people as possible as opposed to the traditional four or five seat car.

Increasingly, people carriers are becoming the vehicle of choice for families worldwide and also for companies transporting staff to and from the workplace, such as in many third world countries where the local transport system is inadequate. Most are 7-seaters or in some cases they even comfortably seat eight.

As for storage space, these vehicles generally afford more than enough room to take your family and your belongings on an extended holiday.

The following guide will cover some of the most important factors to keep in mind when considering a for your transport.

Choice of People Carrier Vehicles

If you’re looking to buy or rent a, your first port of call is to go online or contact your local dealer for the latest info. There is currently wide range of superb vehicles of this type available on the marketplace to suit all tastes and budgets.

And if space is your main priority, their flexible seating arrangement usually has the option of seven passenger seating, four seats and a large boot space, or two seats and an extensive space for serious flat-pack and camping enthusiasts

Style and Comfort

If you’re looking for style that stands out, the new Mazda 5 is a great example as it has a cheeky, sporty look with a sleek, appealing body design. What this car lacks in extra size compared to some other manufacturer models, it more than makes up for it in high quality, advanced technology and one of the most affordable models available in its class. And as always with Mazda, they have concentrated on the driving experience – Mazda’s petrol engines love nothing more than to rev hard and push the front wheels with determination. What’s more, the Mazda 5 comes with a 6% carbon emission reduction and a 4% economy boost at 39.2mpg. To my mind, it offers the best value in this category and delivers a luxurious, invigorating drive.

All in all, with the wealth of models available, if a stylish ride for you and your passengers is a priority, you will have many options to suit your preferences.

People Carrier Insurance

Whether you own a for personal or commercial use, you will want to make sure that you have the best insurance cover. The main thing is to do your research and compare package prices from different providers.

Comprehensive policies include numerous excellent benefits and most companies are eager to offer flexible payments to help with you meet the costs.

Here is a quick summary of some of the general insurance options that are currently available on the marketplace for people carrier cars:

Breakdown Cover

Third Party Only Cover

Third Party Fire & Theft

Windscreen and Glass Cover

Public Liability Cover

Claims Assistance and Legal Cover

Comprehensive Cover.

For specialised people carrier insurance, you can choose:

Minibus Insurance for Care Homes and Residential Homes

Charity Minibus Insurance

Minibus Insurance for Sports or Social Clubs

Minibus Taxi Insurance

MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle) Insurance

Private Use Minibus Insurance

Schools & Colleges Minibus Insurance

Seven Seat Minibus Insurance

Ten Seat Minibus Insurance

Sixteen Seat Minibus Insurance.

People Carrier Car Hire

If you’re not yet sure whether you will regularly need a vehicle but want to try one for the experience or as the need arises, both long term and day rate hire options are available for seven-seater, eight seater and nine seater models to accommodate your needs.

These days there are companies who offer people carrier hire at highly affordable prices – again, take the time to do your research to make sure you find the best deal.

Conclusion

With a people carrier car, you’ll be sure to enjoy miles of comfortably spacious driving. And when it comes to taking the family on holiday, this type of car is sure to make the journey as safe and stress-free as possible.

Basic Guide For Car Rental

Whether it is a need for a temporary vehicle replacement or a vehicle for a special occasion, most of the people rely on car rental services to meet those needs. They also cover long-term renting and business rental services. It is the most affordable way to hire a compact car, family, luxury and fun car or getting a van or truck. It is possible to make a special occasion more than special by hiring an exotic car while still saving some money. With online renting services, it is quite easy and simple to rent a vehicle throughout Australia.

Renting a car is much easier than a person thinks, as there are online services available. They offer 24 hours and 7 days services, where people can look for rates and available cars. They are quick in sending car booking dates with specific vehicle details and renting terms and conditions. A customer can compare number of renting services with their quotes to find out the best and cheapest car booking service that fits his needs.

The vehicle rental is made real simple with one price setting. A customer pays what he sees while booking online, there is simply no hidden costs. They clearly specify taxes, insurance, stamp duties and other fees on the charge, so the customer does not need to worry about any excess payment.

Generally, they do not ask for a prepayment while booking. The customer is rest assured to get the vehicle he has booked on time, and he can pay when he collects it. It is comforting to know there is no charge for any changes or cancellations of booking.

The booking charge include full insurance to cover any accidents. However, sometimes they may offer extra insurance coverage for specific reasons. It is a customer’s choice whether to go for any of the extra coverage or not. Most people usually have personal accident insurance, and they may not need to purchase any extra option when renting any economy cars.

Most of the time people get a make and model of the car they prefer. The renting company has good number of vehicle present, and they are happy to accommodate a client’s requirements. However, they offer vehicles on availability. A driver will need to show his driving license and credit card when he is ready to reserve a vehicle. An international driver must show his passport, his country driving license and international license.

To get the best booking prices, people need to check and compare many details. It is important to check that the low price on Internet is including taxes and insurance. A customer should check for his extra options when renting a luxury car. It is good to know what type of car will better suit for a particular trip. Sometimes, it is better to take with own special things like a child seat as their provisions might different from what a person is used to.

It has been quick and simple to book a vehicle that suits a person’s needs with help of online car rental services. They offer best prices to get quality cars. Most people drive off happily as they get comprehensive renting service.