Hunting For Classic Cars

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My brother and I are going to take a road trip this weekend to go hunting for classic cars. It should be a fun trip, but he seriously has no clue why we are actually going. What he does know is that we are going to spend three days on the road zipping around the state meeting private sellers who have a classic car listed online as being for sale. My brother thinks that we are going to just spend some brother-brother time on the road together admiring a mutual passion. I think he probably should have done more reading up on classic car buying before this adventure.

In truth, he has no idea he is likely to be driving home with one of those classic cars. His wife recently got laid off from her corporate job, but got a small golden parachute and severance package with it, as she was a somewhat prominent manager within the organization. My brother knows that she is out of work, but he has no idea how much money landed in her lap, nor what she intends to do with it. Now that she is out of work for a while, as is he, she wants to take a road trip with him.

They have discussed it for a few years, and when I say road trip, I mean weeks, if not months, on the road. But she wants to fulfill a dream of his of him driving a classic car on this trip. So she told me how much money she is willing to spend on a car, but she wanted me to go along, because I am more likely to know things about classic cars and make sure my brother gets the one that wants and loves.

Which of the classic cars are we looking at will it be? I am honestly not sure. My brother is kind of a Chevy fan, but he is not particularly dedicated to one single brand, make, or model. I could list a dozen classic cars he has talked fondly of in the past.

In truth, I will not really know which one it is until we are in some guy’s garage or front yard and I see my brother’s body language. When I see the primal lust in his eyes and a price my sister-in-law can tolerate, I will start haggling the owner and then give my brother the shock of his life.

What To Consider When Buying A New Car

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Buying a car is a big step that many people take. While the urge to rush to the dealership and purchase the first car you see can be great, it’s better to think things through. Here are some things to consider when buying a car.

Think about how much it will cost to pay for any cars that you are considering buying. You’ll need to be able to comfortably make monthly payments without going beyond your means if you are financing. Create a budget, and get the funds you need before setting foot into a dealership. If you don’t have enough money saved, a credit union or bank can help you with a loan. Be sure you have enough money to cover the cost of the car, as well as fees and taxes that come with it.

Once you have a few cars in mind, take them for a long test drive. 10 minutes isn’t enough to really get a feel of how the car handles at various speeds and on different surfaces. The salesperson may insist on a shorter drive, but don’t let them cut your test short, as you are the one who will have to drive the car if you ultimately decide to purchase it. A pushy salesperson who just won’t give up is a sign that maybe it’s time to test drive another car on your list. You can always come back another time to test drive the car again.

The price that the dealership has on display isn’t always the best price you can get. Dealers are usually willing to give shoppers a lower price with a little bit of haggling, especially near the end of the month, which is the closing period for a sale. Take a firm stance when negotiating a better price, but don’t be rude to the dealer. Don’t commit to paying a price that you don’t find comfortable. You have power as a buyer, and you can always leave the dealership and look for a better deal if you aren’t to get the price you want.

All car purchase include a buyer’s order, which contains a list of all prices associated with the car, including taxes and fees charged by the dealer. Before signing your name on the form, ask the dealer about anything that you don’t understand. If there’s anything that you don’t like on the form, you have the perfect chance to back out rather than signing. The dealer will try to offer additional items for your vehicle, such as warranties and components, when you prepare to sign the order. Any of these can increase the overall cost you pay, so take precaution when agreeing to them.

Once you’ve taken everything into consideration, you can purchase your car knowing that you’ve done everything correctly.

Car Road Trip Tips To Make It Go Well

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Taking a car to place to vacation at can be tough. Some places take many days to get to, and if you’re not prepared you will have a terrible time getting there. These car road trip tips will keep you comfortable and from having problems that are easy to avoid.

Pack food from where you are leaving from because they make things more expensive on the road. Plus, you will know where around your home you can go to get the best deals on everything. When you try to just go to a gas station the whole trip as you move along the road and go out to eat, it’s not that good of an idea because there are way too many high prices. If you do need anything, try stopping in a good sized city with a lot of stores around so you can find a typical grocery store instead of the expensive gas station stops.

A road trip will be enjoyable for your children and those not driving if they can bring something to keep entertained with. You should also bring a few things so if you let another person drive you have something to do. Keep in mind that they make things like car chargers so you can keep devices on even if you’ll be using them for a long time. Also remember that books and other things are not easy to see at night so you may want to also bring thins with a screen that has a backlight.

Hotels may be somewhere you can stay if you are driving for a long time and need some rest. You shouldn’t try to make it somewhere if you plan to drive for a long time because it may end up making it difficult for you to make it safely. After it starts to get dark, you should try to find a place before it’s far later than you usually go to bed. Even if you have to park on the side of the road to get some sleep, it’s safer than being tired.

Car road trip tips like these are easy for you to your destination without too much of an issue. It’s always better for you to be careful and over-prepare than it is to not have what you need when you are in a situation you didn’t consider.

The Ford Mustang Still Lives

The Ford Mustang stole the hearts of a nation and hearts around the world when it was unleashed in the year of 1964. Built with more than enough muscle to go around and reliability that would last for many generations to come. The chrome pony became a legend that has been easily recognized as belonging to one of, if not the most popular and loved muscle machine on the road.

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The beauty of the Ford Mustang is the versatility for both men and women of all ages and social status. The vehicle was, and still is easily customizable for sports enthusiasts that enjoy running the race tracks or just looking like it is ready to take on any vehicle on or off the road. For women, the sleek but powerful machine has been painted in a variety of colors ranging from fluorescent pink to purple with all the bells and whistles that would make it a girl’s best friend. This vehicle is still one of the world’s most cherished gifts that can be given for birthdays, Christmas and on many other occasions.

Climbing behind the wheel of this vehicle is like climbing into a time machine and traveling back in time when soda pops cost a nickel and high school sports team jackets meant something to the players and their girlfriends. Many children spent years looking forward to coming of age so they could inherit the family Mustang and many of those children maintained the Mustangs and passed them on to their children, who then passed them on to theirs as well. There are few vehicles that have lived the life that these have and are still living on the road.

The introduction of this classic vehicle marked the beginning of a whole new level of automotive technology that would change the world of auto manufacturing forever. The overwhelming popularity opened the doors for Ford’s 1965 introduction of the bigger engine, AC accelerators and much-needed reverse lights. But it did not stop there.

The Corvette, made by Chevrolet, was the strongest contender and had to be taken down a few notches to show the world just how powerful Ford vehicles actually were. The hammer fell and the designer and racing driver famously known as Carroll Shelby decided to step up to the plate, which resulted in the Cobra / GT series of famous cars that took the world by storm.

Long live the Mustang and what it means to the world.

Where To Buy Car Insurance

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If you own a car, auto coverage policy is one of the most important things. There are three options to choose from when you want insurance for your car. These options include: buying from independent agents, buying from captive agents and buying online.

If prefer personal services and you like face to face relationships, then it may be good to buy a policy from an agent. There are many agents in the market and you need to choose the one you feel comfortable with. Some of the agents are known as captive agents while others are known as independent agents.

Independent agents are those who sell insurance for various companies while captive agents are those who sell insurance for only one firm. Below are some of the features of agents you need to know about to help you choose the right agent quickly and easily.

Buying from captive agents

If you are dedicated to a specific insurance firm, it is a good idea to buy from a captive agent. The captive agents deal with only one insurance company meaning they know all the different insurance options the company offers. Therefore, they can help you select the right package depending on your needs.

Buying from independent agents
If you want to check out on the different insurance policies offered by different insurance providers, go for independent agents. Because they deal with different insurance companies, they can help you get a better rate. They will also not try to persuade you to buy one specific product meaning they will tell you the right things about all the insurances.

Therefore, you should buy from independent agents if you need inexpensive coverage for your car. However, since they are under commission, they may be in a hurry to make a deal as soon as possible.

Buying online

The third option is to avoid insurance agents completely and buy car insurance directly from the company online. However, with this option you have to do most of the work yourself. You have to do your own research on the insurance providers, what options they offer, and the rates of their insurance.

It is a good to buy auto insurance online if you don’t have enough time and want to get a cheap car insurance since it allows you to save you from paying commission to an insurance agent. If you are not sure about your car insurance needs, then buying insurance online without the help of an agent is not a good option.

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