7 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Car’s Fuel

 we cannot deny how convenient it is to have your own car. So, to at least get the most out of your gas here are some tips that you’d definitely find helpful.Gasoline these days are incredibly expensive. Actually, if you try to compute how much of your salary goes to gasoline alone, it would even make you think twice if you really want a car to begin with. However, we cannot deny how convenient it is to have your own car. So, to at least get the most out of your gas here are some tips that you’d definitely find helpful.

1. Observe Speed Limit
I know, it feels cool to drive fast, it makes you feel like a badass racer, but it lowers your gas mileage by 33% at highway speed and 5% around town. So unless it’s an emergency, you might want to slow down.

2. Try Not To Haul Cargo On Your Car’s Roof
Having a large, blunt roof-top cargo box can increase aerodynamic drag, which means it affects the smoothness of your ride since due to wind resistance and reduces fuel economy. So it would be better to remove external cargo container when not in use.

3. Remove Excess Weight
The heavier your car becomes due items in your car the more MPG your vehicle loses. In this case, maybe you should check your car every once in a while if there are things in there that you don’t use so you can lighten the car a little bit.

4. Oil Changes Are Crucial
Check your user’s manual on how often and how to properly change oils. Knowing and following that, allows your car to run smoother and cleaner while using less fuel.

5. Don’t Forget Your Air Filter
If the air filter is not in its best condition, meaning it’s too dirty to produce clean and cool air to mix with fuel to create combustion, the more gasoline your car consumes. In the long run, it pays to check it regularly and change when it gets dirty.

6. Regular Maintenance
This one benefits your car’s overall performance, which is good because if the vehicle is at its tip-top shape then it’ll also mean better gas mileage. Better not skip on your car servicing appointment.

7. Pay Attention To Your Driving Habits
Excessive idling, jackrabbit starts, stepping on the gas as soon as the light turns green, freeway driving, and the likes all contribute to decreased gas mileage.

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4 Tips To Ensure Safety While Driving Through Floods

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4 Tips To Ensure Safety While Driving Through Floods

4 Tips To Ensure Safety While Driving Through FloodsSinging in the rain may be fun but driving isn’t. Whether you’re a skilled driver or a newbie, it can still be nerve-wracking especially knowing that there are on average more than 950,000 automobile crashes each year due to wet pavement. This is even more of a problem once the roads get flooded. Driving through flooded areas requires extra caution and serious consideration. Making the wrong choice could lead to costly vehicle repairs or in a total loss. Here are some safety tips to help you during a downpour.

1. Try To Avoid Flooded Roads
No matter the type of car your drive or the clever tricks you have up your sleeves to conquer flood, you can avoid going through it be still best to do so. Since there’s flood, you don’t know what’s under it, you could accidentally run into an open manhole, deep pothole or some road work that could put you and other’s safety at risk. If there’s no other route for you to go, wait for the flood to subside a bit to see if it’s really safe to cross that road.

2. Gauge The Water Depth
Now if you must drive through the flood, the first thing that you have to do is try to gauge how deep it is. This is important because you’re only safe to pass through if it seems like the water will only hit below the wheels center cap. If it looks like the flood is deeper than that, turn back or wait it out. Look at sidewalks, posts, or any surrounding structures that will help you gauge the flood’s depth or watch another vehicle goes through.

If you deem the water is low enough, put your car in first gear or low gear if it’s an automatic transmission and maintain a steady speed of around 5 to 10 km/h. Make sure there’s enough distance between the vehicle ahead and do not shift gears. If you stall the engine, do not restart it. Get out of the car and push it to safety if possible.

3. Dry The Brakes After
Once you’re through the flood, dry your brakes by gently stepping on the pedal while driving slowly. It’s dangerous to drive on wet brakes because the brakes don’t work just as well when wet. This could affect your car’s ability to slow down or come to a full stop which can be a problem at any given circumstances but especially on wet roads.

4. Check, Clean And Change
Have the car checked by a mechanic or service center as soon as possible. If water seeped into the exhaust pipe or the engine, the fluids and some parts may have to be replaced. It would be advisable to have the whole car washed and even the under body. This could save you from shelling out thousands of pesos for major repairs later on.

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Top 6 Tips To Protect Your Car From The Damages Rainwater Can Cause

Top 6 Tips To Protect Your Car From The Damages Rainwater Can Cause

You’d think leaving you’re your car out when it’s pouring is clever because you’re giving it a good wash without you spending a dime. However, what you do not realize is how detrimental this could actually be for your car’s paint.You’d think leaving you’re your car out when it’s pouring is clever because you’re giving it a good wash without you spending a dime. However, what you do not realize is how detrimental this could actually be for your car’s paint.

Too cold or too hot temperature can make your car paint expand and contract and then result to cracking. When this happens, it’d be easier for water or moist to seep through the cracks and create rust.

Aside from that, rainwater forms by collecting several elements from the atmosphere. This means water isn’t the only things hitting your car when it’s pouring. You have other impurities that causes acid rain and deliberately exposing your car to that is bound to cause trouble for you sooner or later.

So generally, there’s constant exposure of your car to rainwater that can lead to cracking, chipping and peeling off the paintwork. Aside from that, you can also end up with buildup of tough stains from the rainwater that can often be very hard to clean and premature rusting and corrosion.

Tips To Keep Your Car From Getting Damaged By Rainwater

1. Park In A Garage When Possible
This might be obvious but people seem to think you only need it during sunny days.

2. Use A Car Cover
If you can’t find any covered parking space, at least use a car cover so that your paintwork isn’t directly soaked in rainwater.

3. Wash It Thoroughly
So you forgot your car cover? That can’t be helped sometimes but remember to wash your car after being left in the rain. Your car had just been exposed to a lot of different impurities and when left like that for extended period of time, that can cause serious paint damage on your car. So give it a good car wash.

4. Do Not Skip Drying
Letting your vehicle air dry will leave unsightly watermarks and will render your hard work useless. . Use a microfiber towel or preferably a weave drying towel to absorb the water and dry the car.

5. Wax Your Car
Remember that a good wax will easily last 8 – 10 months on a car that will protect the paint of the car from external elements like scratches, dust, contaminants from the rainwater, and UV rays. To be on a safer side, apply a coat of wax every six months on your car to keep it clean and smooth.

6. Get Car Paint Protection Treatment
We can’t really help the kind of weather you’ll have in the place you live. Whether you have four seasons or two extreme weathers, all you can do is take extra step to protect your car from these. Paint protection in Singapore’s tropical weather will prevent your paint job from fading fast, it also keeps it from expanding and contracting which results to cracking where water or moist can seep through the cracks and create rust.

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Top 5 Tips That Will Help You Save Time When Washing Your Car

Top 5 Tips That Will Help You Save Time When Washing Your Car

here are some tips that you’ll find helpful. They can help you finish the job just as well without spending an entire day.Car washing may be a tedious job that you’d like to skip, but we all know that despite all the car washing shop around, there are times that you have no choice but to do it yourself. However, to make this chore less of a hassle and to keep it from consuming your day off, here are some tips that you’ll find helpful. They can help you finish the job just as well without spending an entire day.

1. Prewash Prep
You spend more time than you should if you keep yo-yoing between washing and digging around for all the things that you need for washing. To avoid wasting time, make sure you gather everything that you need like bucket, old clean hand towel, shop towels, bottle of car wash shampoo/cleaning agent, and your garden hose. This helps you get the job done fluidly and quickly instead of stopping every now and then to get something.

2. Do It In The Shade
We all know that letting your car sit under direct sunlight is not good for your paint job. This is even truer if you’re car washing because with the direct sunlight could blister and peel so much easier while the water could easily seep through and develop rusts. However, aside from these negative effects, washing your car under direct sunlight consumes more time because the soapy water dries prematurely which will require you to reapply the soap and rinse it before it leaves residue. So doing this task in the shade is one way to eliminate this problem so you’re not repeating the process over and over.

3. Start Washing
Start by adding your car-wash solution to the bucket of warm water and dunking your hand towel in. The type of soap you choose will determine the outcome of your wash: Some soaps will simply wash off your vehicle; others add a wax or water repellent in lieu of a full-on wax job.

Once your towel is soaked, don’t wring it out — the wetter it is, the better. If your vehicle is large, cover it in sections; the objective here is to rinse off your vehicle completely before the soapy water completely dries. You can experiment with one large towel or two. Washing with one towel in each hand lets you cover more ground.

4. Rinse
Rinsing should be the quickest and easiest part of this task, especially with your garden hose on standby. Just make sure that you adjust the pressure of your hose’ nozzle because too much water pressure can easily take the paint off and even damages your car’s body parts.

5. Dry And Drive
Just because you’re trying to do this as quickly as possible doesn’t mean you will skip drying. That’s absolutely not an option. Use a full-sized towel. Hold the corners, and drape it flat over the vehicle. Drag the towel over broad surfaces to dry as much as possible, and use a smaller hand towel to mop up any smaller portions you may have missed. Now for the fun part: Once you’ve removed as much water as you can, take your car for a quick spin up and down the road to let the wind dry if off completely.

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Top 3 Signs That Your Exhaust Resonator Needs To Be Repaired

Top 3 Signs That Your Exhaust Resonator Needs To Be Repaired

Top 3 Signs That Your Exhaust Resonator Needs To Be RepairedSome people only inspect their car visually; they think if nothing looks damaged or broken then the car’s probably fine. However, when it comes to exhaust resonator where it has intricate internal components, this method obviously wouldn’t work since you can’t see inside it. Since exhaust resonator is more of exhaust system’s extended part, you’re gonna have to pay more attention to how your car sound to catch possible damage. The exhaust resonator tunes the exhaust note to enhance desirable sounds while diminishing undesirable ones. Commuter cars are nearly silent, while muscle cars and pickup trucks have a more enthusiastic soundtrack. Depending on the vehicle, its state of repair and modifications, you’ll hear varying exhaust sounds. Here are three signs that you may have to visit the car repair shop soon because your exhaust resonator is already in bad shape and needs some fixing.

1. Rattling Noise
An exhaust resonator has welded or pressed perforated tubes or baffles inside it. When those things start building up rusts and corrode, some parts break loose which causes rattling noises. This usually happens when you drive through rough roads on a regular basis, your car have experienced some huge impacts or have been repaired before but didn’t turn out well. So when you start hearing annoying rattling sounds coming off your vehicle, don’t just ignore it because it could mean serious damage.

2. Poor Engine Performance
The exhaust resonator has a couple of internal parts and possibly some insulation. Under normal operation, it tunes the exhaust note but doesn’t restrict exhaust flow. This is important, because the engine is tuned to run with a certain amount of back pressure.
A faulty exhaust resonator might restrict the exhaust even more, leading to higher back pressure, which the engine controller may be unable to compensate for. A restricted exhaust resonator might lead to poor fuel economy, poor engine performance or an illuminated check engine light. Excess exhaust noise might occur as excess pressure bleeds off through gaskets and joints.

3. Excess Exhaust Noise
Once the exhaust resonator is really in bad condition, the exhaust itself starts making a lot of noise. Because the exhaust resonator is larger than the rest of the exhaust piping, it’s a prime target for potholes and speed bumps. So it’s no surprised that it gets damaged easily considering all the impact and pressure that it gets while you drive. Maybe you’re thinking; why not just remove the exhaust resonator? Well, that’s one way to deal with the noise but that would alter your car’s sound. Engineers spend a lot of time getting the sound just right, whether it’s a factory or aftermarket exhaust system. You won’t damage anything, but why not replace such a simple piece of equipment to enjoy your vehicle’s intended tune?

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Top 5 Tips To Stay Safe And Avoid Accidents While Driving

Top 5 Tips To Stay Safe And Avoid Accidents While Driving

Top 5 Tips To Stay Safe And Avoid Accidents While DrivingDriving doesn’t seem like a life-threatening activity because you’re essentially just going from one place to another. But the thing is that, car accidents ranked as the 9th leading cause of death in worldwide according to Association for Safe International Road Travel, so you shouldn’t take driving too lightly. Here are some useful defensive driving tips that you can use to prevent yourself from being a part of that statistics.

1. Maintain Your Vehicle
Aside from car grooming which is on high demand here in Singapore, you should also prioritize maintenance. If your car is also in good running condition all the time, you save yourself from surprise breakdowns on the road which can lead to accidents, especially on a busy highway.

2. Have An Escape Plan
When you’re on the road, it will always be better to prepare for and know what to do during worst case scenarios like someone’s tire blowout and spin out of control or someone speeding with no brakes. Learning how to react when such things happen can mean the difference between life and death.

3. Look Far Ahead
Consider this as the have an escape plan’s little brother. Once you’ve mastered the art of preparing for worst case scenarios, you can easily spot danger from a distance by looking far ahead. Doing this allows you to see erratic drivers, slow traffic, intersections, and highway debris in advance so you can anticipate possible problems before you reach them and be ready to take action to save yourself from them.

4. Maintain Proper Following Distance
Don’t follow too closely. Giving yourself at least 2-3 second buffer room comes in handy in emergency situations. This allows you to hit break on time in the event of a panic stop in the lane up ahead.

5. Reduce Driving Distractions
Not only that this keeps your full attention in the road, which is always good for your safety, but it can also save you some car repair. Sometimes those little dents or scratches happens because you we’re checking a text message and missed the approaching car or the traffic light or the signal light of the car in front of you.

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7 Ways To Extend The Life Of Your Car Battery

7 Ways To Extend The Life Of Your Car Battery

7 Ways To Extend The Life Of Your Car BatteryIf you’ve ever been the victim of a dead car battery you know that they die at the most inconvenient of times. Whether it’s on your way to the airport, work or picking up your kids from school it is always a pain. If you have recently noticed your car not starting consistently, it could mean that your battery is close to dead. Don’t wait for that to happen and start taking care of your car’s battery. Here are some tips to do that.

1. Don’t Use Electronics When Idle
Turn off functions like the radio or air conditioner when your engine isn’t running to put less wear and tear on your battery power. Extended periods of idling also can wear a battery down.

2. Keep Your Battery Clean
Dirt and dampness can damage a battery case, causing it to lose charge. To avoid this, ensure that the case and terminals are checked and cleaned during car services. If you notice corrosion or acid on battery terminals, clean it off with water and cover the terminal connection with grease to avoid it recurring.

3. Insulate Your Car Battery
Exposing your car battery to cold temperature all the time shortens its lifespan. So, always insulate your battery especially if you live in a cold temperature area.

4. Avoid Leaving Car Lights And Accessories On For Long Periods Without The Engine Running
Mistakes happen, especially when you’re tired or very busy. Sometimes that’s the reason why you’re car’s battery is dead is you left the headlights on or didn’t completely close the trunk. Overnight, these can cause drained battery which will prevent your car from starting the next day. Constantly doing this will shorten your car battery’s lifespan. So make sure you try to avoid leaving car lights and accessories on for long periods without the engine running.

5. Add Distilled Water
A car battery delivers electric power that starts the car. Most auto batteries work by chemical action to make power. This can cause water to evaporate from the battery. When the water level drops too far, more water needs to be added and in this case distilled water would be your best bet.

6. Secure The Battery
If your battery is jiggling around, it could tip over. A loose battery bashing against other parts of your engine is bad. Battery acid spilling all over your motor is also bad. Keep the battery tray clean. Make sure the battery sits correctly.

7. Take The Time To Do Regular Checks And Replace Your Battery When It’s Time
If you have been having trouble with your car battery often lately, take your car to the servicing shop to have it checked. It could be a defective alternator diode or charging issue. But you should also learn to acknowledge when the problem can no longer be repaired. Sometimes your car’s battery drains way to fast is because it has simply run its course. Many people don’t pay attention to the lifespan of batteries until it’s too late. Typically, they last for three to five years. If you find that it’s not holding a charge as well as it should be and it is in this age range, it is likely that it is time to invest in a new one.

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How To Repair Scratches On Your Car Exterior

Things You Should Be On Top Of As An Adult

Things You Should Be On Top Of As An AdultLiving on your own can definitely be liberating and exhilarating at the same time. This is because all the freedom that you now have comes with a lot of challenges, like budgeting and utility bills, that you may not be used to deal with especially if you’ve been living with your parents for a long time.

It is not easy, but as the years go by you should be slowly learning how to manage things on your own. Luckily, life has a way of filling in the void and slapping you in the face with adulthood on a daily basis. Finding yourself struggling with these adult problems is the only sure sign that you’d better get busy maturing or get busy faking it.

Home Maintenance
You can’t expect your dad/brother/partner to come running to fix things for you every time something’s broken in your house or apartment. Why did you decide to live on your own in the first place if that’s the case? If you wanted to be an independent adult, you either learn basic house maintenance skills so that you can at least patch things up around your place or earn adequate income to hire professionals to do the job for you.

Bills
When you get your first job and salary, the feeling can be so liberating that you could blow a month’s salary in just one day shopping. Sure, it’s your money and can do whatever you want with it. But once you get to a point where you have to pay for all your living expenses such as utility bills, rent, gas, and food and more, you’ll soon realize how life is so much easier when you prioritize them. Otherwise, you’d end up with a ton of gadgets, clothes or whatever it is you like to indulge in and living on the streets because you failed to pay the rent again and your landlord has enough of you already.

Cooking Basic Meals
Sure you may live in a place surrounded with different fast foods but do you really intend to live your live eating nutrient-less foods? You don’t have to be on a five-star restaurant level kind of chef but you should at least know how to cook basic meals to feed yourself or other people when they come over to your place. If you can read, following a recipe shouldn’t be that hard.

Car Maintenance Or Car Repair
Owning and driving a car maybe a luxury to some but still a necessity to a lot of people. While you may have felt a lot of pride being able to afford one, can you still carry yourself with the same pride when your vehicle breaks down? Did you know that you don’t have to be an experienced and expert mechanic to solve some car problems? You can learn how to handle some of the basic car repairs just by reading your owner’s manual. This way you won’t feel like it’s the end of the world the next time you have a flat tire in the middle of the road or have to manually open an electric window because that manual can teach you that.

Health
When you’re young, you can get away with shrugging off that cold or fever. But at a certain age those little health issues can easily become serious conditions when not addressed accordingly and right away. You no longer have your mom 24/7 to check up on you or nag you to visit your doctor. Being an adult don’t just mean getting a job or moving out of your parent’s house, it also means knowing how to take care of yourself to ensure that you stay healthy and productive.

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How To Repair Scratches On Your Car Exterior

How To Repair Scratches On Your Car Exterior

How To Repair Scratches On Your Car Exterior1Scratches happen even to the most careful driver and doting car owner. But no need to feel like it’s the end of your car and your wallet every time it happens because you have to get it done to the car repair shop and we know how much it would cost. You can actually do it yourself, here’s how.

Assess The Damage

Before you even do anything, you should check if you could actually do something about the damage first. While majority of scratches can be repaired, there are certain types of scratches, like deep paint scratch that can no longer be repaired without needing an overall paint job. When that happens, it’s best that you seek professional car repair to make sure everything is done thorough especially the paint protection application as this can be delicate. If you’re not sure about the depth of the scratch, it’s best to assume that it’s one level deeper than you think.

Prepare The Things You’ll Need

For Shallow Scratch
· Clean cloth
· Rubbing compound
· Soap and water
· Wax

For Deeper Scratches
· Painter’s tape
· Primer
· Sandpaper (1500-grit)
· Scuffing pad
· Touch-up kit of paint
· Wax

Prepare The Car

· Wash the exterior of your car using the bucket of soap and water. This will keep any dust and dirt from causing any more abrasion on your car’s paint.

· When you’re done washing, wipe it dry to star sanding. Sanding the area surrounding the scratch smoothens the area you want to work on which allows a consistent look when you apply the new paint.

· If the affected area isn’t big though or is only up to the clear coat, you can just use toothpaste. No need to sand the area.

· For small scratches, all you need is toothpaste because it has the same abrasive properties as fine sandpaper. Just dab a small amount of toothpaste onto a cotton swab or clean cloth and rub it onto the affected area in a circular motion.

· For scratches that take up a larger area, you’ll want to use sandpaper. Use fine sandpaper – one that is 2000-grit should work fine. Sandpapers that are coarser could inadvertently remove further layers of the exterior, causing further damage and more money spent on repairs. Using small, circular strokes, rub the sandpaper around the affected area, wiping occasionally with a clean cloth to remove any flecks of paint or primer that been removed.

Repair Light Scratches

· Clean the car’s surface and remove possible debris.

· Get a tape (masking tape is ideal) to cover areas near the scratch.

· Apply a bit of polishing compound to the microfiber cloth. Rub the compound on the area in small, vigorous circles. You should begin to notice the scratch disappear. When the scratch is completely gone, you can move on to waxing.

· Polish the scratch. You can do this by applying wax to the repaired area. This is basically replacing the worn down clear coat.

· Wash the vehicle again after to see if you did it right. You’ll know this if the part you just waxed is repelling the water.

Repair Deep Scratches

· Don’t forget to obtain your touch-up paint from a reputable automotive parts retailer or body shop. Match it up with your car’s paint code that you will find on a placard under the hood or on the driver’s side door pillar.

· Sand the area as described above for deeper scratches.

· Scuff the surface. To further break down the affected area and prepare it for new paint, use a scuffing pad. Scuffing pads create a rough surface, which is easier for the paint to stick to. Rub the scuff pad along the path of the scratch back and forth until the surface feels rough to the touch.

· Tape off areas where you don’t want the paint to get onto like the headlights.

· Apply primer. This is necessary if the damage have gone through the primer. Let the primer dry overnight before you begin painting.

· Shake the touch-up paint well to ensure that it will leave an even color deposit.

· Dab the touch-up paint onto the paint chip. Be light handed to make sure that just enough paint is being applied that covers all edges of the chip. Let it dry for at least 15 minutes before you apply another layer. Be sure to use thin layers, slowing building up until the replacement paint matches the original paint.

· Re-apply clear coat. Ones you’ve matched the paint and have let it dry for at least 2 days you can now apply the clear coat. Replacement clear coat typically comes in an aerosol can and can be sprayed directly onto the vehicle.

· Wax the whole vehicle. To prevent a small section of your car from being shinier than the rest of your paint, apply a coat of wax to the whole car.

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Concerns You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Ask When Buying A Car

Concerns You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Ask When Buying A Car

Concerns You Shouldn_t Be Afraid To Ask When Buying A Car

You probably already know that car repair and car grooming is a part of the expenses and responsibilities of owning a vehicle. But that comes later; do you know what comes with it as you purchase it? Here are some questions that will help you know exactly what you’re paying for and if it’s worth it! This is especially helpful if you do your shopping via internet.

What’s My Out-The-Door Price?
Most of the time, the salesperson will hype you up with how affordable the vehicle is. While it may be true that the car is budget-friendly, you have to know that you’re also required other fees like sales tax, registry costs and a documentation fee. The sooner you get a quote on all this, the clearer it’ll be to you how much you’re actually gonna spend on the car.

How Much Do You Charge For Documentation Fee?
All dealers charge documentation fee, but not all dealers charge the same. There are instances where they offer a good deal on the car but charges larger on this fee. So asking for this early on allows you to see if you’re actually getting a “good deal”.

Are There Any Add-Ons On The Car?
Add-ons in a car are great. However, they’re often a way for dealers to boost profit. What you can do though is ask about this before signing anything, this way you can still negotiate on them. Otherwise you’ll only learn about them once you read about them on the contract and when you’ve already paid for them.

How Many Miles Are On The Car?
Most people now do transactions online. While things like paying for the car or emailing documents that comes with purchasing one is convenient, shopping online doesn’t show you how many test-drives the particular car you’re eyeing has had already. So even if you’ve inquired about it online, you should confirm it when you go check the car out in person. You can negotiate for a lower price if it has more than 300 miles.

Can You Deliver The Car?
If the dealer offers delivery, why wait while the car is washed, gassed and prepared for delivery in their site? This and not getting sales pitches from finance and insurance manager is the reason why transacting online can be advantageous for you. So do not forget to ask this question if you’re shopping online.

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