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5 Questions That You Should Ask Yourself To Ensure A Smooth Holiday Trip

5 Questions That You Should Ask Yourself To Ensure A Smooth Holiday TripWhen planning a vacation out of town, the itinerary, food, accommodations, and activities you plan to do usually take up most of your mind. But, not overlooking if your vehicle is actually road trip ready will eliminate unnecessary stress that you may encounter on the road, really pays.

Answer these questions and see if you’re actually ready to take on that holiday getaway!

1. Do I Know How To Change A Flat Tire?
A flat tire is one of the simplest road troubles that you should expect especially on long drives. But then, even if it’s pretty easy to change a flat tire, the question is do you know how to do it? Don’t assume you can always find someone to help change it for you. So better learn this essential skill before you find yourself in a middle of nowhere with a flat tire.

2. When Was The Last Time I Had My Car Checked?
If you can’t even remember, then chances are it’s been a while. If this is the case, take your car to your trusted car servicing shop for repair and maintenance as soon as you can before your trip. This should ensure you that you vehicle is in top condition and lessen your chances of car troubles when you hit the road.

3. Do I Know The Emergency Hotlines?
Even the most prepared and careful drivers out there get into trouble because of circumstances that are out of our control like the weather. If you get caught up in such cases, you better know the hotlines of proper authorities to call for help.

4. Do I Have Car Tools?
It’s great to learn basic car repairs so that you don’t depend on mechanics every time something needs to be done on your car, especially if you’re on the road. However, having the skills is only half of the solution. You also have to have necessary tools to actually do the repair! If you don’t have tools, maybe it’s time that you buy them.

5. Do I Have A Copy Of My Car’s Documents?
In case you run into a problem, you can easily present all the necessary documents to the authorities. These include the original and photocopy printouts of your car’s official receipt, car registration, insurance form, and driver’s license.

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6 Ways To Find A Good Mechanic

 6 Ways To Find A Good Mechanic

Looking for car servicing in Singapore? I’m sure you’ll come across a lot of different service provider here. However, the question is, how will you know which among them is actually worth your time and their price? If you’re seriously stump, dig in and learn how to spot him.

1. Have A Good Look At Their Workshop
When you’re canvassing for a mechanic don’t just look at the person, extend your eyesight to his shop as well. Scan the place and ask yourself these: Does it look like the mechanic is organized? Are the tools and parts grouped according to sizes and types? Can you see calendars, planners, or whiteboard schedules in there? If you answered yes to all of those questions then there’s a possibility that you’re in good hands. A mechanic’s workshop may not be spotless but it should be organized.

2. Don’t Overlook The Receipt
Don’t just shove the receipt in your pocket and assume he’s good for providing one. See if the receipt is unreadable and if the mechanic won’t be bothered to explain the breakdown of your receipt. If that’s the case then you’re looking at someone who doesn’t expect you to be a regular client.

3. Check The Toolbox
A mechanic’s tools are the next best thing to his skills. Pay attention to whether he doesn’t have much and some haven’t been used by the looks of them. Or he has piles of them that are obviously spent. The latter are signs of experienced mechanic.

4. See How He Works With Minor Repair First
If you have a couple of car repair works, test the guy out with the minor ones first. If he does it well, gives a proper receipt without trying to convince you to get other parts of your car fixed or improved, he’s a catch.

5. Find Out What Brand Or Service He’s Good At
It’s best for your vehicle if the mechanic that will handle her is someone whose specialty is your rides make or the service that you need. Dig through car forums so fellow car owners can give you recommendations.

6. Pay Attention To Your Car Parts
There are instances where dubious mechanics will tell customers that they have replaced the car part already, when in fact they didn’t. The client can’t know that for sure and end up paying a guy who tricked him. Don’t let it happen to you; ask to see the original part. But if you’re with a good mechanic you won’t even have to ask, he’ll show you right away and ask if you still want it.

Now that you know how to look for a good mechanic, time to get your car over there and have it done!

The Essentials Of Car Care

Whether you’re a new driver or a veteran one, these car maintenance rules should be followed at all times. Otherwise, you’re not just risking your car’s running and physical condition, but you could also be spending money when you could have saved it and even risking your safety on the road.

The Essentials Of Car Care

The Essentials Of Car Care

Whether you’re a new driver or a veteran one, these car maintenance rules should be followed at all times. Otherwise, you’re not just risking your car’s running and physical condition, but you could also be spending money when you could have saved it and even risking your safety on the road.

Maintain Your Alloys
You don’t have to be speeding for your alloys to catch dirt or get scratched by rocks as you drive. While there’s no way of avoiding this, you can make sure they don’t cause any serious trouble for your car by not letting any dirt stick too long and cleaning them right away. There are a lot of alloy cleaner available in the market to choose from.

Bodywork Care
Aside from the fact that having your car splattered with bird droppings looks completely disgusting, it can also lead to damage on your paint. Try not to park under tall trees. But if you happen to catch your car with droppings already, remove it right way using warm, soapy water and gently rub using microfiber cloth. Microfiber cloths may be the most recommended material to use for cleaning your vehicle but if it’s dirty it may cause chips and other damage as well. So make sure you clean it before using it on your car. Also, you might want to avoid driving on rough roads if possible since small stones or rocks may hit the surface of your ride which can result to scratches. Or if there’s no other route, just drive more carefully.

Wax VS Polish
Car polishing is one of the most misunderstood paint care procedures and as a result many individuals skip this important step. Polish is an abrasive compound, which, when worked into the paint using the hand or a polisher, shaves off imperfections of the paint. It levels out the surface and makes it smooth, thereby preparing it for the next step of applying wax or paint sealant. If you wax without polishing the surface first, not only will the paint look dull, but you will also notice that the wax layer will wear off quicker than usual. So ultimately it is a huge waste of your time and resources. Because polish is abrasive as mentioned above, it is important to master polishing techniques especially if you are using a rotary buffer, or you risk burning right through the paint.

Most people love shiny cars because it makes the car look expensive and sleek. To achieve this look, they often opt to wax their car because we all know wax can help give that sparkling effect. However, the problem with this is that it is temporary and easily melts especially when constantly exposed in the sun. A much better option will be paint protection because it can provide the same luster for your car but is more durable compared to wax so it last longer.

Keep Everything Clean
Unclean car isn’t only unsightly but can also lead to unnecessary car repairs. It’s understandable that it’d be hard to squeeze in car washing everyday if you’re busy, but you should at least do it once a week or every time you get a day off and if you really can’t do it yourself then take advantage of the car grooming service that are widely available in Singapore. If you drive on poor conditions a lot, like when it’s rainy or on rough roads you have to get it done more often than once a week. You shouldn’t also forget that it’s necessary that you clean your car inside and out.

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Advantages and Disadvantages Of Investing On Paint Protection Film For Your Car

Advantages and Disadvantages Of Investing On Paint Protection Film For Your Car

Advantages and Disadvantages Of Investing On Paint Protection Film For Your Car

If you wait until chips and dings on your car turn into rust before you take care of it, prepare yourself for bigger problem and heftier car repair costs. This is why investing in paint protection is a must if you want to preserve your car’s pristine appearance. However, that’s not to say that paint protection eliminates all risks. So if you’re already planning on getting it done to your car, it pays to know what exactly you could be getting, both the good and the bad.

Advantages

· Paint Protection From Scratches
It’s such a bummer when your beloved car’s good looks get ruined due to scratches. When this happens, it loses its shine, it appears worn out than it really is and no longer looks cove table. The thing is that it doesn’t even take an accident for your car to get scratches, even bird poop that you failed to clean soon enough or loose stone that hits your car while driving can cause that. But this wouldn’t be a problem if your vehicle has paint protection as this will keep your car looking sleek longer than when it doesn’t have it.

· Protection From Weather
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 moisture can seep through the cracks and create rust.

· No Waxing
Most people love shiny cars because it makes the car look expensive and sleek. To achieve this look, they often opt to wax their car because we all know wax can help give that sparkling effect. However, the problem with this is that it is temporary and easily melts especially when constantly exposed in the sun. A much better option will be paint protection because it can provide the same luster for your car but is more durable compared to wax so it last longer.

· Front Protection
If you noticed, the most blemishes on your car’s paint can be found at the lower front portion of it. This is because you’re essentially moving forward so stones or other road debris hit this part first. While you can’t really do anything about that road debris, you certainly can do better in protecting your car’s paint by investing on paint protection paint!

· Increases The Value
Every time you do something on your car to either upgrade its look or performance, it either maintains or increases its value. By deciding to invest in paint protection film you are definitely increasing its value because this prevents exterior damage while making your car look attractive!

Disadvantages

· Price
Having said that car paint protection film is an investment should immediately cue you into knowing that it doesn’t come cheap. In fact, it may cost thousands of dollars. But, with all the advantages mentioned above, this investment will all be worth it.

· Wear And Tear
Naturally, the paint protection film will eventually show signs of wear and tear since it’s the one catching all the damage from the road debris, weather, and sunlight that your paint job should have caught if it weren’t for the protective film. However, since you wouldn’t be going out of your way to intentionally damage your car and will surely be taking extra care to prevent premature damage on your car paint on top of the film, it will take years before you see signs of wear and tear.

· Paint Adhesion
Vinyl wraps in general will adhere better to factory paint jobs on cars that have had no major damage. If your car has been repainted or the finish hasn’t been taken care of, the vinyl wrap may not adhere well and will lead to wrinkling, lifting and bubbling. So this is one thing that you should consider when having your vehicle installed with paint protection film.

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Car Paint Problems And The Proper Way To Address Them

Car Paint Problems And The Proper Way To Address Them

 

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Cars are no longer just a luxury; they have become a necessity too. But we cannot deny that despite the benefit of owning one, maintaining it means another addition to things that you have to spend money on a regular basis. Car repair costs are definitely one of the heftiest expenses of owning a car, especially when it comes to paint problems. To avoid dealing with it more often than you should, here are the proper ways to address common paint problems.

Chemical Damage
A lot of things can cause chemical damage to your car paint. Things from acid rain, tar, sap from a tree, to bird droppings. While some of them may not cause damage as quick as the others, still all of them can cause discoloration and pitting when left unattended for a long time. To avoid them, always park at somewhere covered. But since we can’t be lucky to find one all the time, just clean it off as soon as you see any stain on your paint.

Scratches And Chips
It’s such a bummer when your beloved car’s good looks get ruined due to scratches. When this happens, it loses its shine, it appears worn out than it really is and no longer looks covetable. The thing is that it doesn’t even take an accident for your car to get scratches, even using a dirty microfiber cloth to wipe it or a loose stone that hits your car while driving can cause that. But this wouldn’t be a problem if your vehicle has paint protection as this will keep your car looking sleek longer than when it doesn’t have it.

Weather Related Damage
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 moisture can seep through the cracks and create rust. It also helps if you park your car in a covered garage or parking lot as much as possible.

Stay Ahead Of Issues
Whatever the problem with your car’s paint, do not wait too long to get it fixed, especially if the car’s body has been exposed. If you wait until chips and dings on your car turn into rust before you take care of it, prepare yourself for bigger problem and heftier car repair costs. Without protection, the bodywork of the car can begin to corrode. Regular cleaning and drying of the car will be sufficient to handle most problems. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to inspect your car for more serious damage.

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4 Ways To Save Big On Car Care

4 Ways To Save Big On Car Care

4 Ways To Save Big On Car Care

Saving on car expenses doesn’t mean spending no money at all. It means getting the most out of your money and learning to do some things on your own, especially simple ones. Here are some tips that will help you with those.

1. Fluid Level

Fluid Level
It does feel like you are spending more by adhering to maintenance schedule when there seems to be nothing wrong with your car. But that’s exactly the point, by ensuring that you have the correct levels of oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, wiper fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid all the time, you can avoid expensive car repair as well as risking your life while on the road.

2. Be Friends With Your Mechanic

Be Friends With Your Mechanic
Do not be afraid to seek a car servicing shop near your location or try one that is recommended by a friend or family member because of warranty. If your mechanic uses quality parts and you keep the paper, there shouldn’t be any problem. Just make sure you’re on your mechanic’s good side and he’ll surely take care of your vehicle.

3. Do It Yourself

DIY Car Repair
There are a lot of car repairs that you can definitely take care of like dead battery, oil change, windshield wipers, headlights, and air filter. Aside from that you get to save money, you are guaranteed that it’s really being fixed, you get to hone your car repair skills, and most importantly you become more and more self-sufficient.

4. Have Tire Intelligence

Instead of buying your tires from a garage, check out a warehouse store.
Instead of buying your tires from a garage, check out a warehouse store. You’ll probably find a good deal there, plus there are a host of other bonuses as well. In addition to the warranty, you’ll also have the perks of your club’s satisfaction guarantee, and your installation costs may also include services for the future like rotations and balancing.

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10 Things That Make People Choose To Buy A Particular Vehicle Model

10 Things That Make People Choose To Buy A Particular Vehicle Model

10 Things That Make People Choose To Buy A Particular Vehicle Model

What are the things that make you decide that a specific car model is the one for you? Here are the top 10 answer to that question.

1. Reliability/Durability
If you’re gonna invest money on a car, you’d want it to last as long as possible without trips to the car servicing every week for repair. This is why the top priority of car buyers is the vehicle’s reliability and durability.

2. Interior Comfort
More legroom, power-adjustable seats, seat ventilation, massaging functionality, and rear-seat foot rest are just some of the comfortable features more and more car buyers favor.

3. Exterior Styling
Who wants to drive a visually unappealing car? No one! So while it may seem superficial to some, still you can’t deny that exterior styling is an important factor in buying a vehicle.

4. Gas Mileage
Why spend more money when there’s a cost saving alternative? There are a lot of fuel economy-friendly car model these days that consumers can choose from that don’t just save money but help reduce carbon footprint and increase energy sustainability.

5. Quality Of Workmanship
You can really tell a high-end car apart from not because of the quality of workmanship. A car just looks more finished and expensive without necessarily costing more when it is built well and better.

6. Convenient Or Likable Dealer
Cordial dealers who go out of their way to make things easier for their clients sell more cars than those who aren’t. This is because consumers like to get the best deals possible and be treated well.

7. Performance
Well, this may not be always at the top reason for a person to buy a car but this will always be among the factors that will be considered. Otherwise it’ll be the main source of problem the car owner will face in a daily basis as well as the reason for frequent car repairs.

8. Advanced Technology
Yes, it’s fancy but when your car is equipped with built-in navigation system, have multiple USB ports, touch screen options, voice recognition, and many more it definitely makes driving easier and comfortable.

9. Image Of The Car
Whether you’re the mysterious type, cute, practical, family guy, or tough one there’s a car that will fit your image. Most of the time people choose a car that compliments their personality.

10. Safety
Last but definitely not the least is the safety features. We all know that it’s hard to predict what will happen on the road no matter you responsible you are. This is why the more safety feature the car has the better.

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5 Possible Culprits Of Car Battery Draining

5 Possible Culprits Of Car Battery Draining

If 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. If you see the symptoms of a dead battery in your own car you should try to figure out why it is happening. Here are some of the most common reasons for a dead car battery.

1. Human Error
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.

2. Parasitic Drain
There are some components in your vehicle that continues to run even after the key is turned off. That where parasitic drain happens. Although it’s completely normal for your battery to deliver enough energy to maintain things like clock or security alarm, it may exceed what’s normal and deplete the battery when electric problem happens at the same time. In this case, it would be best to take your ride to car repair shop to stop the problem from getting worst and get it fixed.

3. Bad Charging
If your battery drains even while you’re driving, there’s a fair chance that your charging system isn’t working properly. In this case, it wouldn’t be a surprise if you end up stranded on the road with a drained car battery because many cars power their lights, radio, and other systems from the alternator, which can make the battery, drain worse if there’s a charging problem. Don’t let this issue lead to an even bigger one; make sure to seek car servicing here in Singapore right away as soon as this happens.

4. Defective Alternator Diode
A car alternator recharges the battery and powers certain electrical systems. If your alternator has a bad diode, your battery can drain. The bad diode can cause the circuit to charge even when the engine is shut off, and you end up in the morning with a car that won’t start.

5. Old Battery
Sometimes your car’s battery drains way too fast 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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Top 4 Reasons Why Shaded Parking Is A Must

Top 4 Reasons Why Shaded Parking Is A Must

Summer time is a fun season to drive to the beach, go on a road trip, or simply go anywhere because the weather is nice. But while you may not have to worry about slippery roads driving which can be dangerous, it’s the heat of your car that you should be worried about. This is why aside from preparing thick towels to place on the seats, gloves for your hands, and windshield cover, it’s also important to try to park your car in the shade as much as possible.

1. Burnt Thighs And Rear-Ends On Leather Is Not Cool At All
Sitting on hot leather is not only uncomfortable but can also cause strangury. That’s double the worst experience you can have during summer and you didn’t bother to look for a better well shaded parking spot. Believe me, even if you’re wearing jeans, that won’t help shield your legs and butt from hot leather seats.

2. That Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Gets Hot Too
Using gloves may be an easy fix for hot steering wheel but you could’ve saves yourself the trouble if you spend the extra minute to find a shaded parking space. Not to mention that after being exposed to direct sunlight, your fingers would probably still feel the heat even with gloves on.

3. Blistering And Peeling Paint Doesn’t Look Good On Your Car And Wallet
Apart from sitting on hot seat and having to hold a hot steering wheel, your paint is also taking a beating from the harmful UV rays. The heat eventually fades the color of your car and develops all sorts of issues like blistering and peeling. Although you can find good paint protection here in Singapore with a reasonable price, it’s still an unnecessary expenditure if you could avoid it by parking in shaded area in the first place.

4. Hot Car Plastics Can Be A Health Hazard
This is almost the same thing with heating foods in plastic containers in your microwave. When plastics are heated it releases harmful chemicals which may get into food or drinks and eventually in our bodies. When it comes to cars, you may inhale potentially harmful fumes when the plastic in your car warms.

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8 Tips To Ensure Safe Driving When It’s Raining

8 Tips To Ensure Safe Driving When It_s Raining

Singing 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.

But you don’t always have to fear driving in a downpour is you just follow these tips and remain focused and calm while driving.

1. Make Sure That Your Tires Are Good For Rainy Weather

Make Sure That Your Tires Are Good For Rainy Weather
Your car’s tires are the ones that directly get in contact with the wet road when it’s raining. So always make sure that they’re properly inflated and that they aren’t worn out. These will ensure that they would provide traction to avoid hydroplaning on wet roads.

2. Keep Your Car Well Maintained With Regular Inspections

Keep Your Car Well Maintained With Regular Inspections
If you want to feel relaxed and confident driving your car even when it’s pouring out, you should keep up with the regular inspection. This way, if there’s anything that needs to repaired or replaced you’ll know and get it done immediately. Otherwise, you’ll end up learning about them when your car breaks down in the middle of the road and you’re frustratingly calling for car repair.

3. Make Sure Your Windshield Wiper Blades Are In Pristine Condition

Make Sure Your Windshield Wiper Blades Are In Pristine Condition
These wipers help you give a clear vision on the road by wiping the water off your windshield. Without them or with a worn out wipers, you’re left with blurry view which can really be dangerous when driving. Standard is that you replace them twice a year to be certain that you’re always driving with wipers in good condition. If you can’t do that, then at least make sure you replace them before the rainy season.

4. Always Keep Both Hands On The Wheel

Always Keep Both Hands On The Wheel
There’s always a risk of hydroplaning when driving in the rain. When this happen, the steering wheel will jerk in one direction or the other, this is why it’s important that you keep your hands on them to at least keep it from drastically turning. If you absolutely must take one hand off the steering wheel to do something, pull over first. Better safe than sorry.

5. Use Your Headlights

Use Your Headlights
Rain can make it difficult for oncoming traffic to see you, so always keep your headlights on, even if it’s the middle of the day. At night, you may not want to use your high beam lights. The high beams are so bright that they can reflect off of the rain and actually lessen your visibility. Visibility is always important whether it’s raining or not, so always check if your lights are working. If not, take your car to car servicing right away especially if the problem is not just the bulbs but in the electrical wiring.

6. Slow Down And Don’t Tail

To avoid losing control of your car better go slow and keep plenty of distance between you and the car in front of you.
Your traction and stopping when you step on the brakes are not in their best when raining. To avoid losing control of your car better go slow and keep plenty of distance between you and the car in front of you. This should give you plenty of room to brake and stop whenever you need to.

7. Stay Calm When Hydroplaning

Stay Calm When Hydroplaning
When hydroplaning happens, it’s important not to overreact. Keep both hands firmly on the wheel, and calmly correct the steering. Tap the brakes, but don’t slam on them. Any extreme movements, such as swerving or slamming on the brakes, will only exacerbate the hydroplaning and make it likely that you’ll fully lose control of your car.

8. Don’t Push Your Luck

Driving in itself can already be a challenging task, add rain and your car’s limits or problem (if any) and it becomes a risky. In this case, you may want to stay at home and cancel you plan to go out and drive, especially during heavy rains.

Driving in itself can already be a challenging task, add rain and your car’s limits or problem (if any) and it becomes a risky. In this case, you may want to stay at home and cancel you plan to go out and drive, especially during heavy rains. Or if you’re already out and you see the area you’re headed is flooded, turn around and don’t attempt push through it. The potential damage to your vehicle and possible risk in your life is not worth it.

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