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How to Determine the Right Car Dealership for You

When you are shopping for a car, you want to be able to shop for the car that you would want. You want to make sure that it is the right color, that it fits your needs such as if it just for going to and from work or if it going to be for long-term use, the car’s mileage (if applicable) and so on. But, every once in a while, you run into that one pushy salesperson that will do anything to make you buy a car at their dealership that very day, even if it means trying to force you into buying th newest and best on the market with a loan attached to it and all of that extra interest. I have had two occassions where this has happened to me. The first when I bought my first newer vehicle and the second when I was with my husband when we were shopping for our first car together as newlyweds. It is with these examples that I would hope to paint a picture for the reader to help them prepare fopr these eventualities that do so often come for the car buyer.

The first happened when I was still living in Missouri before I had moved to Oregon to be with my spouse quite a few years ago. It was a Nissan dealership in my local area and I had needed another car as my ’89 Toyota Celica was giving me severe problems such as overheating and smoking. Before I had even entered the parking lot and got out of my car, I had one of the salespersons coming at me at a rapid pace and asking me ‘what kind of car are you looking for?’ and ‘how can I convince you to buy a car from me TODAY?’ What most people may or may not know is car salesman are not paid and hourly wage but rather from a commission. For every sale they do, they make a measly ten percent from that sale that goes towards thier monthly stipend. Needles to say, I told him that I was just looking and due to his forwardness towards me that he had definitely wthout question lost a sale and I got back in my Celica and drove away.

The second incident happened when my husband and I were with friends and were doing the car shopping as our minivan had broke down beyond repair and were in desperate need of a new one. We had happened uipon a large dealership that was not too far from where we lived and we had stopped by and stepped on the lot to check out pricing. No sooner we had stepped out and began walking around, we were mobbed by three salesman who already had the paperwork contract in hand. There was no talking about it or any answering of our questions, but merely that the one that we were looking at was ‘ a winner’ and ‘how quickly would we like to strike a deal?’ My husband had a friend who had bought a car from them TWICE and both had turned out to be lemons despite how shiny and new they may have looked from the outside.

So, as you can see, buying a new car is a lot opf hassle at most times. Most especially if you do not know anything about the company, its salesman, or its reputation. To keep this from happening to you, here is a few helpful hints that will make the shopping process a whole lot easier and less painful for you:

– If they already have paperwork in hand, walk away from the situation and find another dealership that will be willling to let you look and compare prices.

-If the rep allows you to look and does not rush up, take your time and drink in everything. Is the rep anxious to make a sale or are they truly there for you?

-If you don’t know anything about cars, take someone with you who does who can ask the tough questions that you may not be sure of.

– Before signing away your life, read through the contract yourself including the fine print. Take it home if you have to and look in over in your own spare time. make them wait to see if they have a sale rather than allowing them to assume that the deal has been made.

-Ask to start the car while there if it is used. Take note of any strange noises or other abberations that tell you that the car is running improperly.

– Last but not least, never sign on the dotted line until all of your questions are answered by the salesperson and you can make a educated decision.

Buying a new car is supposed to be a wonderful and uplifting experience. In orderm to keep it that way, these hints I am hoping should help.

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Locate a Top Notch Car Dealer

If you have ever bought a new car you know that it can be an intimidating and downright unexciting experience. Whatever happened to people looking forward to buying a new car?

While there is no way to ensure that you will not get stuck with an unprofessional salesman, there are a couple of things that you can look at in a dealership before deciding to buy your next car from them. If you follow these tips you will at least be able to cut back on some of the hassle of purchasing a new car.

First off, take a look around the dealership. But the trick is to do this on a Sunday when nobody is around. This will give you a good opportunity to check everything out without being hassled by a pushy salesman. Take a look at the cars. Are they clean? Does it appear that they are well cared for? These questions will go a long way in ensuring that you are dealing with a reputable dealer. These questions are just guidelines, and by no means are the end all when choosing a dealer, but they can definitely help.

If the cars are not clean and well cared for, chances are you do not want to do business with this dealership. Nobody wants to buy a dirty car that has not been moved for two months.

After you have taken a stroll around the dealership, you may want to ask around and get some referrals from satisfied clients. If you have any neighbors or friends that drive the make of car you are looking for, ask them if they had a good experience with their dealership. This is one of the best ways to find out if a dealer is easy to deal with. In fact, if you get a good referral you may even be able to deal with the same salesman; making the process even easier on you.

Also, joining an internet message board can be a great way to learn about which dealers are good, and which ones you should avoid. These message boards offer opinions from people who have bought cars, or have been deterred away from a dealer for one reason or the next. Online community members are always willing to help out somebody in need. Never overlook this avenue; it can be one of the best ways to come into information about a particular dealer in your area.

Finally, go to the dealership during business hours and meet with a salesman. From the get go make it clear that you are just looking, not buying. If your salesman becomes pushy, or you begin to feel uncomfortable, immediately abandon the situation. Remember, there are dealers that will do business with you in a low pressure environment. It is just a matter of finding one that suits your needs. Doing the appropriate amount of research before visiting the dealer can go a long way in ensuring a stress free and fun car buying experience.

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Looking for a Car Seat for Your Baby-Your Search Ends Here

Having a car seat for a baby is a baby necessity, just as much as baby diapers are necessary. Before you purchase that car seat, you should do a bit of comparison shopping first. Remember that you are shopping for – comfort, safety, portability, and functional life span. Don’t settle for a sale item or clearance special just because it has an attractive price tag attached to it. You will only be making the mistake of compromising quality and safety for a cheap purchase. Your child’s life is priceless, and though the car seat doesn’t necessarily have to be priceless as well- you need to consider seriously how much you value your baby’s life.

There are different kinds of car seats that are specifically designed for all stages of your baby’s life. For infants and newborns a rear facing car seat is a must, this is because it allows for more support for your baby’s head. Without proper head support, you would be putting your baby at risk for Shaken Baby Syndrome- imagine all dips and bumps you drive over in your travel.

Another helpful tip when purchasing a new car seat is to involve your child in the selection process, this means being able to seat physically your child in the car seat to test it out. What you’re actually looking for is: removable inserts (for additional head support, once baby is old enough it can be removed), comfortable fitting (your baby’s head should not be over the top of the seat), appropriate safety harnesses that fit properly, and convertibility.

Be prepared for the future by having the next car seat already available to use. This way you will be able transition your child into the newer car seat in a smooth transfer, your child will never be in danger of not having a car seat readily available when this time comes.

Heed to the safety labels attached to the car seat- there is an important reason of why the manufacturer put them there. These labels should have all the necessary information to show manufacturer credibility that your baby’s car seat was designed with your child’s best safety interest in mind; and that the car seat is certified for use in a passenger vehicle (you may want to check with your state laws to make sure this is accurate).

Nothing can be more frustrating to a parent, or child care giver, than a car seat that is so difficult to install. There should be no reason why installing a car seat should turn into a science fair project. Plus, having a car seat that can easily be installed and removed would be ideal in transporting your sleeping baby- as not to disturb his/her slumber.

As your baby grows and changes, it is necessary to keep up with an appropriately functional car seat. This website has great information from choosing a car seat that is right for your child, to your states car seat laws: So, buckle up your precious cargo!

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Review of the Garmin Nuvi 255 Car GPS Receiver

The Garmin Nuvi 255 car GPS receiver is a medium-sized car receiver that mounts onto the windshield and cost just under $200.

Since purchasing the Garmin Nuvi 255 car GPS receiver. I’ve yet to use MapQuest or Google maps and found that this makes going on trips so much easier.

The Garmin Nuvi 255 car GPS receiver is 2.8 inches wide, 2.1 inches high, and 3.5 inches diagonally. The screen is antiglare and has a white backlight to make sure that it is easy to see during the day and that there is no glare. The screen is touchscreen, which make it extremely easy to use.

Even when you’re on the go, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

The Garmin Nuvi 255 car GPS receiver can also support micro-ST cards so that you can upload new maps, new voices new vehicles, or even custom routes. For more information, you can visit the garmin website for your gps receiver.

When you first open the Garmin Nuvi 255 car GPS receiver to find a power cord that plugs into the lighter UPS Court. A suction cup to mount your windshield and a disc that will allow you to mount it to the dashboard.

The Garmin Nuvi 255 car GPS receiver uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which on average should get about four hours without being plugged into the car.

The Garmin Nuvi 255 car GPS receiver allows you to tell at the specific location of where you’re going or to look a point of interest such as restaurants and other landmarks within the area.

If your not sure something is you can have the GPS look it up. Even if it’s in another city or location farther from you.

Initial loading of the Garmin Nuvi 255 GPS car receiver may take a while due to it needing to connect to several satellites to make sure that it gives you the best directions it possibly can.

The Garmin Nuvi 255 GPS car receiver also allows you to use make frequent stops at gas stations, hotels and other things as well as reroutes your directions to make sure that you stay on path even if you go off.

The GPS unit, will will display a 3-D map for you to look at with tax as well as read the directions out loud to use that you can focus on the streets and not on the unit itself.

On the navigation map, it’ll show you what speedy are currently going as well is what the speed limit of the road you’re on is, which is actually pretty neat feature my opinion, and something that it has saved me a lot of trouble and a lot of tickets in the past.

My only gripe about the Garmin Nuvi 255 car GPS receiver would be that sometimes it feels like it knows better than I about where I’m going and it can get pretty sensitive when you decide not to take its route.

Other than that, the Garmin Nuvi 255 car GPS receiver is one of my favorite. GPS is that I’ve used and I’ve taken it all over the place since first buying it just a few short months ago.

I would highly recommend the Garmin Nuvi 255 car gps receiver to anyone who is looking for a high quality inexpensive gps unit.

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Renal Trauma After a Car Accident

src=”” width=”” height=”” />Each year, car accidents lead to a significant number of health complications in men and women. For many adults, the injuries sustained in the motor vehicle accident are soft tissue in nature and resolve, progressively, over a short period of time. For some car accident victims, the complications following a car accident may be far more severe.

Renal complications are one of the key aspects of health concern following a car accident. When you are involved in a car accident, it is important to ask about your kidney health and to seek out medical attention to ascertain any injuries that may have arisen. With early intervention, complications that result from renal injury can be averted and, in many cases, can defer any need for long term renal surgery or further kidney complications.

If, after being involved in a motor vehicle accident, your physician confirms you have suffered a blunt trauma to the renal system, it will be important to plan early for a recovery plan. In many cases, if your condition is diagnosed early, the complications involving renal injury will require only bed rest and then a regular testing of your blood levels and urine output. Your physician will want to be certain you are excreting toxins from the body as necessary. In some cases, hospital admission may be necessary to monitor these tests results but, after three to four days, you should be well on your way to recovery.

When treatment and management of renal injury is delayed after a motor vehicle accident, there may be need for more expansive care. Because the kidneys may not put out the proper amount of fluid and toxins, further care by a nephrologist may be necessary. In most cases, with the use of regular CT scan, your physician can determine when, or if, more advanced treatment is necessary. In some cases, surgery or even dialysis may be necessary after a renal blunt trauma injury.

In the United States, over 15,000 people each year sustain renal injuries following blunt trauma. With many of these injuries arising out of a car accident or motor vehicle accident, the management and early intervention of care is important. If you have been involved in a recent car accident, it is important to seek out medical attention early and especially obtain an assessment of you kidneys and renal function to ensure there has been no blunt trauma. If blunt trauma is evident, hospital admission and close monitoring of your renal system may be necessary.

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2007 Toyota Yaris: Reliable Car Will Provide Years of Problem-Free Transportation

When my little Chevrolet Metro was totaled in an auto accident, I needed to find a worthy replacement vehicle. After researching many subcompacts available I decided on the cute little 2007 Toyota Yaris hatchback. What makes this car so special?

Toyota manufactures quality automobiles, so it seems fitting that I would choose the Yaris based on its brand reliability. With the Toyota Yaris, you get much more then just a subcompact; you get a quality automobile that will last many years before needing any major repairs. With a ton of standard features and a decent looking exterior, the Toyota Yaris could just be the perfect car.

First off let’s start with the looks; the Toyota Yaris is one of the best looking subcompacts I’ve seen. In fact it looks more expensive then it actually is which a good thing is since I have pride in my automobiles. My Yaris was fitted with a glossy black paint job, alloy rims and window tint along the passenger windows. The little alloy rims looked good but they were awfully small, at least in comparison to other hatchbacks I’ve driven. The rear seating area folds completely flat which helps the Yaris become a mini cargo van, and the glove box is the perfect size for keeping all of your important information.

The acceleration is above average, I would say 0-60 in about 12 seconds which is not bad for a 1.3 liter engine. The ride itself is bumpy and not as smooth as I would have liked, but the seating is comfortable and surprisingly roomy, seating five full size adults. The handling is above average, the little car takes twisty turns like a champ with minimal body roll. Although you would think such a small car is unsafe to drive, this small car comes with dual front and side curtain airbags so you can drive confidently.

The dashboard in the Yaris is intuitive and easy to red, complete with red race inspired backlighting. The fabric on the seating is high quality and the overall fit and finish is actually pretty good for this price point. The AM/FM/CD/MP3 player worked like a breeze using my iPod, the sound quality was crystal clear and there was no skipping or crackling. There are also steering wheel mounted controls for the audio system; these are useful if you cannot reach the dial immediately.

Although the Toyota Yaris has still competition from other better erupted subcompacts, this is a reliable little car that will provide you with years of problem free transportation. The Toyota Yaris thanks to its small size is also the ideal first car for a teen, with the abundant safety features and a peppy little engine you will be satisfied with the Toyota Yaris subcompact vehicle.

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Drunk Driving Hoax at School Angers Students

El Camino High School students in Oceanside, California were in for a shock when highway patrol officers visited some of their classes and told students that some of their classmates had died in alcohol-related car accidents.

Students were in tears and hysterical by the time their teachers told them it was just a hoax meant to scare them into staying sober, and many students who heard about the accidents didn’t find out until hours later that their classmates were actually still alive.

The school is defending their actions, but many of the students thought they went too far. There are better ways to teach students about drunk driving.

For one thing, what if a girlfriend or boyfriend of one of the “deceased” students pulled out a knife and attempted to kill themselves due to the grief of losing someone they love? Lying to students is not a good way to gain their respect and trust. Now many of these students will be very likely to resent their teachers and school officials, and this hoax will be for naught. If a teenager doesn’t trust you, they’re not going to listen to you.

Why don’t the teachers bring in victims of drunk driving to speak to the students about their ordeals? Or show the teens photographs of the real death and destruction drunk driving causes. Seeing real death due to drinking and driving may actually have an impact on them, at least for awhile (and with a teenager, any kind of impact is better than none). At least with this method you won’t be flat out lying to them about something that no one should ever lie to anyone about, no matter the reason. A highway patrol officer couldn’t go tell an adult that a friend of theirs died in a car accident when they did not. The officer would likely get sued and lose his job. But because these are high school students, it seems the rules can be changed and it’s okay to traumatize them, and at a point in their lives that’s traumatic enough already.

So as smart and creative as the school thought they were with this idea, all they’ve done is lost the respect and trust of their students. Now the next time the school wants their students to listen to them, they should not be surprised if they get no response from them at all. If anyone needs to learn anything in this situation, it’s the school officials who came up with this horrible plan.

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The Everyman's Car Review: 2010 Honda CR-V

Do you know what the best selling SUV of 2009 was? If you answered the Honda CR-V, kudos to you. The popularity of this small SUV shows that even when Americans are in a downsizing mood, we are not ready to completely give up our SUVs. Ironically, the CR-V is not really a traditional SUV. It is rather what car manufacturers are calling a “crossover utility vehicle” (CUV). This means simply that the CR-V’s architecture is car-based, not truck-based. However you define the CR-V, Americans sure do love it. The Everyman tested a 2010 CR-V to see if the popularity is justified.

Before the Drive:

For the 2010 model year, the CR-V’s exterior and interior design has been lightly freshened. But the car retains its overall shape and dimensions, and the changes are not that noticeable with the casual eye. The sheer number of CR-Vs on the road, along with the fact that the current model has been around since 2007, has made the CR-V’s design very familiar. I find the design to be very utilitarian and bland, emphasizing function over form. One key design feature I really like about the CR-V is that the rear liftgate swings straight up, instead of outwards like the Toyota RAV4. Also, the CR-V’s spare tire is under the cargo hold, rather than attached to the liftgate. This can minimize damage to the car in the event of a rear impact.

The function over form theme continues in the interior of the CR-V. Interior space is excellent, and this 6′ 2″ driver found the driving position to be excellent and very comfortable. Outwards visibility is excellent as well. Cargo room is good, and the rear seats can be tucked away to increase space. However, the rear seats do not directly fold flat as in most of the CR-V’s competitors such as the RAV4 or the Chevrolet Equinox. Instead, the CR-V’s rear seats require a two-step process which includes folding the seats down first and then tumbling them forwards. I found this to be less convenient than the straight fold down rear seats of the CR-V’s competitors. However, once you get the rear seats out of the way, the cargo space and usability in the CR-V is excellent.

The Drive:

I test drove a 2010 Honda CR-V LX equipped with a 180 horsepower 4-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration was decent, and I did not have noticeable problems merging onto freeways or when passing at high speeds. The CR-V’s power will probably be enough for how most people will use the vehicle, which will be as a suburban commuter mobile. However, I could see power being an issue when the CR-V is fully filled with a family and their cargo. Unfortunately, a V-6 engine is not offered on the CR-V.

The ride and handling is a highlight in the CR-V. The steering is very precise, offers good road feel, and helps the CR-V feel nimble and agile. The CR-V always felt safe and secure, even at high speeds. You do not at all feel as if you are driving a tall wagon. The brakes felt solid and secure. The noise level could pick up when accelerating, but at a cruise the noise was not at a bothersome level. The only negative was that the ride felt a bit harsh and bumpy on uneven roads, especially when compared to the Honda Accord I drove right after the CR-V. But again, that is a small sacrifice to make when driving a useful tall wagon that in every other aspect feels like a car.

After the Drive:

The Honda CR-V is competitively priced with a starting MSRP of $ 21,545. Thanks to its great driving dynamics and well-executed utility, the CR-V is a very attractive choice in a very competitive segment that features cars such as the RAV4, Equinox, GMC Terrain, Ford Escape, Nissan Rogue, and Hyundai Tucson.

While the option of a V-6 engine may have made the CR-V even more popular, I do not think Honda is outright unwise for not offering it, considering most buyers would probably opt for the 4-cylinder engine anyways. However, upgrading to a 6-speed automatic from the current 5-speed would have provided some wanted help with the acceleration, along with improving fuel economy. Despite this minor fault and an occasional bumpy ride over bad roads, the CR-V is a fine vehicle that is near the top of the small SUV class. The Honda CR-V gets an Everyman’s thumbs up!

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How to Buy a New Car: Negotiation

First and foremost, know that, for the most part, buying a new car is negotiable. Because cars are expensive, they are one of the most important purchases you will make. Since everyone values their money, you should know negotiation strategies to make sure you get the most for your money. If you are unfamiliar with negotiation, you will most likely be out-negotiated by a car salesman. This is nothing to be ashamed of as they do this for a living. They are very experienced and are trained specifically for negotiating well. If you can’t negotiate well against them, you will most likely not get the best deal.

An important part of negotiation is planning well. A lot of people do not get what they want for the money they wish to pay because they do not completely know what they want out of a car and what their ideal price to pay for the car is. Before heading to a dealership, you must know what you want from your car. If you know what you want, you will not be turned away from the things you want by a dealer.

Not only will you need to know what you want, but you must be firm with the dealer in getting what you want. Dealers want you to spend the most amount of money. Because of this, they will try to get you to buy things you do not need or want. You must know your budget and stick to it. If you stick to your budget, there is no way the dealer will be able to sway you from your decision.

The biggest part of negotiation is not to be afraid to walk away from the dealership. If you aren’t getting what you want for the price you want it (and feel you are not being unreasonable), tell the dealer so and bid him good day. More often than not, this will show the dealer you are serious about getting what you want and he or she may do their best to accommodate your needs. If they still do not budge, go somewhere else and try again.

When you know what you want in a car, you should never settle for anything less. Buying a new car will most likely be the most expensive purchase you make outside of buying a house. Because of this, you should treat it seriously and do research.

With these tips you can be sure you will find the car you love and not feel hit below the belt (in the wallet).

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Save Money, Buy a Stick Shift Car

As consumers, we are all looking for improved gas economy and better value in our car purchases. When looking to buy your next car, don’t ignore those with manual transmissions. A manual transmission can improve your gas mileage by a significant amount. You will also find that cars with manual transmission are usually cheaper to buy than ones with automatic transmissions.

Depending on the type of car you purchase, manual transmissions will improve your acceleration, especially if it is a smaller engine automobile. Most people enjoy manual transmission cars; they find them appealing and fun to drive.

However, there are a few disadvantages to owning a manual transmission car. Manual transmissions are usually available on only a few models, typically smaller and sportier cars. There is a bit more skill and coordination required in driving a car with a manual transmission. You may find it more challenging to stop and start on hills than with an automatic transmission car. If you live in a city where traffic conditions are congested, there will be a lot of shifting and working the clutch pedal on the manual transmission. Finally, when you get ready to sell your car, you may find fewer buyers interested in a manual transmission.

With better fuel economy and faster acceleration, a manual transmission is still a great feature when purchasing a new car. However, let the buyer beware when choosing your manual transmission automobile. Many buyers find there are some differences in how the clutch pedal and shifter work in a car. Some manual transmissions are easy to operate the shift and the clutch pedal. Some cars you will find are quieter because the manual transmission doesn’t rev up the engine as much as an automatic transmission. Also, some cars will have an awkward feeling when operating the clutch or shifter. Sit in a car and work both the shifter and the clutch pedal to make sure that they are smooth to operate. Remember, manual transmissions are meant to enhance the driving experience, not distract from it.

A caveat to our manual transmission advice, sometimes despite buying a stick shift, you may find a better buy with a different model in an automatic transmission. Do your research and verify the suggested miles per gallon (mpg) when comparing. Not just manual to automatic transmission, but also from similar models by different auto companies.