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Choose Your Dealership With Care Before Buying a New Car

Choose Your Dealership With Care Before Buying a New Car

If you are like most buyers interested in new cars, you may conduct considerable research online before making a buying decision. You may review factors such as fuel efficiency, safety ratings and cost of various makes and models before determining which vehicle to purchase. If you have decided through your research to purchase a Mazda, you may only look at Mazda car dealerships close to your home without comparing other aspects of the total dealership experience. This can be a detriment to you, and there are a few reasons why you want to choose your Mazda car dealership with care before you proceed with your buying plans.

The Buying Experience
Some auto dealerships proudly tout the fact that they are a no-haggle establishment. They may seemingly offer buyers a stress-free buying experience, but a no-haggle experience means that you typically will pay sticker price and cannot negotiate for a better deal. Others promise that they will not be beat on price. Some dealerships will negotiate a price with you through email or text so that you can firm up a price before you are stuck in a high-pressure sales situation in a dealership. Consider how these aspects of working with different dealerships can affect your experience as well as your total vehicle purchase price.

The Availability of Different Models and Trim Levels
Some Mazda car dealerships are much larger than others. This means that they are more likely to have the right model in stock in the color and trim level that you desire. You can typically review a dealership’s inventory online to determine which dealership has the vehicle you really want in stock and ready for you to purchase.

The Quality of Service Throughout the Dealership
The dealership that you choose to work with will also affect the quality of service as well as your access to different services. Many of the larger dealerships have in-house financing as well as auto parts and service for repairs and maintenance, but some dealerships in more rural areas may not offer all of these services. While you need access to the right combination of services, you also may expect fast, friendly service. You can read consumer reviews online to learn more about these factors before deciding which dealership to shop with.

While your most important goal may be to purchase the right car for your needs at a great price, you can see that the dealership you choose to buy from can affect your buying experience as well as your ownership experience. After you have decided to purchase a new Mazda, carefully compare the dealerships in your area with these factors in mind before you begin the buying process. If you visit the Windsor Mazda website, they may be able to provide you with more information.

Should You Finance Your New Car or Pay Cash?

Should You Finance Your New Car or Pay Cash?

If you are ready to start shopping around for new cars at your local Toyota car dealerships, you may be wondering how you will pay for your purchase. New cars can have rather high price tags, and some people may only be able to make this purchase with the help of an auto loan. A car loan, after all, allows you to pay for this expense with equal monthly installments. However, other buyers have the ability to purchase new cars with cash. When you pay with cash, you can enjoy numerous benefits, but there are also some downsides to consider. As you compare the options, carefully analyze these important points.

The Benefits of Paying Cash
By paying cash for new cars, you entirely eliminate a monthly car payment from your budget. This can make your budget easier for you to manage for years to come, and it also may help you to more easily navigate through financial downturns, times of rapid inflation and more. When you pay cash for a new vehicle, you also eliminate some of the extra costs associated with financing your purchase. For example, without financing, you can avoid paying lender and financing fees as well as interest charges. These can save you thousands of dollars on your total purchase price, so you can see that the savings associated with paying cash for your purchase can be significant.

The Downsides of an All Cash Purchase
There are true financial benefits associated with an all cash purchase for new cars, but there may be a few downsides to consider. For example, you may be able to pay all cash for the purchase, but this could wipe out your rainy day nest egg. If this happens, you may not be able to weather storms that arise in your financial future in the coming months and years. You may wind up turning to credit cards and other forms of debt to get by. In addition, if you are offered a zero-percent loan, it may be more cost-effective in the long-run for you to keep your lump sum of cash invested in a high-return investment account.

There is no clear-cut answer regarding the decision to finance a car or to pay cash for it. Each situation is unique, and the buyer will need to carefully analyze both options to determine how to proceed. It is very beneficial that you have the option to consider both of these scenarios, and the options can make it easier for you to make your purchase in a cost-effective way. As you head to Toyota car dealerships to check out the new inventory, keep these points in mind. For more information, additional resources can be found at Eastway Toyota.

3 Ways to Lock in Savings on Car Rental Services

3 Ways to Lock in Savings on Car Rental Services

Whether you are planning a trip for business or for pleasure, you understandably want to shop around and get the lowest rates possible for everything from airfare to hotel. Car rental Sydney services can also cost a small fortune, if you may be looking for wonderful ways to save money on this travel expense. If you are shopping for car rental Sydney services today, consider implementing some of these wonderful tips to help you save money on your next rental car.

Look for Online Savings
There are a few different ways that you can use the Internet to save money on car rental Sydney services. First, you can shop around to compare rates available through different car rental agencies. Second, you can look for online coupons and discount codes available for different companies. It may also be helpful to use a travel comparison website to more easily make a comparison. Keep in mind that these websites often have special pricing available to them that may not be available through the company’s primary website.

Reserve Your Vehicle Early
Another helpful tip to follow when making travel plans is to reserve your car rental Sydney as soon as possible. Many companies offer lower rates when you make your reservation at least a month or two in advance. In addition, if you pay for the rental fee or at least make a financial deposit toward your rental, you may enjoy additional savings off of your total car rental price.

Choose Your Rental Location Wisely
A final and very helpful tip to follow is to look at different pick-up and drop-off locations to find better rates. Airports may be one of the most popular pick-up locations for car rental company services, and this is because it often is most convenient for travelers to use an airport location. However, if you are willing to do a pick-up and drop-off in another location farther away from the airport, you may be able to save money. For example, there may be a pick-up location close to your hotel, and you may be able to use hotel shuttle service to to and from the airport or to and from the car rental agency. If shuttle service is not available, consider a taxi or a ride sharing service.

The savings that you can enjoy from each of these tips can be modest, but you can enjoy significant savings when you combine all of these tips together. It may be easier to simply lock in the rate of the first car you find that meets your rental needs, but you can save a small fortune in fees when you implement these tips in your shopping efforts. There are more resources available at Discount Car & Truck Rentals.

Should You Put Your Teen on Your Insurance Policy?

Should You Put Your Teen on Your Insurance Policy?

As a parent who now has a driving-aged child, you might be trying to decide whether or not you should add your teen to your insurance policy. After all, it might seem like the easiest way to make sure that your child has the required coverage, but you still might not be sure if it’s a good idea. These are a few things that you should consider when making this decision.

Do You Have a Good Driving Record?

As you might already know, young and inexperienced drivers generally have to pay a whole lot more for car insurance. In fact, some of the youngest drivers in Canada pay a whopping 60 percent more for their coverage. However, if you don’t have a good driving record yourself, you might not be doing yourself or your teen any favors by adding him or her to your insurance. If your insurance is already high because you have gotten a lot of tickets or have been in accidents, you might find that your teen can get a better rate alone.

Do You Have Expensive Vehicles?

Take a look at the vehicles in your garage. Even if they are valuable, they might not be that expensive to insure right now, particularly if you have a good driving record. However, if you add your teen to your insurance policy, your insurance company might assume that he or she will be driving these vehicles, too, even if this is not the case. Since insurance companies often worry about teens wrecking cars — particularly valuable ones that will be expensive to replace if something happens — this could result in your policy going up really high. In this situation, it might be best for your teen to have a separate policy with the car that he or she will be driving alone.

Are You Required To?

Talk with your insurance agent about the fact that you have a driving-age child in your home. Depending on the rules that your insurance company has in place, you might be required to add your child to your policy as a driver, even if he or she never drives your vehicles and has a separate policy. If this is the case, it might be cheaper for your child to simply have coverage through your policy rather than being listed as a driver on your policy and then having separate coverage.

Making the decision to add your child to your insurance can be a big one, and you might be unsure of what to do. Luckily, asking yourself these questions, speaking with an insurance agent and running a few auto insurance quotes should help you make the right decision. If you need more information from an expert, InsuranceHero.ca may be able to help you.

Grabercars.com SWAG

The other day I saw this guy wearing a t-shirt with some really stupid saying on it, and I couldn’t help but wonder what possessed him to buy that ridiculous shirt. I mean, it was just terrible. Come to think of it, I see a LOT of stupid t-shirts out there. What a waste of space… That’s when I had a lightbulb moment. I could make a grabercars.com t-shirt and help even out the ratio of cool vs stupid t-shirts! At first I figured I would make just one, for myself, but then it occurred to me that other people might like to sport a nifty grabercars.com t-shirt too.

So I made up this t-shirt design. It has a risque photo of La Bala (naked!) and a quote by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche. “I couldn’t find the sportscar of my dreams, so I decided to build it myself.”

I made another variation with the logo smaller, over the pocket area.

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The other day I saw this guy wearing a t-shirt with some really stupid saying on it, and I couldn’t help but wonder what possessed him to buy that ridiculous shirt. I mean, it was just terrible. Come to think of it, I see a LOT of stupid t-shirts out there. What a waste of space… That’s when I had a lightbulb moment. I could make a grabercars.com t-shirt and help even out the ratio of cool vs stupid t-shirts! At first I figured I would make just one, for myself, but then it occurred to me that other people might like to sport a nifty grabercars.com t-shirt too.

So I made up this t-shirt design. It has a risque photo of La Bala (naked!) and a quote by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche. “I couldn’t find the sportscar of my dreams, so I decided to build it myself.”

I made another variation with the logo smaller, over the pocket area.

How to slice sections in 3D Studio

Several people have asked me how I sliced my model up in 3DS Max. Well, there is a ‘Section’ tool that comes as a standard feature of 3DS Max.

Section

Create panel > Shapes > Splines > Object Type rollout > Section

Create menu > Shapes > Section

Tab panels > Shapes tab > Section Shape

This is a special type of object that generates other shapes based on a cross-sectional slice through mesh objects. The Section object appears as a bisected rectangle. You simply move and rotate it to slice through one or more mesh objects, and then click the Create Shape button to generate a shape based on the 2D intersection.

Here is a screengrab –

The white object is the section tool. The yellow line is the “cut” through the object. The rollout panel has a button named “Create Shape” that will activate when you select the section tool. When you create shape, it creates a whole new spline.

Grabercars.com Logo

Some of you may have noticed the new Grabercars.com logo. It forms the letter G out of an array of hexagons. This logo started out as a simple visual element in one of my old graphics, and subsequently evolved into this neat design by Pea (Peter) of the mr2oc forum. Peter is a computer programmer and artist and I think he shares a lot in common with me. He is designing and building his own car from scratch in Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Road Test Review of La Bala

Recently North Carolina based Bala builder James Holley and his wife Deb stopped off in Phoenix to see the La Bala prototype in person and to take a test drive.You’ve seen lot’s of photos of the Grabercars La Bala prototype #0001 but probably haven’t read much about how the car actually drives or how it might compare to other cars. I’ve been telling you that La Bala is a fast car with a firm but suprisingly supple ride and is a blast to drive, but as the designer and builder what else would you expect?  Jim, ex-navy and a straight-shooter of a guy, posted a review of his experience with La Bala in the Grabercars forum.

Follow the link for his full review.

My wife Deb and I drove out to Phoenix a couple of weeks ago to pick up the blue body for NC La Bala. We arrived on Thursday evening and met Steve, his wife and kids. After talking cars for a couple of hours, Deb and I took the camper and trailer to a nearby Wal Mart parking lot to get some sleep. The next morning was the highlight of the trip for me. Steve took me for a 30 minute drive in the prototype. I was very impressed with with the little bullet. At the top of my list would have to be the cars simplicity and functionality. Strap yourself in, flip a switch, push the start button and go. The car has everything you need for a sunny day, and nothing else. Steve put the pedal to the metal a couple of times when we could find some clear road. The car pushed me back in the seat in first, second and third until Steve had to apply the binders as he was doing about 3 times the legal limit. When we returned to his casa he turned it over to Deb and I. First off let me explain that Deb is more into aesthetics and comfort than performance. She has liked the appearance of the car from the first time I showed her a photo and told her I wanted to build one. I think we both felt the car looks even better in real life than on paper or a computer screen. I have driven her around the Tampa area in a FFR, and a Shelby 427 CI CRX. She has also ridden in a friends Ferrari Testarosa. Deb liked the La Bala better than the Ferrari and the FFR, and thought it rode better than the big Cobra. I think one of the things that impressed us both was the lack of wind noise in the cockpit. Driver and passenger can hold a conversation at 50 mph without having to shout. Debs hair did not even get blown about. I don’t have that problem, with or without the hat.
When Steve turned it over he told me to drive it like it was mine, and take as long as we liked. I had already experienced the performance and concentrated on driveability and comfort. I’ll start with the only thing I found a bit uncomfortable. Steve is 6’4″, and I am 5’9″. He built the car so that when the seat is all the way back, his hand fell comfortability onto the shifter knob. When I slid the seat forward so I could reach the pedals, my elbow was behind my body when I shifted gears. On the La Bala I am building I have positioned the shifter a little farther forwad to make it more comfortable. I think each individual will have to decide what feels best for them. Driving this car really made me want to get home and get mine finished. It is FUN! I like the firm but not harsh ride, and the availability of all the power you could ask for in a street machine. The closest thing I could compare the ride and power to would be a slightly modified Subaru WRX STI. The Subaru is running twice the HP, twice the weight, and gets half the mpg. Not bad for a car built in a home garage. My car will be running about 70HP more than Steve’s, and should be scary fun to drive. I wish I had a chance to take the car up a winding mountain road. I think this is where it would really excel. From looking at the photos, reading the history of the build, and talking to Steve, I can see La Bala is still a work in progress. As Steve and future builders add modifications and tweaks to the Little Bullet, it is going to become the most kick ass homebuilt on the street or track.