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18 Road Trip Hacks That Will Actually Make Your Trip Awesomer

Many factors can go into making a road trip the best time ever, or your worst nightmare. Making sure you have proper pier planning, can ensure that your road trip to come will be a good time.

If you’ve got a time limit (as most road trippers do), it’s smart to plot out which city you’ll sleep in each night before setting off. Plan so your driving time is eight hours or less per day, but don’t plan anything more than that. Then watch as your days become hilarious sagas of driving, wandering, and following your wild road trip whims.
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New Year, New Car

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Between the New Year and tax season, it’s car buying season. By allowing yourself to sear across the nation you vastly expand the likelihood of finding the perfect car. But when buying any secondhand car there are a number of things you should look out for. So, before you can start your long-distance search, it’s important to understand the advantages of buying secondhand, as well as the potential disadvantages and to avoid them.

Why Buy a Used Car?

Few things excite avid car enthusiasts like buying a brand new car. New cars even a distinct smell – and to car lovers, this smell is better than even the best French perfume. Unfortunately, buying a new car straight from the manufacturer has its disadvantages, especially when it to finances.

Sure, novelty of buying a new makes it seem exciting, but here are some reasons why used cars often make for a better investment:

  • Used cars cost less. If you wait just a year before buying a new car model you’ve been eyeing, you can pay up to 19% less for a car that’s basically still brand new.
  • Your car’s value won’t depreciate as fast. Cars cost about 19% less after one year, and you’d be the one losing that money if you bought new instead of used. The first time you drive your new car, its value will depreciate by approximately 11%. While used cars also lose value, it will be more gradual.
  • Avoid dealers. Sometimes you can buy a pretty good car from a private seller, this will further lower the price you pay for your car, as you won’t have to worry about added fees dealers might charge. But keep in mind that buying from a private seller can complicate paperwork somewhat.
  • Registration can be cheaper. In some states, your annual registration fees will be more expensive if your car model is newer.
  • Used cars can be just as good. Buying a used car might not feel like something to brag about, but being smart is definitely better than being ostentatious. If your used car can get you from point A to point B and you don’t need to sacrifice on luxury or fuel efficiency, what are you really missing? But new cars cost thousands of dollars more, and you’re sure to miss that.

Obviously, buying used is the thrifty way to go. So although used cars are better for any occasion, they’re especially better if you want to a low-budget option that will be reliable. This makes used cars perfect for when you’re buying a car for a teenage driver, as you can pick something with safety benefits without blowing the bank.

Used Car Checklist

Don’t buy a lemon! Buying a bad car might lose you all the money you saved by not buying new, so to make used car buying worthwhile, the car you buy should be in tiptop shape.

Here’s what buyers should look for when buying a used car:

  • Check that the width of spaces between panels are equal. If the spacing between panels vary from place to another, there’s a good chance the car was in an accident. When buying a car long-distance, asking for photos of all the spaces can help. If the seller has nothing to hide, the photos will be taken from good angles, allowing you to easily see whether they’re equal all over.
  • Avoid rust. While it can be difficult to spot rust on photos, a car is more likely to have rust if it comes from a city or town that’s right next to the coast.
  • Is the color consistent throughout all the panels? If one panel looks repainted, the car was almost definitely involved in an accident.
  • Ask for photos of the tires. If all the tires are worn about equally, the wheel alignment won’t cause problems, but look out if one if worn significantly more than the others.
  • Ask for photos of the engine. The engine should be clean, a dirty engine can be a sign that the car was neglected.
  • Ask for a video of the car idling. This will help you to hear of there are any strange noises coming from the engine.
  • Ask for photos of the interior. You want the interior to look clean, well-maintained and good as new.

Buying long-distance complicates things somewhat, but it’s completely possible to find a great car, even if you buy it from the opposite side of the country.

A great tip is to focus on car listings that already have a lot of photos. Also check that the information in the description fits the car on the photo. If the description says the car is blue, but the one in the photos is black, it’s either because the seller made a mistake, or the listing might be a bit sketchy.

Apart from the checking the specific car that you’re buying, it’s also good to check up on the make and make and model you want to buy. The US Department of Transportation has an online lookup tool where you can easily see if the car you want to buy has any recalled parts. If so, you’ll have to add that onto your list of things to consider when looking at a specific car you want to buy. Of course you can still buy a car with recalled parts, but you’ll need to check that the seller of the one you’re buying has replaced them.

Some Of The World’s Scariest Roads To Drive

Road trips can be really fun, touring the country is an exciting experience. But there are certain roads that, even if you are on a road trip, are daunting to drive. Of course that doesn’t mean we don’t think you should explore them, just use caution.

Driving on any sort of road can be a harrowing challenge on a regular old road trip. It’s easy to get preoccupied with dodging other bad drivers or pedestrians, but still, those scenarios get a little trickier when the roads themselves involve pretty beautiful scenery, but also pretty terrifying conditions.
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Autonomous Driving Faces Big Questions In 2017: Here Are 5 Of Them

Autonomous driving has been in development for a little while now, and there have been many strides in that direction. But there are still many factors to consider before they are ready for large scale testing on the roads. Do you share any concerns with this article?

Autonomous driving has come back from the future, and is now firmly entrenched in the present. But just how much is this automotive revolution still leaving to the imagination? While some people eagerly await fully autonomous transportation, there are sobering reminders that the technology still has a ways to go.
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Here’s Which Manufacturers Had Good, Bad Years In 2016

As 2017 opens up, everybody is reflecting on the highs and lows of their year. Well, for automakers, 2016 had lots of both.

Almost all automakers are now focused on developing alternative powertrains and autonomous cars, and it showed. Manufacturers made large strides in both areas, including the development of affordable long-range electric vehicles and multiple demonstrations of fully autonomous tech on public roads.
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From Pickups To Minivans, These 5 Models Upped Their Games For 2017

Seeing the new cars that each auto company produced through the year can be exciting. Sleeker models, quitter engines, better gas mileage. Some vehicles have potential, but the designers JUST missed the mark. This article goes over the Models Upped Their Games For 2017

Walking around the New England International Auto Show in Boston we have seen lots of new vehicles, but there were five that really upped their game for the 2017 model year.
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NICB Releases List Of 10 Most Stolen Vehicles In America

No one likes the thought of having their vehicle stolen. This article has lists of cars with the highest theft rate in the country.

: Ever look at the anti-theft sticker on your car’s window and wonder just how much of a deterrent that is for thieves? Now you don’t need to wonder. The National Insurance Crime Bureau released their annual Hot Wheels list Monday, which uses law enforcement data determine the 10 most stolen vehicles in America.
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Report: Takata Agrees To Plead Guilty, Pay $1B Penalty For Faulty Airbags

When something that is supposed to protect you has a recall, it can be a scary thing. Takata produces airbags that have led to deaths recently because of issues with deployment. This causes metal debris to shoot out when the airbag is deployed.

Takata has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department for knowingly selling airbags with faulty inflators that resulted in 16 deaths.
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Audi Cars Can Now Tell Their Drivers When Traffic Lights Will Turn Green

There are new advances every day in the technology for automated cars. Everything comes in baby steps to the public; you wouldn’t want to release something that wasn’t fully tested. The next baby step in self-driving cars seems to be traffic light prediction.

Serious consequences often result from this behavior–traffic deaths are soaring for the second consecutive year after a long decline. But often, this rampant cellphone use brings more mundane annoyances. Spend five minutes driving in any direction, and you’re sure to come across more than one motorist paying rapt attention to the device in his or her hands instead of the road ahead. Nowhere is this more infuriating than at traffic lights, when a text-obsessed motorist sits, oblivious to a green light, and foments a backup of surly fellow drivers. In certain Audi vehicles, this is no longer a problem, with the introduction of new “time to green” technology.
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Should Dealers Be Selling Used Cars with Potentially Deadly Takata Airbags?

There are recalls for products all the time: dog food, kid’s toys, tools, the list goes on. Having a part recalled in your vehicle can be a scary reality. And when that recall is for a part that is meant to save your life, if the time comes, it becomes a bigger problem. How are you to know if you’re getting a used car with a defective part inside? Should this be legal for dealers to get away with?

There are about 29 million vehicles currently under a recall that has been linked to 11 deaths and 180 injuries. Still, most cars and trucks affected by the recall are actually considered by federal regulators to be safer with the potentially faulty airbags than without them, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is advising people not to deactivate the airbags in their cars or trucks.
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