Archive for September, 2005

Hybrids Are Okay BUT…

September 29, 2005 Leave a comment
With the skyrocketing of gas prices, are hybrids really the smartest way to go?

Well, not exactly – if CNN Money‘s Peter Valdes Dapena is to be believed.

According to Dapena hybrids may save you gas, but save you money they won’t. To prove his point he cites a simple calculation from their partner as follows:

A hybrid Honda Accord costs about $3,800 more than the comparable non-hybrid version, including purchase, maintenance and insurance costs. Over five years, assuming 15,000 miles of driving per year, you’ll make up that cost in gasoline money if the price of gas goes up immediately to $9.20 a gallon and averages that for the whole period.

He also goes on to say that while there is a tax deduction of $2,000 available for purchasing a hybrid vehicle, it only translates to a one-time tax savings of less than $500 for most buyers, and that’s not enough to make much of a difference in the long run.

But he cheers everybody up anyway with some suggestions to save gas without spending any extra money:

1.Drive more gently. Since there is no existing award known to mankind for beating everyone away from the green light, people might as well go easy on the gas and brake pedals and garner gas mileage improvements of about thirty percent.

2.Check out diesels. When purchasing a a car, consider buying diesel. The more durable diesel powered cars cost only a little more than gasoline-powered cars, but they do get better fuel mileage and have better resale value. That alone should be enough to make up any additional cost of the vehicle, leaving the gas-money savings in your pocket. Also, diesels will qualify for tax credits under the new tax rules. Again, diesel buyers might want to wait until next year to buy.

3.Shop smarter. When purchasing a car, look more closely at the actual fuel economy numbers and consider what you’re willing to give up. The promise of hybrids, according to Dapena, is better fuel economy with the same, or more, engine power. But, for that, you pay more for the complex technology and, to date, long-term resale value is unknown. He goes on to suggest that instead, you could opt for a less engine powered vehicle or one that is smaller and lighter. That way, he says, you get better fuel economy while paying even less money for the vehicle itself.

Bootomline? Apart from the fact that Dapena may not be very fond of hybrids, the key is knowing what you really need and want in a vehicle. And as to putting off getting a hybrid or diesel powered vehicle for next year – that actually might be a good idea. Afterall, the best way to combat the rising oil and gas prices is taking proper care of whatever vehicle you have right now. Which means doing the regular tune ups, checking constantly for damaged or worn auto parts, and replacing auto parts that need replacing before it gets worse (and more expensive).

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Taking Care of Your Tires

September 17, 2005 Leave a comment
Your car’s tires are an important part of your vehicle. Without it, your car would not be able to propel forward. With no tires, or wheels — your car would just be a bunch of metal attached to each other, incapable of its purpose to transport objects/s or itself from point A to point B.

Here are a few tips to keep those tires in tip-top shape:

Check the tire pressure regularly – at least once a month. It’s recommended that you purchase yourself a tire pressure gauge if you don’t have it. It’s worth the trouble, if safety is your primary concern. The recommended tire pressure for your car can be seen in the owner’s manual. As much as possible, rotate tires at every second oil change – it will insure all tires wear equally. If you feel vibration at cruising speed, you should immediately have your tires balanced. Keep in mind that there is a safe limit of the tread wear. If the tire is worn below this limit it’s unsafe to drive. Refer to the result of mechanical inspection. Uneven tire wear indicates alignment problem.

Wheel alignment for your car should be done at least once in a year or two.

Improper alignment causes increased tire and suspension components wear and poor handling. In worst case improper alignment may throw your car into a skid, especially on a wet road. If a car pulls to one side, wanders or feels unstable on the road, visit your mechanic. Properly done alignment will make your car’s ride a lot more enjoyable, and a lot safer.

Should you need to replace your tires you could always visit your favorite auto parts store, or click your mouse to trusted online auto parts shops like Auto Parts Corner which offers a wide variety of auto parts for top of the line car makes such as BMW parts, Dodge parts, Chevrolet parts, Toyota parts, Mazda parts, Jeep parts, Volkswagen parts, Volvo parts, Honda parts and more. Finding the perfect replacement or refurbishment for your car was never as easy with Auto Parts Wholesale.

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