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Five Top Vehicle Care Tips for 2017

If you love your vehicle, whether you have a motorcycle or a car, it’s important you give it the attention it needs to look out of this world. Running a vehicle can be a costly affair, but repairing it can prove to be an unexpected expense that nobody wants.

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It doesn’t matter if you’re thinking to yourself “should I sell my motorcycle or car this year?” It is important to look after your vehicle. The below tips will ensure you’re able to do just that.

1.      Check Your Tires Regularly

Winter or summer, tires on cars and motorcycles do wear down so it’s important you replace them when necessary. Tires can really be the difference in a good or bad driving experience so it’s wise to keep them fresh. It’s been reported that poor grip tires can be the difference in needless braking and more fuel consumption, so replacing tires could prove to be a more cost-effective way of keeping a vehicle in excellent condition all-year-round.

2.      Get Your Vehicle Valeted Professionally

It’s easy to go out on the weekend to give a vehicle a good wash down, and while that is perfectly acceptable, it’s always worth spending a bit of extra money on getting a professional valet to come in and do a proper job from time to time. If you’re not an experienced vehicle cleaner it’s very easy to miss minor details and it’s the minor details that can make a vehicle look like it’s just been purchased.

3.      Keep an Eye on Vehicle Fluids

Oil, coolant, brake, power steering, and other fluids should be checked regularly to ensure the vehicle has what it needs to perform to the best of its ability. Lack of fluids can really damage the driving experience and in major cases can cause many other vehicle problems. Look after your vehicle and it will look after you.

4.      Get Your Vehicle on the Road Regularly

While it’s great to have a vehicle that’s not getting many miles on the clock, it’s still very important to take it for a ride occasionally to give it some much-needed road time. Vehicles that don’t get used regularly often break down or go rusty, so it’s always worth going out for a drive once a week.

5.      Check under the Bonnet

While the exterior may look nice and tidy, it’s always wise to give what’s underneath the bonnet an inspection from time to time. You can do this when you’re checking fluid levels, but even when you’re not, open your bonnet and have a look at the pipes and anything else you can see. Get underneath your car and see what’s going under there too, just to check for leaks or any other damage.

Always make sure you spend an appropriate amount of time on your vehicle to make sure it stays in top condition throughout the year.

Stages Of Labels For Vehicle Certification

When a vehicle receives a vehicle certification label, it is a statement from the manufacturer that it meets certain guidelines as specified by federal law. There are several different labels which can be applicable during the stages of auto manufacturing. Here is a breakdown of what they are and what they mean.

IVD- This label is used in conjunction with incomplete vehicles and stands for Incomplete Vehicle Document. This label is applicable in situations where the individual components do not qualify to be regarded as an incomplete vehicle, such as a chassis. The label will include such information as the IV manufacturer, Weight Ratings for both Gross Vehicle and Gross Axle. It will also include the VIN number.

Intermediate Stage Labels- These are handled by anyone who is not the IV manufacturer or the final stage manufacturer who handles a vehicle manufacturing process that has two or more stages. It is considered the most difficult to do properly as it is very paperwork intensive. The original IVD and an addendum to the IVD must be included in the paperwork.

Final Stage Label- This is the stage where the manufacturer creates a finished vehicle from an incomplete vehicle. There are several different colored labels which may be used for the final stage. These labels include:

Yellow- This is the preferred label to use as it signifies conformance to all federal standards and also is in compliance with the original IV label.

White- This label is used when modifications have been made which are substantially different from the original IV label. It is still in compliance with all federal guidelines.

Orange- This label is used when certain parts of the vehicle, such as the chassis, are modified to the point where they are no longer considered OEM but do not yet reach the state where they have invalidated the original IV label.

Altered Stage- This label signifies that something has been modified on the vehicle from its original state. Such examples would include the removal of a truck box or the addition of a snow plow before it has been cleared for original sale.

As you can see there are many labels which can be used, all of the dependent on which situation or state of vehicle is being labelled. Make sure to read further into more in-depth guidelines which apply to each individual colored label.

5 Common Misconceptions About Auto Repairs

There are countless stereotypes surrounding the auto industry, especially when it comes to mechanics and auto repair shops. But you shouldn’t believe everything you hear. Here are five common misconceptions about auto repairs and why you should ignore them.

  1. All auto repair shops are the same. Not all auto repair shops are created equal. The automotive industry is constantly changing, and mechanics need to keep up to date with the latest technologies. Because of this, it’s probably worth your time to shop auto repair centers to find the one that best suits your needs. Don’t just settle for a shop that is most convenient to your location.

  1. Most auto repair shops will try to rip you off. A common misconception is that mechanics suggest more repairs to increase their profits. In reality, however, it’s the mechanic’s job to thoroughly inspect your car and draw attention to any areas of concern. A mechanic who suggests additional repairs is trying to save you money down the road.

  1. You can get an accurate quote over the phone. While it may be easiest to call different auto repair centers and get prices over the phone, odds are these estimates will not be accurate. It is difficult to diagnose a problem without inspecting or test driving a vehicle. While it may be frustrating to physically take your car into different shops, this is the only way to get an accurate price estimate.

  1. Suggested maintenance schedules are designed to rip you off. Some consumers believe that suggested maintenance schedules are merely a way for dealerships and auto repair shops to make more money. However, it’s usually best to follow the advice of your mechanic when it comes to routine maintenance and repairs. These timelines are designed to ensure your car runs efficiently and safely.

  1. Auto repairs can wait. If there’s something wrong with your car, take it into the shop. Don’t ignore an engine light or think that the problem isn’t that severe or that it may fix itself. The truth is, when a light or alarm goes off, your car is trying to tell you something is wrong. It’s important to take your car into the shop and have it checked out right away. Waiting to fix the issue may cause more damage and cost you more money.

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How to Save Money When Buying a Classic Car

Lovers of classic cars always hear stories about people who randomly stumbled across their dream cars in a junkyard or an old barn, but that probably won’t happen to you. Whether you have your heart set on a 1966 Mustang or a classic Mercedes 190 SL, you need to do your research and look for people willing to sell those cars. Vintage models can go for thousands of dollars and based on demand, some may sell for more than the blue book price. Though you might have your heart set on one specific model, you can still save money on the vintage classic that touches your heart.

Look at Condition

Before you start your hunt, decide on exactly what you want. Do you want a car that is in running order and can hit the streets today, or would you settle for one that requires a little extra work before you can take it for a spin? Classic car collectors spend thousands of dollars and more restoring this beauties, and if you want one in perfect working condition, you’ll need to spend more. Purchasing one that has some rust damage, a few dings or needs repairs that you can do by yourself can help you save.

Search for Mistakes

Searching for mistakes in listings can help you buy a classic car for a fraction of its worth. Sellers who are unfamiliar with what they have might make mistakes like listing the wrong year or manufacturer or even spelling the name of the manufacturer wrong like putting a “Z” in Mercedes instead of the “S” that belongs there. As more time goes by without collectors finding those listings and making offers, the sellers might think they have something worthless and take less for those cars.

Feel Confident Comprising

When looking for vintage cars, you need to think with your head and not your heart. Even if you want the same car you learned how to drive in or the same truck you had your first date in, don’t be afraid to compromise on what you want. Instead of buying a vehicle in the same paint color, you might buy one and repaint it. You can also consider searching for vehicles that are a few years older or younger that might cost less. Being smart as you shop can help you get a bargain on a classic car.

2016 G550 – Reviewing the New Classic from Mercedes Benz

Over the years, the Mercedes-Benz G-class series, also known as the Geländewagen, has built a reputation for being one of the more noticeable and unique lines of SUVs, having established an unmistakable identity with the brand over the past 37 years. While the engineers at Mercedes have done an excellent job of staying true to the original body’s design theme, they’ve also done a remarkable job of innovating and updating the vehicle with each new model. The 2016 G550 is no exception, with a 4.0-liter V-8 engine that provides 450 lb-ft of torque and 416 horsepower. That’s a considerable improvement over last year’s engine parts which were less efficient and less powerful, with a 5.5-liter V-8 producing only 382 HP/391 lb-ft.

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  • Embracing the Signature Look, Equipped with Better Parts

With each new G-class model you can expect to see that boxy and bold look that the model has become known for. Mercedes’ G550 body stays in its lane while getting notable enhancements over its predecessors. First, you’ll notice the engine effortlessly revs up to the redline at 6300-RPM while emitting a quieter sound from the vehicle’s dual side-exiting exhaust system, which still begs to be noticed but isn’t nearly as disruptive as the previous year’s version. Even with more than 5,800 pounds of solid Mercedes Benz parts and frame on board, this G550 manages to outdo the 2015 edition in acceleration, reaching 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds.

  • Entry Level Luxury Nothing to Scoff at

Surprisingly, Mercedes’ G550 is the least of its siblings yet still carries a price tag of $120,000+. The seven-speed automatic transmission is powerful, but it pales in comparison to the Mercedes AMG G65, which starts at only $20,000 higher and packs a much stronger punch. That explains why the latter model accounts for more than half of the Mercedes Benz G-class sales in the U.S. However, if the extra Mercedes performance parts equipped aren’t really a top priority for you, the exterior and interior parts and aesthetics of the G550 are comparable to the AMG G65, as both have the same fancy center stack and instrument cluster. Plus, the 4×4 G550 can hold its own in rough terrain just fine with a superb suspension system and drivetrain setup.

  • Not a Powerhouse But Reliable Nonetheless

While the G550 isn’t in the same league as its robust G65 counterpart in terms of performance and power, it is about $100,000 less than the V-12 version of that model ($20k less was compared to V-8 G65). And remember to keep in mind, (for either AMG G65 version) you’d always be spending a premium on the Mercedes performance parts catalog. Not that anything of the brand is particularly ‘cheap’, but it’s worth checking Mercedes Benz parts online to gauge the general price differences between the models. The auto parts for either Mercedes G-Class versions will all carry the same quality and reliability.

Even with the cheaper price tag, the G550 is slightly more efficient with a 14 MPG fuel economy versus just 13 MPG for the G65. With all these things in mind, the G550 seems to be the wiser choice for a casual driver who won’t be going much beyond the confines of regulated roads and highways.

  • Luxurious Yet Rugged

Furthermore, the 4-wheel-drive version is strong enough to bring you through the muck without leaving you stuck, so the G550 4×4 is still suitable for areas with rough weather or even the occasional off-roading adventure.

The Mercedes Benz G550 is a great vehicle, and we’re looking forward to seeing what else Mercedes Benz releases for its G-Class in the future.