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2 Tips to Help You Avoid Stolen Boats When Buying

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Tips to Help You Avoid Stolen Boats When Buying

Many prospective boat buyers do not imagine that they could unknowingly buy a stolen boat. Sometimes, such boats are also involved in cases of insurance fraud, where an owner in need of cash sells off the boat and reports it stolen. The buyer may never know until they are discovered by state agencies or insurance companies’ bounty hunters. On discovery, you must give up the boat with no way to recoup your investment; you may even face criminal charges in worse circumstances. Therefore, it’s in your best interests to know how you can assess a boat’s legitimacy and ownership trail before buying. Learn how in the following paragraphs: 1. Check the numbers The hull identification number (HIN) is usually moulded onto the hull’s plastic, and it is the first thing thieves change before trying to resell a stolen boat. It may have a few alterations in the digits or be completely changed. Boats also have engine serial numbers and registration numbers. Engine numbers are not usually changed on a stolen boat, and are in fact used by state agents or bounty hunters to identify stolen boats. Watch out for indistinct hull numbers or numbers with missing digits, the first sign of potential problems with the boat. Do not accept any explanation for obscure numbers, and instead assume the boat stolen until further research proves otherwise. Also check the gelcoat, which is used to mould the hull number in place. On an old boat, the gelcoat should be faded; new gelcoat could indicate recent alteration. Look at the numbers carefully; some numbers are easy to alter like turning 1 to 7 or 5 to 8. 2. Check the papers Inconsistency in paperwork is one of the easiest ways to identify stolen boats. Upon registration (required of every new owner), the boat receives a unique number according to that state’s rules. Re-registration in a new state is also required, and this is used by thieves to their advantage: they steal a boat in one state and re-register it in another. Therefore, be very cautious when buying boats from out-of-state, especially when the transfer is recent. Get as much paperwork from the owner as you can including registration papers, purchase receipts and warranties, repair invoices etc. Boat owners generally keep good records of such things. Ask how long they’ve owned the boat and where else it has been registered and get copies of those documents after verifying authenticity of the original documents. You should also verify HIN and registration numbers against seller ID by simply contacting the state registration department. Look out for signs of alteration in the documents. Be especially careful when dealing with freshly painted or refurbished, as well as clearly used boats whose owners haven’t had them for at least one year. Where the boat has multiple owners e.g. a husband and wife, speak to all owners to avoid being caught in the middle of a property custody battle. Do not sign any agreements or put out a deposit until you are fully satisfied with the boat’s titles, registration and documentation. Even if a boat has a dealer number, it should have its own registration number; watch out for any that has just the former. Consult with a boat sales expert for more...

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All you need to know about your first driving lesson

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on All you need to know about your first driving lesson

For some people, getting their driver’s permit is an ordinary aspect of life. For others, however, being able to drive a car represents a huge step toward independence, and therefore is a very important process. A beginner driver’s agency school is the first place you should consider for developing your driving technique and getting the driver’s permit. Where Should You Look? It all starts with searching for agencies, organizations, or even accredited professionals that offer to teach you how to drive. If you’re currently a student in high school, you can check around campus to see if your school offers driving lessons. The driving classes are often organized outside of regular school hours, so you won’t have to skip school! What Should You Expect? Most driving sessions include classroom lessons and on the road training. The duration of the classes varies, and it can vary between a month or more, depending on how often you take them. Generally, though, classes should be held on a weekly basis. Here’s what you should expect from a driving lesson. In the beginning, an instructor will focus on teaching you the basics of driving. This includes things like starting/stopping the engine, maneuvering the vehicle, changing gears, and so forth. Your instructor will sit in the passenger seat. All cars used for teaching purposes have a foot pedal brake on the passenger side so that your instructor can brake in case of an emergency. Once you’re finished with the basic driving guidelines, your instructor will focus on the more advanced techniques, such as checking your mirrors, merging into traffic, and how to parallel park. Some instructors provide some tips on how to react in case of accidents such as hydroplaning or vehicle collision. Moving on, you will be required to take a theoretical class on driving, where you will learn about the regulations and laws of driving a vehicle from textbooks as well as instructional videos. At the end, you will have to take a written exam to test your understanding of driving laws. Some More Handy Tips If you want to expedite the learning process, you should consider driving after hours with a professional driver along. Try to wear comfortable clothes while taking your driving lessons, so that you can be fully focused on the driving experience. This will help you be more aware of your surroundings and make you feel more comfortable while...

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Why Car Window Tinting Is Essential For Any Motorist

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Car Window Tinting Is Essential For Any Motorist

When some motorists consider car window tinting, they tend to assume that it is simply done for aesthetic reasons. Granted, window tints can enhance the overall appearance of your vehicle. However, this is not the sole reason to opt for this type of window treatment. Here are some of the reasons why car window tinting is essential for any motorist. Car window tinting reduces fading in your vehicle Purchasing a vehicle is a significant investment. As such, most motorists would want to ensure that their investment stays in pristine condition. When you are driving, especially during hot summer months, constant exposure to the sun’s rays puts your vehicle’s upholstery at risk of fading. This is especially true of you tend to park your vehicle at an unsheltered space. Not only will the upholstery fade, but you will find that your interiors will also begin to show signs of cracking as well as warping due to the heat. To prevent this type of damage, you should consider car window tinting. The tint blocks out these harsh rays, which works to keep the interiors of your vehicle in good condition for a longer period. Car window tinting protects you from UV rays Another concern you should have when driving is extended exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun. More so if you spend extensive hours in your vehicle driving long distance. Continued exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays puts you at risk of aging your skin prematurely. It is also a major concern as it poses the risk of developing skin cancer. To be on the safe side, it is best to opt for car window tinting. There are some tints that have been specifically designed to block out these harmful UV rays. If you would not want to darken your windows, you can still get these tints with clear film, which will filter in the natural light into your vehicle while still blocking the ultraviolet rays. Car window tinting decreases radiant heat in your vehicle During the summer months, you will find that you tend to use your air conditioning more often than usual. This is understandable with sweltering temperatures. However, this also means that you are driving your vehicle’s battery faster than usual. If you would like to reduce your dependence on your air conditioning, you should opt for car window tints that work toward reducing the amount of radiant heat that penetrates into your vehicle. Not only will this make your vehicle more comfortable, but it also decreases the amount of energy consumed by your vehicle to keep the interior...

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How to Master Driving a Manual Transmission Vehicle

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Master Driving a Manual Transmission Vehicle

There’s a little more to the art of driving a manual transmission car, or driving stick shift, as it is more popularly called. It can seem intimidating, especially once you’re accustomed to auto-transmissions, but it’s nothing you can’t do with a little practice. Besides, it’s a skill that you can’t afford to overlook – at one point in your life you may find yourself having to drive a manual transmission car. Below are a few tips to help you master the art of manual transmission driving. 1. Smoothness is the key The most important concept you can grasp about driving stick is that the clutch doesn’t run like an on-off switch. Whether you are clutching in (depressing the pedal before changing gears) or out (releasing after changing gears), you should master how to coordinate your left foot on the clutch with the right on the accelerator for every transition. Nowhere is this balance more crucial than when starting a stationary vehicle: you need to clutch out gradually as you depress the accelerator. Clutching out too fast will not lend your engine the torque it needs to power movement. However, clutching out too slowly makes the clutch manage too much power at once, which ruins the clutch system over time. When clutching out, do not depress the accelerator too far; only increase the gas once your foot is completely off the clutch. As you handle the vehicle more often, you will learn how to subconsciously make this shift. 2. Do not depress the clutch halfway Depressing the clutch halfway, better known as ‘riding the clutch’, is a common problem with starter manual-transmission drivers. This usually happens during normal driving, while temporarily stopping or even while accelerating from a stop. Riding the clutch damages the clutch over time. For longer stops, shift the vehicle back to neutral and release the clutch. When changing gears, depress the clutch completely. 3. Master the art of gear selection This is the most difficult part for drivers accustomed to automatic transmissions, since the system controls everything. In a manual car, you make the decisions about gear-changing. To do this, you need to learn your car engine’s and gear’s characteristics, so that you’ll know when the vehicle is ‘struggling’ because of a wrong gear. A general rule is that higher speeds require higher gears, and lower speeds require lower gears. When starting out, look at the engine RPM indicator on your control panel: if you’re accelerating and the engine clocks 3,000RPM, you need to shift to the next gear. However, since higher gears mean less engine torque, your ability to accelerate may be limited beyond a certain point, requiring you to shift down to a lower gear. Regular maintenance of your transmission is the best way to ensure that you enjoy optimal fuel consumption, and that any problem areas are discovered and fixed before they escalate at the worst possible time: when you’re on a busy road and likeliest to cause an...

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Shoot The Soot: Particulate Filters Explained

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Shoot The Soot: Particulate Filters Explained

Particulate filters are an integral component of any 4×4 vehicle that runs on a diesel engine. This is because particulate filters are designed to trap and eliminate the soot that would have otherwise been released into the environment from a vehicle exhaust system. Thus, the effectiveness (or lack thereof) with which particulate filters work will often determines whether an automobile owner complies with environmental protection laws formulated to deter air pollution from vehicle emissions. Here are answers to three questions that a first-time 4WD vehicle owner may have about diesel particulate filters. How Do Particulate Filters Work?  Diesel particulate filters work through the process of regeneration. Through this process, particles of soot that may have accumulated on the filters are burnt off at high temperatures. Exposure of soot particles to the high temperatures turns these particles into a residual ash-like compound, thereby allowing the regeneration cycle to continue. Particulate filters used with diesel engines are named after their mode of regeneration. This nomenclature gives rise to active regeneration filters and passive regeneration diesel particulate filters. What Differences Are There Between The Two Types Of Filters? Active regeneration filters work by bringing increasing heat energy levels within the filter such that the temperature inside the filter is higher than the temperature required to burn particles of soot. The additional heat energy needed in an active regeneration filter has its source in the heat energy given off by the burning soot particles. In a passive regeneration diesel particulate filter, a catalyst is introduced into the filters. The catalyst is responsible for bringing down the ignition temperature of accumulated soot particles. Once the ignition temperature goes below the temperature of exhaust gases being produced, the regeneration process commences. In a large number of cases, there’s also a significant difference between the cost of an active regeneration filter and its passive counterpart. This is because active filters are designed with a higher degree of complexity. As a result, the installation of active regeneration filters is also often more complicated than the installation of passive filters. DIY-minded 4WD vehicle owners would have better luck with a passive regeneration filter. How Does One Know The Type Of Filter Fitted On Their 4WD? Passive regeneration diesel particulate filters are sensitive to the sulfur-content in diesel fuel. Thus, this type of filter will often only be fitted on 4WD vehicle engines that operate on ultra-low sulphur diesel...

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Tips For Diagnosing Auto Air Conditioning Problems

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Diagnosing Auto Air Conditioning Problems

If you have noticed that your auto air conditioner isn’t quite working right, it might be time to have repairs done. However, it helps to do your own inspection first, since the problem might be something you can deal with yourself. Here are some tips for diagnosing common auto air conditioner problems. Are you getting air but it isn’t cold enough? One of the common issues associated with an auto air conditioner is having some cool air when turning it on, but not quite enough for the setting. This could be due to a few different problems, some of which you can check on your own. A good place to start is by checking for blockages in the unit and near the condenser, including bugs or dirt buildup. You might also have problems with the radiator or condenser cooling fans, which may be bent and need adjusting. Also check to see if the cabin air filter is clogged. Do you smell something funny? You might be getting cold air when turning on the air conditioner, but it has a bad odour. This is often from lack of cleaning and maintenance of the air conditioning unit. It happens more often after a longer period of not using it, such as between the winter and spring seasons. During this time, debris collects, and the unit sits there unused as it collects debris and moisture. In this case, you may need to clean out the filters and have the entire system flushed to get rid of the smell. Do you have a complete lack of cool air? One of the bigger issues with an auto air conditioner is that it doesn’t provide cool air at all, but that doesn’t mean it will require expensive repairs. Sometimes, this is nothing more than a lack of antifreeze in the system. However, you should not mess around with this on your own. On the other hand, it could also be due to more serious issues, such as the condenser failing not just from buildup, but from needing to be replaced due to age. Is there a leak when you operate the air conditioner? Some faulty auto air conditioners might provide you with cool air, but there is a lot of moisture leaking out from underneath your car. This can be from a lot of different issues, most of which you can fix on your own. This includes having fittings that aren’t secure, problem with the hose manifolds or pressure switchers on the compressor, or holes in the condenser. There are UV detector kits that can help you find the source of the...

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Caravan Towing Tips for Beginners

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Caravan Towing Tips for Beginners

Towing a caravan for the first time can be challenging but with the right procedures, towing won’t be as intimidating. Driving your truck with another automobile hooked up behind it is very different, and will affect the way you drive. For this reason, you need to keep in mind several issues when towing in order to make the process as effective as possible. If you tow your caravan the wrong way, you risk damaging your truck and jeopardising safety, especially because of the possibility of an accident. Therefore, here are a few tips to consider when towing your caravan for the first time. Be Careful When Overtaking It is best to drive slowly when towing a caravan, but if you must overtake another vehicle, you need to be very careful in order to prevent accidents. This is because when towing the caravan, its extra weight will decrease your acceleration significantly. In addition, you will need more distance when overtaking. These two conditions mean that you will take longer on the wrong side of the road, making it necessary to be mindful when overtaking. Choose the Right Hitch If your vehicle doesn’t come with a factory-mounted hitch, you will have to choose it on your own. Finding the correct one is imperative so it’s important to know what to look for. Hitches usually come in two types, the weight-carrying and weight-distributing hitches. There is a standard weight of the caravan (including the weight of what’s inside), which is recommended for weight-carrying hitches. If the weight exceeds the standard recommended weight, you will need to use a weight-distributing hitch. This type of hitch redistributes the downward pressure on the hitch ball to your truck and caravan axles. If you don’t use the right hitch, the downward pressure on the hitch ball will be too high, making your vehicle as well as the caravan to sag and this will affect the towing. Increase Your Travelling Distance When towing your caravan, increase the distance between your truck and the vehicle in front of you. Make sure that the distance is longer than the normal. When towing, the extra weight of the caravan will increase the time your vehicle takes to come to a stop. When it’s wet or slippery, you need to make the distance even longer because of the significant reduction in traction in such conditions. Increasing the distance is more of a safety measure when...

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Renting cars for your wedding

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Renting cars for your wedding

When planning a wedding, there are a lot of things that you need to think about and carefully plan in order to have everything run smoothly. One of the most important things when planning a wedding is to make sure you have transportation sorted. A common way of transporting yourself and your guests on your wedding day is car rental. To rent cars for your wedding and have everything work as planned, there are a few things you should consider. Book on time In most cases will have to book rental cars well in advance to make sure you get what you want. Remember that other weddings, proms, and parties are most likely looking for the same means of transportation as you. This is even more important if you’re looking to rent vintage cars or limousines, as there aren’t very many companies that offer these types of vehicles. If you want to transport your entire wedding party in matching cars, you might want to opt for ordinary car rental, as hiring so many special cars can become quite expensive if you’re a large party. Have a look If you are opting for vintage cars, you should make sure you go see the cars before you actually hire them. A reputable company won’t have any issues with that and might provide you with the car’s logbook for you to see how it has been running and that it has been repaired. If you’re not booking through a company, you should ask to have the car or cars looked at by mechanics. Also enquire how much the car has been running during the past year, as this can give you an indication of its condition on the road. If it has been in the garage for most of the time, it probably needs to have maintenance done before it can be used on a road. Mind the time Remember that most car rental companies don’t rent their cars out per hour. Most vintage car rental companies have rates based on a few hours, as they’re rarely used for longer than that. If you only wish to hire transportation from the wedding to the reception, this might be enough. If you have more than one trip you need to make with your wedding party, or if you have a lot of out-of-town guests, you might want to rent the cars for the entire day to provide transportation throughout and make things easier for your guests. This will also give you a better rate and might not end up costing much more than just renting for a few hours....

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Tips When Choosing a Transporter for Your Oversize Load

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips When Choosing a Transporter for Your Oversize Load

A lot of people think that moving an oversize load to the intended destination is just a matter of sub-contracting a regular trucking company. Unfortunately, they have got it all wrong. It takes a great deal of skill and specialty to ensure that oversize loads are transported the right way. Every oversize load is unique in its own way and thereby calls for careful, focused attention to even the slightest of details to facilitate smooth, safe and efficient delivery. The following are some of the things you should consider when looking for reliable oversize transport for your oversize load. Communication When transporting an oversize load, you need to be continually updated about the status and progress of your consignment. It is important to know when the freight leaves the pick-up point and when it is delivered so that you can ensure you are operating within the available time budget. There should be precision in communication each time you have a concern to raise and whenever you need a status update. The freight company should be in a position to pick up your calls 24/7 (e.g. via a live answering service) and also allow you to track your consignment in real-time (e.g. via an online vehicle tracking feature). This way, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing the location of your shipment until it is successfully delivered where you want. Cargo Securement and Road Safety Your preferred transporter should engage the services of risk control experts to help them review risk management protocols related to driver training and road safety issues that are vital to keeping your shipment protected. People hired to transport oversize loads should be well-versed with the safety risks involved in the job so that they can take all necessary measures to prevent causing damage to clients’ shipment. This may include using safety equipment, such as safety straps, chains, traps and binders, to ensure that the load is secured for hauling as required. Also, as to reduce the likelihood of road accidents, your transporter should provide escort vehicles for the heavy haul trucks. Financial protection Another thing that should be at the top of your mind is ensuring that your consignment is fully protected against the risk of financial loss during transport. That is why you need to opt for a transporter that is insured and fully bonded, as this will protect you against financial loss in the event that the shipment is lost or damaged while in-transit. In order to reduce the risk of financial loss due to cargo theft, the trucking company should have specialty investigators to help recover the stolen cargo quickly as well as offer advice on theft prevention...

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Why You Should Involve a Professional During the Fabrication of Custom Exhausts

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Should Involve a Professional During the Fabrication of Custom Exhausts

Some performance car enthusiasts wish to fabricate all the performance-enhancing components of their cars. However, it is advisable to involve a professional when fabricating custom exhaust systems. This article discusses why that is important. Getting the Right Tube Diameter Performance car lovers are thrilled by the growl that emerges from a large exhaust pipe. However, several factors determine what the right diameter for a custom exhaust system should be. If the tube is too narrow, exhaust fumes will find it difficult to exit the engine and engine performance may drop since the exhaust gases may occupy the space that should be taken by a fuel/air mixture. If the pipe is too wide, the exhaust gases will not be sufficiently compressed in order to gain the high temperature that can burn the particulates trapped in the exhaust filter. This can make your car to fail emissions tests. Choosing the Right Materials Different parts of an exhaust system are subjected to different conditions. For instance, the parts closest to the engine must be able to withstand high temperatures and pressure as the exhaust fumes are forced out of the combustion chamber of the engine. The parts at the end of the system must be able to withstand the impact of the elements (such as moisture and dirt). It is important to select the best material for a specific role. For example, stainless steel is more brittle than aluminised steel so it may not be the best material to use where very high pressure and temperature exist. However, the corrosion resistance of stainless steel makes it ideal for sections exposed to moisture. One needs to choose the right material for a given application. Adjusting Sensor Locations Performance vehicles have different sensors that provide the onboard computer with data to help the system to adjust critical settings so that vehicle performance remains optimum. For instance, vehicle manufacturers position oxygen sensors at specific locations within the exhaust system so that engine settings can be adjusted according to the volume of oxygen present in the exhaust gases. It is important to readjust the location of these sensors once you install a custom exhaust system so that wrong readings are not sent to the central computer of the engine. Striking a balance between all the factors above requires a high level of technical competence that you may not possess. That is why you should involve an expert (like those at Genie Performance Exhausts WA) during the fabrication of your custom exhaust...

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