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Saturday, March 28, 2015

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One Can't Drive Drunk

  • Saturday, March 28, 2015
  • Bhargav Roy

  • Technology that won't let you Drive if you are Drunk.

    Technology that won't let you Drive if you are Drunk.Authorities are wearing down an in-made blood alcohol level analyzer that can hold people under its effect from driving. The gathering at the University of Michigan considered the impact of presenting these alcohol ignition interlock devices in all as of late purchased vehicles more than a 15-year period. Their assessments of harm repugnance and cost store trusts are immense. They found that around 85 percent of the mischances realizing passings could be stayed far from. 

    "That would mean turning away more than 59,000 passings in just us over 15 years," the gathering reported in a paper appropriated in the American Journal of Public Health. 

    An other 1.25 million non-destructive wounds would moreover be balanced. The cost of presenting the devices would be recuperated after just three years. "Our examination demonstrates the gigantic general restorative focal point and societal cost store trusts joined with including alcohol ignition interlock devices as standard equipment in all new automobiles," said lead maker Patrick Carter from University of Michigan. 

    By benefitting by late mechanical degrees of progress that make alcohol distinguishing sensors reliable to the driver and applying such development more extensively to all as of late created vehicles, "we can truly have a significant mischief repugnance influence among generally hard to-attain to high-risk peoples," Carter included.

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    Ford Figo Aspire

  • Bhargav Roy

  • Ford Figo AspireThe Figo Aspire was examined as the Figo suspected that was indicated to us at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo. It will correspondingly make a comparable thing for different markets, notwithstanding it is particularly for India that the auto has been kept sub-four meters to draw in the lawmaking body's lower concentrate responsibility jolt. 

    It is in a matter of seconds a collected yet quickly creating segment. Likewise, Ford Motor Co needs a touch of it. Portage's next thing is the Figo Aspire - an other subcompact vehicle to foe the raving achievement Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire and Honda Amaze - other than the Tata Zest & Hyundai Xcent. 

    The Figo Aspire will run with the 1.5-liter TDCi diesel and 1.2-liter TiVCT petrol motors. The auto will run with highlights like Sync with AppLink  and Emergency Assistance which we've seen in the EcoSport. It will be offered with exceptional surveying and its market way and certifiable begin of period will be around mid-year. 

    Right now the affiliation has beginning now started trial development of the Figo Aspire at its new plant in Sanand, Gujarat. The approach is that all current portfolio things will start from the current plant at Chennai, while all new things will take off of Sanand. 

    Portage has now copied its ability in India to 440,000 units also can make more than 600,000 motors here starting at this moment. It says it will bank of China and India to drive its progression in nearing years, in this manner things suited to these associations will be separating to that achievement. Passage will comparably concentrate on bringing some of its general nameplates to India - and isn't denoting the likelihood of the Focus line of cars driving in. 

    Ford Figo AspireBoth plants will trade pretty much a broad package of their time with new B and C stage autos being sent to business divisions as changed as South Africa, Europe and Latin America. Passage will dispatch 3 new autos through the going with 12-year and a half. Other than the Figo Aspire, we will get the new Figo hatchback and the excellent time of the Endeavor that has suitably conciliated mask South-East Asia. 

    Other than this it is comparatively considering a pioneer model like the Mustang, however that is not as enormous a need as the new plant and the volumes things. It will build up its merchant foot framed impression as well, and says that is disregarding all that it wearing down approaches to chop down the expense of proprietorship for its autos. It now needs to be fused amongst the top players the Indian announce, and is peering toward a more noteworthy marketshare too once the new things arrive.

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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    Tata Nano 2015

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015
  • Bhargav Roy

  • Tata Nano will be the cheapest car of INDIA
    Tata Nano 2015In an offer to augment its bit of the general business in the Indian market,Tata Motorsis expecting to restore its whole model extension. The affiliation has definitively dispatched two all new things - Zest and Bolt - in India, and is at present overseeing unmistakable subordinates of its current things. Of every last one of things that the affiliation will dispatch not long from now, the Tata Nano AMT

    could be among the initial few ones. The vehicle was previous showcased at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo.

    The affiliation has beginning now started testing the AMT-organized Nano in India, as the vehicle has been seen several times. The vehicle will be made at the Sanand plant, where the Nano is being made. Filling the Nano Twist AMT will be the same 624cc MPFI reliably suctioned twin-chamber motor that powers the normal Nano. This motor is profitable for 37bhp and 51Nm. The mechanized manual transmission will be the same 5-rate unit that powers the Zest. 
    Tata Nano 2015
    Close by AMT, this model will in addition get new front and back watchmen, haze lights and grouped headlamps. The internal parts, notwithstanding, are at danger to stay unaltered. The affiliation will comparatively offer the Nano AMT in new shades. 

    Since, the vehicle will have a substitute transmission and to some degree changed outside, expect that it will be pricier by Rs. 40,000 than the general Nano Twist model. Besides, at that regard, it will change into the nation's most sensible modified auto.

    Monday, March 23, 2015

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    Maruti Celerio Diesel Coming Soon

  • Monday, March 23, 2015
  • Bhargav Roy

  • Maruti Celerio Diesel Coming this April

    Maruti Celerio DieselIt has been in the end that Maruti has been discovered endeavoring its Celerio Diesel on Indian paths. That said, this unavoidable Maruti's littlest diesel motor till date. Celerio is obliged to be pushed with a 800cc diesel engine, conflicting to its 998cc petrol as diesels are by and large of more prominent limits than their petrol associates. It is conjecture that this starting late made engine is self-governingly made by Maruti Suzuki India. 


    Maruti Celerio DieselAs known, Celerio AMT got a sudden achievement when it was induced as automatics commonly don't work out in this specific designation. Fuelled by this achievement Maruti is making a stage forward by getting this diesel mixture. How soon? Before long, may be one month from now. The test asses are being distinguished several times now in and around Haryana and it is said that this minor diesel is extraordinarily calm. Additionally, since it is a diesel, we imagine that it will be to an incredible degree skilled and the way that it is an insignificant 800cc that could make it record-breakingly fuel practical over the areas. 

    Other than this, the auto will stay, in light of current circumstances, same to the current one. Like the top spec diesel Celerio will get the same music structure with bluetooth compromise, darkness lights front and back, back wiper, and so forth. On the value viewpoint, it will more likely than not fall under 5 lacs and hence will be in a far-reaching way engaging.

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    2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Coming Soon

  • Bhargav Roy

  • 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
                The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander will show up at the impending held New York International Auto Show. The reveal will happen in The Mitsubishi stall on second April among much pomp. The new Outlander will be showing the new outline dialect that the brand will be taking after. 

    2016 Mitsubishi Outlander            The 2016 Outlander is a refined hybrid utility vehicle that gimmicks more than 100 designing and configuration enhancements including another, intense and dynamic appearance, upgraded street execution as the aftereffect of upgrades to clamor levels, ride, taking care of and throttle reaction, and a more expressive yet utilitarian inside space. The new 2016 Outlander shows the brand's replenished accentuation on style, refinement and general driving background. 
                No information about motors and execution capacities have been discharged by Mitsubishi starting yet. The current global offering model accompanies a 2.4 liter 4-barrel motor that delivers a most extreme force yield of 166bhp and 220Nm of crest torque. An alternate motor on offer is a greater 3.0 liter unit pumping out 224bhp of force and a crest torque of 290Nm. Anticipate that the motors will be re-tuned and increasing more quality, however both these units blaze petrol and are
    unrealistic to come to developing markets. Anyhow the skilled rally-spec all-wheel drive framework will unquestionably make it here. Desire is the 2.8 liter unit from the Pajero will be advancing in this new Outlander.

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    Top 50 Cars in USA during 2015

  • Bhargav Roy

  • Top 50 Cars in USA till March 2015

    1. Honda CR-V 

    • The 2015 Honda CR-V enhances its class-driving recipe with a large group of enhancements, including vastly improved efficiency. In case you're looking for a top-rack conservative SUV, the CR-V stays one of your best wagers. 

    2. Subaru Outback 

    • With liberal payload limit and admirable rough terrain execution, the 2015 Subaru Outback wagon is a decent alternative for families, particularly the individuals who appreciate intermittent outside undertakings. 

    3. Honda Pilot 

    • The 2015 Honda Pilot scores exceedingly for traveler solace and utility for freight both of all shapes and sizes. That tallies a considerable measure for a family vehicle, however match hybrids may end up being more alluring - particularly as far as driving flow. 

    4. Ford F-150 

    • The overhauled 2015 Ford F-150 may not look all that changed, however those natural lines mask what is obviously the most refined and competent adaptation of this top of the line pickup ever to take off. 

    5. Subaru Forester 

    • Aggressive efficiency, an open lodge and accessible turbocharged force make the 2015 Subaru Forester a strong pick for a little hybrid SUV. 

    6. Honda Accord 

    • The 2015 Honda Accord wins top respects in the medium size car class with its balanced blend of incredible bundling, wonderful efficiency and compensating execution. 

    7. Mazda CX-5 

    • With its open, practical inside, amazing mileage and top security scores, the 2015 Mazda CX-5 is a top pick among little hybrids. The way that its additionally enjoyable to drive comes as a reward. 

    8. Toyota Highlander 

    • After a year ago's exhaustive update, the 2015 Toyota Highlander stays valid to its serious roots. It stays a top decision in the three-column family hybrid class. 

    9. Chevrolet Colorado 

    • The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado guarantees a valuable answer for purchasers who need fuel-proficient truck utility without the full-estimate duty. 

    10. Jeep Grand Cherokee 

    • On the off chance that you need a moderate size SUV that does a tad bit of everything, the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the best approach. Its decently trimmed lodge is comfortable for five, and its one of the few staying utility vehicles that can deal with both rough terrain trails and every day drives. 

    11. Toyota Camry 

    • With its enhancements to lodge quality and taking care of, the 2015 Toyota Camry is an additionally convincing and aggressive average size car that still gloats liberal inside space and a strong notoriety for dependability. 

    12. Ford Mustang 

    • The 2015 Ford Mustang brings the notable horse auto into a more fuel-productive future without relinquishing any of its trademark swagger or execution. 

    13. Toyota RAV4 

    • In spite of the fact that the 2015 Toyota RAV4 isn't a champion in any one zone, its mix of gimmicks, traveler space and regular utility warrant a more intensive search in case you're looking for a little hybrid. 

    14. Ford Escape 

    • The 2015 Ford Escape is one of our most loved little hybrid utility vehicles, on account of athletic driving progress, a welcoming lodge and valuable cutting edge characteristics. 

    15. Kia Sorento 

    • The 2015 Kia Sorento is one of our top proposals to shoppers looking for a little or average size hybrid SUV, on account of its decently mannered driving qualities, spacious inside and liberal standard and discretionary peculiarities. 

    16. Mazda MAZDA3 

    • Intentional styling, fuel-proficient motors and a perfect ride and taking care of equalization keep the 2015 Mazda 3 among our top choices in the conservative auto class. 

    17. Toyota Tacoma 

    • Because of its solid motors, mixture of arrangements and flexible inside, the 2015 Toyota Tacoma stays a class pioneer. Then again, its a more established configuration, so we'd unquestionably suggest looking at GM's fresh out of the box new trucks in case you're looking for a moderate size pickup. 

    18. Honda Civic 

    • The Honda Civic may not be as programmed a decision as it once was because of enhanced rivalry, yet its mixture of arrangements, high efficiency and simplicity of proprietorship keep it among the best minimized cars and roadsters. 

    19. Nissan Rogue 

    • With a premium inside and accessible three-line seating, the 2015 Nissan Rogue is an adaptable decision for customers wanting an agreeable and utilitarian little hybrid SUV. 

    20. Ford Explorer 

    • The 2015 Ford Explorer isn't as flexible or ample as some other huge, three-line hybrid SUVs, yet is still a respectable pick in this class, because of its top of the line lodge and considerable rundown of cutting edge characteristics. 

    21. BMW 3 Series 

    • The 2015 BMW 3 Series is a balanced and exceedingly attractive section level extravagance auto. Whether you're attracted to its energetic driving character or its top of the line lodge, its one of our top picks in this class. 

    22. Hyundai Sonata 

    • The 2015 Hyundai Sonata further refines the medium size vehicle equation with another look, updated powertrain and a lot of tech and accommodation characteristics. In the event that you need a lot of traveler room and a calm, simple to-live-with lodge, this Sonata unquestionably has what you're searching for. 

    23. Acura MDX 

    • The 2015 Acura MDX is a top pick for a three-line extravagance hybrid, offering bounteous refinement, extravagance and solace at a moderately sensible cost. 

    24. Subaru XV Crosstrek 

    • The rough terrain prepared 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek is justified regardless of a look in case you're looking for flexibility in a little bundle, however opponents offer all the more in the method for refinement and on-street execution. 

    25. Ford Edge 

    • Dexterity, style and propelled innovation ought to make the 2015 Ford Edge a champion among fair size hybrids. 

    26. Jeep Wrangler 

    • A SUV dissimilar to some other, the 2015 Jeep Wrangler offers remarkable rough terrain ability, however its absence of refinement makes it a procured taste. 

    27. Nissan Maxima 

    • The 2014 Nissan Maxima may need extravagance brand cachet, however even with workaday Nissan identifications, this fair size vehicle stays engaging for its considerable rundown of extravagance peculiarities and drawing in driving motion. 

    28. Subaru Legacy 

    • An ample lodge, an updated inside and standard all-wheel drive make the 2015 Subaru Legacy a strong pick for a fair size vehicle, particularly if rain and snow go with your drive. 

    29. Lexus RX 350 

    • The 2015 Lexus RX 350 is an engaging decision for an extravagance hybrid SUV, especially if a smooth ride and sumptuous inside are needs. 

    30. Jeep Cherokee 

    • The 2015 Jeep Cherokee offers all the more go 4x4 romping capacity than the vast majority will anticipate from a hybrid, however the greater story is that its cultivated and sufficiently agreeable to drive to work consistently. It's justified regardless of a search in case you're looking for a little SUV. 

    31. Mercedes-Benz C-Class 

    • With striking style, a rich inside and innovative security and driver support offers, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is one of the best autos you can purchase among little game extravagance cars and roadsters. 

    32. Acura RDX 

    • Plentiful force, solid efficiency and extraordinary back legroom make the 2015 Acura RDX a strong decision for a premium little hybrid. 

    33. Ford Fusion 

    • With strong force, superb efficiency, unmistakable styling and a colossal cluster of tech peculiarities, the 2015 Ford Fusion is an extraordinary decision for a moderate size vehicle. 

    34. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 

    • An extensive variety of body styles, an amazing inside and a lineup of intense and fuel-productive motors make the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado a top pick in the full-measure pickup class. 

    35. Jeep Renegade 

    • The 2015 Jeep Renegade will challenge ideas of what makes a genuine Jeep. In any case with minimal city size, tough style and veritable ability go dirt road romping, the Renegade ought to effortlessly change over non-professors. 

    36. Ram 1500 

    • The 2015 Ram 1500 is a top contender in the full-estimate pickup portion, because of a triumphant blend of solid powertrains, a smooth ride and a decently trimmed lodge. 

    37. Toyota Corolla 

    • The 2015 Toyota Corolla isn't fabricated to energize, yet its sensible mix of mileage, peculiarities, adaptability and worth settle on it a convincing decision for common little car customers. 

    38. Nissan Murano 

    • Pretty much as in years past, the Nissan Murano is a charming and adaptable five-traveler fair size hybrid. Be that as it may with the current year's overhaul, its additionally more snazzy and lavish. The 2015 Murano is a keen decision on the off chance that you need an upscale, V6-controlled hybrid without needing to venture up to an extravagance brand. 

    39. Mazda MAZDA6 

    • With its open lodge, dexterous taking care of and noteworthy efficiency, the 2015 Mazda 6 is a fine decision for a fair size car, particularly in the event that you need one with some identity. 

    40. Nissan Altima 

    • The 2015 Nissan Altima keeps on being a top decision among family vehicles, conveying fabulous efficiency and an uncommon mix of solace and spryness. 

    41. Audi Q5 

    • The 2015 Audi Q5 is polished, sumptuous, amusing to drive and offered with no less than four separate powertrains. It's a star in its class. 

    42. Honda HR-V 

    • Taking into account the updated Fit hatchback, the 2016 Honda HR-V will offer included space for individuals and freight without the span of a customary minimal hybrid. 

    43. Audi A3 

    • The 2015 Audi A3 is the benchmark for another, littler section of entrance level extravagance vehicles. It's without a doubt little, which may be an issue for some, yet its no less lavish or compensating to drive than pricier Audis. 

    44. BMW X3 

    • The 2015 BMW X3 is a phenomenal, if to a degree pricey, decision for an extravagance hybrid SUV, with a wide determination of motors and far reaching abilities. 

    45. Chevrolet Equinox 

    • The 2015 Chevy Equinox is a commendable decision for a little hybrid SUV, especially in case you're occupied with one with a pleasant roadway ride and an accessible V6 motor, however some more current contenders may be a superior decision. 

    46. Mazda MX-5 Miata 

    • Following 25 years, the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata is still one of the best roadsters ever constructed, offering a balance of fun and refinement in a minimal and reasonable bundle. 

    47. Honda Odyssey 

    • The 2015 Honda Odyssey is a top pick for minivans because of its flexible inside, considerable rundown of peculiarities and drawing in driving motion.

    48. Hyundai Santa Fe 

    • The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe doesn't get as much consideration as some other three-line hybrid SUVs, yet its blend of force, solace and style is perfect. It's a savvy decision for keen customers. 

    49. Hyundai Elantra 

    • In spite of the fact that the 2015 Hyundai Elantra stays a strong decision for a little car, some more up to date adversaries have overshadowed it concerning refinement and solace. 

    50. Toyota Sienna 

    • Ample, agreeable, well-fabricated and offered in a few diverse trim levels, the 2015 Toyota Sienna minivan is a magnificent decision for bigger families.

    Friday, March 20, 2015

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    Hyundai i20 Active

  • Friday, March 20, 2015
  • Bhargav Roy

  • Hyundai i20The hybrid is in view of the Hyundai i20 however, average of this section, it gets husky, SUV-ish hints because of the raised stance (190mm now), distinctive guards, artificial bash plates, 16-inch amalgams and dark cladding all-round. Other than the orange sewing and insets (choice of blue likewise accessible) and the aluminum pedals, the lodge is indistinguishable to that found on its hatchback kin. In view of our survey, the raised suspension (from 170mm to 190mm) hasn't influenced the taking care of, rather it has enhanced margnially thank to a stiffer set-up. 

    Hyundai has propelled the i20 Active in Mumbai in the value scope of Rs 6.69 lakh to Rs 9.32 lakh. The new hybrid is taking into account the new-gen i20 hatchback and shares its gimmicks and motor line-up with the kin. 

    Hyundai i20Hyundai has given the new i20 Active a more rough, meatier look and sportier lodge in correlation to the standard i20 hatchback. It is the corrective changes as well as the producer has marginally changed the back suspension, given the auto greater compound wheels and expanded ground leeway also. There is another slip plate at the i20 Active's front, another guard with bigger mist lights and projector headlamps with daytime running lights. There is likewise a silver slide plate at the back and another guard with roundabout reflectors. The plastic body cladding all around the auto, top spoiler and top rails give the auto a beefier look than the normal i20. 

    The i20 Active's lodge is unique in relation to the standard i20 hatchback inside. The redesigns in the i20 Active come as two double shade inside alternatives - tangerine orange and water blue joined with dark. Different changes to the inside incorporate new upholstery, aluminum-covered pedals and part of the way shaded rigging handle. 

    Hyundai i20
    Hyundai doesn't have a tendency to hold back on the goodies front and every i20 Active variation gets the same levels of hardware as the comparing i20 variation. The top-spec SX accompanies 1GB inside memory for the sound framework, Bluetooth integration alongside USB and AUX, back perspective mirror coordinated stopping cam, and stopping sensors. The petrol, then again, won't be accessible in the SX variation and passes up a great opportunity for the back perspective mirror incorporated stopping cam with stopping sensors. It likewise comes outfitted with a "shrewd pedal" that overrides quickening agent inputs amid frenzy braking, so no left foot braking for lovers. 

    Hyundai i20Hyundai has controlled the i20 Active with the same motor alternatives, 1.2-liter Kappa petrol and 1.4-liter CRDi diesel, which control the i20 hatchback. While the 1.2-liter petrol engine produces 82bhp of force and 114Nm of torque, the diesel plant delivers 89bhp of force and 220Nm of torque. The petrol auto accompanies a five-pace manual while the diesel gets a six-velocity manual. 

    Mechanically, once more, the i20 Active imparts the powertrain choices, from the motors to the transmission. The same 1.2-liter Kappa VTVT petrol motor adding to 82bhp and 115Nm mated to a five-pace manual transmission is accessible, while the diesel is the same 1.4-liter U2 CRDi making 89bhp and 220Nm. The diesel motor comes mated to a six-velocity transmission with changed degrees which, Hyundai cases, makes the hybrid 6 every penny speedier and 11 every penny more fuel effective. Both motors are capable, and exceed expectations at what they are intended to do conveying fuel effectiveness figures of 17kmpl and 21kmpl, separately. 
    Hyundai i20
    The new hatchback-based hybrid rivals the Volkswagen Cross Polo, the Toyota Etios Cross and the Fiat Avventura in the Indian market. With the presentation of this new auto, Indian buyers get an alternate choice to browse in the new minimized hybrid portion in our nation. It costs around 6.5 - 8 lakhs for petrol versions and 8 - 10 lakhs for diesel versions.

    Determination :

    i20 Active 1.2 i20 Active 1.4 CRDi 

    Engine:            In-line, 4-cyl, 1197cc, petrol  In-line, 4-cyl, 1396 basic rail direct infusion diesel 

    Transmission:    5-spped manual                         6-speed manual 

    Power:          82bhp @ 6000rpm                 89bhp @ 4000rpm 

    Torque:            115Nm @ 4000rpm                 220Nm @ 1500rpm 

    Fuel efficiency:  18.6kmpl (claimed)                 22.5kmpl (guaranteed)



    Thursday, January 8, 2015

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    Selling a Car in the USA

  • Thursday, January 8, 2015
  • Bhargav Roy

  • When selling a car in the US, be aware of the following points:

    1. Whenever possible, sell a car in the state where it’s registered. To sell a car legally in a state other than that where it’s registered, you must re-register it in that state and fit new licence plates. It’s possible to sell an out-of-state car, although you may need to drop the price considerably to compensate for the legal hassle involved on the buyer’s part. A car with an automatic gearbox is much easier to sell than one with a manual box (stick shift).
    2. A potential buyer cannot test drive your car unless he is covered by your or his insurance. You’re responsible if someone drives your car without valid insurance, even with your permission.
    3. Inform your insurance company. Cancel your policy or transfer it to a new car. When you sell a car, you may be required to notify your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) by completing part of the registration or title paper. The new owner of the car must also register his ownership.
    4. If you’re selling your car privately, you should insist on payment in cash or by certified cheque or money order. There are crooks who, given half a chance, happily give you a dud cheque and drive off with your car. If someone insists on paying with a personal cheque, you shouldn’t allow him to take your car until the cheque has cleared.
    5. Include in the receipt that you’re selling the car in its present condition (as is) without a guarantee, the price paid and the car’s odometer (mileage) reading, which must be stated by law.
    6. You can advertise a car for sale in local newspapers, on free local notice boards, in the weekend editions of major newspapers, and in motoring newspapers and magazines. The best place to advertise a car depends on its make and value. Inexpensive cars are best sold in local newspapers, while expensive and collectors’ cars are often advertised in the motoring press and in newspapers such as the New York Sunday Times. Buyers usually travel a long way to view a car that appears good value. (If nobody calls, you will know why!)
    7. Last, but certainly not least, obtain the best possible price for your car, which may mean taking time to sell it. If you must sell a car in a hurry, you may need to sell it to a used car dealer, who will usually offer you a derisory sum.

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    How to secure your car in the USA

  • Bhargav Roy

  • Car theft is rampant in the US, where a car is stolen on average every 20 seconds and thefts from motor vehicles run into tens of millions. If you’re driving anything other than a worthless heap you should have comprehensive insurance, which includes cover for theft.

    It’s wise to have your car fitted with an alarm, immobiliser (system interrupter) or other anti-theft device, plus a visible deterrent, such as a steering or transmission shift lock (many new cars are fitted with door dead locks and sophisticated alarm systems as standard equipment). This is important if you own a car that’s desirable to car thieves, which includes most new sports and luxury models, often stolen by professional crooks to order.

    A good security system won’t prevent someone breaking into your car (which usually takes most crooks a matter of seconds) or even prevent your car being stolen, but it at least makes it more difficult and may persuade a thief to look for an easier target.

    Radios, tape and CD players attract a lot of (the wrong) attention in most cities (e.g. New York), particularly in expensive foreign cars. Often drivers put a sign in their car windows proclaiming ‘No Radio’ (or ‘No Valuables’, ‘Trunk is Empty’ and ‘Doors Open’), to deter thieves from breaking in to steal them.

    If you buy an expensive stereo system, get one with a removable unit or with a removable control panel (which you can pop in a pocket). However, never forget to remove it, even when stopping for a few minutes. Cover an empty slot with a dummy cover, so that it appears that no radio was installed; otherwise a crook may break in and look for the removed unit.


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