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Buying a Used Vehicle

Welcome to my website. My name is Frances Reed. If you’re considering buying a used car, you are in the right place. I recently had my first experience with purchasing a used car and want to share some tips I learned along the way. When I began my search, the important things were color, comfort, and low mileage. I ended up with a green vehicle (which isn't on my favorite color list,) it has over 150,000 miles driven, but it is comfortable. I was very fortunate and had a friend who’s a mechanic come with me to test drive vehicles. Tip number one: be sure you have a mechanic check out vehicles before you buy. I hope I can offer you some valuable information here.



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Which Items Should You Carry For Emergency Auto Repairs?

by Connor Ferguson

Before you decide to hit the open road for summer vacation, you should save some room for a few emergency items that may be helpful if you break down in an area with poor cell phone reception. While these items may not completely solve the problem, they may allow you to get to a safer area or a repair facility.

Useful items to carry on road trips

  • Jumper cables

These are useful if you make a quick stop and your battery is too weak to start your vehicle. If your starter cranks or a clicking sound is heard, your battery should be a candidate for a "hot-shot," which involves starting your car from another vehicle's battery.

You will need a volunteer passerby to attach the jumper cables to their vehicle's battery. The best method of securing a willing participant in to raise the hood on your vehicle and attach the jumper cables.

One clamp will be attached to your positive battery terminal (marked with a plus sign). The other clamp will be attached to a metal part of the car frame under your hood, not to the negative (other) terminal of your battery.

You must be sure that your volunteer attaches the same cable to the positive terminal of their battery as yours. Use the red cable to attach both positive terminals, and the black cable to hook their negative terminal to your car frame connection.

They must start their vehicle to produce a surge of power strong enough to start your vehicle. When your vehicle is started, immediately remove the cable clamps. Be careful not to touch the clamp to any metal surface or to each other until all clamps are removed.

  • Coolant and hose tape

Carry one gallon of premixed coolant to use in the event that your vehicle overheats. Don't use coolant that hasn't been premixed with fifty percent water, because pure coolant is not effective. 

Coolant is used to keep water from boiling in summer and freezing in winter, but the water provides the heat transfer protection, not the coolant.

Don't use only water, because it will heat too quickly to be effective in getting you to a safe location or auto repair facility.

If your vehicle overheats, and steam appears, pull off the road as safely as possible. Allow the vehicle to cool until no steam is present. This may take thirty minutes or longer.

Never remove the cap from the top of the radiator or the overflow tank while coolant is hot, or you may be severely burned by spraying coolant or steam. Use the overflow tank, not the radiator, to add the coolant mix. The radiator cap may still be under slight pressure even when the vehicle appears to be cooled.

If the problem is a burst hose, use the hose tape for a temporary seal before adding coolant. Wrap the tape tightly around the hose, stretching it as you wrap, and securing the end to the tape itself, not the hose. It must be wrapped as tightly as possible to form a proper seal.

When the vehicle is cooled, slowly remove the top of the overflow tank, which is a plastic tank that is filled with coolant. Fill it until your gallon bottle has been emptied. Don't attempt to travel a long distance under these conditions. Have the vehicle checked at the nearest auto repair facility.

  • Oil

Carry at least three quarts of oil for emergencies such as oil leaks of which you are unaware or that may occur on a long trip. If your oil light comes on (a red light with a gas can icon), you must turn the vehicle off as soon as possible or risk serious engine damage.

Add oil one quart at a time until the oil level on the dipstick is between the full and low arrows. Clean the dipstick once and reinsert it before checking the level.

If oil is visibly leaking beyond a slow drip, don't attempt to drive the vehicle. Have it towed to an auto repair facility. 

Don't forget the people in the vehicle. Bring bottled water and snacks just in case a breakdown should occur.

To learn more about auto repair, contact a company like Service Pro Auto & Truck Repair