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The best time to sell your car

Although it is true that you can just take out a classified advertisement for your used auto in your local paper, or list your auto online on a used auto website any time that you like, there are some times of the month and the year that are better for selling your auto than others. In addition, some factors can greatly impact the money you make on your auto. The Seasons When selling a used auto, you should always think about the type of auto that you are trying to sell, and whether or not it is an attractive auto for the time of year and particular weather conditions in your area of the country. When you think about optimizing the amount of money you sell your auto for, you want potential buyers to be excited about the auto you have and how much they can enjoy it. As a simple example, if you were selling a convertible, would you get more for it during winter or summer? So, think about your specific auto and try to sell when appropriate. Your Local Area Any time you’re selling a used auto, take the type of community you live in into account as well. For example, if you live in a town or city that is home to a major college or university, it can be in your best interest to think about the school’s schedule, and whether or not the students will be in town when you are selling a auto. Many students get financial aid checks in the early fall and early spring, and this means that these are the best times to try to sell your gently used auto. So, if your community has specific times where there a lot more residents, try and sell during those months to reach more buyers. Holiday Benefits Major holidays, like Memorial Day and Labor Day are also good times to consider selling a used auto. Many auto dealers will do a lot of advertising during holidays, so you can get some benefit by selling during this time as well. Auto Details Finally, think about the specific aspects of your used auto, such as age and mileage, which are two of the most important factors that impact your autos value. If you can plan accordingly, it’s a good idea to sell your auto with less than 100,000 miles rather than above 100,000 miles. Potential used auto buyers will often use 100,000 miles as a cutoff point for what autos they will consider. Also, think about the age of your auto.

These parts you can fix yourself

1. Air filter replacement. Clogged air filters lower car performances on many levels. Change your car’s air filter to increase power and gas mileage. An air filter replacement is one of the easiest DIY car repairs to do for worn out filters. 2. Oil change. Oil change is relatively easy to do yourself with certain precautions. Avoid changing oil after driving your car recently since it can be very hot. You should wait at least a couple of hours after driving your car to change the oil. Tools for a DIY oil change are ratchet, oil filter, wrench, funnel, new oil, oil container, and oil filter. 3. Spark plugs. This simple DIY procedure can make automobiles have better fuel consumption ratings and drive smoother. Spark plugs for most cars are cheap. Check the plug wires while replacing spark plugs too. 4. Windshield wipers. Replace the worn out strips of rubber found on old wipers with new ones. Change windshield wipers for optimal driving conditions during rain. Basic tools are needed like a screwdriver and new wipers to change them. 5. Headlight bulbs. Check the front of your car for burnt headlight bulbs in need of replacement. DIY headlight bulb change is possible for cars without sealed beam headlights. Be sure to get the right bulb for your car and save money by changing it yourself. 6. Dangling exhaust pipes. If you hear extra car noises from the back of your car, it could be damaged pipe holders or structure. Most cars use rubber loops to hold exhaust pipes that can be damaged over time. Look under your vehicle for any broken hangers in the exhaust pipe and change accordingly. 7. Brake pads. Always keep brake pads in optimal conditions to avoid car accidents and injury. Brake pads are a key component of the brake system that should be properly maintained. Usual tools to change brake pads are a c-clamp, lug wrench, Allen wrenches, hammer, and jack, amongst other. 8. Fuel filters. Fuel filters have an average price of $15 depending on the car, but can save hundreds of dollars from engine damage if changed regularly. Fuel filters are important to keep fuel injection and carburetor systems clean and working properly. Please, do note that it is imperative to release the fuel system pressure before replacing the fuel filter to avoid damage or injury. 9. Car radiator flush. Automobiles’ cooling systems and radiators should be cleaned to keep engines cool. Radiators can build deposits what can clog the cooling system. Perform regular radiator flushes to keep the cooling system in optimal condition. Before removing the radiator cap, to flush the radiator, check that the engine is cool.

How to install a new battery

With the engine off, pop the hood and find the battery. Detach the negative (black) battery cable from the battery. First loosen the nut with a combination wrench. A better tool to use would be battery pliers or a battery wrench. Twist and pull up on the end of the cable with your hand. If it does not come off easily you may want to purchase a battery terminal puller. This will help prevent damage to your battery or cables. It is not recommended to use a screwdriver as a pry-bar; this could break off your battery terminal or cause other damage. Detach the positive (red) battery cable from the battery using the same method. Using a combination wrench or a socket and ratchet, remove the battery hold-down clamp. Take the battery out of the battery tray. Batteries are heavy, so grab from the bottom using both hands. If the battery has a handle, use that instead. Use either a battery cleaning solution or the baking soda and water mixture to thoroughly clean any corrosion that may be left behind on your battery tray and hold down clamp from your old battery. Clean the battery cable connectors with a wire brush. To remove heavy corrosion from the connectors, use battery-cleaning solution. Place the new battery in the battery hold-down tray and secure the battery with the hold-down clamp. Spray both terminal ends with anti-corrosion solution. Attach and tighten the positive battery cable (Red). Attach and tighten the negative battery cable (Black). Ensure that all cable connections/ hold downs are properly tightened. Check the security of your battery by trying to move it back and forth. If you can move the battery cable terminals at all, your car may not start due to a weak electrical connection.

Saving gas the easy way

Monitor Tire Pressure Keep your tires properly inflated, because low pressure increases rolling resistance. Few drivers check and adjust their tire pressure often, but it's a good idea to do it once a week. Plan Errands Carefully Reduce the miles you drive by running all your errands in one trip. Making a run to the dry cleaner and then picking up the kids after soccer practice? Don't make separate outings. A little bit of foresight will stretch your fuel economy. Warm Up the Engine Cars get better fuel economy when the engine is warm. So if you have a three-stop run, hit the farthest destination first, then work your way back home. A fully warmed-up engine will remain at an efficient temperature even if it's parked for 30 minutes. Make Right Turns Only FedEx does it, and the MythBusters proved it works: When city driving, make as many right turns as possible, even if it means going a few hundred yards out of the way. Reducing loiter time—or idling while waiting for traffic to clear—saves gas. Avoid Ethanol When Possible Gasoline that has been cut with 10 or 15 percent ethanol, called E10 or E15, is an mpg killer. Why? Gasoline stores more energy than ethanol (119,000 Btu per gallon vs 80,000). So it takes more ethanol than gasoline to go the same distance.