Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Dog Training - How to Teach a Dog Or Puppy to Behave in Cars and Enjoy Car Travel

Is it possible to train a dog or puppy to travel in a car or, more to the point do you even have to consider training him/her? Surely you would just put the dog or puppy in the back of the car and away you go. You just drive to your destination, no training required. If only that were the case and it was that simple.

In an ideal world, that is exactly what would happen. But, just because you are used to getting into a car and think nothing of it, we are talking dogs and puppies here and putting him/her into a car for the first time can be whole new daunting and sometimes stressful experience.

So we have established that you cannot take for granted the fact that a dog or puppy will be entirely comfortable with being put into a car and driven around. So what steps can we take or training can we do to help him/her get used to a car and travelling in it?

The factor to any type of training is consistency on your part so; you must start as you mean to go on and be prepared to put some effort in.

The car, to a dog or puppy should almost be an extension of his/her bed, so it is viewed as a comfortable, safe place to be in and not a threat or in any way intimidating. The biggest two differences to him/her of course will be the engine noise and the movement of the car.

It is important to have some control of a dog or puppy in a moving car. It would be a dangerous and foolish thing to have him/her unrestrained. A dog guard is the easiest option to keep a dog confined or a harness that can be attached to the seat belt.

Acclimatise your dog or puppy by just letting him/her sit in the car with the engine running for short periods of time. He/she may be curious and investigate these strange surroundings, let him/her do this and once he/she realises that there is nothing threatening about the car he/she will soon settle.

The next step in training to progress is to then take him/her for short car rides so that he/she gets used to the motion of this new experience and it will soon sink in with a dog or puppy that the car is nothing to worry about.

A problem that can arise with the car training is one of excitability. This may sometimes happen because as dogs and puppies learn by repetition, once he/she realises that a ride in the car usually means a walk at the other end, he/she cannot control the excitement.

The best way to deal with this is, to put the dog or puppy into the car and leave him/her for a short time but do not travel anywhere, then take him/her out again. Do this a few times but occasionally drive a short distance with no walk, straight back to base and take him/her out of the car. After a time he/she will have no idea what to expect and so his/her anticipation level has been diminished.

This will take some hard work but just imagine the satisfaction of glancing in the rear view mirror seeing a contented dog or puppy curled up and sleeping quietly for the duration of the journey.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

An Introduction to Electric Cars and Building a Trailer

Electrics are nothing new for us. We have been using them since childhood. People of any age love these cars and if you are a car fan, you would surely want to have your own Electric Car (EC). Usually, the inexpensive electric cars do not come with the expected speed. To overcome this problem, you can always build your own electric car by researching a little.

In this particular article, I am going to give you foreword about electric cars. A normal EC consists of two major components, an engine and a battery. If both of these components are used properly, the final EC will be much better than the old ones you purchased from market. Chassis is another part of the EC which is as important as battery or engine. A better chassis will give an attractive look to your electric car and then you can even sell your EC.

This is the brief introduction to EC. Now, I will move ahead with building a trailer introduction. Building a trailer would sound very complicated at first but if you research on internet, you would find a lot of guides on how you can build your own trailer. It saves money which you would pay to mechanic otherwise, it gives you experience and on second try you would come up with an appealing trailer which would be much better than the first one.

Tools, equipments, components you usually require to build a trailer are; axle kit, weight capacity, frame, suspension. If you are very new to this, ask for the help of some experienced person. That will save your time as well as cost.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Buy My Car and Car Recycling

You've heard of the many cash for gold services kicking around the internet by now most likely and you're no doubt aware of just how useful these can be in helping you to easily exchange gold that you have lying around your house for money. Well what you might not have known is that a similar service also exists for cars, and that you can easily sell your car to companies with none of the hassle attached to normally disposing of a car or selling one. Here we will look at why it's so useful to use these services.

If you are getting a new car, then selling your old one and getting cash for it is one of the number one ways to ensure that buying the new vehicle is much easier. You will this way be able to choose a much nicer and safer car and it will be longer before you need to replace it again - so it's more than worth doing. Even if you aren't buying a new car though, and you're just ceasing driving altogether by selling your old one, then it's still useful to have some additional income to help you in your day-to-day expenses or just so that you can treat yourself to something potentially.

The option then is to sell your car to a private individual, or to a friend, or to sell it to one of these car buying services. The latter is the far quicker, easier and more practical way to sell your car for many reasons and while you might not get quite the same amount of cash for it, you will save money in other ways and certainly a lot of time.

The fact of the matter is that if you sell your car to a buy my car service then they aren't likely going to care about the tax or the MOT, and they won't care that it hasn't been cleaned in days. If they're reselling it then they're going to have to go through a valet service anyway and have it serviced so it makes no difference to them whether you've done that previously. If they are planning on recycling the car or using it for parts then they will not even care about the service history or any faulty suspension etc. This then means that you don't need to spend any money on the car before you sell it and you can simply take it in as is and then leave with a profit. While the cost of the car might be less then, you will still get the same overall profit and with a lot less hassle.

Of course the speed of all this is much quicker too and the whole process is painless and professional. If you are selling your car in the neighborhood alternatively then that will mean leaving the car outside with a price on the window - where it is just begging to be vandalized or stolen, and where it will be getting damaged by the weather anyway. Then you have to invite strangers into your home and take the time to demo them the car only not to hear back from them... so selling your car automatically is far preferable.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Keep Your Car and the Earth Healthy

We talk a lot about Greenhouse effects. We look for hybrid cars that can run on alternative fuels to save the nature and a lot of money. We are worried about the hike in gas price and think about different ways to reduce regular traveling costs.

But, in the process we often forget some apparently minute details that actually work havoc both on the nature and our pockets.

For example, we are worried about the hike in gas price and we also know that the car would give us better mileage only if the engine is in good condition. Yet we forget to check the engine's health regularly. Do you really remember what was the last time you did a through health check of your car! We often leave our car to services station but do not have enough time to check the car's condition ourselves.

The common tendency is, unless there is a major problem, we often ignore the situation. For example, we do not take care of rusts unless things have turned really worst or unless rust has eaten up a major part of the body. The funny thing is that, people are more concerned about rust in the outer part of the car - mainly because it affects the beauty of the car and another reason is that these are the most visible parts of the car. However, we often forget to check below the car. We ignore it though we know that this is the most effected surface of the car especially in the salty and muddy conditions.

A lot of car owners think that it is really a very tough job to clean rust from inside a car. And to add to this, they cannot afford to send the car in a service station as and when required. However, if they had given some attention to the details they could easily keep the car in great condition.

A lot of people say that they used to take good care of their car. They used to take different precautions to keep their car rust free. But rust came back even faster. And thus they have left everything (like regular waxing) beyond the routine check up.

This is really a problem. No rust remover can make a promise that rust would never come back. To the most a good rust remover can keep rust away from the car for a certain period. If you use good quality rust cleaner it will not only clean the rust deeply, it would also keep rust away for a longer period.

These simple things can ensure that we get a better mileage from your car and these will also ensure less carbon emission. The same rule applies to hybrid cars too. You must keep your car in good condition for optimum performance.

By the way, while selecting your rust products, make sure that you select an organic rust remover - that would be safe both for the user and the car. And this would also make sure we are keeping our environment away from harmful chemicals used in different rust removers.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Ways to Save Money on Car Insurance - Part 1

Are you having an auto insurance policy or are you planning to apply for one? In either case, it is necessary to be well aware of all the particulars of the policy. If you read between the lines and take an informed decision, you can actually save thousands of dollars on your car insurance. Here are a few guidelines that will help you do so:

1) Ask for Higher Deductibles:

The 'deductible' refers to the sum of money that you are required to fork over before the policy comes to the rescue. The entire cost of the collision and comprehensive coverage can be brought down by 10% to 40% by merely increasing the deductibles from $200 to as much as $1,000. So, before signing off any deal, make sure you ask for higher deductibles.

2) Abstain from unnecessary coverage:

If you have a second-hand or an old car with a very less market value, it is better to do without collision and comprehensive coverage. In short, make sure that the coverage value does not exceed your vehicle's current market value. You can evaluate the market values of different automobiles online on automotive websites.

3) Do not buy a high-status car:

If you are really keen at saving some dollars on your auto insurance policy for your future, do not get tempted into buying high-profile cars. Most of these expensive automobiles are light and delicate, owing to which they do not have a great safety record. Moreover, they are also expensive to repair. This is the reason why it is so costly to get these vehicles insured.

4) Do Without a Duplicate Medical Coverage:

Apart from buying the minimum personal injury protection that is mandatory, you can also duplicate your medical coverage if you wish. However, you should forgo such duplicate coverage if you are already enjoying a good health or disability insurance.

Following the above guidelines will help you save a lot on your auto insurance policy by avoiding unnecessary costs and coverage. However, there are several other ways to save money on such policies. To know more, go through the Part 2 of this article that discusses several other ways to cut costs on auto insurance policies.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Getting the Car and Financing You Need

Purchasing a new car may be one of the most costly investments that you enter into aside from a new home. These days, having a car that is reliable and gets you where you want to be is not a luxury, it's a necessity. Still, that does not mean that it is something that you can manage to pay for to excess.

That means that it is crucial to locate your very best deal on the car, the insurance and especially the financing associated with it. One way that you can do that is to use the internet to do your shopping for you. In the majority of cases, the internet is going to be your best bet to research not only new cars and where to find out them, but also the type of car that you would like to remove.

While you are surfing on the web to conclude your ideal new car, you might want to also explore your options for loans at the same time. On the internet car dealerships can guide you to check out pricing and to find the kind of car that you'd like to own as well as to find what you may best manage.

Seeking out specifications on the internet for car dealers and new car sales in your area will help you to go to the car dealership well prepared for your are purchasing. In most cases the better prepared that you are, the more rapidly and cheaply that you could complete your transaction and be on your way out with your brand new car. Choose the vehicle that you want based upon the type of vehicle that you may most favorable handle, as well as the insurance costs that may be incurred for that particular car.

Along the way, there will be other different factors that you may need to pay for. Not only insurance will be more costly with a given kind of car. In addition, parts will be more costly as well as petrol to fuel your new machine. Those different things that are going to put your new car into the range that you can not comfortably afford are the items needed to consider and set aside before you go to your new car sales venue.

Once you are on the internet, an straight forward way to be sure that you are going to be well wanting to make your payments will be to select the car that you think you are able in and then do a blank check of the costs that you will incur for the insurance and other items to do with the car.

Make sure you do your homework and find the right lender for you. You may be looking for solely an auto loan provider and you may be looking for more of a holistic lending relationship with someone that can offer other products. It is your loan and ultimately your payments in question. To find more information about buying your next car or getting the car financing you need, go online to OpenRoad Lending. There you can find all of the information you need for purchasing and financing your next car or truck.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

How to Find a Good, Clean, Used Car and Pay Less

How to buy a Car

Buying a car is usually our second biggest investment after our home purchase and most of us will do it more than once in our life.

There is something emotional about cars, it represents our taste and style, our economic status and our character. Some women even claim that a car is a man's extension of his reproductive organ. One the other hand (the good hand:-) there are women out there that might express their exhibitionism and extravagance by choosing to drive a red flashy car for the whole world to notice them. Both sexes would agree they sometimes feel they "fall in love" with a certain car model.

There are people who get very existed from a small scratch on the cars lower side, as if it were their own skin. The beauty of the car, its aerodynamics shape, the gadgets inside, the seats the feel of it all play a major part in our decision making.

In our modern life it's almost impossible to function without one and it's expensive to acquire, to finance and to maintain.

Buying a Used Car

The question I would like to bring up here is whether it's wise to buy a used car or to make an additional effort and buy a new car.

If you look at it purely from an economical stand point then it's quiet obvious that due to the fact that you miss out on the heaviest depreciation hit the average car absorbs in the first two and three years it's wise to buy a used car. A car of two or even three years on the road is basically a new car and in some cases didn't even finished the manufacturers original bumper to bumper warranty. (Not included labor:-(

On the average you might save on a used car anywhere between

$3,000 to $8,000. In case you know how to do it via a car dealer that will buy the car for you at a car auction limited to car dealers only (for a couple of hundreds of Dollars commission(you might even get a real bargain.

Another good reason to buy a used car is the fact you can put your hands on a bigger or better or in other words more car for the same budget as the new smaller car would have cost you.

More and more manufacturers offer "certified pre-owned" programs. Cars sold as certified pre-owned (CPO) bridge the gap between new and used. They are subject to a rigorous inspection and repair process, and usually are covered by a warranty from the manufacturer. CPO cars will usually cost a bit more, but the added warranty and peace of mind makes them a good value.

Where do you get the market value of the cars, that's pretty easy, all you have to do is follow this link: Blue Book -

When purchasing a used car you should protect yourself from buying a flood damaged vehicle by doing a little research and by having the vehicle thoroughly checked by a mechanic. Rain, thunderstorms, swelling rivers and seasonal hurricanes hitting the coastlines all contribute to flooding disasters that can mean serious water damage to vehicles in those areas.

Water damage from 1999's Hurricane Floyd ruined approximately 75,000 vehicles and more than half of those ended up back on the road. Tropical Storm Allison damaged another 95,000 in 2001 and Hurricane Ivan left more than 100,000 vehicles water-logged. The numbers for Hurricane Katrina are expected to skyrocket above half-a-million and safety experts warn that many of these flood damaged vehicles also will be dried out and offered for sale. Hurricanes and tropical storms, however, are only part of the problem.

Flooding can occur throughout the year and in any part of the country; however, auto industry analysts caution consumers that the risk of buying a flood damaged car is not limited to these areas. Flood damaged cars are often repaired cosmetically, and moved to adjacent states or even across the country where they are sold to unsuspecting consumers. These floodwaters can cause damage to vehicle computer and electrical systems, as well as potentially causing anti-lock braking and airbag systems to malfunction. World Trade Center Damaged Cars, thousands of cars were damaged in New York City on 9/11/2001. It's a prime example of disasters having long term effects other than the initial death and destruction. These cars will no doubt be salvaged, rebuilt, sold at car auctions and have their titles rebuilt, most likely out of state.

An important help is the nationwide history data base of the cars in terms of damages, salvaged, lemon, flooded, fraud, accidents, rental etc' you can look it up at: []

In addition it's recommended you have a mechanic check it out - A certified, trusted mechanic will test the electrical and safety systems, two of the major components that water can affect. They can also look for signs of water damage that may not be visible to the untrained eye.

Car Donation

It is estimated that every year, more than a million Americans donated their cars. Why do they donate their car? Well, few reasons: A. The proceeds go to charity organizations and it provides for the donor a good feeling of contributing to society. B. its tax deductible (Less than it used to). C. The car is being towed or driven away by the company who arranged the deal.

Unfortunately, whether through ignorance, confusion or greed, a substantial percentage of car donors have been deducting the full "suggested retail price" - what a dealer would get for reselling your trade-in instead of the fair market value. That's far more than the IRS had intended, costing the government millions in lost tax revenue.

The charities weren't making much, either. Most of the donated cars were sold by the charities for a pittance at auction, and middlemen who administered the programs on behalf of the charities took a large percentage of those meager profits.

So IRS changed the rule last year. From now on, if your car is valued more than $500, the deduction is limited to the charity's actual selling price. The donor must attach a statement of sale to the tax return in order to receive the deduction. (The charity is obligated to provide the statement within 30 days.) You are not entitled to know the deduction amount before donating your car. Although the IRS has closed the loophole in the law, there is still a way to deduct full market value of your vehicle: If the charity uses the car itself to further its specific purpose.

Additional resources:

- If you want to get extended warranty look at:

- Used Car Values at:

Sunday, 7 October 2012

HHO Gas Conversion Kit - Convert Your Car and Save Money at The Fuel Pump

A HHO Gas Conversion kit is a necessity if you are proactive and you want to save money at the fuel pump because of rising prices. Energy analysts have predicted that despite downward fluctuations in recent times, it is reasonable to expect car owners will pay $7.00 per gallon at the pump in the foreseeable future.

When doing your research over the internet in order to build your HHO Gas Conversion Kit, you ought to be careful because there are several scams on the internet that do not deliver what they advertise and having incomplete information can be detrimental for this project. Therefore is is recommended that you use the water4gas guides that have been tried and tested.

Water to gas technology is very old technology that has been around for over 90 years and it is now very prominent than before because of high fuel prices. The parts that are needed for your water hybrid car can be purchased at your local hardware store and will cost you in the range of $50-$200.

It should be pointed out that if you have never changed a tire on your car and find mechanical aspects of a car confusing then honestly this is not something that you should attempt yourself. However if you are a hobbyist or an engineer you will find this to be an exciting project from which you will reap significant rewards.

If you are not technically minded then your mechanic would be able to take on this project and your investment for the installation of the assembled HHO Gas Conversion Kit will be in the vicinity of $100.

Whether you decide to do it yourself or have your mechanic undertake this project on your behalf, safety should be practiced at all times. In addition to safety you should undertake to use the recommended material specifications described in your water4gas guide. Failing to follow the instructions in the water4gas guide could have serious consequences.

Electrolysis is the process that is used to covert water to HHO Gas or Browns gas. What happens is that an electric current passes through an aqueous solution (distilled water and baking soda) in a cylinder and splits the water into gases. Distilled water is preferred than rain or tap water because these contain significant impurities.

The final outcome from this project is significant. Firstly, you get a smoother ride in your car and secondly you increase your mpg and save money at the pump and also save the environment from smog..

It should be emphasized that this technology is reversible and at any time you can remove the installed water4gas device from your car and in addition your engine and the computer of your car are not affected in any way.

People from every country that has been affected from high fuel prices have been turning to HHO Gas Conversion Kits and this water4gas technology have been delivering exceptional results to car owners.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Race Cars And The Parts They May Need

When you start your racing career, you may not think a whole lot about the auto parts that are in your race car. You might want to though.

Getting your car race ready is not as simple as starting it up and going down the road. You have to have the right parts and know where you are going to put them on the car. This is the big question though, how you going to race and what are you going to have as your auto parts.

You can get your racing parts from many different places, but the most common one is probably going to be from the Internet. This is because you are able to get many different auto parts from many different places and are able to have them shipped right to you. This can help you because you don't have to go looking for your auto parts and they are right at your door.

You can try to get some of these auto parts from your local auto parts store as well, but these are not normally for racing purposes and you may have to have them ordered anyway. If you are able to order these parts, you could wait a long time and may have to pay more for them. The good thing is that you will not have to worry about the cost of shipping the auto parts to the store and will be able to pick it up there once it arrives.

Once you get the auto parts, you can take some time and get them installed in your car so that it runs good. This might be the thing that helps you to win the race that you are entered in.

Take some time and find the auto parts that you can use for your racing needs. Some of these will be harder to find then others, but you might be glad that you waited to find them like you did. You are the one that will race your car and you want it to be the fastest that it can be, but you want to make sure that you are safe in it too. This is a fine line that most racers flirt with on a daily basis. You will probably do the same and may even cross that line a time or two if you're not careful.