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04 Jan 2016

5 Winter tips for taking care of your car

Sometimes, it may be easy to forget about giving your car the tender loving care it needs to stay healthy. But with the heavy snow, icy roads and cold weather that winter can bring, now is the time to make sure to care for your vehicle.

Cold weather makes pliable material stiffer and more brittle and can make fluids thicker. If you live an area with severe winter weather, you know how dangerous the roads can get and the unique problems winter weather can create for your car.

So, take a look through our list of top five winter car care tips:

1.    Take your car in for a tune-up.

If you haven’t taken your car to the shop for a while, now is the time to do so. A tune-up will help keep your car running longer and may save you money by detecting potential problems early.

2.    Check your tires.

On slippery or icy roads, your tires are extremely important to giving you stability and controlled handling. So, make sure to check your tires’ pressure and wear. You can place a penny on its edge in a tread groove to test a tire’s tread. If you can see the top of his hair or any of the tires background, it is time to replace your tires. Do this in several spots because tires don’t wear evenly. You should also take your tires in to get rotated and properly balanced. If you’re in an area with particularly severe winter weather, you should consider purchasing a set of snow tires, which are made specifically for snowy and icy surfaces.

3.    Check your fluids levels.

Make sure you check that the transmission, brake, power steering and windshield washer fluids and coolants are filled to proper levels. You should use de-icer windshield washer fluid which will help clear light ice and frost while preventing re-freezing.

4.    Make a winter emergency kit.

In addition to the emergency road kit you should already have in your car, it is a good idea to have a special winter car kit. This kit should include things like cat litter or sand for tire traction on snow and ice, an ice scraper and de-icing liquid.

5.    Check your air filters.

During the summer and fall, contaminants can get caught in your air filters and will eventually get caught inside your vehicle and cause problems. If you see any debris caught on the filter, it’s a good idea to get the filter replaced.

04 Jan 2016

Helpful Tips When Seeking A BMW for sale in London

Helpful Tips When Seeking A BMW for sale in London

When you are looking for a new car, there are few models more appealing than a BMW. Alongside Mercedes-Benz and Audi, the brand is one of the best selling luxury automobile manufacturers in the World.

BMW manufactures a variety of models, from the executive M5 saloon to the sporty Z4 Roadster and the eco-conscious ActiveHybrid. One thing’s for sure, if you are looking to buy a BMW in London – for work or play – there is plenty of choice available.

Used BMW

When you are looking for BMW cars for sale your first decision should be whether to buy new or used. If budget is a key concern, buying a used car can certainly help you save a great deal of cash – even if you purchase a nearly new vehicle, you’re likely to make a decent saving. The beauty of buying a BMW is that while you will undoubtedly pay more that you would for other automobile brands, these vehicles do tend to retain their value better than many other cars. When you do come to sell, you probably won’t make a profit but you will see less depreciation than you would elsewhere.

Do your research

There are a whole host of new and used BMW for sale, so before you leap in take the time to research the model you want properly. Use the internet to locate a cheap BMW in London and check out the sort of price you could expect to pay for a specific make and model. You may find that certain factors affect the price of the BMW for sale, such as the colour of the vehicle. Right now, white vehicles are particularly in vogue, so this could add a premium to the cost of the car. If colour is particularly important to you it could be worth the extra outlay, but if it isn’t your main concern you might find other models offer a more cost-effective investment.

Check out the vehicle in person

The internet is ideal for your initial research but you do need to check out vehicles in the flesh before you hand over the cash. You will find the place you buy from affects the price of the car, so if you are not mechanically minded you may feel more comfortable paying a little extra to buy from a reputable BMW dealer as opposed to a private seller. However, this can add pounds to the price. Ideally, you need to weigh up whether the price of your peace of mind is worth the additional cost.

Perform the necessary checks

When you are purchasing any car in the London area and beyond, it is your prerogative to do your best to ensure the vehicle is road-worthy and not a stolen car. HPI checks can help you to find out whether your car has been subject to insurance claims or registered as stolen, but you might want to investigate even more thoroughly. Before handing over any cash check that the paperwork is in order, especially the V5 certificate, and look for signs of tampering on identifying numbers etched onto areas of glass.

Rest assured, in the capital city there are plenty of great examples of BMW’s for sale, and by doing your research and taking the necessary precautions, you can benefit from a great new set of wheels for less.

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