Monthly Archives: December 2012

Safety improvements widespread in today’s automobiles

Safety improvements widespread in today’s automobiles

Many automotive safety devices and technologies were first established in higher-end vehicles and then as they get cheaper to design and implement, they gradually become widespread in lower priced vehicles. Anti lock brakes, airbags, traction controls, turbo charging, stability controls, are all examples that have worked their way down to moderate or even low priced vehicles. With the advent of digital controls (computer) in automobiles, many devices have been added to your car to make your trip safer and more enjoyable. Anti lock brakes:read more

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The true cost of auto ownership

One of the things that always concerns me is when people talk about their car as an investment. To figure the true cost of owning a vehicle, a few figures have to be entered into the formula. The initial cost of the vehicle Maintenance costs Repair costs Insurance cost Fuel expense Less the resale value of the vehicle. It is not hard to figure the initial cost of the vehicle or the insurance cost, if you check with your insurance agent before you buy the vehicle. Insurance costs do vary from vehicle to vehicle so check first. Look in Consumer Report for the amount of depreciation and dependability of a vehicle. Also check with your favorite independent repair facility to get their opinion on the different vehicles you are thinking of buying. Posted on a new vehicle is the EPA rating of fuel mileage so you can compare that figure with others that you are looking at. Remember that you will not get the posted mileage but it is a good comparison. A little homework before you buy will mak ... read more

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