How to get a good value for a trade in car

Trade in value

 

You are ready to buy a new car? How do you trade in your old car?Obviously you want the best deal. Here are some tips to help you decide to trade in your car or sell it yourself:

Get the right estimate

Get the correct estimate for your car. Do some research? Use the research tools available to you on the Internet. Sites like Kelley Blue Book show three values: Trade-in, private party, and retail. Check the trade in and the private to get a ball park value for the car. Use this guide properly. Add or subtract for mileage, etc.

Check local classifieds to get a rough estimate. Other areas like condition of the car, repair work done etc will give a more accurate value for the car. For example if you have paint work done on the car the trade in value goes down. Try to compare the book value to what similar cars are selling for in your area.

Now if you do go to a dealer for a trade in keep in mind factors like the day of the month, the product mix and the inventory mix. If a dealer already has 5 Toyota’s then they will not give you much for your car. If they are short on the make you want to trade in then you may get a better deal.

If you decide to sell the car privately you may definitely get more money for the car but f keep in mind that you will have to consider advertising costs, keeping appointments for showing the car, scheduling appointments with the mechanic, phone calls and be prepared for haggling.

You can also donate the car to charity. This has a benefit. You can write the market value off your taxes. This gives you only a fraction of the money but then it is for a good cause.

All said and done if you decide to trade in then keep this checklist handy:

  1. Ensure that the car is clean not just from the outside but the interiors as well. This includes the seating, dashboard, mats etc.
  2. Check the odometer. If it shows 58,000 then trade in before it goes upto 60,000. Not much difference to you but to the buyer it is.
  3. Repair what can be done easily. It brings up the value of the car. Not stuff like brakes, shockers but things like worn out tires, a crack in the glass etc – the cosmetic changes.

Just as you ensure that your house has Superior Plumbing  services, make sure that the car you trade in gets good service so that you get a good trade in value.

A Handy Checklist for an Overseas Road Trip

Global SIM

 

Your bags are packed and you are ready to head out for that overseas car trip. Just being prepared to handle any emergencies that may arise can make a huge difference between a relaxed travel and a stressed journey. Here are a few pointers before you head out:

Smart Phone Apps

Smart-phone apps make locating gas stations, roadside eateries and last-minute hotel rooms easy. Here are some favorites: Goby , TripIt, Hotel Tonight, Roadside Assistance Lite.

Global Sim

Use a prepaid SIM card. A prepaid SIM lets you keep your existing Australian mobile number when you’re travelling overseas. This lets you roam like a local and to avoid high roaming fees. You get international calls, data and text messages at a much cheaper rate than on roaming. Use Aussie Sim a simple-to-use, prepaid SIM card which lets you keep your existing Australian mobile number when you’re travelling overseas.

Activate the global SIM and forward the number to all your contacts before you leave. You will remain connected at all times.

Travel Insurance

Insurance helps. Incase of even a minor illness, medical bills can be very expensive and that should be the last of your worries. It may seem like a waste of good money but go in for comprehensive travel insurance. Comprehensive travel insurance will cover medical expenses, theft, cancellations or flight interruptions. It would also cover baggage damage.

Licence

The most important requirement for the road trip. Get an international driving licence. You may want to rent a car when you are travelling overseas. You can get an international driving permit from the automobile club in the state where you got your current licence.

Medical Supplies

In addition to carrying medication for the entire length of the trip, get a letter from your doctor stating that the medicine is for personal use. The letter should also state what the medicine is and the amount you would be taking.

Credit Cards

Check with the credit card company to ensure that the credit card will work in the country you’re visiting. Instead of using conversion centers at the airport, use the ATM of the country you visit. The fees charged will be less and the conversion will be exact.

Passport and Visa

Take a Xerox of the passport and visa in case the passport or visa are lost. Register with your embassy just in-case there is a problem and help is required.

Last but not least carry snacks to tide you over the initial few days till you adjust to the change in food.

 

Tips for choosing a car Tattoo design

How to choose a car tattoo

 

Many people love their cars or certain kinds of cars and want to show it by a permanent tattoo design on their body. Tattoos are a mark of our belief in something. The something could be a relationship, a symbol, an image – anything. A tattoo is made by a pigment inserted into the dermal layer of the skin through ruptures in the skin’s top layer.

For first timers Cars and automobiles are a very popular category of tattoos. These tattoos come in many styles:

Vintage Car Tattoos – these tattoos look best in black or white. These would mostly be cars from the 40s and 50s. Popular cars are 55 Porsche 356, mercury, 57 Chevrolet.

Race Car Tattoos – Some people choose to add their favorite race car with the track or a building and sometimes an image of a driver. These tattoos look best in color.

Monster truck Tattoos – these tattoos are mostly big and large and flashy.

Hot Rod tattoos – some hot rod designs used are large classic Ford emblem, a 1934 ford, a 50s police car.

The choice of a tattoo and color of a tattoo depends a lot on the kind of tattoo you go in for. In tattoos like the car tattoos, coloring is a must.  Most people go in for either bright or muted colors. It all depends on your choice of a car. A race car tattoo would probably be a bright green, yellow, orange or red. Classic car tattoos are mostly picked out in traditional black, white, gray or beige.

There are numerous ways to remove the car tattoo ink from the skin. Most lasers used for tattoo removal are Q-switched lasers. MedLite C6 is best known as the industry’s gold standard laser for multi-colored tattoo removal. If you do not want to remove a tattoo completely Melbourne Tatt Removal gives you the option of fading a tattoo.

Mostly black and dark colored inks can be removed completely whereas yellow and green colored inks are the hardest to remove. This is because the black pigment absorbs all laser wavelengths. Green on the other hand can absorb selective laser light. Hence a green ink tattoo would require selected lasers based on the pigment color. The degree of ink removal also depends on other factors such as size, location, duration of the tattoo etc. New tattoos may also be more difficult to remove than old ones.

It takes more than one treatment to remove an entire tattoo. Treatments normally last only a few minutes. Time between two sessions can range from 2 to 3 weeks. Again the number of sessions depends on the quality and type of ink used.

Doctors recommend Tylenol for minor aches and pains prior to the schedule. Asprin is not recommended as aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents such as Ibuprofen can produce pronounced bruising after treatment.