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Pros and Cons of Luxury Cars

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When purchasing a car, you have two options essentially: buy an average car, which can take you from one place to another, or opt for a luxury brand with everything that comes with a higher-quality vehicle. If you’re considering a luxury car for your next vehicle but are on the fence, here are a few pros and cons of owning a luxury car. 

Pros

  • Better performance

Luxury cars are expensive, but when it comes to engine performance and body design, they stand out from average cars. Performance, along with comfort, are two big reasons many people choose to spend the extra money.

With a luxury car, speed is not the only thing you will get, but you’ll also have a smooth ride and a vehicle which is easy to handle. Plus, if you’re interested in your car’s looks, then you’ll surely find love in any number of luxury car models.

  • More safety features

Most of luxury cars on the market have a full complement of airbags along with traditional safety technology. Nowadays, luxury vehicles come with reliable ABS, traction control, side-front airbags and more. You can drive with confidence, knowing you have purchased a car that has plenty of safety features to look after you and your passengers in an accident.

  • Consistent quality

Luxury car brands are based on a history of providing high-quality drives and experiences that have satisfied generations of customers. When you choose a luxury car, you’re going to get your money’s worth.

  • Available Technologies

New luxury car makes and models are designed with innovative technology which extends beyond simply automotive capabilities. These cars are integrated with countless amenities, safety features and driver-assistant features that set the bar for other manufacturers to aspire to. From displays to interactive voice and gesture control, luxury cars have technologies that are yet to become available elsewhere in the automobile industry.

  • Prestige

When you choose a luxury car, like a Porsche, AUDI, BMW, Mercedes-Benz or Lamborghini, you’re not just buying a car. You’re buying a brand. Your car comes with innate “wow” factor. Heads will turn as you drive past.

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Cons

  • More expensive

The cost of the luxury car is more than an average car. You’re paying for a luxurious exterior, horsepower and speed, leather interior, and a high-quality sound system, if not more. Moreover, even a used luxury car is likely to be more than double that of a standard car. 

Prices also depending on the make and model of the car. Make sure you do some research on your chosen vehicle before buying to ensure you get what you want out of your car without throwing away money.  

  • High insurance costs

To protect your car and yourself, you need insurance, and it can cost you a lot. You’ll also need to budget for registering your car.These costs will depend on the value and the size of your car. If you’ve got a more expensive vehicle, it will cost you more in insurance and registration than compared to cheaper car. 

  • Higher maintenance and repair costs

You can’t deny that a luxury car is going to cost you a pretty penny. Even if you find a good deal, it will cost you more than any cheaper car. You need to prepare yourself to not only pay for the luxury car but also for its higher maintenance and repair costs. You’ll have to ensure that you’re ready to handle the financial responsibilities of your expensive car before you buy.

Ensure you use a mechanic or service center that understands the intricacies and needs of your luxury car to avoid damaging it.

  • Selling is tough

If you intend to sell your car to a dealer someday, you may find it a different experience to selling other cars. First, you need to consider your car’s value. Some luxury cars lose value quickly, while others retain their value better. Be prepared to sell your car for a lot less than you bought it for. 

  • More technical problems

When you buy anything, there is always a chance of technical or mechanical problems. The same applies for luxury cars. Some technical problems are so severe that companies have had to recall certain models to replace parts.

For example, in 2013, BMW had to recall a number of models to deal with an electrical issue. Other luxury brands like Audi and Volkswagen have had similar electrical problems. It’s important to be aware of any potential problems before you buy, so do your research.

Conclusion

Owning a luxury car can change your life, but it’s not for everyone. A big purchase deserves careful consideration. You need to think about your lifestyle and your wallet.

How to Wash Your Car?

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Do you love your car? Do you always take it to the car mechanic for regular services and to fix any issues? If your answer is yes to to both of these questions, then you are a genuine car lover. But whether you’re a car love or just a daily commuter, few of us are experts when it comes to car cleaning.

Nothing is quite like a sparkling clean car. It can be a real pleasure to be in a clean car. And keeping your vehicle clean also helps you keep on top of any minor wear and tear issues. You might even find you need to visit your local mechanic less.

When it comes to cleaning your car, you can choose a reputable car washing company or you can take on the task yourself. Washing your car at home will help you save money, as well as keep you up to date with your car’s condition. So, below we’ve put together the ultimate guide for washing your car at home.

Get everything ready

Before you start washing your car, make sure that you have everything ready. It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to wash a car. This depends on how dirty and big it is. Therefore, having everything ready before you start can save you lots of time and hassle.

Make sure you have a good car cleaning solution, as well as a sponge or washing mitts to spread the solution over the car. For cleaning the wheels, get a wheel brush. You’ll also need two large buckets. Don’t forget to have one or two large micro fibre towels for drying your car at the end.

Find the perfect spot

It’s surprisingly crucial to pick the right spot to start washing your car. You need a shady spot to avoid the sun drying the car too early. Otherwise, you can end up with streaks and smears that need to be washed again.

Similarly, if the car is warm from being in the sun, even in the shade it can dry too quickly and before you finish washing it. If you can’t find a shady spot, make sure your car is cool to the touch at least.

Fill your buckets

Fill both your buckets with water. Add the recommended amount of car cleaning solution to one. Save the other bucket for rinsing your sponge or mitts.

Some people may suggest using dish washing detergent to clean your car but do not use this. This can damage the paint on your car. Only use a specially formulated car cleaner and follow the directions on the packaging.

Hose down your car

Start by wetting your car entirely. Use a hose to spray water on the entire surface of the vehicle. See if you can remove any obvious clumps of dirt, grime and bird droppings with the spray. Don’t forget to wet the wheel arches.

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Dip your sponge into the solution of car cleaner and water. Gently rub the solution on one panel at a time, working from the top down. Try not to scrub or you could damage the paint.

If you drop your sponge, get another one as it can easily pick up particles of dirt and debris that can then scratch the car’s surface when you go back to washing it. Rinse your sponge regularly to avoid dirt building up too.

When you get to the wheels, use the wheel brush rather than the sponge.

Rinse your car

When you have soaped up all of the car, you can start rinsing. Using the hose again, rinsing the car from the top and gradually working your way down.

Be sure to rinse everywhere as any residual soap can affect the paint job.

Dry your car

Finally, use a micro fibre towel to wipe down your car to prevent any water stains. Don’t leave any panel unwiped and try to be precise while doing it.

Only use a micro fibre towel for drying the car’s surface, as cleaning it with a regular cloth can scratch the paintwork.

For drying windows, you can also use a squeegee to get the bulk of the water off. Make sure to follow up with the micro fibre towel though.

Also read here Important Auto Services Your Car Needs to Smoothly Graze the Roads

Final thoughts

While it might take a few tries to get your car looking as good as it would after a professional car wash, washing your car at home is a great idea. You can save money and time doing this straight forward job yourself, while also getting the chance to notice any wear and tear or potential issues with your car. Make sure you follow the guide above and select a cleaning solution that is appropriate for your car. In just an hour or so, your car will be gleaming and you can take pride in the great job you’ve done. Just don’t forget to make the inside look as good.

Signs You Need Brake Repairs

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Has your car ever made a strange noise when you’ve pressed the brake? This is just one of the signs that your car may need its brakes repair or replace. Your car’s brakes experience a lot of wear and tear with each drive. However, different factors like the type of roads you drive on, how you drive, the type of vehicle you have, and how hard and often you brake all affect how regularly the brakes may need replacing or repair work. It’s best to look out for these signs to make sure your brakes don’t fail when you need them most.

Brake warning light

If your brake warning light turns on, this is a serious sign that something is wrong. It could mean your brake fluid is leaking, a speed sensor is faulty or the brake pads need replacing. Don’t ignore this sign and take your car in for a service immediately.

The brake warning light usually looks like an exclamation mark inside a circle, with two curved lines on either side. It may even say ‘brake’ over the top. Different cars may use different symbols, however, so check your car’s manual to be sure.

Squealing or grinding sound

While it can be normal to hear a little bit of squealing from your brakes, you shouldn’t hear it regularly. Loud screeching can mean that your brake pads need to be replaced. This is because the brake pads have worn thin and the metal of the brake pad is pressing against the rotors and discs.

If you don’t get your brake pads replace, the squealing may turn into a grinding sound, like metal scraping against metal. This happens when there is no more protective layer around the brake pads. With the metal of the brake pads fully rubbing against the metal of the brake discs, the brake discs can easily become damaged.

It’s best to get your brake pads replaced before the squealing sound turns into a grinding sound.

Clicking noise

You may not hear a squealing or grinding sound, but a clicking noise instead. It can mean a problem with the brake pads, callipers or backing plates.

The brake pads are secured against the brake calliper. If the brake pads come loose, they can move up and down when the brake is used. This can be behind any clicking noises you hear when you drive slowly or brake when driving slowly.

Alternatively, it may be the calliper that has come loose.

Another cause may be a bent backing plate. These protect the brake from damage, but they can be bent inwards. If this happens, it can rub against the rotor or calliper causing a clicking noise.

Vibrations

If you notice odd vibrations when braking, this can be caused by uneven rotors or worn brake pads.

When you apply the brakes, the brake pads press against the rotors, which slows down your car. However, if the rotors are not smooth and the same thickness across, the brake pad will not press against the rotor as effectively. This can give you a wobbly sensation or vibration when you brake.

However, if it feels like your brake pedal is vibrating or you’re having difficulty stopping your car, this is a sign that your brake pad has worn out. Get this fixed as soon as possible.

Brake fluid leak

If you see a small yellow-brown puddle under your car, particularly near a wheel, this can mean your car is leaking brake fluid. Brake fluid leaves a slippery residue on your skin if you touch it.

Brake fluid is crucial to your overall brake system working. Without it you may not be able to stop your car. Get this problem fixed immediately.

You may not always see this leak though.

Spongy or soft brakes

A brake fluid leak might not be visible, but you can also spot it if your brake pedal feels ‘soft’ (this is when it sinks all the way to the floor when you press down). There should be some resistance when you use the brakes.

A soft brake can also mean that there is air or moisture in the braking system. There may also be a problem with master cylinder.

Hard brakes

You may find that your brake is unusually hard to press, however. There may be a problem with the brake fluid, like it has becoming sludgy and contaminated. You may need to drain the reservoir and replace the brake fluid so that the brake system can move smoothly.

Car pulling to one side

It can be scary to feel your car pulling to one direction when you brake. There are typically two causes for this. It may be that a brake hose has gone bad or one calliper is applying more pressure than the others when you’re braking, which makes your car unbalanced. It’s a bit like if you were being pulled from either side by someone, but the person on your left side pulled harder. You would be more likely go to the left.

Burning smell

If you smell a strong chemical burning smell, particularly after repeatedly braking hard on a steep road, stop your car immediately. You need to give your brakes time to cool, otherwise the brake fluid may boil leading to brake failure. Check that you haven’t left the parking brake on either.

You may also see smoke coming from one of the wheels. If you do, it may not be safe to continue driving your car. Smoke can be an indicator of a stuck brake calliper. This too can cause a complete brake failure. Call for a mechanic immediately and ensure these 5 parts to include in a Brake Service!

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How often should you change your brake pads? 

Many of the signs above are indicators that your brake pads need replacing or fixing. While there aren’t any strict guidelines for when you need to change them, they should be checked every 16,000 km or so. The regularity will depend how you drive, the kinds of roads you drive on and how you use the brakes though. Check your car’s owner manual as well. They may advise a different time period.

If you need to replace your brake discs, replace the brake pads at the same time.

How to make your brakes last longer?

  • Driving style: Reduce your speed before intersections or traffic lights so you do not need to brake as quickly or heavily.
  • Brake quality: Some brake pads are of a better quality and will last longer.
  • Environment: Where possible, avoid driving on roads that require a lot of braking, for instance, urban roads with lots of traffic lights. If possible, use motorways or highways.

Conclusion

If you notice any of the above signs, it can mean you need to see a car mechanic. Even small problems, when left alone, can become expensive. Remember when you have your car serviced to mention any brake issues you are having.