Friday, April 11, 2014

How to Buy a Car on the Internet without being Ripped Off

The following article is from Kerry Blake who brings good advice about purchasing a used car online. Remember, Betten Imports carries new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles without the tricks and scams. They are always willing to help you meet your transportation needs. Enjoy the article!

Introduction
Buying a car can be exciting but also daunting. This challenge is compounded when you decided to buy a used car on the Internet. The Internet is rife with all kinds of scammers, and this is why it is important that you take the necessary precautionary measures to ensure that your hard earned cash does not go into the wrong pockets. So what do you need to do to ensure that you are not ripped off when buying a car online? Read on to find out.
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Know who you are dealing with
When buying used cars, it is important to ensure that the party you are dealing with is reputable. This applies to whether you are dealing with an individual or your local car dealer like Carzoos. Upon spotting a car that you like, contact the seller requesting to see the car in person. If the dealer is a genuine one, they will readily acquiesce to your request. However, should you meet any form of resistance on the part of the seller, it is a fraud. There are good chances that there is no vehicle for sale.
To get to know the seller better, you might want to ask additional questions. For instance, if you require having a better observation of the trunk, interior or other parts of the car, ask the seller to give you additional photos. In case you realize that the seller is evasive or does not want to get back to you quickly, the best thing is to move on.

Research the vehicle you have chosen
The best way of researching the history of the car you want to buy as well as to know its overall condition is by asking for the VIN (vehicle identification number). This not only identifies the vehicle but also unlocks its history. Upon getting the VIN, you can request a report concerning the vehicle. AutoCheck and CARFAX are some of the companies that provide such reports.
The report will give you important details like:
·        Whether the vehicle has had an accident
·        Previous odometer reading
·        Whether or not airbag has been previously deployed
·        Whether it has been re-salvaged
Next is to get an independent mechanic to inspect it for you. If a seller shows resistance to inspection, they are probably unreliable.

Be careful when paying
If you are satisfied with the car, you will need to pay the deposit. Never make wire transfers or send a cheque. This is because, once the seller cashes the cheque or collects money order, the money cannot be retrieved.
The best thing to do is to pay over browser that is secured. To tell that a browser is secure, you will see that the URL starts with “https”. The “s” here stands for security. Another thing is to look for lock symbol on the address bar.
Another tip is to pay using a credit card as it protects you against fraud.

Check out for the tell-tale signs of scam dealers
Sometimes, it is easy to tell that you are being ripped off even before you start the purchase process. You have everything to worry about if you notice any of the following:
·        If the seller wants you to make a deposit even before you have seen or driven the car, this is a potential swindler.
·        If there are phishing emails like: “BRAND NEW USED VEHICLE, with low mileage for only $99.99!” beware. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Conclusion

The Internet, they say, is a necessary evil. While it has made purchasing stuffs easy, it certainly is not without some risks. When checking out cars for sale, it is important to be cautious and follow all the due diligence.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Check Tire Pressures Regularly To Avoid Underinflation

The following is a guest post by Paul Miller about how to check tire pressure and the benefits of using the right the tire pressure. Use his advice to maximize the performance and MPG of your car, and remember to visit Betten Imports to meet your transportation needs. Enjoy!

Underinflation of tires is the state in which tires lack the appropriate recommended pressure to operate properly. Modern tires often stand the test of time but it is still advisable to do regular checks on your tire pressure. Checking tire pressure can be done manually or automatically by the use of pressure monitoring systems. These systems are programmed to alert you when pressure in any or all of the four tires falls below the recommended standard. However, even with the installation of such a device on your car, manual checkup is still highly recommended. The combined efforts bring forth better results.


How to check tire pressure


  • Check the tires when they are cold, in that they haven’t been used, in order to get accurate readings. When in use, tires heat up and expand hence the pressure reading at such a time would be exaggerated. 
  • Check the owner’s manual for the recommended pressure when the tires are cold.  
  • Unscrew the valve cap and press the air pressure gauge evenly into the valve system. A hissing sound should not be produced in order to get an accurate reading.  
  • A similar reading to the owner’s specifications is a good sign of proper inflation. 
  • Replace the valve cap to avert moisture and dirt from accumulating in the valve system.

Benefits of checking tire pressure


  • Regular checking of tire pressure will help you maintain normal and proper drive patterns even at high speeds. Underinflated tires make the car veer off occasionally due to lack of stability. 
  • Properly inflated tires will offer you maximum mileage per every litre of fuel consumed by your car which is owed to rolling resistance. This will increase your savings on fuel costs even during long trips with your car. 
  • Checking your tire pressure will help you avoid accidents caused by poor handling of low tires and blowout accidents as well. 
  • Properly inflated tires will save you the time and money spent on making numerous unnecessary trips to pumps. 
  • Appropriate inflation of tires will enhance their treads’ resistance to wear and tear which is brought about by low pressure. This provides you with another chance of saving up on purchasing new tires every so often. 
Evidently, regular tire pressure checkups will offer you a great experience with your car. This is due to the safety provided by properly inflated tires owing to their stability on the roads. Also, properly inflated tires come with economic benefits of saving up on unnecessary spending on repairs, maintenance and replacement. This simple constant process will relieve you of unnecessary vehicle burdens that come with underinflated tires. Be wise and avoid paying the eventual dear price.

This guest post is written by Paul Miller of Deals on Wheels, a tire shop with large inventory of rims, wheels, and tires West Palm Beach, FL. Visit their website at http://tireswestpalmbeach.net
for more information, auto tips and guides.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Maximize the Value of Selling your Used Car

The following is a guest post by Amanda Sozak about tips on maximizing the value of your used car. Use her advice to your advantage, and remember to visit Betten Imports when looking to sell your used car or to meet any other transportation needs.

No matter how much you love your car at some point you’ll have to part ways. If you’ve formed a special bond with your vehicle and you decide to sell it, you’ll want to part ways on good terms by knowing you’re getting the most out of the sale. Next time you purchase a car or before putting your current ride up for sale, consider these tips to maximize your car’s value.

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Leave it alone!

Sure it might be fun to put in that bumping speaker system you saw while you were at Best Buy, but customizations by and large will actually hurt the resale value of your car. Anything that involves an intrusive upgrade (cutting into the dashboard, changing the wiring, etc.) can be a big turnoff to potential buyers. If you have made customizations, or are considering it, be sure that you can return the car to its original state before putting it up for sale. So, if you’re replacing the speakers or adding custom rims, keep the originals and put them back on before you put it up for sale.

Drive more safely.

You’ve probably seen the Carfax commercials on TV. Car buyers have more access to information on vehicle repair history than ever before. If your vehicle has been in a handful of wrecks people will be able to find out and may not trust the kind of shape it’s in, even if it looks fine. Of course, you can’t always avoid getting in a wreck, but if you do don’t skimp on the repairs. Get your repairs done by a reputable body shop and make sure they use OEM parts. The short term expense will improve your resale value down the road.

Remember to sell the warranty, too.

If you’ve purchased an extended warranty for your vehicle be sure you factor that into your pricing. Most of these are transferable and can add substantial value to your sale price. Simply prorate the remaining time or miles on your extended warranty based on the total amount you’ve paid for it and work that into the resale price. Particularly if you’re selling this car yourself, this can be an attractive add on for potential buyers.

Keep a maintenance log with receipts.

Buyers are by rights skeptical so it’s up to you as the seller to let them know that the car has been well maintained. Be sure you stick to a rigid maintenance schedule and save all receipts of oil changes, tune ups and minor repairs. Being able to hand over a maintenance log and an organized collection of these receipts will ensure a potential buyer that the car was well maintained, and that you might be a little obsessive compulsive about the vehicle (which will work in your favor).

Keep it clean

Even if you follow all of the above steps perfectly, aesthetics still close the deal. If your car runs nicely but has a back seat full of old french fries you’re just throwing money away. Take the time to make your car spotless inside and out, or keep an eye out for a detailing deal on Groupon to have it done by professionals. Either way, keeping your vehicle spotless while it’s up for sale will only work in your favor.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Winter Driving Tips

The following post is a guest post by Claire Atkinson, about tips and techniques for driving in the winter and snow. Use these tips to stay safe this winter, and remember to visit Betten Imports for all your transportation needs.




Is your car ready for the cold winter months ahead? Frigid winter weather can be hard on your vehicle, and you will want to be certain that it has been adequately prepared for ice and snow. Listed below are some tips on how to get your car ready for winter weather and how you can be ready for winter driving.
1. Have your vehicle checked out by a qualified mechanic
Before cold weather really sets in, have your car checked out by a good mechanic who will know just what to do to ensure that your vehicle is ready for winter driving. Have him check your tires for proper pressure and tread, your heater, filters, defroster, transmission, battery, spark plugs, hoses, fluids, brakes, lights, and wiper blades. Make sure that your oil has been changed as well. Your mechanic should also check your exhaust system for any possible leaks.
2. Consider snow tires
If you live in a very cold climate where icy roads are a part of winter driving, you may want to invest in snow tires for added traction. You might also want to refresh yourself on how to handle your vehicle if it goes into a skid in icy road conditions.
3. Drive slowly
Even if you have driven in snowy weather countless times before and feel you are an expert, you still need to remember to drive slowly when roads are slick. Never make any abrupt moves in your vehicle, which can cause you to lose control more easily. Also, accelerate slowly and brake slowly. You will want to make your turns more slowly as well.
4. Have an emergency kit in your trunk
You want to be prepared for anything in snowy weather. This means you should always have emergency supplies with you in the trunk of your car. An emergency kit should include a spare tire and tools needed to change a tire, flares, an extra blanket, gloves, warm hat, tool kit, flashlight and extra batteries, shovel, ice scraper, nonperishable food, bottled water, sand or cat litter, jumper cables, and a first aid kit. You might also want to include extra windshield wiper blades and windshield washing fluid.
5. Keep gas tank full
During the winter months, you should keep your gas tank full. If you ever get stranded on a lonely road, you want to be certain that you have enough gas to keep your car running and warm until help arrives. To make certain that you can get help, also keep your cell phone handy and completely charged at all times.
6. Check road conditions ahead of time
If you will need to do some traveling during the winter months, check beforehand what the road conditions will be as well as the weather, and allow for extra time to get safely to your destination.
Common sense and keeping your head while driving, along with properly maintaining your car for the cold months ahead, will help you to get through winter much more smoothly and peacefully.

Claire Atkinson writes for Kanetix, an auto insurance comparison website. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and spending time with her family.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Benefits of Taking an Accident Insurance Policy

The following is a guest post by Andrea regarding Accident Insurance. It's always good to be knowledgeable about types of insurance and which type is best for you. If you're looking for a vehicle, remember to visit www.bettenimports.com to meet all your vehicle needs. Enjoy!


How an accident insurance policy is different from other types of insurance policies?
     An accident insurance policy differs greatly from other types of insurance coverage because it encompasses the most important risks that people face. Personal accident coverage becomes an extremely important kind of policy that people should have because its technical definition is that it is a type of insurance policy or coverage that provides protection for policyholders against any physical injuries that they get directly because of unfortunate accidents that cause death or disabilities. This specific type of insurance policy differs from life insurance and Medicaid plans because it covers policyholders for specific grey areas that the two aforementioned insurance policies include. The fact that an accident insurance policy covers policyholders for temporary or permanent disabilities that occur because of accidents, handicaps and provides coverage for loss of income owing to the disability of the holders is a good example of the way in which this type of policy differs from the aforementioned two policies. This is because life insurance policies or Medicaid plans cannot provide their policyholders with these things. 


The benefits of an accident insurance policy

  •  Covers policyholders for damages and physical injuries;

An accident insurance policy also provides coverage for damages or physical injuries that a policyholder gets because of circumstances that majority of life insurance policies do not provide coverage for such as earthquakes, terrorist attacks, as well as rail and air accidents.
  • Provision of instant coverage;

Another benefit of an accident insurance policy is that it provides instant coverage and hence, getting it is very convenient because medical examinations are not necessary before you get it and more importantly, worldwide coverage is easily available to policyholders. In addition, you can easily get customized packages depending on the amount of money you insure and your risk assessments. 
  • Easy processing;

Another great benefit of an accident insurance policy is that its processing is very easy and it does not require you to submit a lot of documentation. As compared to other types of insurance policies, this is an enormous improvement and the best example is that no medical bills are necessary for the insurance coverage when people file for the claims that are due to them.
  • Provision of particular benefits;

      An accident insurance policy provides the policyholder with particular benefits such as extra payments, reimbursement and hospitalization in order to further meet his/her needs and suit his/her preferences because it is flexible. Hence, this is another benefit of having it. If the principal policyholder dies or even suffers from permanent disability, all the children who depend on him/her have a right to full family packages and educational grants that the insurer can provide with discounts of twenty percent. In addition, an accident insurance policy can also provide something else that other insurance policies do not offer and that is it can offer a fixed amount of money on a daily basis for a whole year. 
An accident insurance policy can offer you all the aforementioned benefits if you get it. Hence, in order to enjoy all these benefits, you should get the Dvla Contact of the insurance company in your locality so that you can review the options that you have for insurance coverage before committing yourself to anything. 

About Me:
Andrea is a Blogger and Write from UK. She loves to write articles on various categories like Finance, Technology, Cars and Automotive. As of now she is doing a research work on Dvla Contact.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Five Great Games To Play on Car Journeys

The following post is a guest post giving some creative ideas for games on road trips. To find a vehicle that that best suits your family or lifestyle, be sure to visit Betten Imports in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (616) 301-2100.


Fed up with backseat cries of “Are we there yet?” and “I’m bored”?  We know that keeping the kids entertained on long trips can be a challenge, so here’s some great in-car games that are easy to play and fun for all the family.

Before you start you should also check out this other list of top 10 car games here.

I Spy
A much-loved classic, a game of ‘I Spy’ is great for all ages. The first player picks an object nearby, tells the other players the first letter, and then they have to guess what it is – simple! Encourage the kids to choose something that’s either inside the car or that will be in view for a few minutes at least to keep things simple; if they’re struggling to guess, then the person whose turn it is could offer an extra clue like the second letter or the colour of the object.

The Picnic Game
A real memory test – one that will keep everyone busy for a fair while… The first player begins by completing the sentence ‘I’m going on a picnic and I’m taking…’ with a noun beginning with ‘A’, the more random the better; for example, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m taking an aardvark”. The next player repeats what they’ve said, and then adds their own noun beginning with ‘B’, e.g. “I’m going on a picnic and I’m taking an aardvark and a balloon”. The game carries on through the alphabet, with each person repeating what’s been said and adding something new. Anyone that fails to recall all the nouns that have gone before is out, and the game carries on until the player with the best memory wins.

Who Am I?
Here’s how ‘Who Am I?’ works: the first player thinks of a famous person, and then the other players take it in turns to ask them ‘yes’ or no’ answer questions (e.g. “Are you male?”, “Do you have blonde hair?”, etc.) to try and find out who they are. The first one to correctly guess the right name is the winner.

The ‘Banana Car’ Game
Have you ever noticed that there are barely any yellow cars on the road? That’s why the Banana game is so much fun (even though it actually has nothing at all to do with bananas at all…)!
The idea behind the game is that the person who spots the most yellow cars wins – when you see one, you shout ‘Banana car!’. To make sure they don’t lose interest, set a half or 1-hour limit and see how many each player can count before time runs out.

Endings Game
First, think of a topic like ‘animals’, ‘celebrities’ or ‘things you’d find in the garden’. One person starts the game off by naming something in this category, then the next person has to think of something that begins with the last letter of that word (for example, if the first person said ‘Elephant’, the next person would have to think of something beginning with ‘t’).
The game goes round and round like this; if the next person isn’t able to think of anything, they’re out.


In the end all that travelling might put your car in not the best condition. If all that travelling has worn your car down then I would recommend checking out this free car valuation service. Just make sure you renew and get a car that your kids love.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Luxury Car Rentals for a Long Drive at night in NYC

The following guest post was submitted by Andy Steven. It is based on his personal experience with luxury rental cars on the east coast. Enjoy his perspective, and remember, if you're looking to buy, lease, or finance a luxury car, used car, or new car, be sure to visit Betten Imports for your automotive needs!

Finding a car rental for a long drive at night can be full of fun. You can make your drive interesting by simply hiring a luxury car rental NYC (New York city). The car must have some salient features to give you a comfortable ride and make you feel on the top of the world. For a long drive, one must hire an exotic car that can give a good mileage and allow you to experience a classic ride.

Selecting a vehicle for the long drive:

Usually for a long drive one can hire exotic car rental NYC by selecting a good and comfortable car. The car selection should be classy where you enjoy a drive in style. Selecting a quality car will allow you to enjoy to the extreme and grab the attention of the spectators. There are different options which can be chosen online when it comes to selecting a luxury car. You can select Mercedes, Volkswagen, SUV, Volvo, etc. which showcase sophistication and elegance that is superior in every way.

Choosing ravishing and classy cars would double the enjoyment of a long drive. If you are planning to go on a long drive with your partner, then a convertible would be a romantic choice as you can choose a wonderful location to sit back and relax in your car and look at the stars by simply reclining your seats and gazing the sky with your partner, sharing some special talks. These moments will be special and different. Finding such an exotic car rental New York for a long drive will be a perfect idea as you will be able to plan the drive well. You can think of going to some beautiful destination in New York and enjoy the long drive completely.

Cruise along to find the best rentals:

There is no doubt that there are ultimate choices for finding a luxury car, but there are many car rental companies which can put you in dilemma. You may get confused about which one to choose and why. Thus, while selecting an exotic car rental DC (District of Columbia) don’t forget to research about the car rental company. Find about the reputation, price, type of car, how they would charge, etc. You would also like to select a car which not only looks classy and appealing but is even cost effective.

It is better to check with different travel sites, check the price, availability of the vehicle, reviews for how they have been treating the customers, etc. You must compare the prices and try to use the discounted coupons which will help you hire exotic car rental NYC at a very reasonable price. If you are travelling with family and planning a long drive where many people have to adjust, then try to find a spacious car which has good and comfortable seats to fit everyone properly. Thus, everybody will be able to enjoy in a unique manner. So, do a proper search about which car you want and analyze your needs and budget which will help you make a suitable choice and enhance the enjoyment of the long drive.

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 Andy Steven loves to read, travel and collect antiques as a souvenir from different parts of the world by passion. A travel freak who strongly believes that one single life in not enough to travel so it’s better “drink Life to the lees”. The article as mentioned above is solely based on his personal experience, while his last visit to New Jersey when he was celebrating his 40th birthday.

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