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Any handyperson is good at finding creative solutions to common household problems. It’s part of creativity; the process of thinking outside the box. Just recently we were raiding our own kitchen for a container to keep nuts and bolts in when it dawned on us how many “garage-useful” items there are in a typical house’s kitchen. The best part is that this sort of thing really represents recycling at its finest; locating performances for objects that ordinarily would be thrown out, no longer able to serve anybody. Let us start with a very brief list of some miscellaneous items: Steel wool— to clean almost any surface. It’s very effective! Old wash cloths and sponges – to clean up spills Toothpicks—for cleaning in tight areas in or on small components Now we’ll get to the very interesting objects that may be used for your vehicle: Old pans and pots: Pans and…

The Mini There was a large demand in Europe for an automobile that wouldn’t just use fuel, for an automobile that would sip fuel. The time was the mid-1950s and there was a serious shortage of fuel due to the crisis in the Gulf of Suez. The prediction that this sort of political instability may affect gas availability, perhaps for a real long time, settled in fast. It was not long before the automobile industry realized this was a situation they needed to address immediately. Keep reading to learn more about the history of the MINI! Accordingly, Lord Nuffield of the British Motor Corporation (BMC) jumped in. Nuffield directed his chief design engineer, Sir Alec Issigonis, an original car designer, to make a small automobile to compete with the numerous other ultra-efficient microcars that were already available to car buyers. The first Mini debuted in late 1959 and was the…

Need to Live in Your Car? You don’t have to be homeless to live in a car.  Thousands of travelers, students and others do it to save money.  Here are some suggestions to help you out if you ever find yourself having to live in a vehicle for a bit: Locate a safe place to park : See if there are any businesses in the area that allow you to stay throughout the night in their parking lots. Walmart, for example, allows drivers to park overnight in their lots. It is not only legal, they  may have a security team that will actually keep an eye on you. Campgrounds are another option.  Most offer a shower and toilets too, some for a small fee. Rent out a post office box: Unless you have a local address you could use, consider renting a PO box. That not only gives you some safe and secure place to receive mail, it looks good if you are searching for your next career opportunity.…

Save Money on Tires Here are some tips that you can use to keep money in your wallet: Get the right tires: Did you know that bigger tires are more expensive? If you ’re getting tires that aren’t the manufacturer’s recommended size then you could be spending more money than is necessary because big tires lower the miles you can get per gallon. This is true according to the Service Manager at Patrick Jaguar of Naperville, a full-service car dealership in Naperville, IL. Keep them inflated: We think you know that underinflated tires cost you some money.  The reason: underinflated tires do not roll as easily and this drops your gas mileage. By the way, here is a great point: the correct pressure to inflate the tires is NOT what the pressure number stated on the tire is. That is the maximum pressure! To find out what the pressure that you should inflate the tires to is, check…

Buy a Secondhand Car In case you want to buy a secondhand vehicle, it’s advisable you do your own research before you get to a dealer. If you just happen to visit a single dealer and purchase from them, there are high chances that you may end with a car that will not be worth what you pay for it. Majority of dealers today do have online inventories, and you can go through them incase you are not sure of the model and the type you want. Try and see the used cars they have in stock and at the same time do some research on the type of vehicle that you are interested in. There are sites that will offer you information and specs that will be very useful. Try to find out if there are trouble spots or common issues with the type of vehicle that you are…

This always happens, doesn’t it? Your car works fine all year around. It feels great and everything’s in perfect working order. Then, just as your MOT is about to be due, you notice little things. They seem small, but they might be enough to mean that your car fails the MOT check. For instance, the airbag light might come on and off intermittently. Now, this could point to a problem with the airbag, or it could be a harmless electric glitch. How do you know which is which? You can’t and having your car fail the MOT could be a real pain. You need to get it sorted before it goes in for the service. How can you do this? A Little DIY? Option one is perhaps for the bravest out there because it means getting your hands dirty. If you think there’s a problem with your car, sort it…

I love my car, but I hate how expensive it’s become. I’m sure there are plenty of car owners that feel the same way. It’s just not acceptable for a vehicle to take up almost a quarter of your monthly paycheck. But it does, through expensive insurance, petrol, and maintenance. All of these costs add up to the point where you begin to think the horror of public transport might be bearable after all. But before you reach that conclusion, there are some ways to cut down costs. If you follow these tips, you should find the price of your vehicle is a lot easier to handle. Saving Fuel: If you think you can save fuel by finding the cheapest gas station sadly, you’re wrong. The issue with this mentality is that you’ve used more fuel driving to a place that offers cheaper fuel. See the problem? You’ll never save…