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They say that even though it’s unfortunate, Melburnians are somehow used to experiencing ‘crazy weather’. At times there are heatwaves, sometimes there are heavy rains and thunderstorms, and then high temperatures again. According to www.homely.com.au, there are some suburbs in Melbourne that are at risk of flooding. Among these are Southbank, Port Melbourne, Lang Lang, Flemington, Koo Wee Rup, and others. Apart from Melbourne, there are also other places in the country that are prone to flooding.
Knowing all these makes it harder to find and buy used cars, especially if you know that the seller is from an area that always gets flooded. So how many of you have experienced this or know someone who told you this line: “I am planning to sell my car because someone is selling me his used car. But I’m kinda having second thoughts as the deal is too good to be true.” And then your mind is bombarded with different thoughts on why that car is such a good buy. Aside from dealing with scam artists, lemon cars, rebuilt wrecks, and more, there are also vehicles that have been at the mercy of environmental disasters; let alone, FLOODS. Well, as someone who is willing to let go of his old ride just to get that so-called good deal, it is your utmost right to know whether or not the vehicle is free from any kind of damage.
Because Rapid Car Removal has been in the car recycling and cash for cars Melbourne industry for more than two decades, we are here to help you determine whether or not that used car has experienced severe flooding at least once in its life. Just a quick expert reminder, some owners sell their used cars intentionally because they are flooded. So will they do everything in their power to conceal signs of damage.
Here are some tips on how you can spot a flooded vehicle:
Do a quick visual check
There could be times when the owner has missed some spots or traces of flood so be sure to be wary of those. Search for fabric stains, unusual watermarks, grass and other debris hanging from the radiator or undercarriage, discoloration in the trims, and the like.
Look for dried mud and damp areas
Even if the owner most probably had the car cleaned and detailed, there are still some areas of the car that are hard to reach and somewhat inaccessible. So see if there are dried mud at edge of the dashboard, under the windshield, under the seats, and so on. There are also parts of the car that are difficult to dry completely like under the matting and even the carpet and spare tire area inside the trunk. Make sure to run your hands against the surfaces and gently tap to feel if there could be water or mud.
Inspect for rust
It is quite normal for used and old cars to have rust spots here and there. So make sure to find those areas wherein there’s really deep-seated excessive rust and corrosion under the bonnet, in the fuse box, in the wires under the dash, and even in the lighter socket.
Spot for “misty eyes”
If you see all the exterior lights of the car not moist, but with water inside, then that definitely isn’t normal. All these exterior lights should also be free from traces of any discoloration and watermarks.
Get a good smell of the whole car
Sniff all the areas of the car, like a really good sniffing around. The unpleasant smell from anything that is flooded is very hard to remove; especially within the interior of vehicles. Even if there’s an air freshener, the pungent and musty smell of mold and mildew is hard to put off.
Turn on the heating and A/C system
If there is trapped water in the heating and air conditioning system of the car, it could lead to uncontrolled condensation. So once you ride in the car and turn it on, check if the windows will quickly steam and moisten up.
Check all the electrics
Water is the worst enemy of any kind of electrical system. So if the car is really flooded, most likely, the electric parts of the car are those that have suffered much. Check the power windows, the exterior and interior lights, the lighter, and all of those.
Please be knowledgeable enough to understand that even if all these are present, it doesn’t automatically mean that the car was damaged by flood. These are reminders and tips that could lead you to the most important thing you shouldn’t forget: ASK THE OWNER STRAIGHT UP. Remember that those who are hiding something, are those who are really defensive. Our tips as experts in the cash for cars and car wreckers Melbourne industry? Well, be vigilant and intuitive. If your guts tell you not to go on with that purchase because it’s too good to be true, then maybe it really is.
When choosing a new car to buy, what factors mean to you the most? What do you prioritize, its price tag? Popularity? Size? Safety features? Riding comfort? Speed? Resale value? While all those are important, there’s still that one thing you probably forgot to consider: How much will it cost you to keep, use, and maintain that car? If you are indeed a smart car buyer, you will also think about future costs after buying that vehicle.
That’s where the talk about fuel economy comes in. Most vehicles run on petrol or diesel. So if you are thinking of buying a car, you must already be prepared to allot a portion of your disposable income for fuel expenses. If you add up all the money you spend on topping up your car’s fuel in its whole lifetime, you might be taken aback because it’s A LOT. We are not trying to discourage you from buying one, it’s just that you really have to be prepared for it – mentally AND financially.
Now to help make things easier for you, as one of the best car wreckers and leading company in the car removal Melbourne market, Rapid Car Removal ought to introduce to you some of the most fuel efficient cars we have in today’s market (in no particular order):
MITSUBISHI Mirage 1.2L – even without a hybrid drivetrain, this baby is considered to be one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the world to date. It prides itself in running up to 16.6 kilometers per litre in combined driving and can even go all the way to 18.2 km/L in highway driving. If you are looking for a fuel-saving everyday car, then this might be the one (if you’re not in need of a spacious car by the way)
HONDA Civic 1.5L – should you need a sedan that doesn’t skimp on looks, popularity, resale value, comfort, safety, and fuel-efficiency, this one is certainly a great choice. It only needs 12.8 gallons of fuel to drive 100 miles. That’s 14.9km/L in city driving and 17.8km/L in highway driving.
MAZDA 2 Hatch – looking for a car that’s great for city driving? The Mazda 2 hatchback is a good choice. The EPA has announced its impressive 14.9kpL fuel efficiency in combined driving. Its 1.5-liter engine boasts of its six-speed automated gearbox and a high-tech transmission.
HYUNDAI Elantra 1.4 – with its turbocharged 1.4 liter-engine, this sedan boasts of an EPA rating of 13.6 kilometres per liter in city and 17 kilometers per liter in combined driving. With Hyundai’s recent efforts to improve their car models’ exterior, safety, technology, and fuel efficiency, no doubt that the Elantra is one of today’s cars that is truly on the most sought-after lists.
FORD Fiesta SFE 1.0 – another in the compact car category, Ford takes great pride in the Fiesta’s Super Fuel Economy package. But don’t belittle its 1.0 liter 3-cylinder engine, as it boasts of its 15.7 kilometres per liter EPA rating in highway, and 18.3 km/L in combined driving. Despite its size, owners of this car love its fun personality and precise handling.
Despite these cars’ respective fuel economy ratings by the EPA, know that these will not guarantee that you will save a whole lot of money in the future. Those will still be affected of course by the ever-changing oil prices in the market as well as your usage and driving behaviours. In conclusion, because buying a car is a rather large purchase, it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Still choose the one that best suits your budget, personality, needs, and lifestyle.
Is your old car causing you to spend more on fuel every month or every year? Maybe it has reached its age and usage limit. Maybe it’s time to let go of it now. Rapid Car Removal is here to help you with that. We are not part of Melbourne’s leading car buyers if we are not known for providing top cash for cars and superior service to our clients. Call us not at 0438 942 754 or simply visit our website to enquire.
While there are parts in your automobile that make unusual sounds, odors, and even alerts when they are worn and in need of replacing, there are also those that most of the time end up being neglected. Unfortunately, the headlights are just one of those. They don’t actually behave oddly when a problem is on the rise, unlike other car parts. But being one of those doesn’t really mean that they aren’t of any importance. Sadly, car owners and drivers only notice that they are in need of extra attention only when the light seems weak. And so now they all ask, even with regular car washing and cleaning of headlights, why do they still turn foggy, hazy, or yellowish?
Rapid Car Removal is one of the pioneers in the car wreckers and cash for cars Melbourne industry. We are also suppliers of top-quality replacement car parts. Having said that, we are here to give you a clearer picture of why car headlights end up that way and what can you do in order to stop or prevent it from happening.
Why do they turn yellowish and cloudy?
Our car headlights end up that way mainly because they are made from plastic. Because plastics are porous, carmakers cover them with a protective film. These protective films are of course effective for a certain number of years; but they are still due to wearing out after some time. More specifically, because they are exterior car parts, their wear is greatly affected by environmental elements such as:
- Oxidation – when the polycarbonate lens is exposed to the air and UV rays
- Road Damage – small rocks and other debris get inside the lens
- Dirt & Chemicals – over time, all the dirt, pollution, sand, as well as road salts accumulate and form layers on your lenses
- Water Vapor – it is created inside the headlights because of the moisture content in the trapped air
In a nutshell, here’s what happens:
HEAT from the bulbs + UV rays + harsh external elements = foggy & yellowish headlights
So what do you do?
A sad reality is, some car owners only see this as a problem because they don’t look good. Which shouldn’t be the case. It is actually a safety problem. Clouded and yellowish headlights reduce your light’s strength and area of coverage – making it hard or rather impossible to drive in dark, snowy, and stormy places. And because the culprits are things we couldn’t really control, here are some of the things we can do on our part.
If you see your car headlights still in good condition, you may do this to prevent them from clouding and yellowing sooner:
- Be extra careful in polishing them. If you polish them too hard, you might just easily break its clear protective coating.
- When cleaning headlights, make sure to use ONLY automotive soaps. And note that you must clean them not too often though. Cleaning can reduce dirt layers and chemicals that make them yellow, but the suggested frequency is to do it every 3 months or just when you see it’s really needed.
- Always have it parked and rested in your garage. Should you need to park somewhere in the outdoors, if possible, position your car in a way that it’s not facing the sunlight.
If in case you already see them turning foggy and yellow, take the time to address them immediately to avoid worsening the case and ending up in buying replacements sooner. You may:
- Invest in headlight restoration kits. Many kinds are available online and in your local auto stores. Just research which ones fit your budget and needs.
- Should you prefer to DIY, wet sand and buff them carefully. Some even have them waxed after buffing for extra protection.
In conclusion, it is really wrong to think that there are parts of your car that can be neglected. Just like our bodies, every single part is significant. If you are that kind of car owner or driver who always choose to put off or delay maintenance jobs like taking care of your headlights, always remember that procrastination has its price. So if you don’t want to deal with it now, better be prepared for a more serious car trouble in the future.
If you have done all the aforementioned tips but your car headlights are still foggy and yellowish, your last recourse is to replace them. And as we mentioned, Rapid Car Removal has been in the car wreckers Melbourne and “sell my car” industry for two decades. We are the company you can trust if you need quality car parts, including headlights. Our wide inventory boasts of interior, exterior, and engine parts for cars of all brands, makes, and models.
Call 0438 942 754 to enquire.
Petrol-powered vehicles basically run on controlled explosions of energy. Those explosions are caused and controlled partly by spark plugs. They ignite the air and fuel mixture; and the explosion, caused by electrons at the end of plug, is converted into energy that causes crankshaft motion. Having said that, without these spark plugs, your gasoline engine won’t really take you anywhere.
If you use your car regularly, the spark plugs will most definitely wear over time. The electrodes will eventually deteriorate and make the electrons’ needed gap too wide. If you’re having troubles starting your car, if the engine seems to have a rough idle, if you notice a higher fuel consumption, or if your engine misfires and surges, those are signs that you need to have your spark plugs replaced already.
As one of the leading companies in the car wreckers Melbourne market, Rapid Car Removal is committed to helping car owners make the most out of their cars. As car buyers with two decades of experience, we have extensive knowledge about cars. We truly believe that if you still have that luxury to do DIY repairs and other projects on your car, by all means, enjoy it while you still can. Having said that, we are here to help teach you on how to replace your spark plugs without actually screwing up.
First things first, avoid that last-minute rush to the hardware store and prepare these tools beforehand:
- Socket/ratchet set
- Needle-nose pliers
- Extension bar
- Gap gauge
- Torque wrench
- Spark plug wire puller
- Swivel socket
Step 1: Let your engine cool first. Remove loose dirt from your engine before actually doing anything. Blow off the crud from the ignition coils to prevent them from falling into the cylinders. If there’s still a plastic cover on top of your engine, remove it carefully.
Step 2: Detach the coil electrical connector by depressing or pulling off the lock tab. Then twist the ignition coil to break loose the O-ring seal. Now remove the old spark plug boot assembly out. Some engines have detachable spark plug boot assembly and spring. If they don’t remove easily, you may use needle-nose pliers.
Step 3: Before you pull the old spark plug out, it’s also important that you remove the dirt and crud that have settled around it. Using a swivel-head plug socket and an extension bar, unscrew now your old spark plug by rotating it counter-clockwise.
Step 4: Always remember to check the spark plug gap before installing a new one. Using the gap gauge, select the correct wire gauge between the electrodes.
Step 5: Using the proper ratchet-socket wrench is critical in fixing today’s car engines. Always buy the one that is according to your car manufacturer’s specifications. But because spark plugs today now have anti-corrosive thread coatings, it’s a lot easier to install new ones. Just screw them in and finish up with the proper torque wrench setting. You may check in your vehicle service manual to know the exact torque setting of the plugs.
Step 6: Lubricate the boot assembly first before reinstalling the ignition coil. Squeeze a pea-sized amount of dielectric silicone compound into the spark plug boot and spread it using the applicator. Make sure to properly reinstall coil, bolt, and electrical connector. Wait for it to “snap” on. Note that if this is done incorrectly, you may cause your engine to misfire.
Roughly, spark plugs today last about 30,000 to 70,000 mile-intervals. But to make it easier for you, just religiously follow your car manufacturer’s recommended spark plug service intervals.
It really pays to get your hands dirty at least once or twice in your car’s lifetime. Experiencing even the simplest of DIY repair or maintenance jobs will make you appreciate and take care of your car more.
One of the perks of buying a brand new car is having a warranty. By definition, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, “A manufacturer’s warranty is a promise to the consumer that the vehicle will be free from defects for a certain period of time”. This is your protection as new car owners, just in case something unexpectedly goes wrong with your brand new ride. And thanks to car makers today, they now provide longer warranties unlike before. And so if you really want to take advantage of that promise, you’d have to do everything in your power to keep it intact for as long as you could.
Still, many issues arise whenever we talk about new car warranties. Dealers will tell you in some misleading way (if not blatantly) that you need to have your car serviced with them in order to keep your warranty valid. Which shouldn’t really be the case if you read your manufacturer’s manual and take it word for word. Because technically, your warranty only gets voided when you yourself has caused or contributed to the car problem. Having said that, what safety measures should car owners do in order to keep their new warranties from being void?
Rapid Car Removal is one of the leading companies in the car removal and cash for cars Melbourne market. We have been in the automobile industry for more than two decades now. We are here to help you know the dos and don’ts in keeping your new car warranty intact:
Follow maintenance schedules religiously:
Car makers set car service maintenance schedules for important reasons. They are there in your car owner’s bible to be followed and not neglected. If let’s say one year has passed since you last had it serviced, your warranty will most likely be voided.
Get qualified servicing and repairs:
There is no car manufacturer that tells owners not to have their cars serviced in independent auto repair shops. However, in order to keep your warranty intact, you should be wise in choosing which repair shop or mechanic to go with. They should be qualified and authorized to do the work. They should use only original parts for your car.
Always use the right fuel, oils and liquids:
Doing this will not only keep your warranty valid; but also it will save you from serious car engine problems. Never ever put diesel in a petrol vehicle, or vice versa. Any damage that occurs because of the use of wrong or low-quality oils and liquids is not covered in your warranty.
Don’t modify the structure of the vehicle:
If the vehicle’s structure is changed in any way, it is an obvious and outright reason for the manufacturer or dealer to deny your warranty. So delay your plans of changing your car’s looks until the time your warranty lapses.
Never make performance upgrades:
If you’re the type of car driver or owner who is never satisfied in how your vehicle runs, then don’t expect to get anything from your warranty. The manufacturers tune your vehicle according to its own parts. So if you want to change anything to boost your car’s performance, your warranty will be voided.
Only use the car for which it is intended for:
Never abuse your car. For example, if your bought a small hatchback and you use for off-road racing, most likely your car will get serious damages. Well, the repair of those damages will not be covered by your warranty.
Don’t use aftermarket or counterfeit parts and kits:
That doesn’t mean that you can only buy parts from a dealership; it’s just that you need to shy away first from those cheaper aftermarket parts and kits if you want to keep your warranty valid.
Keep it protected from environmental damages:
Warranties will never cover repairs for damages caused by storms, floods, earthquakes, and the like. So make sure your vehicle is properly protected during these environmental disasters.
Never alter your odometer:
We can’t actually say why some owners and drivers do this. But just in case, never ever disconnect, tamper, or replace your car’s odometer if you want to take advantage of the warranty. By doing so, the dealer won’t be a able to verify your car’s correct mileage.
Keep paper trails of all repairs and services done:
The last and probably the most important of them all. Should you have chosen to bring your car to an independent repair shop, secure all receipts and documents that clearly explain what was done in your car, what kinds of parts and fluids are placed, and all those. If you have done a DIY repair on it, you may keep the receipts of the parts or fluids you have bought for your car. These will serve as proof that you did nothing to void your warranty.
Choosing to have your vehicle repaired at the dealership or by a trusted mechanic is most definitely up to you. In a nutshell, just be reminded that your new car’s warranty will be voided whenever you incur damages from unauthorized repair and modification, fake parts, and environmental causes. But if you have the luxury to let your new car warranty be voided, then by all means, modify or use your car however you want it.
If you have a car that is too expensive or seems impossible to repair, we, Rapid Car Removal, is here to be of help. With warranty or not, working or not, with insurance or not, all cars are welcome. As one of the top companies in the car wreckers Melbourne industry, we provide our clients top cash for cars regardless of their vehicle’s age and condition. Our ‘sell my car’ service guarantees free car removal. We will efficiently remove you old, scrap, wrecked or junk cars without additional costs. Contact us today!
The temperature gauge is in the red zone. The engine warning lights won’t go off. And there’s steam coming from your hood. Uh-oh, those things tell you that you are now experiencing one of the most dreaded car troubles – OVERHEATING. It’s said to be the engine’s enemy; when your car temperature climbs to a point where mechanical damage can occur. If this is not immediately and properly addressed, your car’s engine might be in need of a total overhaul.
Because we are one of Melbourne’s leading used car buyers and junk car wreckers, we ought to help you successfully avoid this situation. In order to effectively prevent this from happening, one thing is certain: we need to arm ourselves first with proper knowledge about engine overheating.
What causes it?
In general, if the engine is overheating, there could be a problem with the cooling system. It consists of parts such as the water pump, thermostat, radiator, heater core, and coolant hoses. If one of these are broken or worn, that may cause your car to overheat. Even if almost everything stems from lack of cooling circulation, we still have to understand the specific reasons why car engines overheat:
- Your coolant level is too low or there might be a coolant leak. When there is a leak, or there’s too much space in the coolant container, air eventually gets sucked in and circulated. Once it rises to the top of your cooling system, an airlock happens, and your engine starts heating up.
- The radiator fan isn’t supplying enough air for your engine. When this happens, replacing it might be too complex for you to DIY. Make sure to get help from your trusty mechanic if you need to immediately replace your radiator fan.
- There’s a cooling system blockage. The coolant can’t seem to circulate to your radiator maybe because: the thermostat doesn’t open like it should; there are mineral deposits in your radiator; or there’s a foreign object in your cooling system.
- There’s water pump failure. Your water pump has a bearing or impeller that turns constantly. Once it breaks or gets worn, it’ll make your engine heat up in an instant.
- There might be problems with the important belts and chains in the engine. Usually the timing belt and serpentine belt makes annoying squeaking sounds if they are already worn. If you don’t replace them on time and keep using them even if they’re torn or broken, they’ll eventually cause an overheated engine.
- At the very least, your oil levels shouldn’t be the cause of an overheated engine. It’s a no brainer that if there’s less or no oil, there’s more friction in the engine. But there really are drivers or owners who neglect maintaining proper oil levels and so they eventually make their car engines overheat.
How do I prevent it from happening?
Now that you are aware of the things that may cause your car engine to overheat, it’s a lot easier to know what you can do to prevent it. Well, in a nutshell, proper maintenance and regular inspection are always keys to avoid serious car troubles. But in order to make clear of the things you should do to prevent engine overheating, keep these handy tips in mind:
- Check if your radiator cap is in good condition and see if your radiator has debris.
- Always keep an eye on your temperature gauge. Address it immediately to prevent it from going to the red area.
- It’s always handy to keep 1 gallon of extra coolant and 1 gallon of distilled water in your trunk.
- Check for leaks under your car.
- Top off your coolant regularly.
- Inspect timing and serpentine belts religiously.
- Always have your whole cooling system checked by a professional mechanic.
Engine overheating, like other car troubles, can happen at the worst possible time. Fortunately, we can better equip ourselves in order to effectively avoid that situation. And as with any other vehicle maintenance job, you just have to take the time to understand it and put in a little effort. So that even if it’s scorching hot in those summer days, you will never have to deal with an overheating engine.
Do you have a car that seems to overheat and break down almost every time you get it on the road? Maybe it’s about time that you let it go. We are a trusted and reputable car removal company in Melbourne for more than two decades now. We’ll be happy to take that inefficient and unsafe junk vehicle off your hands and pay you top cash for it. Call us now at 0438 942 754.
Sometimes, car owners tend to just worry about their car’s engines– forgetting easily that it’s the tyres that are technically the most abused part of your vehicle. And because they are the ones that are directly in contact with the road, our car’s tyres are also the most susceptible to wear and tear.
Maintaining your car’s tyres regularly is the key to a safe and efficient driving. It will help you save money as you won’t need to buy and replace them very often. It will also help you save on fuel expenses. Well maintained car tyres also means that you and your passengers will most likely enjoy your trip with no hassles or accidents. It will help your car’s engine and other important parts to function more efficiently. And, it will also help maintain your car’s value.
Rapid Car Removal is one of the most trusted companies in the car removal Melbourne market. We have witnessed and handled vehicles that have the best and worst conditioned tyres. And so, as car wrecking experts, we ought to give you some tips on how to keep your tyres in good shape:
Avoid driving carelessly
Driving at high speed. Drifting. Doing hard turns and breaks. Stop-and-go driving. While there is nothing wrong about experiencing these exhilarating driving moments every now and then, doing these more often could easily wear out your tyres. If you have money to splurge on new tyres often, then it’d be no problem. But if you aim to prolong the lifespan of your car’s tyres, then think twice before you go and do “Fast and The Furious” stunts again.
Check & maintain correct tyre pressure
Keeping your tyres under-inflated is the worst you can do to them. It results to irregular tyre wear, increased fuel consumption, loss of control, and a more tired engine. Remember, tyres can appear not to be flat even if they need more than 50% of air pressure. As an added tip, it’s a best practice to have your tyres checked every time you decide to top up your fuel. In that way, you won’t be able to forget about maintaining the correct tyre pressure. It is also recommended to occasionally check the air pressure of your spare tyre, as you’ll never know when you’re gonna need it.
Inspect tyre treads regularly
Good tyre treads will help your car ensure maximum grip and traction on the road. This means, it’ll make you effectively avoid skidding, hydroplaning, etc. So check and measure if the tread depth is at least 1.6mm. Others say insert a penny into the tread groove to easily see if your tyre treads are all worn out. If you see almost the whole body of the coin, then it’s time to replace it.
Respect your car’s tyre load capacity
Not because it fits in your vehicle, doesn’t mean you have to maximise the space. Maximising the space also means maximising your car’s weight capacity. Each type of tyre has a corresponding load index, which is the maximum weight it can carry. When vehicles are loaded beyond their tyres’ maximum load index, it can result to excessive heat in the tyre, and can eventually cause sudden tyre damage.
Rotate your tyres and keep wheels aligned
To ensure that your tyres are worn evenly, make sure to have them rotated every 10,000 km or every 6 months. Even tyre wearing helps extend the life of your tyres and will enable you to save money. If your wheels are properly aligned, you protect them from irregular wear and rapid damage. It also helps you get better handling and fuel efficiency.
Not only do well-conditioned tyres save you fuel and money; but more importantly, they help keep you (and those riding with you) safe on the road. So think of doing proper tyre care not as an added chore, but as a necessity. You must also know exactly when you need to replace them.
If maintaining or replacing your old car’s tyres doesn’t seem to cut it anymore, maybe it’s a way of your vehicle telling you it’s already tired and done for. Maybe it has finally reached it’s final leg. When that time comes, call us at 0438 942 754. Rapid Car Removal is here to have your old or wrecked car removed free of charge. Our team of seasoned car buyers, car removal specialists and vehicle evaluators are always ready to help you.
Having your very first car and getting your driver’s license are probably some of your most anticipated milestones as you enter into adulthood. But passing the driver’s license test or driving your very first car is just the tip of the iceberg; wait until you finally get a taste of the real thing. Statistics say that most new drivers get into car accidents usually during their first two years in driving. It really is fun and exciting, but you should also take into consideration that driving can also be a dangerous thing.
As one of Melbourne’s leading car buyers, we’ve had many experiences in taking vehicles that were totally wrecked from collision and other road accidents. So we say, it really won’t hurt if you will take some precautions and practice strict safe driving habits until you can finally get the hang of things. This will keep you, your passengers, and your car safe from harm’s way. Here, we’ve come up with a list of the best safe driving tips to help new drivers effectively prevent fender benders:
Know everything about your car
Be familiar or memorise all the features of your vehicle. You wouldn’t want to panic in the middle of the road when you trying to find the buttons or switches to deactivate some functions. Simple as it seems, but this can easily distract drivers and eventually get them on an accident. Read the manual cover to cover. Take your time sitting inside the car and learn how all of its features work. Mastering your ride is the first step to being safe on the road.
Religiously follow traffic rules and regulations
This is technically a must for all drivers – beginners or experts. But somehow, there are some who just follow in order to pass their driver’s license test. Which shouldn’t be the case. Rules are made and imposed for everyone’s safety. And so, if you do really care about safety, following traffic rules shouldn’t take too much of your effort; it must come naturally. Wear your seatbelt. Observe speed limits. Use signals all the time – these are just some of the most basic but most important rules to follow.
Drive in short distances first
Sometimes, drivers need to be familiar with the places they’re going to before actually driving there. Traffic regulations and driving cultures vary in different locations. So because you are just starting off and building your driving experiences, stick to near distances first. That way, you’d be able to develop and instill good driving attitudes before actually taking on that long trip.
Plan your route well
Sure there can be GPS and navigation apps that can easily help you out. However, some newbie drivers panic when they are in an unfamiliar route. Because you are still not used to driving that much, lots of unexpected things can happen to you for the very first time and being in an unfamiliar place can cause anxiety and distraction.
Discard all distractions
Two things any driver shouldn’t forget, EVER: keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. Refrain from doing and entertaining anything and everything that can keep your eyes and hands from where they should be. Don’t text, call, eat, drink, and all those activities that can make you lose your concentration.
Make rules for passengers
We totally understand how important it is for you to show off your driving skills to your family or mates. However, keep in mind that you are still new at this. Showing off by driving at high speeds or doing unnecessary driving tricks could be dangerous for you and them. If you really have to drive your family members or mates, remind them that you are still a rookie and that distractions are never welcome. Should you really need to impress them, show off your smooth, safe, and law-abiding driving skills.
Practice driving in all kinds of weather conditions
Extreme weather conditions are sometimes the cause of many road accidents. So it’s better to learn how to efficiently drive in those situations. Practice with the presence of a more experienced driver for safety. Learn how to drive in dark places, during hard rains and snow, etc. It’s best that you already have a taste of these challenging situations. It will be of great help to improving and mastering your driving skills.
Practice road courtesy
Be generous, patient, and forgiving while on the road. Give other motorists their right of way. This is very important in developing a good and positive driving attitude. If you are in a situation where you can’t determine who has the right of way, rule of thumb that it’s best to let the other driver/s have it. When you encounter rude and ruthless drivers, just let them be. Don’t get mad and retaliate. It’s not for their good, but yours.
Observe proper speed and distance
Overspeeding should really be off-limits to beginners, at the very least. Wait until you’ve come to the point where you’re really familiar with the road or highway you’re driving in and when you’ve mastered your car’s handling. Also, avoid driving too closely to another vehicle. The general rule is that you start slowing down at least two cars apart from the one that’s in front of you.
Keep calm and concentrate
Develop a calm attitude while driving, always. By being calm and patient, you won’t lose your concentration in any kind of situation. If you practice doing this as a new driver, you’d be able to master resisting having road rage. Keep in mind that raging drivers have more chances of getting into an accident or road trouble; so always keep your cool.
Remember, driving is a skill. You don’t just wake up in the morning and suddenly become a good driver. It takes time and practice before you can actually say you are an experienced driver. You’d have to wait and learn how to handle all kinds of pleasant and unpleasant situations on the road. So in a nutshell, what we’re saying is, defensive driving is always the key. Being road-courteous, vigilant, quick to thinking, and responsible is the perfect way to ensure your safety.
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When you love someone or something, it is but natural to do anything and everything you can to keep it. That includes our cars. If we are willing to spend that much just to buy them, it also goes without saying that we are also willing to take care of it no matter what. It just doesn’t make sense when we go outside of our means to pay for a big purchase and then just treat it like rubbish. What you do is, even before getting that car, you assess your capability and commitment in caring for it.
Yes, all cars have expiry dates – that time when they are already old, inefficient, unsafe, and unroadworthy no more. But even if we really can’t avoid or stop that from happening, we can do a lot of things to prevent that from arriving any time sooner. Keeping your ride from becoming a junk car is all in your hands.
Rapid Car Removal has been in the car removal and junk car wreckers Melbourne industry for over two decades now. We have dealt with different kinds of cars in all kinds of conditions. As experts in the field, we have actually come up with a list that will help you in caring for your ride. As there could be lots of car maintenance tips out there, we ought to give you the five most important ones that you should never miss nor neglect – all the others will follow.
Know your car inside and out
Just like loving someone, you naturally would like to know everything about him/her. Same goes with your ride. Read your car manual from cover to cover. Spend time in mastering its capabilities and special functions. Know what it needs. Just by smelling, hearing, or feeling it even with your eyes closed, you should know easily if it’s in a good or bad condition. This will easily save you from more serious repairs in the future.
Make sure to give it its own home
Many experts say that it is best if a car is safely garaged. We understand that it is sometimes impossible for other people. However, we want to point out that before you even think of getting one, make sure that you have a proper resting place for it. Like us humans, cars also need a roof over their heads – a nice and decent place to rest and recover. By keeping it safe and protected in a garage, you are saving it from further paint job services and other repair costs in the future.
Follow your manufacturer’s recommended service maintenance schedules
Many car owners are guilty of this. They normally follow from the first to the second year, but then they usually skimp after that. Which shouldn’t be the case. What’s the point of investing in a big purchase then putting in no effort to actually maintain it? These maintenance schedules are specifically set for a reason. They are to save you from bigger repair costs and to keep you and your passengers safe for a longer time.
Use it well
It’s kind of ironic but – a car that’s overused and a car that’s almost never used are both susceptible to wearing out faster. Use it as it was intended to be used. Own it. Be proud of it. Use it with respect, not like a slave. Those who have that burning desire to always clean, fix, and maintain their cars like there’s no tomorrow always end up keeping and enjoying their cars for a longer period of time. That’s tested and proven.
Regularly clean and check your car on your own
Even if you’re that kind of person who just owns a car but doesn’t actually have a knack for automobiles, the fact that you use it, you should at least try to learn how to get your hands dirty. How would you keep and take care of something for a long time if you’ll always let other people do it for you? At the very least, if you really don’t know how to fix cars, you should be able to check and clean it on your own. Wash it at least once a week. Keep it waxed to protect it. Check its interiors and exteriors daily to ensure everything’s A-okay. You’ll eventually see that the more effort you put into it, the more you’ll naturally keep and protect it for a long time.
If all these 5 come out easily for you, there are more chances that you might never see your vehicle as junk or as a rotten piece of metal someday. Dutch Mandel from AutoWeek.com said, “The answer to keeping your car from becoming junk is simple. Passion” – something that we, all car owners, should agree with. If we are truly passionate about our cars, maintaining and taking good care of it shouldn’t ever be a chore. It should be something that makes you happy; something that you see as an extension of yourself.
If you’re looking to hand over an old car that you have once loved so much, consider Rapid Car Removal. We are Melbourne’s leading car buyers who have been in the automobile industry for two decades and we will make sure your old babies are put into good use. We provide our clients with guaranteed good cash for cars that are old and used.
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Today, with different kinds of fast cars, congested roads, high speed limits, and adrenaline-junkie drivers, one can say that it’s rather more dangerous to drive than maybe about 10 or 20 years ago. However, thanks to the rapid development of newer technologies, we can also say that automobiles now – whether private or commercial – are a lot safer than before.
When buying a new ride, it is but imperative to take a closer look on what kinds of safety features it has before actually choosing it. Whether you are a bachelor, career woman, family man, or a first-time car buyer, whatever your situation may be, you and your passengers’ safety must always be top priority.
Gone were the days when you only look for seatbelts in a vehicle. Now, the automobile industry standards have also set their bars higher. Regulations now require vehicles to have front airbags, seatbelts with pretensioners, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS), among others. With lots of advanced safety technologies and jargons, it is kind of challenging to know and understand which ones you really need.
So as one of the leading companies in the cash for cars and car wreckers Melbourne industry, we also update ourselves with the latest developments in the automobile world to provide better services to our clients. We took the time to make a list of the latest car safety features you should look for and what they really do for you:
Airbags with Passenger Sensing Systems – this feature is perfect for families with toddlers and children. The sensors will turn the airbags on or off depending on the weight of the passenger. So if you’re driving with your little kid/s, and they’re seated near the airbags, they won’t be suffocated or injured once it deploys.
Latch System – LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. They are now a standard in almost all countries because it enables drivers with kids to properly and securely install car seats. Tether and lower anchors are hooks (normally U-shaped bars or rings) built in your car’s rear seats, where you attach your kid’s car seat. They will keep them in place no matter what.
Back-up Systems – Parking in reverse is now easier, thanks to this cool safety feature. There are sensors that will effectively warn and alert you if you are close to bumping on something while backing up your car. Some high-end cars have their back-up systems equipped with cameras.
Blind Spot Monitoring – it’s easier to get bumped or cut off by another vehicle if it is coming from your blind spots. So to efficiently avoid crashes and close calls, the sensors of the blind spot monitoring system warns you ahead of time. Some cars have beepers, flashing lights from side mirrors, or steering wheel vibrations.
Lane Keep Assistance – this cool technology helps avoid sleepy and tired drivers from getting into accidents. The system effectively recognises road lane markings and then alerts the driver once the car runs out of direction, then eventually steers it back gently into the lane.
Forward Collision Warning – just like back-up systems, cars now also have systems that help you avoid frontal car crashes. The car provides audible warnings that tell you are coming too close to the vehicle in front of you.
Adaptive Headlights – Not all car brands and models have these yet, but it’s truly a plus if you’re going to buy a car that has them. This kind of headlights help so much whenever you’re travelling at night, in curved roads and places where there are no lights. The headlights pivot as you turn, following whichever direction your car goes.
Adaptive Cruise Control – this car feature uses a radar system that will instantly detect cars that are ahead of you. It will sense their speeds and keep your car in a safe distance. This one is very handy to avoid cases wherein you have to do a hard brake just because the car in front of you suddenly stops.
There are still other car safety systems that manufacturers add to their vehicles. But the ones on this list are truly worth looking out for if you’re thinking of buying a new ride. And sure, they might make you shell out a few more bucks; but it’s going to be worth it when the safety of the driver, passengers, and even pedestrians are at stake. Even though they shouldn’t be considered as substitutes for safe and defensive driving, know that all these will still make a big difference in having peace of mind while you are on the road.
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If people need some relaxing and rejuvenation every once in awhile in their busy and complicated lives, cars do need that too. Those old, not-so-old, and almost new vehicles that help us get to our destinations everyday also get tired.
Rapid Car Removal has been buying used cars in Melbourne for the last two decades and so. And believe us when we say we have seen used vehicles in all kinds of shapes and conditions, from the most filthy to the most amazingly like-new ones. So apart from the regular car washing, waxing, and vacuuming, there are other car hacks you can try to do to make your precious ride feel pampered and reinvigorated.
With that, we are here to provide you with easy DIY car tips and tricks to give your car that TLC it needs without leaving a dent on your wallets. We have carefully selected 5 ways that will surely make a difference in keeping your car from looking down and out:
#1: MAKE YOUR CAR’S EYES SPARKLE
Owners of used cars are often stressed about their car headlights turning yellow and foggy. Never fret, with just a tube of toothpaste (whitening, if possible), a clean cloth, and your arm muscles, they’ll look better in no time. Thoroughly rub the toothpaste in. Once you get your desired results, rinse it completely with water then wipe to dry. If you notice small cracks on it, give it a quick fix by applying some clear nail polish. This will also avoid moisture to build up inside your headlights. You may finish up with wax or furniture polish to really make them sparkle!
#2: FREE YOUR CAR FROM ITS OLD TATTOOS
If you have been through that phase where you think it’s so cool to make your car look like a trapper-keeper, well, it’s time to wake up and leave that behind because it’s no longer the 80’s or the 90’s. If you really want your baby to look like it’s fresh from the dealership or have just come out of the auto detailing shop, get rid of those expired registration stickers, decals, and other labels that are on your car’s body, windows, and windshield. If you want to neatly remove them without a sticky residue, you may use a newspaper that has been wet with warm water to take them off.
#3: KEEP YOUR CAR’S SKIN CLEAR & SMOOTH
Doing regular body washing and waxing is a no-brainer when it comes to cleaning your car’s exteriors. But sometimes, the regular car wash doesn’t seem to cut it when there are stubborn things or substances that have been stuck on your paint. So to solve that, after a good wash, head to your laundry area and get those dryer sheets. They should help you easily remove dead bugs, dried-up fruit and tree droppings, bird poo, and more.
#4: MAKE YOUR DASHBOARD DASHING
For you to really feel that your car is ‘like new’, you have to pay close attention to the parts that you actually in contact with – those that you always see and touch. You can get rid of the dust and dirt that are accumulated and stuck in the car vents and other interior crevices using a foam craft brush. Then, instead of the vacuum, use coffee filters to dust all the interior components. After that, give it a good polish by using some olive oil (that you probably just have in your kitchen).
#5: KEEP THE INTERIORS NEAT
All your efforts to make your car look nice and fresh will be in vain if you won’t keep it neat and clean. There’s no need for you to buy those pricey and fancy car accessories just to maintain an organised car. You have lots of items in your home that you can definitely use inside your car. To give you an idea, here are some examples:
- An empty gum/candy holder to hold loose coins inside your car
- Silicone or paper cupcake liners in the cup holders to easily catch spills and crumbs
- Shoe/slipper organiser to hold all the other items that you always need inside the car
- Cereal containers instead of normal trash cans to make it a bit more handy and pleasant-looking inside your car.
There more DIY projects you can do to give your car that R&R it needs. The most important thing left here is your commitment and desire to actually do-it-yourself. Well, it’s your car to begin with. So if you choose just to let it be, then it’s your call. Just remember, that everything you choose to do and not to do with your car will have an effect in the future.
Do you have a damaged car in your garage that is just rotting and rusting away because of poor maintenance and negligence? There’s no reason to sulk and regret. What you can do now is trust professional car wreckers like Rapid Car Removal, and you won’t feel bad about it anymore. Ask about our cash for cars and free car removal services now by calling ________________.
The sun’s UV rays are detrimental to us humans. It can cause skin aging, heat stroke, severe headaches, and more. Same goes with our beloved cars. Extreme heat from the sun is also their enemy. It can damage different parts of our car without us even knowing it. Though it is basic to know that it can destroy our car’s paint, it also harms the interiors, tyres, and even the engine. Thankfully, there are lots of different ways to help protect your cars from the sun’s harmful rays.
As one of the trusted used car buyers and car wreckers Melbourne, Rapid Car Removal is here to provide you with easy and effective car protection tips against the dangerous UV rays and the scorching heat from the sun:
For your car’s gorgeous exteriors…
Regularly wash and wax your car
Dust, particles, and other elements that stick to car’s paint job will be harder to remove if you don’t wash your car very often. Once they get almost permanent, the paint gets immediately damaged. Moreover, if sunblock is for humans, protective wax are for cars. They help lock in the natural oils from your car’s paint, keeping the sun from cracking and fading it.
Invest in paint protection systems
There are different kind of paint protect systems available now in the market. They may come as film coatings or sprays. These invisible shields are also effective in protecting your car from minor scratches, harmful substances, sand, and sometimes even small dents. Just be careful on choosing one that has good quality.
Park your car in roofed and shaded places
Just like we need a roof over our heads, make sure your car has its own decent home as well. Keep it in a covered garage to protect it even when it’s not on the road. When you head to the office, the mall, or any other place, prefer covered parking areas or parking spaces with some shade.
Always check your tyres
The heat is also the number one enemy of your car’s tyres. Especially when you’re in a location where the weather is mostly hot, tyres tend to inflate. When they come in contact with scorching road surfaces, they could blowout. So make sure they always have the correct air pressure.
For the intricate insides of your car…
Use windshield sun shades
During times when it’s impossible to park in a covered or shaded area, sun shades are best to protect your dashboard and steering wheel from the intense heat. There lots of sun shades you can choose from and you don’t even have to shell out much for it. Some car owners even buy those for their rear windshields.
Have the windows tinted
Driving and parking under the sun couldn’t be avoided; so you may consider getting window tints to protect your car’s interiors along with you and your passengers as well. It’s best to choose those tints that already have UV protection.
Clean and protect interiors regularly
Same as with your car’s exteriors, the insides must also be cleaned and protected. Wipe everything with a microfiber cloth. Have it vacuumed thoroughly. And apply some interior protectants and conditioners (especially if you have leather seats).
Consider putting seat covers
These protective covers do not only keep your seats from being damaged by the sun. They also help keep them cool so it’d be easier for you to sit on them after being parked under the sun for a long time.
The car’s engine must be checked too…
Maintain correct fluid levels
Pop up your car’s hood and see if the important car fluids are in optimum levels. The coolant, motor oil, transmission and brake fluids, and other fluids get used up faster during hot weather conditions. So make sure to check and top them up when necessary.
Keep an eye on your battery
High temperature can cause your battery to wear out quicker than usual. Under the heat, the battery fluid also evaporates more rapidly, eventually causing corrosion to battery connectors and terminals.
Make sure the air conditioning is in good condition
This is not only to make you and your passengers comfortable inside the car. If your A/C isn’t working properly – weak air flow or insufficient temperature, it can be a sign that your refrigerant charge level is low or your A/C is in need of a repair.
Protecting your ride from the harmful rays of the sun may require your effort and even some of your budget. But all of these sure are worth it. Doing so will make driving and riding comfortable; ensure your safety on the road; help maintain your car’s value; and of course keep your car dashing – inside and out.
If you own a car that is not only damaged by extreme weather conditions, but also overused, aged, and wrecked, put it into good use by choosing the services of Rapid Car Removal. We are a leading company in the cash for cars Melbourne market because many clients trust us to efficiently remove their junk and unwanted cars and safely recycle or reuse them.
Living in a vast country that is gifted with beautiful backdrops and breath-taking scenic spots is indeed a blessing. And the best way for you to see and explore these places in Australia is by going on long drives. Apart from just getting a glimpse of these instagram-worthy sights, it is more fun heading to the outback with your mates, family, or special someone.
Of course, you wouldn’t want anything to destroy that fun. And so goes the saying, you can never be too prepared for something. As much as possible, you would have to be ready for anything and everything that could happen along the way.
We here at Rapid Car Removal – one of Melbourne’s leading car buyers, car removal specialists, and car wreckers – have actually dealt with many vehicles that have been at the mercy of different kinds of road emergencies. So to help you avoid those and other mishaps, we took the time to make you this ultimate road trip checklist. You will be travelling great distances, so it really wouldn’t hurt if you would find time to tick off every item on this list before heading on that trip:
Finalize your Itinerary
There is absolutely nothing wrong with a trip that has a well-laid out plan. Don’t leave out minor things such as time allotted for each activity, rest stops, and even designated driver changes. The more detailed the plan is, the better. One very important thing to remember: leave a printed or emailed copy of this to a friend or family member who isn’t coming with you so they’d know where to find you in case you fail to show up by the time you’re supposed to be back home.
Bring a map AND a GPS
You’ll most probably be travelling to places you haven’t been to before, so one of the last things you’ll want to happen is to get lost in the way. It is paramount that you bring both a GPS and a map. You’ll never know when you’ll be experiencing network problems.
Bring a portable power bank/jump starter kit
As with any trip, having a fully charged mobile phone is a must. Having those chargers that rely on your car’s battery won’t be enough, so it is really better to have back-ups like this one. In addition, it has a dual purpose as you can easily use this just in case you’d have some car battery problems.
Do a full tyre & fluid check
It is but common sense that you have to check on the car’s condition before going on a long journey. It’s important that you double-check the tyres’ pressure and tread depth as well as the condition of your spare tyre. To make sure the vehicle runs smoothly until you go back, verify the status of your car’s oil, windshield washer, brake fluid, etc.
Secure insurance & roadside assistance papers
If in case your car suddenly breaks down in the middle of the road, these documents can be your lifesavers. Expert advice: always leave them in your glove compartment so that you always have them ready.
Basic car repair tools, car jack, reflective triangle, extra water, and flashlight are the essentials that you shouldn’t remove from your car ever. These will be handy in case a problem arises. But when doing road trips, it’s best to take with you: a first aid kit, a torch, wet wipes and paper towels (especially when you’re travelling with kids), lighter, tow rope, plastic bags, multi-purpose knife, and a compass.
Pillows & Blankets
These would not only make the passengers comfy, but the driver/s as well. There will be instances when the designated driver needs to rest and having pillows and blankets will make it easy for him/her to doze off. It can really get cold at night, so it’ll be good to keep everyone warm.
Food & Beverage
Even if you’ve planned out rest or eating stops, it is always advisable to have adequate supply of food and drinks. You could also bring some sweets to help your driver stay awake and alert.
Be prepared with different kinds of playlists for everyone to enjoy. It’s best to download music or bring CDs just in case you’ll be in an area where there’s no internet.
Remember, your road trip will only end up in either two things: a memorable expedition that’s one for the books OR a total disaster that you’d never want to happen again.You wouldn’t end up regretting anything if you go over this essentials checklist before heading out. That’s a lot better instead of rushing and ending up forgetting to bring very important items. This trip is supposed to be about having fun, exploring, and making memories and you surely wouldn’t want to taint that, right?
Should you be needing the help of a reliable car removal expert, Rapid Car Removal is here for you. Our friendly and accommodating staff are always ready to be of assistance. Call us at 0438 942 754.
Getting a car is probably among the most exciting experiences (or purchases) you’ll ever have in your life. Regardless if it’s brand new, second hand, or a slightly used one, nothing beats the feeling of having a new car to use and show off.
As fun and exciting as it could be, some people may actually find buying a car a bit tough or challenging; especially first-timers. With all the brands, models, sizes, styles, and colours of cars we can choose from today, deciding which ride to buy seems impossible to do overnight.
As you are deciding on a big purchase and responsibility, picking out the right car is crucial. You must be able to do a thorough research, planning, and analysing. You absolutely don’t want to buy something abruptly and then end up regretting it later.
As we are one of Melbourne’s leading car buyers and car wreckers who have been in the automobile industry for over two decades, we have dealt with different kinds of clients who sell and buy cars. It sure isn’t easy; but after following these steps, finding THE perfect car will soon be a breeze:
Assess your needs and match it with a particular car class.
Determine your ultimate purpose for purchasing a car. It is for work, business, leisure or for family use? How many will usually ride in it? Is it going to be used everyday? Will it be driven in the city or off-road? Would you need a bigger storage or leg room? Do you live in a place where it snows or rains hard? Is it easier for you to drive an automatic or stick shift? Will it have its own parking space in your home? – All of these questions and a lot more will help you determine which car class is really perfect for your needs. After you have noted all the answers to these, you can now choose whether you’d be going with a sedan, compact, SUV, minivan, pickup truck, luxury, or sports car.
Determine your specific budget and stick to it.
After narrowing down your choices to the specific car class that fits your needs, it’s now time to set your budget. As with any kind of shopping experience, it is very helpful to have a budget in order to restrain yourself from overspending and making impulse purchases. Decide whether you would like to pay the car in cash or if you need to get a loan for it. Paying for a car in full would entitle you to bigger discounts and even freebies. Compute for the maximum amount you can really shell out. That amount shouldn’t only fit the vehicle’s price but also the taxes other fees that the dealership might charge you.
On the other hand, the advantage of getting car financing is that you will be able to maximise and play around your cash on hand. Compute how big you can pay as down payment, and how much monthly payment you can afford (after your regular expenses).
After this, you would be able to narrow down your choices to which brand you could afford – if you can go with the more economic brand or the more luxurious one.
Scout around and do a test drive.
Buying a car is just like buying a pair of shoes, you’d be more convinced that you like it once you get to feel and experience it – even just for a little while. Visit authorised dealers of the shortlisted car brands that you got after taking Steps 1 and 2. Schedule a test drive for the car class and models that fit your needs. By testing these vehicles, you should be able to observe the car’s comfort, handling, security, and other additional features. These are very crucial in selecting which car is perfect for you. Besides, you will be using that car for many years. It is just right that you choose one that is comfortable, safe, and durable.
Finally choose the car that perfectly fits YOU.
After doing the first 3 steps, you’ve probably trimmed down your choices to about 2 or 3 cars. And now that we’re done prioritising the practical matters like your needs, budget, comfort, and security, let’s not forget one thing: WHAT DO YOU LIKE? At the end of the end day, it will still boil down to what would really give you satisfaction. Besides, you are the one buying the car and you’ll be using it for a long time, so it’s only fitting that the car should be something you’d enjoy and appreciate. What color and style fit your taste?
Do you see yourself riding in it? Will you be proud to be seen driving it around? Out of the 2 or 3 options you have, pick the very one that has a strong appeal to your taste and style, the one that makes your heart beat faster every time you see it.
Planning to sell your car to help you buy that ride you have been longing for? Rapid Car Removal is more than willing to buy your old, scrap or wrecked car. We are one of the most trusted companies in the car removal Melbourne market because of our reputation of paying top cash for cars of all kinds, makes, models, and conditions. Call us now at 0438 942 754 and we’d be very happy to help you kickstart your new car fund.
People have different reasons and sentiments on why they want to sell their cars. Some might want to get an upgrade; some just want to get rid of a very old vehicle in their garage, and some need extra income. But no matter the reason for selling your car is, one thing is certain: Unlike stocks, real estate, and investments, your car’s value isn’t the same as when you first bought it. With that being said, if your goal is to get maximum cash for cars that are used, old, or even wrecked, you have to know and understand by heart all the key factors that affect your car’s resale value. By recognizing those, you will be well-prepared to sell your car in its rightful and just value.
1. Car Manufacturer/Brand
Many car experts would say that it is very important to consider the brand whenever you are choosing what car to buy. Why? Believe it or not, the car brand and manufacturer highly affects the car’s resale value. There are certain brands that lose as much as 50% of their value just after one year. You can research whether your car belongs to the top car brands that are known to retain higher resale values. And obviously, luxury car brands are expensive to buy because you can still sell them at higher prices even after a number of years.
2. Market Demand
There are many things that influence the demand for a certain type of car. It can vary depending on the time, location, weather, popularity and so on. For example, if you live in a place where it’s mostly sunny, then convertibles are probably more in demand. Similarly, if you live somewhere where it usually rains and snows, 4×4 vehicles are more popular. You have to understand what the car buyers currently need and want.
In addition, you could also research about the current rate of used car sales in your area. If the used car sale market seems low, you might want to wait about 3-6 months more before selling your car.
3. Year of Production
Generally, for each make and model, a car that has been produced in an earlier year will most definitely cost more. For example, you and your mate have the same kind of car. Yours is a 2004 model and has a 2008 model. Obviously, his car would sell at a higher price. His car would have features that your car doesn’t. Furthermore, if you have fortunately bought a rare model or limited edition type of car, then selling it a higher price wouldn’t be a problem. It might as well be your USP or unique selling proposition.
When buyers compare two cars of the same make, year model, and features, they will most definitely look at each car’s odometer. Basically, lower mileage means higher resale value. The car’s current mileage cannot be ignored because you are also looking at how much more maintenance or repair you’d have to do in the future. It will reflect how much you have used (or overused) your car. If your car has a very high mileage, buyers would assume that the vehicle won’t be able to last much longer and that they might probably deal with more headaches after buying it.
5. Exterior & Interior Conditions
These show how well or how poorly you have taken care of your car. This one should be a no-brainer. All the insides and outsides of your car should still be attractive if you want it to sell faster and at a higher value. It is best to have your car detailed, washed, and waxed before you put it up for sale. If your car has minor dents and scratches, you might want to get those fixed as well. No buyer would want to get a car with bruises, right? Make your car buyer feel as if he/she is buying a new car, even if it isn’t.
6. Mechanical State
When selling a used car, there is a chance that you’d come across a car enthusiast/expert at least once. You wouldn’t want a buyer to be so attracted upon seeing your car and then suddenly gets disappointed after doing a test drive. So to save yourself from possible embarrassment, ensuring the good mechanical condition of your vehicle is a must. You should keep a record of your car’s periodic maintenance and seasonal improvements as proof of its good running condition. Every good thing you say about your car’s engine, body, or performance, should be backed up by evidence.
7. Special Features & Upgrades
If you have bought your car in its most basic variant and you have decided to sell it as is, then don’t expect to sell at a higher value. But if you have invested in superior add-ons like body kits, safety equipment, top-notch sound systems, or gorgeous rims, then you have gained yourself additional rights to sell your car a bit higher. Just steer clear from those accessories that alter your car’s performance, safety, and durability.
If you are that confident about your car’s brand, popularity, year model, interior and exterior conditions, mileage, and all these, then selling it with a nice price tag shouldn’t be a problem. But if you want a hassle-free and fast way to get instant cash for cars, go for the services of Rapid Car Removal. We are happy to accept all kinds, brands, and makes of cars in the best and worst conditions.
You hear a clicking sound when you try to start your engine. Your headlights and even the indoor light in your car are dim. These are just a few of the signs that indicate your car battery needs immediate replacing. And just like any kind of battery, car batteries have their own lifespan. And when this time comes, well, you’d have no choice but to buy one.
If it is the first time you’ll experience this, you’ll probably have questions like: What do I do? What kind and brand of battery do I buy? Where can I find it? How much of my budget do I have to allocate for this?
Deciding on how big or small of an amount you’re willing to shell out for this is challenging. Since this expense is not something you can avoid, it is just fitting that you find value for your money. The price we pay for car batteries depends on the following:
- Battery SIZE and CAPACITY. Is your vehicle a sedan, SUV, 4WD, or truck? Basically, big cars require powerful batteries. Thus, they’d definitely cost more. Obviously, the bigger, the more durable, the better the capacity, just means the price is higher also.
- BRAND. Batteries manufactured by reputable brands provide 2-3 year warranties. Their prices are generally higher because their products are proven and tested to last for many years. They customarily guarantee their services. So to reap those benefits, you’d have to pay more.
If you are truly on a tight budget, there’s that option of buying cheaper generic car batteries. There are lots of them in the market. However, always keep in mind that they’re more costly in the long run. Prepare yourself to replace your car batteries more frequently, if you choose to do this.
- The SELLER. Many say that it’s most expensive to have your car batteries replaced at a dealership. It’s true that you are assured that only top-notch original batteries are installed in your car, and only expert mechanics will install it. But then, if you’re looking for something that’s reasonably-priced, maybe that is not the option.
There are lots of auto shops and car battery resellers that provide quality and affordable services. Look into their promos and packages. See if they provide free delivery, installation, or roadside assistance. These are the things you need to know in order to get maximum value for your money.
In the current market, you could find the cheapest ones starting at about $90; again, depending on the kind of battery you need. Then the most expensive ones can go up to $600 and more.
Research, plan, and even seek advice from your friends who are experts on cars. These could definitely help you get a good deal for your car battery needs.
Car batteries are consumable items that car owners need to take extra care of. While car batteries often last between three to five years, there are car owners who find themselves changing batteries every one or two years.
Because they are not aware of simple maintenance tips that can prolong their car battery’s lifespan and they are only concerned about getting from one location to another. Most owners disregard little things until they feel there is a problem with their car.
To be able to take care of your car batteries better, we have listed down some of the things that you should do on a regular basis.
1. Check the water (electrolyte) level
Car owners need to make sure that the water level of their car’s battery isn’t too low. A regular schedule for topping up is necessary and it’s wise to check the levels once or twice a month during summer or when the temperature is high. When topping up, use only distilled water (boiled and allowed to cool) and avoid over filling.
2. Keep the battery clean
Clean the battery terminals and remove dirt using warm soapy water. Dirt causes batteries to self discharge more rapidly. While cleaning the battery, you can also check if the terminals are well-connected.
3. Charge the battery regularly
Your car battery drains even when the car is off, so it’s paramount that you fully charge it once a week to extend its lifespan.
4. Do not overcharge your battery
When overcharged, lead batteries release oxygen and hydrogen gases that can cause explosion or break down the composition of the water in the battery.
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5. Park in shade
A car battery’s lifespan will be cut short if it is constantly being exposed to high temperature. Doing so will also reduce the capacity of the battery and make the car harder to start in cold weather.
6. Do not operate any car accessories before turning on the car ignition
Car batteries are only designed to provide power for ignition and they’re not made to supply prolonged power for electronics and other devices. If you use car accessories while the engine is off, the car’s alternator cannot charge the battery. This will result to the car battery getting drained.
7. Do not let your car sit idle for too long
Again, car batteries drain even when the car is off. If you let the car sit idle for too long, the alternator cannot charge the battery. It’s recommended you drive around at least an hour or two every week to ensure that your battery has enough charge.
8. Insulate your car’s battery
It is recommended you use a car battery insulation kit to insulate your car’s battery and protect it from extreme temperatures. Insulation kits can keep your battery cool in the summer and warm during winter.
9. Keep the battery secure and free from vibration.
Your car’s battery will get damaged and could malfunction if it’s constantly being shaken.
These are the few practices that could certainly increase the lifespan of your battery. If you’re having issues with your car battery and other components and if you’re thinking whether your old car is better off to be sold, contact us! Rapid Car Removal buy cars in Melbourne and all its surrounding areas. We offer free car removal and cash for trucks services. We are the old and used car buyers you can trust.
Are you planning to upgrade your car? Maybe you want to save some money instead of spending for its maintenance. Whatever reason you have, the goal is the same – to sell your car fast.
For some, this process, fortunately, goes as smooth as they prefer it to be. However, the process is a tricky one where you need to exercise some caution. Here are some tips that will help you steer that sale smoothly and surely:
Payment before Selling
Once you found the auto dealership that you want to make a deal with, there is a possibility that they will give you the choice if you want your car sold before the payment. In this situation, you should always say NO. This kind of deal is against their law. You should never give up ownership of your car until you see your payment right in front of you.
If you want the best amount of money for your sold car, selling it privately would be the best route for you. If this is the route you choose, you must be prepared for all the efforts it will require from you. Here, you will do all the researching and comparisons of car prices with the same models as yours. You will also have to create your own ads and post them to as many sites as you can.
Maybe not sell your cars fast path, but it is one of the most used ways. The time gap from the time you start the process until getting the payment will also be long. You need patience in this one. If you need immediate cash, this type of selling your unused car is not the one you should take on.
If you want to sell your car here in Melbourne to be convenient and simple on your part, trading it in will be a good choice. The process here will be easy and quick. Just make sure that you asked the auto dealership the exact figure that you will need to pay them and leave your car in their hands. After this, you will just have to wait for it to be sold. However, for its downside, you cannot expect to have high payment as you would get if you do the sale privately.
Another way of selling your car in Melbourne, Victoria is through an auction. Many vehicles are being sold this way. Although it will require you to give commission to the company, this process will free you from the stress that comes with selling it on your own. When you decide to go through this process, you should also research on how people buy cars through auction. This way, you will know what they look for on a vehicle and you can at least do something to your car to pass their investigations.
Getting Car Removal Company Offers
If you sell your car to a car removal company, you can expect to get decent amount although it will not be as high as that of selling it privately. Plenty of good points will come in your doorstep if you choose this path. First, you can sell your car regardless of what condition it was in. Second, they will collect the car right from your garage and there would be no charge for it. But there will be many companies offering this service, it will be your job to contact the right company offering the top cash for car rate.
These are all good ways of selling your car. Any of them will do. You just need to choose the one you prefer the most and that will work right for you. Regardless of which way you choose to sell your car, just make sure that you are careful so everything will turn out good.
One got so many options when you are ready to buy out used cars in Melbourne. You will find some amazing brands and an unbelievable price, especially when you are looking to buy a car more than 4-5 years old models. Then there are many options when you are looking to buy one, you can go to certified car sale dealers or look out for private car sellers on Gumtree, Ebay and Car Sales etc.
Another advantage of getting a used car is that you don’t have to pay the same amount in taxes and insurances when you opt for used cars instead of a brand new. Furthermore, you can go for premium luxury brands for the same cost you would pay for a brand new regular brand.
We being in car wrecking industry for so long have seen all sorts, types, makes and models of cars coming in. We buy cars for cash all day long. There are several reasons behind selling a car to a car wrecker in Melbourne and today we will share few with you. So whether you are looking for a private or a certified pre-owned sale, or buying from a dealer, the tips here will give you some of the essential information you require so that you can get a good deal.
Identify the Car Brand you Want to Buy
This should be the first thing you need to ask yourself, as often time we know our budgets but we don’t know which car we want to buy.
So first step should be identifying your needs. For instance, if you need a car for your family needs, then you cannot go on and buy a 2 door small vehicle, just for the sake of its price. Always on the move in your line of work, you need something reliable which also fuel efficient.
After identifying your needs you will get to know which type of car you need,
- A small car
- Family Sedan
- 4×4 vehicle
Reviews, reviews and reviews
After asserting the type, you have to identify make and model you want to buy. The only best way is to read real reviews over the internet. For example, you like Holden Cruze, it’s cheap in its class, looks stylish right. What if we tell you that we buy Holden Cruze every week and all have one thing in common, blown up engine. Yes, that is correct, we have bought Cruze with less then 40K’s on the dial having engine problems. So the only way to find out the real value is to read customer reviews and the problem people face with their cars.
Establish your Budget and Baseline Price you Want to Purchase the Car
Now the surprising fact is that you can find same car, same year, same model at difference price range. Remember, there is no free lunch in this world. There is a bargain for everything. Mileage, condition and other hidden problems can be the cause. So to be safe, identify your budget and try to find a good car within the set budget.
Explore all Options
You know you can get good deals from other states like NSW or WA. Same car, same model, same year and somewhat similar mileage vehicle can cost you way less from other States, so don’t only search for cars near you. However, the catch is that you will have to depend mostly upon the photos of the car and seller’s description.
Identify the Level of Risk and Value
While assessing the value of a used car, you need to check several factors such as reliability, reviews, warranties, repairs, RWC and service history.
You must do a PPSRC check to find out if the car ever was written off or was stolen. The title should be clear when you buy the car. Also ask for service history and check it in detail if there was any major issue reported/ rectified In the past.
One should play as safe as he can, spending a bit more time while buying the car can save you loads of time from getting it fixed, getting the documents right and eventually selling it in Melbourne.
Rapid Car Removal
We are Melbourne based car wreckers, we buy all types, shapes, sizes of cars, vans, utes and 4×4’s all day long. We just want to share our experience with you so that you can make the best bet while making a car purchase decision.
- Maintaining your car in Melbourne’s weather
- Selling a car in Melbourne – How to sell it fast and get best cash for it
Spring is here in Melbourne. But as we all know Melbourne’s weather changes drastically every now and then, you look at the sun, plan your day and halfway through you meet heavy drizzling. Just another routine that we follow in Spring Season. In few months time by December we will hit another scorching summer season.
All these weather and environment changes also have an impact on our vehicles, following are few tips for car owners to keep their vehicle in tune and up to the mark. This would add up so much value in your cars life and will make your life very easy whenever you are selling your car. Plus we also have to play our role in keeping the environment safe and clean and preserving our natural resources.
Engine Service – Tune up
We have to get regular engine service and tune-ups as mentioned in the car manual. Only one faulty spark plug can reduce engine oil consumption efficiency by up to 30%. Don’t wait for a miracle to happen if you are having a hard starting problem, or stalling problem or the car is having a rough idle state. Straight away have your car checked up by a good mechanic.
Timely engine oil change is really important for your car, it not only increase the car’s life but also improves fuel efficiency. Otherwise, smoke emission and breakdowns are something which we see on regular basis for the cars which are not maintained properly. Oil filters should also be changed regularly and for the rural suburbs where the weather a bit dusty regular change of air, fuel and PCV filters. Do an oil change earlier if you regularly make extended trips with extra load on the car.
A marginally operating car air conditioner have a higher probability to fail in the summers. Get it serviced by authorised mechanics only as air conditioners contain ozone-damaging chemicals and poor handling of service can be a cause of its release in the atmosphere. We all know the side-effects of that.
Coolant should be fully drained and refilled after every 24 months, it’s highly recommended to maintain the levels and keeping the radiator clean. Overheating is the main reason of summer breakdowns and cost of getting it repaired from there can be huge. We can avoid this by a regular checkup of coolant level in your cars.
Car batteries are another factor which can cause huge trouble for you. Maintenance of battery includes cleaning off corrosion from terminals and battery posts and tightening up the cables. Loose cables can cause battery drainage.
Change your tires timely, as poor quality tires can burst at high speeds, causing great damage. Regular checkup of tire pressures is highly recommended especially in summers as both high and low air pressures are bad for the tires. Also, avoid hitting tires on curbs and speeding through the breakers as it could damage the thread and weaken the tire.
Time to sell your car
Even very carefully maintained cars have a certain life, but there are certain scenarios which you shouldn’t ignore, such as car value loss and major mechanical and electrical faults which can take up more money than swapping your car.
Your engine and transmission are two most critical parts of your car. Every private car buyer checks this two first thing while making a decision, as getting these fixed can take some serious amount of investment. If you feel there are certain issues, like vibration, jerks, stalling and extra smoke which is not getting better even after service of your old car, then it is the right time to lay it off.
If you meet a car accident in which either your car is written off or you have to spend more than AUD 2000 in repair. Don’t think twice, sell the car and buy a new one.
The car has done more than 200K KMs on the clock, especially small cars. For a big car, the threshold is around 250 K KMs. No private owner will bid for your car, no matter how good the condition is. As this is considered as cars with less road life.
Your car model is too old and the car brand is not in demand in Melbourne, VIC region, such as American or Chinese cars. In this case, the more you wait, the less cash you would get for it. For absolutely fit car the price would get stagnant for a certain number of year but after that, it will fall drastically. So for a foreign brand car which has wear and tear, there is no point of keeping it for long.
Rapid Car Removal
Rapid Car Removal is a Melbourne-based car buyer and offer instant cash for all types, makes and models of cars, vans, utes and trucks.
To get premium cash quote for your cars which have road life left, contact us. For getting cash for cars with wear and tear or damaged send us the car pictures and details and we will provide you instant cash quote.
Car owners in Melbourne are quite familiar with the challenges in selling a car. Oftentimes it takes weeks and even months just to sell their old car off. Unfortunately, the car market like all over the world does not have any clear and firm rules or price list for makes and models of cars. However you can do your own research to establish a benchmark price but there is no certainty that you will get the exact same cash, sometimes you got, sometimes less. So here are few tips to make your car selling process easier for you.
First thing first, this advice we give to all car owners- Keep good care of your cars, keeping good cars includes
- Keep the interior clean, no eating, drinking or smoking inside a car.
- Keep it safe from parking bays and footpaths on roadside parking, often you hit your bumper and side skirts while parking.
- It is better to drive safe by maintaining a good distance from next car, most of the accidents happen when you are not maintaining the right distance.
- Have car serviced regularly and maintain logs. Car mechanical parts especially engine requires freshening up if it is not serviced regularly this can be a cause of low performances, weird noises and even breakdowns.
- Try keeping the mileage low – Owning a car does not mean that you have to keep on pressing paddles all the time. Off and on share a ride, make car pools with co-workers, use train and buses especially when you know that traffic would be too much and there will be a parking problem. This may seem weird but we can reduce miles on the clock. Remember your car will start reducing price drastically after crossing 100K km mark.
Private car buyers, especially one buying car for a family really wants the car to be in prime condition. Dealers also prefer a car which would, later on, be an easy sell for them, rather than the one, on which they will have to spend time and money to get it updated.
So Where can I Sell my Car?
Well in you are resident in Victoria specifically Melbourne, then following are your options.
Private car sales
Take good pictures of the car from all over including exterior, interior, dashboard and under the hood as well. Select a bright sunny day for this so that you have ample light. Next step, jump on to internet, place ads on Gumtree, car sales, newspaper and other classified sites. Highlight all details, don’t hide anything, as it is better to be clear upfront rather wasting your own or someone else’s time. Don’t wait for a private sale if you have a scrap/ junk car (as explained over here).
The downside, you will get loads of fake, irritating calls till your ad remain active. You will have to brag about your car a million time, all in front of dozens of strangers. And then all those strangers will be visiting your place as well.
1. Auction Sites
Car auction companies like Manheim and others can be another option. They will take your car in any condition, neat or dirty, broken or running and put it up for auction. There on you will have to pray that you get a good bid for your car as you never know how much it would be sold off.
Downside, these companies will charge you a hefty amount in commission and more importantly you won’t know till the time how much you are going to get for it.
Well this can be one of the least stressful ways of getting rid of the old one, but this option is only available to the one who is buying a brand new car. In trade-ins you would always get less out of your car, that is a fact as dealers have to make money of your old cars.
3. Selling to a Car Wrecker
Use this option if you are in urgent need of money as car wreckers would pay you cash there and then, they don’t wait for lengthy transfers and paperwork. Or secondly you had an accident and your car is declared total loss. No one else would buy this car except the wreckers, you are already covered by insurance so you can get something extra from these wreckers. Lastly your car model is too old and you are tiered of waiting for the right buyer on Gumtree or Car Sales.
So selling to a car wrecker is quick, pain-free and you get cash for it. Maybe we are biased, but you need to understand who else would bring a tow truck to pick up your old, non-working cars and pay you cash for it on the spot.
Rapid Car Removal
We are Melbourne’s highest paying, most experienced car wreckers. We only know about one thing and that is car and trucks. We buy all sort of old, scrap cars for cash and provide absolutely free junk car removal service in Melbourne from Geelong to Mornington Peninsula. So next time you are looking to sell your old car, try our quote as well.