Buying New Cars with Dignity – Taking Test Drives Without Fear
April 12, 2015
To most people, buying cars isn’t the happy and exciting experience they would rather it was. It’s usually anxiety-provoking. The reason is that is that they know that they have to deal with car salesmen any time they walk into a dealership to test drive a car. People hate the pressure that buying new cars lands them in. The salesman is always completely tuned into one channel – trying to get you to commit right now. You are on a completely different channel – you want to just collect information and try to decide at your own pace. The problem is, that you are in their turf at the dealership. You aren’t the one who’s trying to dream up new ways to trap them into doing anything. They are the ones who are trying to trap you.
No matter what you say, salesmen just keep coming back trying to discuss prices with you. Any time to do that, all you need to do is to politely and firmly say to them that you don’t wish to waste their time, that you are considering other cars as well, and that you will not look at any numbers or discuss prices. You just want a test drive, and buying new cars isn’t on your menu this day. The fact that you are unwilling to waste their time will certainly gain you a little grudging respect from them. At the end of the test drive, they’re going to make you feel like you owe them the courtesy of sitting down to discuss the prices. But you know what to say to them.
Make sure that you never call up ahead to book a test run. That’s a move that’s too much like trying to be their friend. They aren’t your friend just because they smile at you and shake your hand, are they? During the test drive, it is the job of the salesman to really pump you up. They’ll turn the stereo up and try to show you how great everything is. In short, they’re trying to get you feel celebratory. You’re here for a test drive though, and are trying to size everything up. You’re in the middle of a serious job and the salesman is trying to distract you. Ask pointed and deep questions about how to work everything, turn down the music and try to listen for any strange noises. No matter what you see that really excites you, don’t show any excitement. Pretend like you are quite unimpressed with what you are seeing.
You get the picture, don’t you? You’re not to budge no matter how much they try their mind games on you. At the end of the test drive, tell them you understand that having customers buying new cars is what they’re interested in, but you have to take your time to make the right decision. Take their business card and leave with dignity. You’ll feel better about yourself for having done this.
Pegboards and Oil Absorbent Pads in the Garage
April 10, 2015
One of my hobbies is tinkering on old cars in my garage. To me there’s nothing more relaxing than getting under the hood of what someone else considers a “piece of junk” and doing my thing to make it run again. I’m not quite at the point where I can say that I restore classic cars, but that’s definitely my goal someday. It takes money to get into that game, though, so for now I just practice on old beaters that I find for a couple hundred bucks each. Once I get the vehicles running again, I can usually find a buyer and recoup my costs.
Anyway, I’ve learned that working on cars is a whole lot easier if my garage is as clean and organized as possible. That’s why I’ve got pegboards all along each wall, several toolboxes, and a bunch of oil absorbent pads right at my side. I’ve gotten in the habit of hanging my tools neatly on the pegboards or placing them in a toolbox as soon as I’m done using them. This cuts down on wasted time because I no longer have to spend five minutes looking for a particular wrench. I know exactly where it is at all times.
Oil absorbent pads are also a necessity for cleaning up spills and other accidents. Spills are unavoidable in this business, but the last thing I want is for my garage floor to be covered in unsightly stains. The only remedy is to clean up a mess with oil absorbent pads as soon as it happens so the stuff doesn’t have a chance to soak in. I also use an eco-friendly powder agent to take care of any residue that the oil absorbent pads might have left behind. The result is that my garage floor is as spotless today as the day I moved in!
It does take a lot of time and effort to organize a garage or workshop, but the results are worth it. It’s actually quite empowering to know exactly where to go for a specific screwdriver, torque wrench, or ratchet that I need for a particular job. I’m far more efficient now than I’ve ever been, and can concentrate on perfecting my craft rather than trying to remember where I left my pliers. Some people might not care about organization as much as I do, but at this point there’s no way I would want to deal with a messy garage ever again.
If you’re thinking about creating your own workspace in your basement or garage, then I recommend getting organized right from the start. Investing some money in pegboards, toolboxes, and oil absorbent pads will put you well on your way to maintaining an efficient and clean workshop!
Auto Loans for Bad Credit
April 8, 2015
Not long ago, if you didn’t have an impressive credit history, you can pretty much forget qualifying for a decent car loan. These days however, there are specialized lenders who put together financing packages for auto loans for anyone with unblemished credit history. What this tends to mean is, that even if you tried your best before to get past their jump through all the hoops and qualify for a loan, you could conceivably try again today and possibly qualify for a loan. Credit unions, the banks and other auto finance firms that deal in prime loan prospects usually stay away from anything risky such as making onto loans for bad credit score holders. To these established players, anything less than stellar credit record makes the deal a little too risky for them. The trouble with this approach is, that relying on a credit score isn’t the best way to tell if a particular pr loan applicant is likely to default. Credit scores can be notoriously unfair. People with a new credit history can have a low score even if they have a great job; people can have mistaken penalties under credit reports; they can even have poor credit score is just because they happened to shop around a lot for a loan.
The smaller nonpublic lenders though try to look past the credit score, into the real meaning of credit report. Still, auto loans for bad credit don’t really make much financial sense. You would probably do yourself a big favor if you could clean up your credit score so that you rate about 680. And of course, you need to be making at least $1500 a month. If you can’t swing any of this, you should probably not apply for an auto loan at all. Auto loans for bad credit holders can be a terrible deal for many reasons. People who have trouble financing a car are usually people who have been repeatedly turned down and have terrible self-esteem walking in to each new dealership or financing office. When the dealer tries all kinds of tricks on you, trying to sell you a VIN etching, an extended warranty, they barely have the nerve to object because use of grateful for the offer the loan in the first place.
One of the biggest scams that applicants for auto loans for bad credit scores deal with is, the “subject to financing” scam. They know that you are so grateful to have a loan that they sell you on a proposition for a low sounding APR and send it home in a new car. Two weeks later, they call and tell you that that particular deal fell through, but that they have a need proposition with an even lower APR. He had better know that that’s not possible. The only thing that makes it possible is that they’ve extended the number of months you’ll be paying your car off. You’ll be upside down on your car very soon. Make sure that you check all the online loan calculators give you a rate on your credit score. Never sign anything until you do so.
What To Look For In Used Minivans
April 7, 2015
If your next vehicle will be a minivan, you may or may or may not want to get something used. New minivans are often very expensive if you are getting a second car, so think about used minivans when you are shopping. When checking them out, there are a few things that you must insist upon, and some extras that you may want to have when you make your final choice. Most who choose these cars have children and need them to get everyone around, therefore any old minivan is not always what will work best for you and your family.
As with other cars, always check used minivans for rust. If you live where winter is a pain, salt from the roads can do a number on the bottom of any vehicle. Look under your possible minivan before you decide to do any further checking. If you see rust, you may want to move on. You should also check used minivans for sliding doors that won’t work. These are often problematic on older minivans, so these are always something you should check over before you get too far. If they don’t work, you want to find something else.
If everything looks okay so far, you can then check used minivans like you would any other type of vehicle. You should have a mechanic look over the the engine and all relevant mechanical parts of the minivan. You want to make sure the engine is in good shape, that all electrical parts like the windows and moving seats work as they should. The overall shape of the frame of the used minivans is also important, so make sure that is checked out as well. Any good mechanic can tell you if a car is worth the asking price or if there are major safety or mechanical concerns about which you should know.
Once you have found used minivans that you think are up to par, you can start to think about the extras that you may want. Some people assume that because they are buying used that they can not expect to have some nice features. Someone once bought these used minivans new and they may have come with some great extras. A remote car starter can be problematic on an older van, but if you can find one with this included, it is a huge bonus. Some also come with DVD players, which can be great if you have kids that easily get bored.
You also want to look into the history of the used minivans that you want to buy. Though some may pass a close inspection and may have a lot of cool extras, there are some problems that you won’t know about until you see a report on the history of the car. Some frame problems can seem fine but compromise the safety of the car, and you may not know that unless you see the car history. Ask for a CarFax so you know where the minivan has been and what it has been through. Only then can you make your final decision about which minivans are the best choice for your family.
Extended Car Warranties Worth your Money?
April 6, 2015
Are extended car warranties a waste of your time and money? Extended warranties on items like televisions and home stereos (are they even called that anymore?) usually are, because nothing usually goes wrong with these. That’s not how it is with a car full of moving parts and burning heated fuel though. Look at it this way – would you buy a car that came with no warranty? If the thought makes you uncomfortable, there is your answer to why a warranty is a good idea. Just as medical insurance protects you in the event something happens, there always is something possible with a car. People buying on eBay Motors know that – buyers will always pay more for a car that’s under warranty. The warranty makes people comfortable for a very good reason – a car is an insanely complex mechanical machine and there are any number of things that can go wrong with it from time to time.
Some people do have a legitimate point when they complain that extended car warranties are not useful. These are usually people who have bought their warranties without researching their options – from junk mail usually. Your extended warranty is only as good as the company that provides it. If you are buying from a company that just might go under really quickly, you’ll have nothing to show for your money. People without a car that’s reliable don’t get an interview, and don’t get a job. Just think about it – if the transmission drops out, it can easily set you back more than a couple thousand dollars. All accounted for, there are far more reasons to get extended car warranties than there are not to.
But there are things you need to keep in mind. Your first point here is that your extended warranty needs to come from a reputable company. If one company seems far more affordable than another, if you wish to go with the cut-rate price, try to look at your options in financing the better more expensive warranty. Typically, you should get 0% financing. If you bought an extended warranty from a car dealer, they would usually add it to the price of your car and finance it with your 14% APR car loan.
If you feel that there is nothing you can do about your car now because you car’s pretty old, think again. Companies like WarrantyDirect have products for cars that are well over 100,000 miles. They cover big-ticket items like transmission and engine, and also give you 24×7 emergency roadside assistance. That should make you feel like you’re driving a Mercedes, now shouldn’t it?
House Cleaning Or Maid Service Logo Design Ideas
March 26, 2015
Evеn a ѕmаll, part-time hоuѕе cleaning buѕіnеѕѕ саn benefit frоm having a professional logo dеѕіgn. Fоr mоrе ѕеrіоuѕ рlауеrѕ іn the rеѕіdеntіаl cleaning аnd mаіd ѕеrvісе sectors a lоgо is an integral part оf developing a brаnd. A lоgо wіll help уоur buѕіnеѕѕ tо gіvе a good first іmрrеѕѕіоn аnd арреаr tо bе wеll еѕtаblіѕhеd аnd рrоfеѕѕіоnаl.
Lеt’ѕ еxаmіnе ѕоmе оf thе соmmоn traits that саn bе fоund among mаіd service аnd hоuѕе cleaning logos. In thе fоllоwіng аrtісlе we аlѕо оffеr ideas on hоw уоu саn gо about gеttіng a dеѕіgn thаt wіll bе hіghlу еffесtіvе fоr thе marketing оf уоur сlеаnіng buѕіnеѕѕ.
Cоmmоn Imаgеѕ оn House Clеаning Logos
Mаnу сlеаnіng buѕіnеѕѕеѕ gо for a lоgо wіth a grарhіс оr ѕуmbоl thаt реорlе will аutоmаtісаllу rеlаtе to thе buѕіnеѕѕ. It can bе ѕеnѕіblе to make іt оbvіоuѕ tо people ѕо thаt thеу can іnѕtаntlу rесоgnіzе еxасtlу whаt kіnd оf buѕіnеѕѕ you аrе.
Look аt a variety оf websites for buѕіnеѕѕеѕ thаt сlеаn hоmеѕ аnd you wіll ѕее ѕоmе соmmоn themes ѕtаrt tо emerge. Bubblеѕ аrе рорulаr аnd аrе аѕѕосіаtеd wіth ѕоар and сlеаnlіnеѕѕ, as аrе ѕуmbоlѕ of nаturе lіkе water, lеаvеѕ аnd thе ѕun. Sоmе dеѕіgnѕ hіghlіght the сlеаnеr, ѕоmеtіmеѕ іn thе trаdіtіоnаl оutfіt оf a maid service. Othеrѕ іnсludе іmаgеѕ оf сlеаnіng еԛuірmеnt lіkе duѕtеrѕ, vасuum cleaners аnd mорѕ. Yоu соuld also соnѕіdеr іnсludіng an іmаgе оr ѕуmbоl оf a house tо еmрhаѕіzе thе rеѕіdеntіаl nature оf your buѕіnеѕѕ.
Grарhісѕ thаt gіvе a lоgо the арреаrаnсе оf a ѕраrklе or shine аrе also wеll uѕеd іn thе сlеаnіng іnduѕtrу. Thе finishing tоuсhеѕ саn mаkе all the dіffеrеnсе tо a сlеаnіng lоgо.
There іѕ nо rеаѕоn why уоu ѕhоuld fоllоw along with the ѕtеrеоtурісаl images listed above thоugh. Yоu аrе more likely tо еnd up with a unique lоgо thаt stands out in your mаrkеt іf уоu gо fоr ѕоmеthіng a little mоrе аbѕtrасt. An mоrе аbѕtrасt сhоісе wоuld also аllоw fоr уоur buѕіnеѕѕ tо grоw іn a dіffеrеnt direction in thе futurе іf you wanted tо gеt into other сlеаnіng niches.
Bluе іѕ thе соlоr оf cleanliness and the mаjоrіtу оf house сlеаnіng businesses іnсоrроrаtе vаrіоuѕ ѕhаdеѕ оf bluе along with whіtе іn their lоgо designs. Stау аwау frоm ‘dirty looking’ colors lіkе brоwn оr уеllоw.
There іѕ аn industry trеnd tоwаrdѕ ‘green’ cleaning ѕеrvісеѕ аnd thеѕе businesses fаvоr shades оf green over bluе tо highlight the еnvіrоnmеntаllу frіеndlу nаturе оf thеіr services.
Thеrе аrе an almost endless numbеr оf fоnt орtіоnѕ for lоgоѕ аnd a good designer wіll present a number of dіffеrеnt styles tо уоu. A fоnt can subconsciously соnvеу a mеѕѕаgе tо prospective сlіеntѕ, just аѕ your choice of іmаgеѕ аnd color саn. Thе rіght tуреfасе should compliment оthеr еlеmеntѕ оf уоur lоgо іn terms of size and ѕtуlе аnd it should bе rеаѕоnаblу еаѕу to rеаd.
Your logo ѕhоuld rеаllу stand out іn your аrеа аѕ bеіng unique. A logo thаt is clean, ѕіmрlе and uncluttered іѕ likely to bе the mоѕt еffесtіvе and vеrѕаtіlе.
Brіеfіng Yоur Dеѕіgnеr
Thе best option for getting a lоgо online іѕ to uѕе a соmраnу оffеrіng custom logo design services. With thіѕ аррrоасh уоu usually get a number оf оrіgіnаl different dеѕіgn concepts from a variety оf dеѕіgnеrѕ. Thеѕе аrе сuѕtоmіzеd еѕресіаllу fоr your requirements. Yоu аlѕо get to have ѕоmе input into the dеѕіgn process аnd make аltеrаtіоnѕ whеrе уоu feel they are nесеѕѕаrу untіl уоu are hарру with thе final design.
When you оrdеr a custom lоgо design you wіll have to complete a brіеfіng fоrm mаkе sure thаt you gіvе thе dеѕіgn tеаm dеtаіlѕ of уоur business. Lеt them knоw аbоut your buѕіnеѕѕ рlаnѕ аnd the kіnd оf clients that you tаrgеtіng with your сlеаnіng ѕеrvісеѕ.
Mаkе ѕurе that уоu hаvе a рrеttу gооd іdеа оf thе ѕtуlе оf lоgоѕ thаt уоur mаjоr competitors аrе uѕіng. Yоu can then роіnt your logo dеѕіgnеr tо these аnd аѕk them to mаkе ѕurе that уоu end uр with ѕоmеthіng distinctive thаt wоn’t саuѕе сuѕtоmеrѕ tо соnfuѕе уоur cleaning ѕеrvісе wіth оthеrѕ іn уоur аrеа.