Spruce Up Your Home to Be the Neighborhood Envy

You could buy a house, that’s all fine and dandy. Seems like everybody is buying currently. You can buy a property and then you have something to reside in and a status symbol to showcase. But what good is a house if it’s only beautiful inside. You need to make sure it’s beautiful on the outside. Beauty they say is only skin deep, and they’re right. If you house is squalor inside or the Ritz Carlton, it doesn’t matter; your neighbors won’t envy it when it doesn’t look amazing from the outside. So, what can you do in order to spruce up your house? Here are some must-follow tips.

Find Some Good Outside Gadgets That Show Your Wealth

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Oh so you’re wealthy but have no outdoor gadgets that show it? What’s the point then? How can anyone be jealous of you that way? You have to acquire some really cool cooking appliances that take up space and may even be premaritally installed. If you get among those hybrid grills you’re really showing off how wealthy you are, because these situations are not cheap, We’re thinking a big fancy gas charcoal hybrid grill. Go ahead and acquire one and have it permanently installed into your back yard, but in a manner that those from the outside can see it. You can also get one of those smoker eggs. Those things are amazing and expense over a grand and everyone recognizes that.

New Car in Driveway

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If you’ve got a home with a driveway, or if you park in the front lawn, in either case, you will be judged by your car. So you can’t have some old jalopy on your lawn showing how poor you are. In the event you really are poor and can’t buy that new Tesla, then you should go get a fancy new Ford. You’ll be amazed how fancy they could look and just how nice they are to behold. Check them out at www.sunrisefordnoho.com and you’ll think you’re accidentally over a Mercedes website. The new type of Fords have been designed to seem new and fancycool and new, and that’s exactly what they are. They kind of took a page from the Hyundai corp. Start pricing out a jaw dropping car online at http://www.sunrisefordnoho.com/.

Shrubbery

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If you have only a grass lawn, that’s nice, hopefully it’s nice a green. However, if you really want to impress the whole neighborhood you should get some shrubs and have them carved into fancy shapes that show that you have an eye for aesthetics. It’ll be pretty fun to change the shapes around and you can do this for a seasonal thing, like santa’s in December or rabbits in April. It’ll be a great way to showcase your eye to the lawn and then for things that are cool making your neighbors mad jealous. You’ll be having the last laugh for sure as you may drive your brand new car towards the store to have meats to grill.

Read this 2006-2010 Mazda 5 review

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Mazda 5 is the most fuel efficient ‘mini’ minivan. It’s also the only minivan available with a manual transmission. It seats six and has sliding rear doors. Similar to the Mazda 3 it’s based on, Mazda 5 is nimble and actually fun to drive, however it’s not as roomy as regular-size minivans. Inside, the 5 is simple and practical; the interior fit and finish is pretty good. The driver’s seat has height adjustment and the steering tilts and telescopes, but tall drivers may find that the driver’s seat doesn’t slide back far enough. The second-row access is easy; the second-row bucket seats recline and slide back and forth. With the seats slid all the way back, the second-row legroom is generous. The third-row seat is suitable for small children. The second and third-row seats fold down. With the third-row seats in use, the cargo space is very limited, so if you are planning to use Mazda 5 for long family trips, a roof box is a good option.

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Mazda 5 seat arrangement. Photo: Mazda

Fuel Economy: The 2006-2007 Mazda 5 automatic gets 19 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. With some minor tweaks, the fuel economy was improved for 2008; the 2008-2010 Mazda 5 auto is rated at 21/27 mpg city/highway. With 20% city, 80% highway use, the 5 is estimated to travel 372 miles (599 km) on a full 15.9-gallon (60.2 liter) tank. Opting for a manual transmission will get you even better mileage; the 2010 Mazda 5 with a five-speed manual transmission gets 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

Handling: On the road, Mazda 5 is very agile and maneuverable; it handles more like a sporty wagon than a minivan. The ride is firm, but comfortable. The 2.3L 4-cylinder engine is peppy around town, but might feel underpowered with a full load.

Safety: Antilock brakes are standard. Stability Control system was added for 2010. In the NHTSA frontal crash tests, the 2008-2010 Mazda 5 got five stars for both the driver and the front passenger. In the side-impact tests, Mazda 5 scored five stars for the driver and four stars for the rear passenger.

Mechanical: Mazda 5 has a 157-hp 2.3-liter 4-cylinder DOHC engine, which is pretty reliable and is easy to maintain. This engine has a timing chain; there is no timing belt.
Transmission choices included a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic (5-speed automatic from 2008). Rear brakes are disks only. The 5 has McPherson struts in the front and multi-link independent suspension in the back. The power steering is electro-hydraulic, with a conventional hydraulic steering rack and electrically-driven hydraulic steering pump.

Reliability: Consumer Reports rates the 2006-2009 Mazda 5 ‘below average’ with the suspension and brakes receiving the worst scores; however, the engine and transmission are rated well. According to a Mazda service expert we spoke to, common problems are fairly minor and not very expensive.

Pros: The 5 is maneuverable and nimble. It handles sporty and you can get it with a stick shift. The fuel economy is not too bad and maintenance costs are reasonable. It’s also easy to work on, which is a big plus for a DIY owner.

Cons: The 5 is not as roomy or comfortable as conventional minivans. One of the common complaints we found is that the air conditioner feels a bit weak for the rear passengers in early models; the second-row cool air vents with fan-speed controls were only added for 2008. The seats are pretty firm and the cushions are fairly short, which might be a problem on long trips. Tall drivers could find front legroom tight. The road noise is more noticeable than in other minivans.

Why this Mercedes-Benz E-Class 1996-2002 could save you

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The stylish E-class offers a classy interior, good handling and quiet comfortable ride. The 1996-2002 model is the second generation of this premium German cruiser. Inside, the E-Class offers a signature classic style with excellent quality materials and high level of standard features. The sedan has plenty of room for 5 passengers. The seven-seater wagon has two more small seats in the back. The seats are firm, but comfortable on a long trip. The cabin is very quiet and the audio system sounds excellent.
The E-class is well built, but because it’s such a complex machine, it will need some repairs now and then. Non-diesel models require premium gasoline and servicing this car won’t be cheap. Does this mean that you should pass on this car? Let’s look at it closer.

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Mercedes-Benz E320 interior. Click for larger photo

Engine: Available as a sedan or wagon, the 1996-2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a classic rear-wheel drive layout. An all-wheel drive model (4MATIC) became available from 1998. The most popular E320 model came with a 3.2L DOHC inline-6 engine. From 1998, it was replaced by a 3.2L SOHC V6. Other engine choices included a 3.0L Diesel (E300), the 4.2L V8 (E420), and from 1998, the 4.3L V8 (E430). The high-performance E55 came with a 355-hp 5.4L V8. Only an automatic transmission was offered.

Handling and ride: On the road, Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a pleasure to drive with balanced handling and very comfortable and quiet ride. Even the 3.2L inline-6 has plenty of power. The vehicle feels very solid and safe on the highway. The surprisingly tight turning radius makes city driving and parking easier.

Safety: The NHTSA did not do crash-tests for the 1996-2002 E-class. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) gave “”Good”” overall rating to models manufactured after January 2000.

Pros: Classy elegant look, smooth and quiet ride, rich interior with many features, decent fuel economy for a full-size car (6-cylinder models), tight turning radius.

Cons: Expensive to own, difficult to work on, requires premium gasoline, CD changer is in the trunk, some body panels prone to rust.

Overall: The Mercedes-Benz E-class is one of the best premium cars on the used car market. It’s a well-built luxury machine with many bells and whistles. However, similarly to other European vehicles, it will be expensive to keep. We estimate that driving this car will cost a couple thousand dollars more per year compared to something like a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. If this doesn’t stop you, you will certainly appreciate this car.

Scary Movies Involving Cars

There are actually all kinds of movies that people find particularly frightening. For some people it really is a movie about ghosts, the paranormal and haunted houses. Others get frightened by aliens and other beastly creatures coming to help you. For some the idea of being chased by a psychotic, maniacal killer can do just fine. There are also those that are scared by the basics of horror like vampires, zombies, demonic and werewolves possession. There is a special class of horror movies that preys on a different section – the cars that seem like they are out to get you. People get frightened by the idea of a machine seemingly having a mind of its own and trying to get people. Here a few of the scary movies involving cars that could up the creepy factor to suit your needs.

The Hearse – It seems to only sound right that a movie involving a hearse would have been a horror movie. This movie came out in 1980, right around when the height was returning to horror movies and slasher flicks. The premise of the movie is a young divorced woman moves into her recently deceased aunt’s home not knowing her aunt was deep into witchcraft and hated by the locals. Suddenly an extremely creepy old black hearse keeps turning up with an even creepier driver with it, menacing her with the movie. Like hearses were not creepy enough for many people, this movie takes it to the next level.

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Christine – Originally a book written by the master of horror fiction, Stephen King, Christine became a movie in 1983, bringing to our lives the story of your nerdy guy that buys his dream car with all the intent of restoring it, only to find out that the car carries a mind of its own which is starting to influence him. The car eliminates anyone that gets in “her” strategy for being with her man. The automobile even will be able to regenerate itself so regardless if people make an effort to destroy it, it keeps coming back.

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Jeepers Creepers – Though the main thrust of the movie requires the Creeper and the way he is out hunting for body parts to consume, the creepy truck that is used with the Creeper plays an important role inside the movie. When you see the truck coming you understand nothing good is going to happen and the way it is able to keep the look at its driver concealed only adds more to the terror of the movie. It even has a license plate that reads BEATNGU.

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While there may not be a great deal of scary movies that involve cars in particular there are several out there that will make good consumption of vehicles to include in the scariness of the movie. Do you want to determine what is really scary though? Not needing a reliable car of your own to drive! It is time that you stopped messing around with that scary car you drive each day and move up to a thing that is better for you. You can find simply the car or truck that you desire when you have a look at www.southcoasttoyota.com. The new and used cars you see for sale at http://www.southcoasttoyota.com/ are just what you should calm your nerves and provide you the smooth reliable ride you need minus the fear of maniacs, zombies and demons.

Here’s what you need to learn about checking a used car history through the VIN number

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By opting for a used car, you can save a lot of money, but you have to be careful to avoid buying a “”lemon””. Thousands of car accidents happen every day and many cars are restored and sold on the used car market.
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While the majority of cars are restored properly and will function almost as good as new, those repaired by shady repair shops may become a nightmare for the next owner. In general, cars that have been repaired after an accident are more likely to develop rust, as well as mechanical and electrical problems. Check this photo. We took it at one of the local collision repair shops. They keep this half of the car, so when they get another same-model car hit in the back, they will “”cut and shut”” the two parts together and sell this car on the used car market.
Another category of cars used car buyers should avoid are those that have been flooded. Flash floods are becoming a common occurrence and once in a while you might come across a vehicle that had been flooded in the past like this one in the photo.
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This used car shows signs of flooding. Read more

It may look flawless and drive fine, but if water has gotten inside the car it is likely to develop expensive-to-repair electrical problems in the future. Odometer fraud is another issue. Even though tampering with odometers is illegal, this practice is still going on. According to the NHTSA, there are approximately 452,000 cases of odometer fraud per year in the United States.
Used car buyers should also be careful when buying cars that were previously used as a rental vehicle. Some of the ex-rental cars might be kept in good shape, while others may have been abused or poorly maintained. For these reasons, used car buyers should consider checking used car history records BEFORE signing the contract. There are several companies that provide this type of service. Carfax, one of our partners, is well known and has benefited many used car buyers since 1996.
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To check the history, you need the Vehicle Identification Number or VIN. It’s a 17-character number with letters and digits that you can find in the left front corner of the windshield (in the photo) or on the manufacturing label on the door jamb. First, you can check if there are any records available for the car you are interested in, it’s free:
Free CARFAX Record Check
It shows you how many records there are available for the VIN number you enter. If you want to see the records, you need to buy the full report:
Order CARFAX Vehicle History Reports
A single Vehicle History Report™ at CARFAX will cost you $39.99. You can order 5 reports for $49.99 or unlimited reports for $54.99. You can pay online by credit card or via PayPal. The CARFAX® history report also shows the number of previous owners, some service records and states or provinces where the car was previously registered. The report also includes the vehicle warranty information. It works in Canada too.
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Portion of a sample history report

When you get the report, pay attention to the dates and the corresponding odometer records. If it shows that one year the car was driven for 15,000 miles and another year for only 3,000 miles, you may need to check the vehicle more carefully.
Of course, keep in mind that if the history report doesn’t show “”bad”” records, you still need to thoroughly check the vehicle yourself and have it inspected by a mechanic. This is because not all accidents are reported and the mechanical condition of the vehicle can only be verified by a thorough mechanical inspection; things like engine or transmission condition are also important, but they are not marked in the history report. Read our used car checklist with photos for tips on how to spot some potential problems, including flood damage, accidents and more.

Protect yourself from reading the owner and service’s manuals for your car

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Your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual is the best source of useful information about your car. Even if you already keep a printed owner’s manual in your car, it’s good idea to download an electronic version because it allows you to find the information faster.
We receive many questions where to find the owner’s manual for a specific model. We’ve done some research for you and here we have included few links where you can find an owner’s manual for your car online:

My Acura – register to download an owner’s manual.
BMW USA – follow tab ‘OWNERS’ » ‘OWNERS MANUAL’
My Chrysler: Official Chrysler Owners website – download Chrysler owner’s manual for recent models.
My Dodge – download Dodge owner’s manual for recent models.
Ford Fleet – download an owner’s manual. Ford owner’s manuals are usually very thorough with many illustrations.
General Motors Owner Center – Once registered, you can get access to various information including maintenance tips, warranty information and an owner’s manual for your GM vehicle, including Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, GMC, Hummer, Pontiac, Saturn and Saab.
Honda Owners Honda / Acura maintenance tips, recalls, maintenance schedule, access to electronic owner manuals (follow ‘Vehicle Information’). As we checked, some links in owner manuals don’t work in some browsers, like Firefox or Chrome, but work in Internet Explorer.
Hyundai – follow menu » OWNERS » My Hyundai. Register for digital owner’s manual, warranty & more.
Official Infiniti website – follow the link ‘OWNERSHIP’ Owner’s Manuals available for download
Mazda USA Download owner’s manual, maintenance schedule, references.
Mazda Canada – follow the tab ‘Parts and Service’ » ‘Owners’
Nissan Owners – Manuals and Guides – download an owner’s manual for your Nissan.
Subaru of America – follow menu ‘For Owners’ » My Subaru (registration required).
Toyota Owners (Toyota USA) – select your car model and year in the top, then click the ‘Owner’s Manual’ tab on the right and then click ‘See Manuals’. Toyota even provided a search box to help find specific information.
Volvo USA Site – follow ‘Your Volvo’ link. Owner’s Manuals, Service and maintenance information Warranty information and more.

Note: these sites offer the manuals for the vehicles sold in North-America. If you are looking for a manual for a car originally sold in other markets, check your local manufacturer’s website, as the same models vary in details in different markets.
What information you can find in owner’s manual:

The owner’s manual contains most of the information you need about your car driving and maintenance. If you want to know how to install a child seat properly or how to reset the ‘Maintenance Required’ light or what the warning lights on the instrument panel mean, or when to shift the transmission and how to jump start a car, it’s all there. How to check engine oil, how to change the bulb, or how to use an overdrive when towing a trailer, or how to change the tire and where is the jack located – your owner’s manual has the answers. Here are few highlights of the information that can be found in your owner’s manual: Engine Compartment
Engine Compartment overview. Want to know where the engine oil dipstick and the transmission fluid dipstick are located? Your owner’s manual has a diagram explaining maintenance items under the hood of your car.
Engine oil Capacity and type. You can find the oil capacity and the recommended type under: Specifications > Capacities section.
Once you downloaded the manual, just type: CTRL+F (Command+F for Mac) to open the search box and type: ‘Capacities’ or ‘Engine oil’.
Transmission fluid type. Many modern cars require a very specific type of transmission fluid. Using the wrong type of the fluid can cause problems. The owner’s manual describes how to check the transmission fluid level and what type of fluid to use.
Maintenance Schedule Your owner’s manual has a maintenance schedule, where you can find how often to change engine oil, transmission fluid and perform other maintenance tasks. You also can check if your car has a timing belt and when it has to be replaced.
Service and Repair manuals

Most of car manufacturers offer a paid subscription-based access to their service manuals. Many offer a 1- or 3-day access for a small fee ($20-$75).
BMW Technical Information System
GM Tech Info
Nissan Publications
Mazda Srvice Info
Porsche Integrated Workshop Information System – prices in EUR
Subaru Technical Information System
Toyota Technical information system
Volvo Technical and Owner bookstore
HelmInc.com – Ford, Honda / Acura Service manuals online, CD/DVD service manuals for many brands.
These two websites offer monthly and yearly subscriptions to service manuals adopted for DIY use:
ALLDATAdiy – paid online access to TSBs and DIY service manuals for many brands
Mitchell1DIY – paid online access. TSBs and DIY service manuals.

AutoZone – some free repair guides and technical information is available for registered users. Follow the menu ‘Repair Help’ then select ‘Vehicle Repair Guide’. If you want to find the information on testing of various engine and emission control sensors, follow the menu ‘Engine Performance & Emission Controls.

How To Make It Easier To Get A Parking Space At The Mall

In case you are like countless other people around the globe, you cringe every time you realize there is a birthday coming up, a marriage you have been invited to, a retirement party, housewarming event or maybe the dreaded holiday season is upon you. While going to these events can be fun, attending them also means that you need to obtain a gift and once you need to get a present it most likely means you are likely to have to go towards the mall. Sure there are plenty of stores there where you can find what you need and possibly you can even sneak in a pretzel or some snacks at one of the kiosks in the food court, but all of this means you need to locate a place to park as well. The worst part for many people is trying to get a parking space at the mall, but there are several tricks you can attempt that could possibly help you out today so you can be less stressed.

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Shop During the Day, Throughout the Week – If you want to get yourself a parking spot at the mall you need to know the prime time to be there. For those who have mornings or afternoons free during the week, you will not face the same varieties of crowds you have to deal with in the weekends. You may have a much easier time finding a location to park with a Tuesday morning so you are able to walk in and get what you need.

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Go Early on the Weekends – Not many individuals have the schedule or flexibility to go at the beginning of the day through the week, leaving you to fight the crowds over a weeknight or on the weekend. If you absolutely have to go around the weekend, want to get there early just as the mall opens or possibly a bit before. Many malls open up early so people can just walk around, giving you the opportunity to snag an excellent parking spot. It may mean giving up sleeping in on Saturday morning but you will save from having to drive around for 45 minutes seeking a spot.

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Use Your Smartphone – There are actually apps for the smartphone given that can clue you in on where parking spots are available at many parking and malls garages around the country. See if you have one to your area and you may get the notifications right to your phone regarding where the spots are so you realize just where to go to right away when you get on the mall.

Driving around and feeling your blood pressure rise at every turn as you look for a spot are often very frustrating. With the right approach you can avoid all of this trouble and arrive at the mall considerably more easily. You might even want to consider the kind of car that you just have and obtain something safer and smaller to operate so you can slip in and out of parking spots easily. Selecting cars you will discover at www.righttoyota.com can give you the right idea so you can find what you need most. You can get a used or new car at http://www.righttoyota.com/ and get a model that gets better gas mileage so you will not need to worry about running out the next time you must search for a parking spot.

Why you should try these 19 cool car hacks

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Your trusty car has taken you on a lot of journeys, so check out these smart hacks that will make your car owner experience even better.
1. Use toothpaste to shine your headlights

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This surprising household staple is very effective in shining headlights. Simply buff the headlight with toothpaste smeared on a soft cloth, and it’ll look brand new in minutes!
2. Cool a car down instantly without turning on the A/C

Your car can feel like an oven on a hot day, particularly if you don’t park in shaded areas. There’s a trick to cooling it down quickly. Roll down one window, and open and close the door on the other side five to six times. The hot air escapes through the door you’re opening and closing, while the cool air enters through the window on the other side. What’s great about this trick is that you’re not wasting any gas by blasting the A/C.
3. Use a rubber band to hold your phone up

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Thread a rubber band through your A/C vent for a makeshift phone holder.
4. Put your car key fob on your chin to increase range

If you can’t find your car, place the car key fob on your chin to increase the range of the car-retrieval signal. The fluids in your head turn it into an adequate conductor.
5. Paint your windshield cracks with nail polish

To slow the cracking of your windshield while you’re taking it to the repair shop, paint over the crack with clear nail polish on both sides of the glass.
6. Look at the gas gauge to figure out which side to fill your gas

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If you’re driving a new car or a rental, there is usually an arrow on the gas gauge that will point to the side of the car the gas tank is on.
7. Take a photo of where you parked

You know you need to do this. Instead of trying to remember your parking spot, make it easier on yourself by taking a photo of where you parked your car with your cell phone.
8. Hang a shoe organizer on the back of a seat.

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Store your stuff in a shoe organizer — great for road trips.
9. Remove dents with a plunger

Use a plunger to suck out dents. It’s best for medium-sized dents, according to Lifehacker.
10. Buff your car with conditioner

Wax your car with hair conditioner to give it an extra shine and prevent water streaks from forming.
11. Clean the interior with a coffee filter

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Dab the coffee filter with a little bit of olive oil to clean your car with. If you don’t want to use the oils, feel free to go without it or use another cleaning solution instead. The filters are much better as cleaners than dryer sheets, which are often recommended as well. That’s because dryer sheets can contain a lot of chemicals.
12. Keep food hot with a seat warmer

Taking home some pizza? Place it on a seat with the seat warmer on, so it won’t cool off on your way home.
13. Use the tennis ball trick to avoid banging your car against the garage wall

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Hang a tennis ball from the ceiling so you’ll know exactly when to stop backing up.
14. Melt the ice on your car with a vinegar-water mixture

Spray your car with a 2/3 vinegar and 1/3 water mixture to melt ice instead of scraping it off.
15. De-ice a frozen lock

Add hand sanitizer to your key when trying to get at a frozen car lock. The alcohol on the key will melt the ice.
16. Use a cereal container as a trash can

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Convert a cereal container into a useful trash can for your car.
17. Unlock a car door with shoelaces

If you locked yourself out of your car, this YouTube video shows how you can get in with the help of a shoelace.
18. Open a key ring with a staple remover

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You won’t hurt your fingers if you use a staple remover to help you add in more keys to your car key ring.
19. Store your quarters in a pill bottle

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Upcycle an old pill bottle into a container to store your quarters in.

Clean Your Paint

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How to properly clean your car’s paint

More than a wash, the paint cleaning process is something that should be done a few times in your car’s lifetime. How often depends on if you keep your car in the garage, environmental conditions and how often you wash and wax it. Garage kept cars can get away with every year or two, daily drivers parked outside in the elements could need cleaning every 6 months to a year depending on how picky you are.

Let’s define paint cleaning… first what it is not, which is washing. Washing your car is basically removing the top layer of dirt which sits on top of the outer coating of wax you applied the last time you waxed your pride and joy. Over time dirt and particle of rail dust and other nasty stuff gets embedded deeper in your paint, or more accurately the clear coat. Most modern paints are a thin base layer of color and a top coat of thicker clear coat which adds the shine to the finish. This top clear coat is actually what you will be cleaning, and takes the most abuse.

Where to start? First you need to wash your car, using your favorite car wash. Next make sure you are in a shady area away from direct sunlight as excess heat from the sun can cause cleaners and polishes to dry up and become ineffective.

Once you have your car as clean as possible, it’s time to start really cleaning your paint. Rule of thumb, start off as gentle as possible and use the least aggressive product that gets the job done. Let’s look at the products available to clean your paint going from most aggressive to least…

Compound: The most aggressive method of removing contaminants and swirl marks from your paint, compound was really designed for older single stage paints where a deeper cutting action was needed to level out orange peel and get a good base surface to begin polishing. I would not recommend a compound for most jobs, and only ever as a last resort if you know what you are doing.
Clay Bar: Another way of removing contaminates and smoothing the surface, a clay bar will literally lift the dirt out of the clear coat layer. You can find clay bar kits at most auto parts stores, which include a lubricant which must be used to keep things gliding smoothly across the surface of your paint. A major word of caution: If you do not constantly kneed/fold the clay bar, exposing a fresh surface, and burying the dirt you just lifted off your paint, you will end up scratching the clear coat and doing more harm than good!
Glaze: A finer “”grit”” than compound, glaze will remove most swirl marks and level the paint surface leaving it ready for a good polish and wax.
Polish: The least aggressive way to clean your paint, polishes will not take out swirl marks or correct other damage, but if your paint is in good condition it will be great at providing a smooth deep look for your paint. If I am using a glaze, I like to finish with a polish for the best shine.

So now you know the major players in cleaning your paint let’s talk about application. You want to always use 100% cotton towels when applying and removing compounds, glazes and polishes. Microfiber is best, but a high quality 100% cotton towel from a company you trust is fine. I have seen cheap 100% cotton towels which were NOT 100% and caused scratches in the paint I was working on. Don’t skimp when it comes to towels! When they get dirty wash in the washing machine like you would your clothing, but skip the fabric softener or dryer sheets as they leave a residue which will show up during your next polish/wax job.

A word about buffers… For experienced operators, a mechanical buffer or polisher can be a great tool. For the novice, it’s a recipe for disaster. If you must, run with a dual action or random orbital polisher. The aggressive rotary polishers are only suited for professionals and can burn through your paint quicker than a blink of your eye.

We Repair All Cars

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No matter, what sort of car you might have, or the place you bought it, at Raceway Ford, we can fix it. Our body shop can be contacted via the links on our website, www.racewayford.com, and repairs all makes and models. But if you’re looking for a Ford expert to function on your vehicle, there’s really no better place to turn. You can stop in anytime you’re at the dealership or nearby. We are able to deal with all sorts of problems. Regardless of if you’ve been in a bad accident, a small fender bender, or your car got scratched in a parking lot, we’re capable to help. We work on cars with all degrees of damage and know that we can get your car taken care of.

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When your insurance isn’t accepted and you’ll get an estimate before we start repairs, in order that you always know what to expect as it pertains time to pay, We’ll inform you up front. Estimates are free and so are just one of many services offered. Raceway also offers lifetime limited written warranties on repairs done on site, rentals available while your automobile is being fixed, a full collision related mechanical shop, fiberglass repair, full mechanical service bays, alarms and GPS custom interiors, DVD systems, and many other car enhancement features. Raceway believes that this isn’t the insurer we benefit; we’re here to help drivers get their cars back into the best shape possible. We want you to definitely be happy with our work and we make an effort to please you, not your insurance company. We’ll include you at the same time, making sure you realize how much it is going to cost, what we should will do, and set realistic expectations for your car’s repairs. Our website, http://www.racewayford.com/ offers additional information.