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Air conditioner
Automobile air conditioners work by absorbing heat inside your car and releasing it to the outside air using a special type of compressed gas. The air inside your car becomes cooler as more heat is absorbed.
Engine cooling
Your car's engine produces a tremendous amount of heat when it's running. That heat must be constantly transferred and removed or overheating could result.
The burning of fuel by internal combustion engines results in power, but it also results in noise, heat, and exhaust gases. Your car's muffler is responsible for helping to suppress the noise that's produced.
Keyless Entry
Keyless entry is a security device available on some new cars or as an add-on accessory on older models. It allows you to open the doors of your car from a remote location with the press of a button.
Perhaps the most important element in keeping your car's engine running smoothly is motor oil. Virtually all moving parts of an engine depend upon a thin layer of lubricant to keep metal parts from grinding together.
Starting system
For your car's engine to be able to start, several things have to happen. The flywheel needs to turn the crankshaft, which moves the pistons up and down, which in turn makes the valves draw air into the combustion chamber to mix with fuel to ignite.
Steering systems
Your car's steering wheel controls the position of the front wheels and makes maneuvering the car possible. The steering wheel controls a shaft that's connected to the steering gear.
Suspension systems
Your car's suspension system should give you a smooth ride and help ensure that the wheels grip the road while you're turning, speeding up, and or slowing down.
Big vs. small cars
The size car you should buy depends on a number of factors. First, consider your particular driving needs when analyzing different vehicles.
Differences in car sizes
There are many decisions to make when shopping for a car. One of the first is deciding between a big or a small car.
Choosing a mechanic
If you don't know much about the workings of your vehicle, you'll need to know how to locate a qualified mechanic when problems occur. If the car is still under warranty, you may be required to have the repairs done at a factory-authorized or franchised dealership.
The right service for your car
When it comes to choosing a mechanic, you often find that you get what you pay for. You'll find cheap mechanics, expensive mechanics, and everything in between, but don't be fooled by the price. In the world of car repair, the lowest price isn't always the best deal.
Paying for your car
Whether you're buying a new or pre-owned car, you may have to finance the purchase. In deciding on a lending agency from which to borrow money to finance your car, shop around for the best interest rate and obtain quotes from a number of agencies.
Financing a vehicle can be an excellent exercise in money management. If you do it properly, obtaining a loan or lease can teach you important budgeting skills.
Fuel efficiency
When fuel prices increase, fuel efficiency can become an important factor in determining which car you wish to buy. By law, every new car must carry a window sticker that has gas mileage estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Fuel considerations
Gas mileage should be an important consideration when buying a car. Your fuel costs can differ by hundreds or even thousands of dollars each year, depending on the vehicle and the distances you drive.
Gas mileage
Gas mileage refers to the number of miles your car will run per each gallon of gas. Fuel economy has improved over the years as a result of federal requirements, with the average now more than 28 miles per gallon.
Getting started
There are numerous preparations you should make before you begin negotiating a deal to buy a car, whether it's new or used. Before you begin to search for the perfect vehicle, decide how much money you can spend and what type of car best suits your needs.
What to do first
For some people, buying a car can be an exciting and fun experience. For others, it can be somewhat traumatic.
How much to spend
When considering how much to spend on a car, you should determine whether you've saved enough money to be able to pay cash for it, or whether you'll need to finance the purchase. If you're financing, take a careful look at your budget to determine how much you can afford as a down payment and how much you can spend on monthly payments.
Your budget
Deciding how much to spend on a car is rarely easy. Most of your decision depends on your overall budget.
If you're considering buying a used car, inspect the car in daylight and in good weather. Bring someone you trust along to help you make a thorough appraisal.
Vehicle safety checks
Vehicle safety inspections are required by nearly half of the states in the U.S. Each state regulates its own inspection policy; therefore, safety requirements can vary depending on the state you live in.
Most states require you to carry some kind of auto insurance or post a bond when you operate a motor vehicle. You're also required to provide proof of insurance before you can license your vehicle or renew your driver's license.
Insurance tips
In most cases, the cost of insurance is a substantial part of owning a car. There are many factors which determine how much you'll pay for car insurance.
Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs)
Sport Utility Vehicles, or 'SUVs' (S-U-Vs), are increasingly popular, now commanding half of the U.S. market for family vehicles. SUVs vary greatly in size, price, engine power, fuel efficiency, and features.
The popularity of SUVs
Sport Utility Vehicles, or SUVs (S-U-Vs), are some of the most popular vehicles on the road. They have many of the same qualities of passenger cars, but also offer special features for off-road operation.
The total cost
When you calculate the cost of buying a car, be sure you include fees for any state and local sales taxes, title fees, vehicle registration fees, and license tags, in addition to the sales price. A car's 'title' is the document that's evidence of who owns the vehicle.
Tax, title and license
The costs for tax, title and license, commonly known as TT &L (T-T-and-L), are often added to your invoice when you purchase a car. These charges are required by the state in which you buy your car, and each dealership should charge the same percentage and fees as every other dealership in the state.
Car exterior care
A car's finish reflects the care and attention invested in the vehicle. The quality of the finish is usually a good indicator of how well other components of the car were assembled or maintained.
The car finish
The car's finish is usually the first thing you see when you approach your car and is often the most expensive part of the car. Most modern car finishes consist of a primer (PRY-mer), a base coating that contains the color, and a protective clear coat.
If you're planning to trade in your old car when you're buying a new or used car from a dealer, call your bank's loan department to determine its value. You can also find out the value of the car yourself by checking the National Automobile Dealers Association, or 'NADA,' (NAW-duh) Blue Book, which is available at your local library or bank.
Trading your old car
Sometimes, the most difficult part of buying a new or used car is figuring out what to do with your present one. You have to make the choice of either selling it outright or trading it in.
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