Sunday, March 16, 2008

CARS AND CAR BATTERIES

GENERAL

  • Decide to buy new or old, small or big car, with priorities like colour, appearance, reliability, safety, space, status, petrol (gas/gasoline) or diesel engine, mileage etc.
  • Cars generally depreciate in value.
  • Buying a vehicle that is one or two years old gives almost equal experience at a much lower price tag.

BUYING NEW CARS

  • Thoroughly research the model.
  • Think about budget.
  • Shop around online first.
  • Compare prices.
  • Test drive.
  • Look at warranty and insurance.

BUYING USED CARS

  • Look for rust, condition of the exterior, condition of the interior, and mechanical operation.
  • Request a complete history of the car.
  • Have a mechanic inspect the car before finalizing any purchase .
  • Think about budget.
  • Shop around online.
  • Extras such as leather seats and air conditioning will cost less.
  • Study the vehicle’s paperwork like mileage, accidents and number of owners.
  • Test drive to look out for faults.
  • Look at warranty and insurance.

CAR BATTERIES

  • Plan to buy a new car battery before the old one fails. When the battery in use is becoming weaker, a load test may be done to check its charge holding capacity.
  • Size, rated capacity, and age determine the performance of a battery.
  • Choose the group size as recommended by the manufacturer. A group size defines the battery’s external dimensions and the position of the terminals.
  • Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) is a measure of a battery’s ability to start a car in cold weather conditions. CCA denotes how much current the battery can deliver to the starter at 0 degree F. You may go for a little above the car’s CCA requirements (CA stands for Cranking Amps, a measure taken at 32degrees).
  • Reserve capacity indicates the duration of running of car using the battery alone (when alternator fails). Buy a battery available with the longest reserve capacity.
  • Buy a new battery, preferably manufactured within about six months.
  • Check warranty and free-replacement period.
  • You can install battery yourself, but remember to dispose off the old one properly.

1 comment:

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Simple and valuable tips on car buying. Thanks so much. - Sudipta

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