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      Did you have a great road trip or are you planning on having one soon? Share your travel and road trips stories and experience.

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    • What other hobbies and interests do you have, besides cars? 

      My favorite pass time activities/hobbies are reading, doing sports whenever I have some free time, like playing soccer, basketball and ping-pong.
    • How did you find this forum? Was it through google search, my profile at Ipb, through the word of mouth or some other way?
    • How tech savvy are you about cars? At first, when I started to drive I knew nothing at all. But after a while I thought that it would be better if I started to learn a thing or 2. I asked my father, who is a pretty tech savvy when it comes to cars and I learned the basics such as read a dipstick and changing the oil, changing a flat tyre, jump starting my car, measuring and setting the correct tyre pressure, buff out minor scratches and other minor stuff of that nature.
    • Feb 27, 2018, 04:53 pm 1. Choosing the right car.

      Always research first so you can buy the car that best suits your needs and your budget.

      2. Protect yourself.

      Shop around as many dealers as possible. It is risky to buy from an unlicensed dealer or a private seller. They are unregulated and there is little legal protection in the event of a problem. 

      3. Check the car. 

      Walk around the car. Check for scratches, rust, missing pieces, etc. Look inside the car as well and make sure that everything is working properly.

      4. Test drive.

      Don't do more than the most perfunctory test drive, be that for a new or used car. While driving the car, pay attention to things like how the steering feels in your hands, how the vehicle feels as it's turning and how the brakes respond. Does it make strange noises? And things of that nature. Make a note of anything that you notice.

      5. Negotiate.

      After you have found the right car, do not be afraid to negotiate the price.

      6. Get an independent inspection.

      Always have a used car inspected by a qualified mechanic before you buy it. Most importantly don't accept the car unless you are satisfied with its condition.

      7. Check your contract.

      Never sign an incomplete contract. Always read and be sure you understand it before signing. Also be sure it is the car you want, can afford and that it is in  a condition you will accept. 

      Do you know any other tips for buying a new car? Please do share them.
    • Personally I love road trips and I try to take one as often as I can. It gives me a sense of freedom. They are fun and exciting and it helps to de stress and forget my troubles for a while. 

      I always like to prepare before I embark on my road trip. The following points are what I take into consideration to prepare beforehand.

      1. Car Preparation
      Ensure your car is serviceable before you depart.  This means that your car should be within its servicing period, and the oil and filter should have been changed recently.  All of the water reservoirs should also be full.  Check your tyres to ensure they will remain within their wear limits during your trip and purchase and install new tyres if required.

      If you will be driving a long distance also consider getting your wheels aligned before you go as this will save on tyre wear later on.  If you drive on any unsealed roads while you travel you should also plan to get the wheels aligned again after you return (lesson learnt from our road trip last year - we did not do this step and had to replace all four relatively new tyres within 12 months).

      If you will be hiring a vehicle have a close look at the quality of vehicle that they offer and support they will provide.

      2.   Route Plan
      The biggest killers on the road are fatigue and alcohol.  Before you depart you should quickly research a rough plan of your route including the driving times and distances.  If you will be stopping to sightsee en route you should plan a maximum of four hours of driving in a day.  If you have a long distance driving day you should plan to have a non-driving day afterwards to recover.  Make sure you don't drink alcohol and drive.

      Allow an extra day or two so you can be flexible if you decide to stay longer in a place or decide to break a longer drive into two shorter driving days, or if something unexpected occurs.  Also do some initial research into sightseeing options along the way so you know where you are interested to visit and can build these into your plan.

      Online tools such as Google Maps enable you to quickly put together a route plan.

      3.   Maps
      If you are using a GPS ensure you have the latest map update before you depart.  It is also worthwhile to purchase a large hardcopy map to enable a bigger picture view of your trip.

      4.   What Ifs
      Ensure you plan for 'What Ifs' while you are on your road trip.

      What will you do if your car breaks down?  Have you got suitable roadside assistance for your destination?  Will your vehicle hire company provide roadside assistance?
      What will you do if you have a car accident?  Do you have suitable car insurance or travel insurance for your destination?  Have you purchased insurance which will reduce your hire car excess?
      If you have a problem in a remote area how will you communicate?  Will you have mobile phone coverage on your planned route, or is it a major road with a lot of traffic who should be able to help you?  Should you take additional communications equipment such as a satellite phone, a two way radio or an EPIRB?
      Have you got a current first aid kit in your car and do you know how to use it?
      Should you pack some additional bottled water and food in case of break down or traffic stoppages, particularly if you are travelling in remote areas and the weather will be hot?
      If you will be travelling in a very cold environment do you have appropriate safety gear?

      5.   Entertainment
      Long boring roads require entertainment.  If you have children in the car consider if you have a DVD player or other handheld electronic games which the children can use in the car.  Ensure you can recharge or power the equipment using the car engine and battery, which may require the purchase of additional equipment.  Consider how many items you will want to plug in at once and purchase additional equipment such as double adapters etc.

      Think about whether you like to listen to music as you travel.  Ensure you have the equipment to play your own music through your car radio.  Pre-purchase some new music prior to departure to enjoy along the way.

      Do you know any other tips for buying a new car? Please do share them.

      Bon voyage!
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