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How to Buy a Used Car

used carsThere’s completely nothing wrong about buying a used vehicle. We’ve all done it at some point and there’s no shame to it. If anything, it’s actually a wise investment and one that comes with benefits. Besides, a lot of collectible vehicles are previously owned! So in the event that you go car shopping one of these days, we’ve tapped cars experts to give us some expert advice on how to go about it. Here, take a look.
1.    Always research first.
It pays to know which models and from which manufacturers fare well over the years. Not all cars are built the same. Where others can last for years despite a lot of use, some don’t. It’s also great to look into the available dealers or sellers in the market and assess their level of quality both in services and in products.
2.    Bring an expert to inspect.
Since it’s a previously owned machine, one has to do adequate measures to ensure that the car is in great driving condition. To do so, it would benefit to bring an expert with you when you come to look. Have them inspect and assess the machine prior to buying it not after.
3.    Check for flaws.
Functional flaws are a huge no-no. When you spot them, make sure to look elsewhere. Salvaging a machine may be possible but it can also be costly and we’re not up for that. Cosmetic flaws like dents, scratches and cracks depend on their gravity but of course the lesser the better. And don’t forget to stir clear from rusts.
4.    Observe the wear on the tires and wheels.
All tires should match and their wear should be as even as possible otherwise it could mean that the previous owner failed to have the wheels realigned as frequently as necessary. Speaking of wheels, see if brake dust has been baked into the metal which is a sign that it hasn’t been cleaned as often.
5.    Try it out.
It’s important to take the secondhand vehicle for a spin in order to truly have a feel of it. For instance, does the engine run smooth? Are there clicks and clanks as you drive? Are all the toggle switches functioning? Make sure that the interior has no odor either and that the seats are still comfortable and not squeaky. How does the pedal and steering wheel feel? You need to know firsthand.

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5 Reasons Why the Custom 1970 Camaro is a Show Stopper

1970-Chevrolet-CamaroIt’s been a while since the Custom 1970 Camaro was unveiled at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas but apparently this resto-mod concept still makes waves up to this very day. It’s safe to say that it was a certified head turner at the event and its charm still manages to capture hearts. Why? We’ve got 5 reasons. Scroll down and read on to discover what they are.

#1: It’s the perfect marriage of old meets new.

Vintage meets new is what the Custom 1970 Camaro embodies. The classic vehicle was fitted with the most advanced upgrades of our time making it the perfect juxtaposition of then and now.

#2: It’s truly a visual treat both inside and out.

The closed two-door car body style with a permanently attached fixed roof was a classic feature of the 1970 Camaro. To give it a modern flare, it was given a hyper blue metallic finish, white rally stripes and LED headlights and taillights. Inside, the custom trimmed leather seats were reminiscent of a Gen 3 Camaro that were re-trimmed to size. The instrument panel with fully updated gauges also came wrapped in the same custom leather.

#3: It’s got quite the power to keep your adrenaline pumping.

The vehicle came with the infamous LT4 crate engine, General Motor’s most powerful to date. It pumps up 650 horsepower and a 650 pound-feet of torque. The 6.2 liter supercharged V8 has also been upgraded with aluminum cylinder heads, titanium intake valves and forged aluminum pistons to handle the additional force. For optimum stopping power, Corvette Z06-based disc brakes had to be installed as well as a six-point roll cage and custom gauges. It was also given a T-56 Super Magnum six-speed manual transmission, a wet-sump kit and an engine controller for manual transmission applications. It’ll send any car aficionado and speed lover into a frenzy.

#4: It managed to perfectly capture the brand’s agenda.

In an official press release statement, Jim Campbell, Chevrolet USA’s Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, said that the brand aims to endlessly fuel the dreams of enthusiasts with endless possibilities be it in “a classic resto-mod concept Camaro, a vintage truck or street rod”. This was in full display in the personification of the Custom 1970 Camaro.

#5: It’s simply unlike any other.

Nothing quite compares to the Custom 1970 Camaro. From the matrimony of classic and modern to its powerful engine and striking visuals, it’s definitely difficult to find something that will exceed or let alone match its beauty. It’s one of a kind.

Garage Must-Haves for Noobs

garageOwning a car is one thing but investing in an adequate and equipped garage is a whole different story. For some people, the garage is a commonly overlooked aspect. They fail to realize that in order to keep their machines in tiptop shape, they have to build its home. If you’re s elf professed noob or newbie, fear no more. Experts are here to school us in on the various must-haves go in on a garage. Here, take a look.

  • The Right Location

The garage has to be well-situated for it to be both functional and convenient. It’s best kept closest to the kitchen to easily bring in bags of groceries or other daily items. The pathway to and from it from the curb must be wide enough and it has to be accessible to and from the street for ease of movement.

  • Large Enough Doors

Cars come in all shapes and sizes and we can own different ones at different points in time. This is why garage doors must be wide and tall enough to stay versatile. Renovations can be done later on but that’s another job that’ll take up time and money.

  • Adequate Lighting

This applies both to natural and installed lighting. There’s a lot going on in a garage and so it has to be well lit to be safe and functional. There’s many movements going on day in and day out and it’ll be particularly hard to move about when we can’t see things well.

  • Proper Ventilation

One of the worst things that owners can do is overlook ventilation. Apart from housing one’s car, a garage can also serve as an additional room to store stuff. It’s also were others choose to repair or wash their vehicles. It would be extremely uncomfortable if it gets stuffy and humid so proper ventilation is a must.

  • Smart Storage Spaces

The garage has to be built in such a way that it allows for a generous storage space. Cabinets are a pretty neat addition particularly especially when held against the wall, vertically or in corners for maximum space.

  • The Right Tools

A sink with a threaded sprout that allows a hose to be attached to it would be a great investment to make cleaning a breeze. For areas with winter, frost-proof shut offs would be amazing for your plumbing. A set of standard tools for vehicle repairs and maintenance as well as those that’ll come in handy around the house would make for an awesome and functional garage too.

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What to Do During a Vehicle Bug Down

Car brokeYou’re singing your heart out to your favorite tune and suddenly your car breaks down. Yikes! Don’t panic although we’re hoping you’re not stranded somewhere deserted and dark. But even so, you need not scream your lungs out in despair because there are a number of things you can do to un-stuck yourself from the situation. How? We consulted with the experts from for some tips. Here, take a look.

  • First of all don’t panic. Cars rarely stop dead from running smoothly. They don’t just go from hero to zero in a matter of a split second. Chances are there already are a few signs that trouble is brewing up under the hood or on the wheels. Once you feel those red flags, make sure not to panic and to clear your head.
  • Then bring your vehicle away from the road. You don’t want to cause traffic and trouble to other drivers. Moreover, it would be particularly difficult to fix a busted car in the middle of the highway. That just sounds like plain suicide. Don’t forget to engage those hand brakes and turn your steering wheel away from traffic so the vehicle does not accidentally roll out to an accident.
  • Turn on those signal lights. You want other people to know that you’re having some car trouble and not just being a nuisance on the road. Hazard lights are a good way but in most cases they might not be enough. If you’ve got emergency triangles, take them out or if not you may simply raise your hood to make things more obvious.
  • Call for help. Almost everyone nowadays has a smart phone so calling for help shouldn’t be difficult unless you’re in some dead zone without reception. Do so immediately. Don’t wait on it. Of course if you can fix the car on your own then there will be no need for this but if you haven’t then don’t bother experimenting as you may do more harm than good.
  • Work from the side opposite to traffic. You can’t be tinkering with the car on the side of traffic because you’ll likely end up in an ambulance.
  • Check the basics. It could be a flat tire or your engine may have overheated from lack of adequate fluids or water. Sometimes the issue can be easy to solve says so every driver should at least have basic and firsthand information on these things.
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Why It’s Okay to Buy Secondhand Cars

secondhand carsThe newer the better. It’s a common connotation for as long as we can remember. But does it really hold some truth? Well yes but not in its entirety. New isn’t always better. It depends on the situation and sometimes vintage can be cooler. But when it comes to vehicles, are secondhand machines worth the money? Experts weighs on in and here’s what they had to tell us: yes.

Wait, really? Do secondhand vehicles really mean well? Vintage and classic vehicles aside, there’s nothing wrong with going for a pre-loved machine and here are the many reasons why.

  • They cost less.

The newer it is the higher the price and it’s something that applies to pretty much everything and not just cars. Also, secondhand owners receive and experience far lesser depreciation hits which bring us to our next item on the list.

  • You get depreciation benefits.

The moment you drive a new vehicle off the lot, you slash out a great chunk off of its value. It’s a principle that has held steadfast decades back and until to this very day with some even depreciating as much as forty percent of its purchasing value just a mere year after it was bought. Moreover, this may require some owners to get an optional insurance coverage to cover the difference between the amount of the car loan and its actual value which is another expense in itself. This won’t happen with a secondhand vehicle. That hit has already been absorbed by its previous owner.

  • You get to save on a number of added costs.

A brand new vehicle comes with a slew of other expenses. To name a few there’s the states sales tax, DMV, destination fees, shipping, processing, preparation, and advertising fees among others. These are additional expenditures that must be paid by someone who buys a brand new machine and by opting out of that, you get to opt out of the said fees too.

  • You get a great bargain.

When buying a used vehicle, it is important to first assess its condition and how well-maintained it was by its previous owners. The digits on its mileage shall also shed some light as to how used it was regardless of the time since it rolled out of the manufacturer’s production tank. With the right hat tricks, one can score a worthwhile investment for cheap and who doesn’t want that?

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5 Of The Best Muscle Cars

thebestmusclecarsWe’ve been told to not play favorites but let’s admit it. That’s a hard thing to do in a world riddled with options and choices. We’re all bound to have personal likes and preferences. The same is true when we talk about the best muscle cars. In fact, we’ve asked around with the help of the team from Classic Car Labs about everyone’s favorite timeless vehicles. Curious as to which ones made it on top? Check out this list in no particular order.

5 Best Muscle Cars

1. Ford Mustang Boss 429

Considered one of the rarest classics ever made, only 859 units of the Ford Mustang Boss rolled out of production. With a seven liter V8 engine that pushes 375 horsepower, it features Magnum 500 wheels, a massive hood scoop, a flat black front chin spoiler, and a 429 decal on the front fender that screams meta.

2. 1969 Dodge Charger

Known in pop culture as “General Lee” in the popular television show the Dukes of Hazard, the Dodge Charger is a familiar face even to people who aren’t well versed with automobiles. The split front grille and full-width tail lamps gives it a unique flair but the 440-cid V8 engine under the hood makes it a beast.

3. 1967 Pontiac GTO

Back in the day, General Motors put a ban against fitting massive engines into smaller vehicles. In 1964, Pontiac challenged this by putting a 389 cubic inch 360 horsepower V-8 engine into its Tempest calling it the “GTO”. General Motors executives were so impressed by it that they lifted the ban to make the Pontiac GTO a reality.

4. Ford Gran Torino

Like the Dodge Charger, the Gran Torino is a stark personality in pop culture all thanks to fictional cops Starsky and Hutch who drove it in the silver screen. The film features a bright red white vector striped Ford Gran Torino. And in a rare occasion where reality and fiction coincides, the vehicle was a power machine with its V8 engine and RWD automatic 3-speed gearbox with a top speed of 71 kilometers per hour.

5. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

Featuring an angular body, a new sheet metal lathed over the existing frame and 450 horsepower, it’s dubbed to be the most powerful Chevelle ever. Although manufactured later in the so called “golden age” of muscle cars, it didn’t cease to flourish and was a commercial hit and success.

Of course, this list is not all exclusive says Classic Car Labs. There are more fine timeless machines out there. As we said earlier, it’s all a matter of prefernce. So, what are your favorites?

Let’s Get to Know the 1967 Mercury Cougar

The 1967 Mercury Cougar

In the world of muscle cars, there are those that reign supreme and the 1967 Mercury Cougar is one of them. Today, let’s get to know more about this mean machine and why it’s been labeled a timeless and powerful beast.

Introduced as Mercury’s first pony car, the idea for the vehicle came about in 1965 but it wasn’t a year later until it was finally rolled into production. It was an answer to the immense popularity and groundbreaking success of the Ford Mustang at the time but it was catered towards a different market.

With two engines to choose from (a 289 cubic inch two-barrel V8 with 200 horsepower or a 390 cubic inch four-barrel V8 335 horsepower), manufacturers made it available in two models namely the base and the XR-7. Of the two, the latter is currently more coveted among collectors and enthusiasts alike for its two door notchback hardtop, “GT” performance package, simulated wood-grained dashboard, full set black-faced competition instruments and toggle switches, T-type center automatic transmission shifter, overhead console and vinyl or leather upholstery.

What’s very noticeable about the 1967 Mercury Cougar is its hundred and eleven inch wheelbase which is three inches longer than that of the Mustang’s. Furthermore, its “electric shaver” feature gave it its most groundbreaking signature that separated it from other vehicles of the time and even up to today. The feature pertains to a set of vertical bars and full-width split or divided grilles that concealed both the headlights and the T-Bird sequential taillights giving it a truly macho and powerful appeal.

Apart from its signature “electric shaver” feature, larger wheelbase, fancy interiors, masculine finish and powerful engines, the 1967 Mercury Cougar was also fitted with a number of parts that any car aficionado will fall head over heels for namely: softer suspension bushings for a softer ride, coil springs that were mounted over the upper control A-arm at the front, leaf springs at the rear as well as a two pod dash layout and console for the steering wheel


We could definitely go on and on about the many spectacular features of the 1967 Mercury Cougar and why it sits on top of the muscle cars list but then we’d take all day or maybe even two. Let’s just say that this mean machine is going to be hard to beat. After half a century, it still remains relevant if not even more so.

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How Macho is the Custom 1970 Camaro

Custom-1970-Chevy-Camaro-RS-SEMA-2015When we say macho, we mean jam-packed muscle and masculinity and no other car can live up to this standards save for the Custom 1970 Camaro. It’s a fitting adjective for it, an exclusive one if you ask us.

First revealed at the 2015 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show in Las Vegas, the vehicle was a special resto-mod concept from Chevrolet. Described as the perfect marriage of classic and tech, it’s an ode to the golden age of muscle cars but with the dexterity that the new age has to offer.

As Jim Campbell, Chevrolet USA’s Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, puts it: “the brand aims to endlessly fuel the dreams of enthusiasts with endless possibilities be it in a classic resto-mod concept Camaro, a vintage truck or street rod”.

And fuel it they did. The Custom 1970 Camaro wowed with its hyper blue metallic finish. The white rally stripes on the body add up to its graphic charms. Even the interiors were given a posh upscale. The black stock cabin features custom-trimmed leather seats which were reminiscent of a third-generation Camaro. The same finish was given to the instrumental panel for a cohesive and streamlined look. It was a sight to behold. It even had LED headlights and taillights for that contemporary appeal.

But apart from exciting the eyes, the vehicle boasts of quite a performance. The two-door coupe muscle car was fitted with General Motor’s most powerful engine to date: the LT4 crate engine. With its 650 horsepower, a 650 pound-feet of torque and a top speed of 155 mph, it’s quite a monster machine. With such amount of power, Chevrolet had to add Corvette Z06-based front and rear disc brake kits at both ends of the coupe behind the aluminum wheels to ensure maximum stopping power and safety. Truly, any car aficionado would drop to their knees.

For good measure, the Custom 1970 Camaro also came with a T-56 Super Magnum six-speed manual gearbox, aluminum cylinder heads, aluminum pistons, titanium intake valves, a four-link setup, overhauled suspensions, a wet-sump kit, a custom instrument cluster that comes with new gauges to work perfectly with the powertrain’s electronic systems, complementing air conditioning and front-end accessory drive kits.

Will all that said, the Custom 1970 Camaro is no doubt the definition of macho. Such are its charms and undeniable appeal that it favors the taste of pretty much everyone, male and female alike of any age. Besides, what more could you ask for? 

Garage Must Haves

car garageA garage is important for obvious reasons. Despite vehicles being the power machines that they are, we can’t really conclude them as invincible. They suffer from wear and tear too and with constant exposure to harsh environments, they can deplete faster which won’t be very pleasing to any owner. A garage is one way to protect them especially when not in use. But what constitutes a well-equipped garage? teaches us a thing or two about the must-haves.

  • Adequate Space – It would be a huge pain to build and invest in a garage only to realize that it does not fit what you want to put in it. Apart from the vehicle, the structure will also be used for storage purposes. There are standards that one can follow in terms of measurement but it would also be wise to assess one’s needs and use that too especially if the plan is to build it from the ground up.
  • Insulation – Temperatures can hurt both the machine and its owners and passengers. The weather can crank up the numbers and make it too hot or too cold inside so make sure to invest in proper insulation. Choose the right walls and roofs and install needed equipment.
  • Safety Features – First, make sure that it can be locked and secured. Who wants a stolen vehicle? Likewise, avoid using and storing flammable items inside to prevent fire and accidents. The floor shouldn’t be slippery too. Poer outlets and wires should be high up. Have an extinguisher and sand ready in case of emergency.
  • First Aid Kit – Again, accidents can happen especially if one is cleaning or fixing the car. A first aid kit is therefore a must for these instances. Even the most careful of people are prone to unlikely circumstances. Better safe than sorry.
  • Access to Water – Cleaning and safety. Need we say more?
  • Proper Lighting – There’s a lot of productivity inside a garage on top of all the tools and possessions stocked in it. Absence of adequate lighting is not only inconvenient but also a recipe for accidents.
  • Tools – Make sure to have at least the basic tools and equipment necessary in car care and maintenance inside the garage. Keep them stored and organized too which brings us to the next item on our list.
  • Storage – highly recommends everyone to develop and install smart shelving and storage units within the garage premises. It makes it easier to find things plus helps avoid misplacing anything.

Things You’re Doing Wrong with Your Vehicle

No matter how much you love your vehicle, you’re probably doing a few things wrong. If not then congratulations because you’re on the running to become the best car parent of the year! But just for the sake of certainty, check out if you plead guilty to the following crimes.

  • Using Lights Too Much or Not at All

People are guilty of using fog lights mindlessly. As the name suggests, they are to be used in cases when the visibility is brought down by certain elements including fog, heavy downpours and unlit roads. Never use them in highways and well-lit roads because they create a blinding effect that can cause accidents to the cars running on the opposite direction. At the same time, don’t turn your lights off as you park. Turn them off afterwards. This ensures that you remain visible to other vehicles or people thus preventing accidents.

  • Ignoring Mirror Blind Spots

According to a 1995 paper published by the Society of Automotive Engineers, outside mirrors should be adjusted so far outward that the viewing angle just overlaps that of the cabin’s rearview mirror. In doing so, it helps negate any blind spots. The paper has been tried and tested for decades but many drivers opt to disregard it because they are so used to seeing the flanks of their own car in the side mirrors.

  • Overlooking Your Cars Needs

It looks fine so why have it checked? You’ll hear that from an irresponsible owner. Regular upkeep and maintenance is necessary for cars. For instance, you have to change up the oils and other liquids every few miles or months. Wheel alignments are necessary too as well as tire pressure management. There’s more to owning a vehicle than just driving it on the road.

  • hbrakeNot Pressing the Handbrake Button

Many people would argue about it but think about it this way. Why would manufacturers continue to add the feature if it’s useless? The button is there because it has a purpose. It allows the brake to be applied in as smoothly as possible to avoid stressing the machine and creating faster wear and tear.

Whether you do it consciously or unconsciously is not the issue. It’s about the deed being wrong and your effort to help correct it. Trust us; your vehicles will thank you for it. and our team will bet you on that!

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