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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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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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Decoding the LT4 Crate Engine

lt4When Chevrolet unveiled its resto-mod concept during the SEMA show featuring the Custom 1970 Camaro RS, people got to talking. The vehicle that featured the perfect marriage between vintage and tech was a real beauty but more than appearances, its LT4 crate engine has to be its biggest asset. Today, tells us more about it.

Dubbed as General Motors’ most powerful engine to date built for ultra high performance vehicles, the LT4 is currently used in the Corvette C7 Z06 and third-generation Cadillac CTS-V sedan. By 2017, it’s also likely to be installed and built into the 2017 Camaro ZL1.

Produced as part of the company’s 5th generation Small Block engine family, the much celebrated powerhouse of a machine displaces 6.2 liters, has eight cylinders in a V-shaped layout and features a purpose-built supercharger. If that’s not enough to catch your attention then we don’t know what will. Certified car enthusiasts have been setting their eyes on it the moment it was released.

The LT4 crate engine also boasts of several other features. It’s got a dual brick air to liquid intercooler, a dual pressure control oil pump, a dual-equal cam phasing,  a high pressure fuel pump, a next generation Eaton supercharger, a standard dry-sump oiling system, a variable displacement dual pressure control vane pump with increased flow capacity, an active fuel management cylinder deactivation, an aluminum balancer for reduced mass, highly machined forged powder metal steel connecting rods, lightweight titanium intake valves, PCV integrated rocker covers, Rotocast A356T6 aluminum cylinder heads that proved to be better at handling heat compared to others of its kind, stainless steel exhaust manifolds, and unique and durable structured forged aluminum pistons.

What makes the LT4 crate engine an even awesome find is the fact that General Motors manufactured it in such a way that it’s bound to shatter expectations. At first, aficionados and critics didn’t believe the announcement but leave it to GM to prove them wrong. They weren’t kidding when they said that its’ going to be a 650 horsepower monster that comes in the most compact and lightweight version.

Perhaps the only drawback which isn’t really a disadvantage to begin with is that the LT4 with its with aluminum block and heads weighs 529 pounds. That’s a slightly modest increase compared to its LS7 predecessor which only weighed about 454pounds according to

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Four of the Most Unforgettable Cars on TV

batmobile classic car labsMovies have featured famous cars that surely made a long lasting impression. That is certainly true but aside from that, the small screen also had its fair share of these celebrity cars. Here’s this list Classic Car Labs’ made on the four famous cars on television.

Batman – 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept 

In the 60s, ABC network aired 120 episodes of “Batman” which lasted from for 3 seasons from January 12, 1966 to March 14, 1968. The DC comic superhero was popular for his gadgets and of course his car called, the Batmobile. George Barris, American designer and designer of custom cars, designed it from a 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept.

Starsky & Hutch – 1974 Gran Torino

“Starsky & Hutch”, a police thriller shown from 1975 to late 1970s on the ABC network. It featured Southern California detectives David Michael Starsky and Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson, who were played by actors Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul. The show featured them patrolling the Bay City, California with their bright red mid-1970s Gran Torino that comes with prominent white vector stripe on both sides.

Bewitched – Chevrolets

The popular American tv fantasy series that had an 8 season run from 1964 to 1972 featured not one but a multitude of Chevrolet vehicles. There’s the 1964 Chevelle that served as the family car during the 1st season. The show also used the 1970 Pontiac Bonneville , the 1965 Malibu, the 1969 Chevelle SS Malibu, the 1972 Antelope and the 1968 SS Camaro.

The Dukes of Hazzard – 1969 Dodge Charger

Perhaps the most well-known automobile from TV, General Lee is difficult to beat. It was a red 1969 Dodge Charger but there were plenty of them. Hundreds were actually used for filming which reportedly reached 320 in total with many of them destroyed while performing tricks. The popular American show that aired on the CBS network were  played by stars John Schneider, Tom Wopat and Catherine Bach who played as cousins Bo, Luke and Daisy respectively that lived the fictional Hazzard County in Georgia.

There you have it! Do you have other famous cars in mind that were used in TV shows? Feel free to comment below.


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The Custom 1970 Camaro’s Famous LT4 Crate Engine

custom-1970-amaroChevrolet sure made eyes pop as it unveiled a hyper blue metallic vehicle at the 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas. The custom 1970 Camaro stole the spotlight with its top of the line classic muscle car appeal revved up by its LT4 Crate engine. It was indeed the epitome of timeless and modern all packed in one full-house gear.

The Camaro came in its usual 2 door coupe. The body has this metallic blue color with white rally stripes that’s definitely hard to miss. The chassis has been given significant revision with suspension coil-overs installed at all four corners and rack and pinion steering. It even comes with a four-link setup upgrade. LED lighting was used both at the head and tail to provide a subtle upgrade. To bring the rest-mod concept up a notch, 19-inch wheels were utilized.

Complementary air conditioning and front-end accessory drive kits are present too for a range of applications.

Interior-wise, custom-trimmed seats line the vehicle which were actually re-trimmed from a Gen3 Camaro. The instrumental panel is decked in custom-wrapped leather that features a unique cluster with updated gauges to monitor engine performance. Even a six-point roll cage has been installed.

But beyond appearances what sets this 1970 Camaro is the fact that its vintage appeal has been married to modern technology with the use of an LT4 crate engine, General Motor’s most powerful to date.

The LT4 crate engine comes with a staggering 650 horsepower and a 650 pound-feet of torque. The 6.2 liter supercharged V8 has been upgraded with aluminum cylinder heads, titanium intake valves and forged aluminum pistons to handle the additional force. To top it all off, it comes with a T-56 Super Magnum six-speed manual transmission. The Custom 1970 Camaro even utilizes the wet-sump kit. An engine controller for manual transmission applications can further be seen.

With so much power packed inside this mean machine, Chevrolet made sure that the Corvette Z06-based disc brake installation was made feasible for optimal stopping power. A six-point roll cage and custom gauges were added into the mix to heighten safety features.

The Custom 1970 Camaro is indeed a showstopper. It’s gleaming features, well thought details, engine power and safety features, it truly lived up to the hype. No collector would be able to resist its charms. After all, we all love a good mix of history and technology, don’t we?

More on the 1970 Camaro here

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