How to be a Good Driver for Starters

We have always talked about how to buy or sell a used car, how to maintain a used car, and anything under the sun about cars; but what does it profit a man if he has a lot of nice cars, but does not know how to drive or manage his cars well? Worry no more because here are  5 tips for new drivers out there.

  1. On the gas gauge there is a little arrow that points to the hole for the gas tank is. This is useful if you are using multiple cars and always forgets where the gas tank is located.
  2. To what side do we turn our steering wheel when backing up? People tend to believe that if you want to back up to the right, you to have turn the wheel to the left since we are backing up. It’s very simple. You always turn the steering wheel to the side where you want to go, no matter if you are backing up or moving forward.
  3. Exiting a 90 degree parking in reverse. Always remember not to turn the steering wheel right away, make sure you back up as much as you can before turning the steering wheel to avoid collision on both sides.
  4. Going from a stopped position on a very steep hill. When you let go of the breaks, the car will have a tendency to back up. If you have a car with automatic transmission, hold the break with your left foot and accelerate while letting go of the break. For manual transmission cars, hold the hand break and lower it while letting go of the clutch and accelerating a bit.
  5. When you try to start the engine and the ignition key won’t turn, it’s because the steering wheel is also blocked. Move the steering wheel to the left and right while turning the key at the same time.

There are a lot more tips out there. You’ll never know, we might give them to you soon. So remember these tips and don’t forget to check back for any further tips we might give in the future!

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A Useful Guide for Future Car Owners

If you are into collecting cars or is just way too excited to buy your first one, you have to know how to choose your car. In the Philippines, wherein most of the car brands are selling like pancakes, there are still a bunch of tips a buyer must know about cars.

If it’s your first time to do your research about cars, do consider these guidelines for you to be able to appreciate the benefits of owning a car and discover a lot more about cars.

First, try to identify which car brand you want to purchase. There are a lot of famous brands out in the market, you have Mitsubishi, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, and Kia to name a few. These are only some of the car brands chosen by majority of the car buyers in the Philippines.


Second, do a thorough research about your chosen brand. Given that you have an access to the internet already, look for various car reviews online about the brand of car you have chosen. These reviews coming from car owners who have the experience in using the car, can help you determine if it is indeed the car that is best for you. You can also opt to visit different websites, like Kotsekoto.ph, that features your chosen car brand.search filters kotsekoto.ph

Lastly, seeing the car and knowing more about it from the manufacturer will encourage you more and will give you a closer look at the car and its parts. In the Philippines, there are a lot of auto car shows which features and displays famous car brands in various malls or other locations. Try to look for the nearest car shows and schedules in your area.

How to Maintain Your Car’s Air-conditioning

Summer is over but that doesn’t make the weather any better here in the Philippines, because we only have two types of weather – Hot or Very Hot. Now, who would like to sit in their car and get sweaty because of their air-condition getting weak; or worse, not having any air-conditioning system at all. These tips will make your air-conditioning system last longer and save you more money.

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  1. Turn the AC off 2 minutes before you reach your destination. Switch to “outside air in” mode. Then, turn the fan up. Leave it for 2-3 minutes. What happens here is that all the cold air or condensation will get expelled and will help preserve your AC unit.
  2. Clean the cabin air filter. That’s right; every AC unit has a filter. It’s located underneath the glove box. Lower your glove box and you will see your passenger compartment filter. Take that out and clean it. It doesn’t make your AC unit cooler but it helps in keeping the quality of the air since it filters debris and dust that comes off from outside of your car.
  3. Check your radiator coolant and replace it from time to time. It may sound weird but the radiator and the condenser of your AC unit works together. So a cooler radiator makes a better AC unit.
  4. Check if your carpet is getting wet. This means that you may have an evaporator stoppage going on. The evaporator removes the moisture and heat from inside the car and sends it outside the car. If so, have your AC unit checked by a mechanic.

These tips will help you save lots of money in the long run. Now, make it a habit to do these and keep your AC unit cool and always ready for that scorching weather.

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How to Maintain a Used Car

Would you want your car to last long like your grandpa? Then read further, because today I’m going to tell you some critical maintenance items to perform on your car so it can last forever. Well, maybe not forever, but were trying to get the best mileage out of that car. Without further ado, here are the tips:
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  1. Change your engine oil and filter regularly – Change it every 3000 miles or probably twice in a year. Keep in mind that engines are very expensive, but engine oils are very cheap. Now, if you want to go further between oil changes, you can use fully synthetic oil; then you can go 15,000 miles between oil changes. Synthetic oils are excellent oils, but realize that cost three or four times as much as regular oil. So, the choice is yours.
  2. Servicing your automatic transmission – It’s a good idea to change the fluid in the transmission every 30,000 miles.
  3. Change the filter – If your car has a filter, change the filter. If it doesn’t, why bother?
  4. The coolant in your cooling system (Radiator) – Change the coolant every 3 years or once in every 30,000 miles, but if you are lazy go for extended antifreeze coolants that can last up to 5 years or 150,000 miles.
  5. The Battery – Check it every once in a while for corrosion, if there is then clean those away by using a wire brush or your old unused toothbrush. After cleaning the terminals, why not spray them with Batter Terminal Protection. Have a mechanic check your battery once or twice a year.

There you have it! Now, go and do these tips and make that car last longer.

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Choose to Drive a High Quality and Affordable Car

Whether you are trying to buy a new vehicle or it’s your first time to own a car, you deserve the best. In choosing your new vehicle, you have to go for the best quality in order for you to be satisfied.  Most of the car dealers and sellers would always guarantee you, that the car they are selling you is indeed the best.

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As someone who is not so familiar in the world of automobiles, you have to do a good research about cars, from its parts, down to ensuring the quality of the brand of car you are planning to purchase. You have to keep in mind that you spend your hard earned money in exchange for a good investment- your dream vehicle.

Here are some of the things that you have to remember when you talk about the car’s quality. First, it doesn’t matter if you are buying a brand new car or a surplus car, whatever the price range is, you always have to ensure that the car is still of good quality and condition.

Take note that your dream car must have a fuel efficient engine. You’ll be able to save a lot of money for gasoline, when you ensure this.  A car with a low car mileage is a good car to grab. This will take you to a lot of places. Safety will always come first, that is why you have to double check on the car’s recent condition before buying it.

So, when you’re ready to get an affordable car with clean papers, and most importantly, a car of high quality, start hunting for it now.

How to tell if a Used Car Seller is Legitimate

When you want to buy a used car, you need to know whether you are buying from a private seller or a curbsider. Private sellers are people who are legitimately selling their own personal car. On the other hand, curbsiders are illegal business men, they could be selling damaged, misrepresented or stolen cars; and the last thing you want to do is not to be affiliated with them. Curbsiders often pose as private sellers. So, how can you tell the difference between a private seller and a curbsider. Don’t worry; these are the signs that you have to watch out for.

1. Curbsiders don’t want to be found after the sale. They operate exclusively from cellphones or on the internet and are probably not using their real name.
2. Curbsiders won’t tell you the history of the car. If a seller says they are selling the car for their mother, father, brother or somebody else; it’s likely a scam. Ask the car’s registration and compare it to the identity of the seller, if they are not the same, then there’s something fishy.
3. Curbsiders are operating illegally. They don’t operate from car lots and certainly don’t want to have you to their home. Be very careful if the seller of the vehicle wants to meet you at a public place such as a parking lot or a mall.
4. Lastly, if you decide to buy a vehicle privately; ask the vehicle history report. If the seller refuses to provide or does not have it, then it’s probably not theirs to begin with.
5. Have the vehicle inspected with a mechanic you trust. If they offer or insist to have the vehicle checked by their “trusted” mechanic, then you know what that means.
There you go folks! Last thing you want to follow is your instinct. If you have doubts on a seller, then you should probably find another one. Good luck!

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Benefits of Owning a Car

used carIn the society we are living today, where everything seems to expand and develop in a fast phase, it is indeed a necessity to drive our own car. If you are a regular commuter, you are already immune to the problems most of the commuters face on a daily basis. If commuting brings so much hassle in your daily schedule, well I guess it is time for you to drive your own vehicle.

If you worry about how costly it is to find one, worry not, for you can choose to buy surplus cars, which are also in a very good condition. If you do not have enough money, this is also not a problem because nowadays, there are a lot of auto financing and car loans available for those who are eager to drive their first car.

Most of the car owners know the benefits of having a car. For those who are still planning to have one, here are a few of the many benefits of driving your own car.

Benefit # 1: You can go anywhere. Yes! You heard that right, when you have a vehicle, you can travel to a lot of destinations without worrying about a thing. Since you own the wheels, you can decide on where to bring it. There is no need to take your friend’s car or ride on a bus, when you are planning to go on a road trip.

Benefit #2: You own your time. You don’t have to be in a hurry to catch the last schedule of the train, the bus, or wait for a cab to bring you home.  You have the luxury of time because you wouldn’t worry about where to ride and what to ride. When you own a car, you own your time.

Benefit #3: You can be independent. Everyone wants to be independent. One sign of being an independent person is having a vehicle, because this equates to owning a responsibility. Having your own vehicle will make you more responsible, and taking in a responsibility is independence.

So, what are you waiting for? Go and drive your first car!

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Futuristic Japanese Car: Nissan Pivo

Step inside the PIVO, and you’ll be greeted by your own robotic companion! A friendly co-pilot who is intelligent and helpful. PIVO is the creation of Masato Inoue and his colleagues at Nissan, who have decided that the future is not only about supercars but friendly robotic cars as well. The creator quotes: “We are trying to create a really new relationship between human being and the car, this is definitely the car of the future.”

The robotic assistant has two cameras in his eyes like a human being and can track and analyze your every facial expression. That means it knows your every moods! It can even detect if you are drowsy or sleepy and will direct you to the nearest coffee shop – Now, that is such a sweet and thoughtful car.

Pivo’s smarts don’t stop with the on board robot; the car’s overall design is ingenious as well. It has large doors for easy to the cabin and large windscreens and windows for high visibility. And in case there are any lingering blind spots, cameras mounted all around the body bring you complete 360 degree vision.

But wait! There’s more! Pivo does not just see in every direction, it rotates in every direction! This feat will change driving as we know it. It has a 360 degree rotating cabin resting on its four-wheel chassis. This car also solves one of the biggest problems of the driver’s Parallel parking. Parallel parking will never be a problem again due to the mobility of this car. With its huge windows and multiple cameras, Pivo is all about visibility and transparency. A car that keeps you connected to the outside world.

Make your Car Last

As a car owner, you only want the best for your vehicle. Even before the car came in to your garage, you were already excited about how to take good care of it. Getting to know more tips and facts about car maintenance is very important. These good tips will make your car last. Here’s a simple rule, the more you take good care of your car, the better is its condition. Who wouldn’t want that to happen?

Here are some of the easiest tips on how you can do that:

Tip # 1: Wash your car. It is good to maintain the neatness of your car on the outside and even on the inside. We recommend that you do this on a weekly basis to remove the dirt. If you don’t have a time to do it yourself, well then, try to look for a good car wash and get your car clean.  Remember that a clean car, reflects a neat owner.

Tip # 2: Check your tire. Always do a random check on the tires of your car. Checking your tire for any damages will save you from having a flat tire while on the road. A good tire condition will always give you a safe road trip. No car owner wants to be stuck in the middle of the road to change their tires; this could really be a big hassle, in cases when you are in a hurry or in a long road trip with your friends or family.

Tip # 3: Check your engine. Remember, that your car’s engine is one of the important parts of the car. You can never drive a car without making sure the engine works well. A regular engine checkup will help you maintain the good condition of the car. Also, don’t forget to inspect the car’s engine oil. Be sure that your engine doesn’t have leaks, if you found out that your car’s engine have leaks, go to your trusted auto mechanic and let him fix it.

 Remember that it is always good to CHECK; don’t forget to have these tips on your checklist. 

Watch this video for  more useful tips: Vehicle preventitive maintenance “It’s cheaper to keep her” make your car last forever

Tips on How to Negotiate with a Car Dealer

When you are planning to buy a used car and it’s your first time to deal with the seller, you have to know the tips on how to negotiate well before setting an appointment. It is more than important to build a good relationship with your car dealer, both of you should establish trust, so that you will end up having a good deal. So don’t get stressed, just deal and learn the art of negotiation.
In starting to deal with the seller, you have to be ready with your research.  Try to know more about the model and brand of the car you are buying, including its market price. Don’t forget that your goal here is to be able to negotiate a car price that is fair to you and the car dealer. Always put in mind that a hand shake deal is not enough, be sure to put your deal on paper. Everything that you and the dealer have agreed with should have a written proof.

As an auto buyer, you have to be familiar with the contract, be sure that the terms and figures are properly stated. All that is promised to you by the dealer should be in writing. Everything is spelled out in the contract and there should be no blank spaces in your contract.

Now, when it comes to the offer, you have to ask for the lowest price. In doing so, you also have to be realistic and come up with a respectable price. Don’t forget that every part of the dealership process is negotiable including the car financing and the car accessories. When you are about to meet the dealer, just don’t forget about these tips, apply them.