Tips for Buying a Second-hand Car

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Things to Check before Buying a Used Car in New Zealand

The purchase of used cars has become a common practice when changing cars in a family. In fact, a few years ago in Spain more second-hand vehicles than new ones were sold. Within this market 47% corresponds to cars with more than ten years since their minor facilitates the payment without resorting to credit.

This fact involves some risks. As there is a greater demand, the price of these cars has increased by 17% in recent years, according to concessionaires, and since 60% of transactions between individuals, the guarantees go down. Therefore, you have to be sure that the car you buy does not have any problems.

List of tips to avoid that possible breakdowns mean that the second-hand car comes out more expensive than a new one.

Decalogue to locate problems in the car

Starting: If the car does not start immediately or the idle is stable, there can be serious problems.

Direction: The direction must return to straight when you turn, already in March. You can also use an old trick. In a straight line (at about 80 km / h), release the steering wheel and check that the car is not going somewhere. Once stopped, turn the steering wheel all the way to one side and another to check that no click is heard. If it is assisted, check that it does not cost more to turn one way than another.

Transmission: If turning and accelerating sounds a click, it is a symptom of some problem. Attention must be paid to the rubber seals that are before their union with the wheels and possible oil leaks in the area where it joins with the gearbox.

Suspension: To know the condition of the shock absorbers you can push hard on the car, just above each wheel. When it reaches the point of maximum compression, it releases and if there is a rebound, it is a sign that the shock absorbers are not very good.

Exhaust: If the color of the smoke that comes out of the exhaust pipe is blue it indicates oil consumption, if it is white it means that fuel is missing in the combustion and if it is black it consumes too much fuel.

Headlights: Check that all car Head lights work. If the intensity is not constant, it may be due to the alternator or wiring.

Liquids: Always ask when the last changes were made and ask for papers that testify. You have to pay attention to your state. The oil should not be too black or too viscous. If the brake fluid is in poor condition it will be very dark. As for the antifreeze liquid, there are different colors depending on the marks, check that the level is appropriate, otherwise it could indicate a leak.

Change: The gears should not have gaps between them and should enter smoothly. In neutral, step on the clutch. If it makes noise, it may be necessary to change the fluid in the gearbox.

Brakes: Brake hard, if the car goes to the side, there are problems with discs or pads. It is important that you check that ABS works because the arrangement is more expensive. For this, it is best to try it on a dirt road at low speed and brake hard. If the pedal does not vibrate, the ABS is faulty.

Air conditioning: Also check that the air conditioner expels cold air in less than one minute. If it is not fixed with a liquid refill there may be leaks in the circuit and you will need an expensive fix.

How to Get the Car Ready Before the Holidays

Is Your Car Ready for the Holiday Road Trip?

We recommend that you check the following elements of your vehicle before going on the road:

  • Wheel pressure: check that your wheels have the pressure recommended by the manufacturer, depending on the load of the car, both passengers and luggage. The more loaded the vehicle goes, the more pressure they will require. Remember that this must always be measured with cold tires. Also, check that your tires are in good condition, with at least a depth of 1.6 millimeters in the drawing. If the wheels are very worn and you are going to travel long distances it is advisable to change them before leaving, to avoid scares, since the more deteriorated the tires, the less grip they will offer.
  • Oil levels: with the engine cold, open the bonnet of the car and remove the oil rod. Clean it with a paper and reinsert it into the conduit, to remove it and check that the oil level is correct. If it is necessary to increase the oil level, check the type that your car needs in the manufacturer’s instructions and buy a bottle at any gas station.
  • Also check the brake pedal. It should show tension to the touch and not be soft. If you have doubts about the condition of the discs or brake pads, go to Car Detailing Services for a general review.
  • Cooling fluid and windscreen wiper water: with the hood open, check that the fluid levels are correct. The cooling, to avoid excessive heating of the engine and water to keep the windshield clean and, therefore, a correct visibility.
  • Check the lights: make sure all the headlights work to travel with total peace of mind at night. Flashers, brakes, position, crossing and long lights.
  • Review the papers: check that you have all the documentation in order in the glove compartment of the vehicle, to avoid setbacks in case the authorities require them on the road.
  • Check your emergency equipment: signaling triangles, spare wheel, vests and a set of spare lights. In case of incident on the road, they will guarantee your safety and that of yours.

If your car already has a good number of kilometers and you do not usually check the condition of its basic components, we recommend that before the holidays you go to the workshop for a general review. If you are going to travel to hot destinations recharge the air conditioning and clean the filters to ensure a more comfortable family trip. It is worth making a small investment of this kind to avoid scares and unpleasant incidents that can disrupt our family rest days.

Hyundai Veloster N Is A Bold Asymmetric Sports Car

It is powered by a 2.0 Liter Turbo engine capable of producing 275 horsepower.

Taking advantage of the lights of Detroit, Hyundai presents the first model of its sports range called N for the American continent: the Veloster N.

The model is based on the second generation of the Veloster, which was also uncovered at the Detroit Motor Show 2018, and makes it a real hot hatch, at the level of the i30 N exhibited in Europe only a few months ago.

The visual changes are not minor : an exclusive design grille for the model, more aggressive fascia’s, larger and more functional air intakes, 18 and 19-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Supersport or Pirelli P-Zero tires (depending on size) ), side skirts, spoiler and rear diffuser larger, and a double exhaust of specific design, one on each side.

The interior is also different in design and finishes. It incorporates sports seats and steering wheel, leather upholstery with coloured stitching, markers with the blue tones of the N range and a sporty design.

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Under the engine is the first big change, since the Veloster N uses the same block of the i30 N: a 2.0 Turbo with 275 Hpand 260lb-ft of torque. This block is associated with a six-speed manual box, although the brand has not delivered performance figures.

The chassis was also optimized with a limited slip differential, a specific suspension that includes electronic adjustment shocks and thicker stabilizer bars, while the brakes are offered with ventilated 13.6-inch discs as an option. The Veloster N will also offer the N Grin Control system, which has five preconfigured driving modes, including an ultra-sporty N mode.

The model will reach US dealerships by the end of 2018. There is nothing confirmed for Mexico, but undoubtedly, Hyundai needs such a striking model in our market.

Acura RDX ready to go into production

If it were not for the rear-view mirrors and one other detail, we could say that we are facing the final model.

If compared to the current model, we find a sportier silhouette influenced by the Precision Sports Sedan, which highlights the grille or the Jewel Eye headlights with Full LED technology. Inside, the same trend is followed, with elements taken directly from the Precision Cockpit, (like the 10.2-inch centre screen). In fact, it is the first model of the firm to integrate both trends in its development.

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In the mechanical section, we find the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 252hp and 273 lb-ft used in the Honda Accord, while the transmission is a 10-speed automatic. The power is sent to the four wheels through a system of integral traction SH-AWD with vector control of torque and four modes of operation: Sport, Sport +, Comfort and Snow.

The production Acura RDX will reach the US market in the middle of the year, so it is not ruled out that it will do the same in Mexico soon after.

New Luxury Toyota Avalon 2019

One of the versions of the new Avalon has a 3.5-liter V6 engine, combined with an automatic gearbox 8-speed Direct Shift-8AT (UA80E) TNGA and the second by the Toyota Hybrid System (THS II) ) four-cylinder Dynamic Force 2.5-liter electric motor with 650 volts (A25A-FXS) and continuously variable transmission (CVT).

According to the experts of the brand, the V6 derived from the TNGA develops more power, with less fuel consumption, due to the application of direct injection D-4S, in conjunction with a variable valve control system VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide).

The VVT-iW system is used in the intake cycle, while the VVT-i (Variable Valve Control – Intelligent) is activated in the exhaust.

By using the VVT-iW, the engineers ensured optimal torque generation at any engine speed and minimized pumping losses during the closing of the intake valves, further improving energy efficiency. The use of the Atkinson cycle, too, reduces the fuel consumption of the V6, especially in cold climates and during deep acceleration situations.

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With regard to the Avalon Hybrid four-cylinder and 2.5 liters, it is considered as an energy efficient system, which operates cleaner and generates more power compared to previous versions, thanks to the implementation of technologies such as the dual VVT- i with VVT-iE (intelligent variable cam system by electric motor); Direct injection D-4S (petrol engine of 4-stroke direct injection Superior version) and valve seats with laser coating, among others.

This system uses two electric motors – MG1 and MG2 – that supplement the charge of the nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery of the hybrid system, while the MG2 helps the engine.

The interior of this Toyota of large size stands out among many elements a screen of 7 inches s, where you can see information about the vehicle, satellite navigation, and various vehicle settings including those corresponding to alert lane departure with assistance in the steering, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitor with traffic alert crossing at the back and front display screen.

The Toyota Avalon 2019 seems a very attractive vehicle, loaded with technology and with many systems that provide comfort to the driver and occupants, but we will hardly see in Mexico.

Hyundai will manufacture a hybrid supercar

Hyundai hybrid supercar

Surely when Honda announced that it would build a sports car that would rival Ferrari in 1986, many thought it would be a resounding failure. But from that audacity was born the legendary NSX. Well, 32 years later the story more or less comes back to repeat, but this time, the protagonist comes from South Korea, since Hyundai confirmed that it will develop a hybrid supercar, which could be marketed under the premium brand Genesis.

Surprisingly, those responsible for this news were the Vice President of Research and Development Yang Woong-Chul and the Director of Design, Luc Donkerwolke (most known for being the father of the Lamborghini Murciélago and Gallardo), during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas, in the United States.

Although it is still too early to know the final configuration that will have Hyundai superdepotivo, everything seems to indicate that it will be a two-seater model that will get its power through a hybrid propulsion scheme of the central position. Come on, at least on paper, would follow the same path traced by the Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder or Acura NSX.

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It is noteworthy that the project is led by Albert Biermann, head of the division of high performance “N” and in the past worked as a former head of BMW M. Also, it is likely that his image is inspired by some conceptual models such as the Hyundai HND-9 or the Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo.

Who would say that a brand that until the beginning of the new century was despised by half the world, today is about to create its own supercar … Life gives you surprises, surprises give you life, oh, God!