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5 Features to Look For In a New Car

Buying a new car can be a frustrating process, especially figuring out what you will actually be using the new car for. These days there is a massive amount of options and extras to choose from and it can become quite overwhelming. Car sales sites like can help by showing what sort of vehicles are currently on the market as well as listing key features. Check out some of the extras that will take your new vehicle from cool cruiser to super sedan.

Bluetooth and USB connectivity comes in handy now that everyone is glued to their mobile phones. Being able to connect your phone to your car means that you can make calls safely, without having to use a hands free headset. It also means that you can connect and sync your music to your car. This is a great feature if you prefer to really customise your car for yourself, or if you spend a lot of time in it.

Gone are the days of driving dangerously with a map on your knee. These days GPS systems and navigation comes built in with the car, and it can be a very useful feature to have. Simply plug in the destination and the car will show you the quickest way to get there. If you’re new to a city or are driving to an unfamiliar area regularly, this is a great extra to look for in your new car.

Being able to tell if all passengers in the car have their seat belt on is a great feature, particularly if small children are travelling in the car regularly. The feature will warn you if a passenger does not have their seatbelt fastened, and in some models will beep continuously until the passenger buckles it or leaves the car.

This is a great extra to look for in a new car. It can help prevent reversing accidents, and provides that extra level of security around your vehicle. This is a great way to check for obstructions and other vehicles when reversing your car. Whilst sensors can pick up small objects like branches, the camera works well in tandem by allowing you to check what it is that is behind you, and covers any blind spots in your mirrors.

A 5-star safety rating is an absolute necessity when purchasing a new car. The best safety features should be installed in any new car, and the rating will provide you with that information instantly. Safety is not the part of the car that should be compromised on.

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How to Keep Your Vehicles Clean

Your vehicle is not only your pride and joy; it is probably the most expensive purchase you’ve recently made as well. As such, it stands to reason that you want to look after it. Here are a few tips to help you keep your vehicle looking spick-and-span.

If you don’t know where to start or you feel the job is just too much, don’t waste any more time or money. Contact professional cleaners who can clean your car faster and better than you perhaps might have been able to. Not only have you saved yourself time, but you are giving your vehicle a fresh start. And if your vehicle is on the heavier side – like a truck – don’t fret; there are even professional cleaners, like , who specialise in larger assignments like this.

It can be good to have a stash of plastic bags on any trip so that you can collect any rubbish. Just make sure that the rubbish is thrown at the end of each trip. The last thing you want is to come down to your car after a week-long road trip to discover mouldy banana skins from the first day of the trip lying on the floor of your backseat. Remove it every day – make it a habit.

Perhaps you don’t want to be that person, but it may be worth making a rule of no eating food in your car. This is the easiest way to avoid bad smells, spilled drinks, and crumbs in the carpet. And don’t assume that your family or friends are the ones who have done this – you’ve probably done it too. So set the rule for yourself as well and don’t let yourself break it. You can also use this as an excuse to take some time out with friends and have a social bite to eat instead of a hurried snack in the car.

Putting your car away in a garage at the end of the day is a great idea as it can keep your car protected from the elements and keep it clean. You won’t walk out to discover your car with a layer of dust on it or splashes of mud from passing cars. Even if it looks like it will rain, keeping your car outside for the shower is no guarantee that it will be cleaned. If in doubt, don’t take the risk – keep your car safe and locked up.

What you’re breathing in is not always great, so don’t forget to regularly check and clean your air filters. Your air conditioning does a great job of keeping you comfortable, but it can begin to filter in quite a lot of dust and other particles that you breathe in and that can coat the inside of your car.

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Tips to Maintain Your Vehicle

Your car is the second biggest investment in life that most of us are likely to make, but too often we treat it badly. It's used and abused on the way to work, to pick up the kids, or when you're undertaking a last-minute, mad dash to the shops. Then, in thanks for its reliability, it sits outside in the cold or heat, gathering dust while you’re at home or work. If you consider your car an investment and representation of yourself, then here are some tips on maintaining your vehicle appropriately.

It's not just manufacturers being over-the-top; regular servicing of your car extends its life. Whether it's a trip to your local mechanic or a scheduled service at the dealership, regular servicing in line with the logbook allows any problems to be spotted and remedied early. Small problems such as bald tyres or squeaking brakes can have greater ramifications and prove more costly to remedy in the long run, as you may have to replace extra parts which have been damaged.

Nothing ages a car and its interior quite like exposure to the elements, so keep your car undercover or in a garage whenever possible, particularly if you live near the coast. Salt settling on your car equals rust, while sunlight leads to faded paint, cracked dashboards and fragile upholstery. Ideally, you would garage your vehicle. But if that's not possible, invest in a carport. Businesses such as specialise in carports and you can check out their website for some great ideas.

In line with keeping your car under cover, keep it polished for when it's out and about. Consistently keeping polish on your paintwork can lengthen its lifespan by years, warding off fading, peeling, and cracks.

A car is a big expense and a major necessity, so treat it with a little respect. That means not revving it out, crunching gears, or slamming on the brakes. Nice smooth gear changes, limousine-like cornering, and steady braking all spare wear and tear on your tyres, your gearbox, your differential, and your CV joints.

If something is broken, take the time to get it fixed. From door dings to scratches, cracked bumpers and broken air conditioning vents, all these items add up and affect how you and any potential buyer feels about your car. If it feels good to get in and be in, you are more likely to treat your vehicle nicely, taking pride in its appearance and your driving.

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2016 Nissan TITAN XD makes world debut at Detroit Auto Show

I have to admit I like the new design of the Nissan Titan a lot better than the old one.

Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn unveiled the all-new 2016 TITAN XD at the Detroit Auto Show this week. This is Nissan's bid to make an aggressive return to the full-size pickup segment. This new truck was created specifically with American consumers in mind. You can see in some ways the styling has a more traditional front grille though it definitely has some Nissan flair to it as well. The new TITAN sports a Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel and aims at a "new class" of full-size truck between current heavy-duty and light-duty offerings.

The with core planning, design and engineering of the new truck was conducted in Tennessee, California, Michigan and Arizona, and it will be assembled in Mississippi, with engines from Tennessee and Indiana.

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