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Auto Repair Insurance: Extended Warranties — Myths And Facts


How much insurance does one need? You have the big four: home, health, life, and car insurance. Then there’s a second category, which starts getting a little hazy with credit card insurance, purchase protection plans, fraud insurance and more. Extended warranties, also called extended service contracts, or extended service policies fall into the mist of this second category.

Extended warranties are supposed to pay (in full or in part) for specified repairs for a specific period of time after the expiration of the factory warranty. They can be a great value. They can also be a significant waste of money. It gets quite foggy in the details. What exactly is covered? How long? How much? Are there hidden charges?

There are numerous extended warranty companies and an even wider variety of warranty packages available: silver, gold, platinum, platinum-plus, and a host of other confidence-building words. What’s the best plan, and are extended service contracts worth the money? Extended warranties, like life insurance policies, are a numbers game. They’re a gamble. You pay $2500-$4500 for a 2 year, 100,000-mile protection plan and hope that you get at least that back in warranty repairs. The provider on the other hand, hopes to pay out less than it insured.

There are three major types of plan providers: The manufacturer, the dealership/third party, and third party providers. Each one has its assets and liabilities (discussed ahead).

What exactly is covered in an extended service plan? As mentioned above, what’s covered depends on the package purchased. Some plans only cover the power train: the mechanical components of the engine, transmission, and rear-end. Others cover the power train plus some electrical components. Still others cover electrical, advanced electrical, and computer components. Some only cover what’s listed in the contract. This is called a “Stated” or “Named” contract. This means that if it’s not stated, it’s not covered. Some cover bumper-to-bumper, similar to a manufacturer warranty, except trim pieces, upholstery, exterior components, cosmetic items, and a number of other exclusions.

Never before has the adage, “The devil’s in the details,” been so applicable.

Manufacturer Extended Plans:
Extended service plans from the manufacturer are the best in terms of coverage, convenience, and quality. Coverage is similar to the warranty while the vehicle was under its original factory warranty—with similar exclusions stated above. The billing is direct, meaning you don’t have to pay out-of-pocket, except for a deductible, if applicable. Quality is great too, as an extended warranty from the manufacturer will only use factory parts. They also have money, so there’s less risk of bankruptcy.

The down side of manufacturer extended service plans is that they are not cheap. These plans are generally the most expensive, require low mileage standards, and necessitate servicing your vehicle at a dealer for coverage.

Dealership/Third Party Plans:
Extended warranties from a dealership are actually from a third party insurer. These providers are “generally” reputable, but not always. However, if there is an issue (such as the warranty provider filing chapter 11, which is quite frequent in the extended service contract business), the dealer “may” step in to cover any repairs that would have been covered under the defunct plan. Also, claims are easier: billing is direct because the dealership has a working relationship with the provider, and there is usually agreement on price.

Some dealers set up their own “internal extended warranty,” which is honored by the selling dealer. This is rare, and should not be confused with a manufacturer warranty. Important: extended warranties are often passed off as “manufacturer” warranties. They’re not. This is a sales trick. Also be aware that there is a significant mark up, as the dealership is merely acting as the middle man. Lastly, extended warranty companies often go bankrupt without warning.

Third Party Plans:
These plans are called third party plans because they are outside the responsibility of the manufacturer and the service center performing the repairs (unless there’s a working relationship with a repair shop as stated above).

There are hundreds of extended service contract companies. Some have good reputations, some don’t. Third party plans are frequently sold by used car dealers. You may also receive an official looking notification in the mail stating that your warranty is expiring, and directing you to call an 800 number ASAP. This is a marketing tactic by an independent warranty provider. Despite the “official” appearance of the postcard or envelope, it’s not from the manufacturer. Manufacturers do not send out reminders about warranty expirations.

Given the wide-variety of third party plans there are numerous red flags.

1) Claims: Extended warranty companies will be quick to tell you that filing claims is easy, and that the service center gets paid immediately via a credit card. Thus, there’s no out-of-pocket expense for you. However, the warranty company can’t dictate a service center’s policies. Some service centers will only accept payment from the repair customer. Thus the burden is on the repair customer to fill out the forms, contact their warranty company, and await reimbursement via check, which can take 2-8 weeks.

It is the service center’s responsibility to contact the extended warranty company to let them know what’s wrong with the vehicle and to check coverage. This process can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 20 days, sometimes more, depending on the degree of repairs and especially the amount. (See $1000 and Adjusters ahead)

Service centers and extended warranty companies frequently battle over the “fair” price of repairs. Many repair shops no longer negotiate, and just state the price, leaving the contract holder (i.e., the service customer) responsible for the difference.

2) Rentals: Rental coverage is a great benefit. However, there are fixed rates and time limits. In other words, the warranty company is not going to pay to have you drive a Mercedes-Benz, even if you drive a Benz. Rental allowances range from $25 to $35 per day. Also, rental coverage is based on the number of hours it takes to repair the vehicle, NOT how long your car has been at the shop.

3) $1000 and Adjusters: Repairs that approach $1000, or that require a significant amount of work, will be cause for the warranty company to call in an adjuster to confirm the diagnosis. This will delay the repairs by a minimum of 24-48 hours. It may cost you additional money when an adjuster is involved. You may be charged to have your vehicle pulled back into the shop for inspection, as well as for the time spent with the adjuster.

4) Tear-down Charges: In many cases, an extended warranty company will require that a particular component be taken apart for inspection to determine if the repair is indeed needed and covered. This puts the service customer in a very awkward position. The customer will have to authorize potentially hundreds of dollars of tear-down expense in the hopes that the repair is covered. If it’s not, the customer is out the hundreds in tear-down PLUS the actual repair. This does happen!

Common Myths:

1) “Extended warranties cover maintenance services and brake work.”

No. Extended warranty plans do not cover maintenance or wearable items. Brake pads and rotors are wearable parts. Maintenance such as coolant, brake and transmission flushes, tune-ups, services, oil changes, bulbs, wipers, and more are not covered.

2) “They told me it’s bumper-to-bumper, so it covers everything right?”

Wrong. Not even a factory warranty covers everything. When pitching the sale for the extended warranty, one is very often lead to believe that he or she will have nothing to worry about. This is just not true on so many levels. For example, if your bumper falls off it’s not covered.

3) “I don’t have to pay anything, right?”

Wrong. Despite the claims of 100% coverage, there are many factors involved. The labor rates, labor hours, diagnostic times, parts prices, and machine work are just a few items that often conflict with a service center’s policies. Some extended contracts only pay a maximum of $55 per hour, and only allow one half hour for diagnostic time. This is generally unacceptable to the service center, as labor rates have skyrocketed to over $100 per hour at many dealerships, and average $75 at local shops. Moreover, with the complexity of today’s vehicles, diagnostic time is at a premium. The customer pays the difference.

4) “If I have an expensive problem, I can just purchase an extended service contract.”

It’s unethical, but it’s an option many attempt. However, most service contracts have a minimum time requirement before the first claim can be filed: usually three months. Also, many contracts require that your vehicle be inspected by a service center to check for pre-existing conditions—just like life insurance.

5) “My contract lasts up to 100,000 miles.”

Only if the time limit doesn’t run out first. All extended warranty plans have a time limit. For example, a typical contract will state that the vehicle is covered for two years or 100,000 miles, which ever comes first. During the sales pitch, however, the emphasis will be on the 100,000 miles, not the time.

6) “If my car breaks, it gets fixed like new.”
Actually, depending on the contract, an extended warranty company can insist on installing remanufactured or even used parts.

Items commonly not covered by extended warranties:
• Any component with a pre-existing condition
• Any component related to a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB)
• Many components that has been updated by the manufacturer
• Extra components necessary “due to manufacturer updates” to complete the repair
• Trim pieces: molding, cup holders, dashboard, console, body parts, glass
• Many accessories: radios, DVD players, TVs
• Many expensive electronics: climate control units, navigation assemblies

Service contract positives:
Some service contracts are transferable, and may thus increase the resale value of a vehicle. Many come with trip interruption reimbursement, towing and 24-hour road side. Some plans can also be financed, or have E-Z Pay Plans. Others offer a money-back guarantee.

What should you do?
You’ll get lots of advice about doing the research, comparing plans, and reading the fine print. This is all sound advice. But what about doing the math?

Let’s say a plan costs $2500 for 2 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. To break even you’ll need a minimum of $1250 per year in covered repairs, excluding regular maintenance. Remember covered is the vital word here.

Another way to break it down is to anticipate having to pay $104.17 per month over the next two years in “covered” repairs. Do you want to take that bet?

What could happen?
You could double your money or more in repair work. You could conceivably get a new engine and transmission (or used ones anyway). You could also easily spend $2500 for a service contract, and still have to pay another $2500 for repairs, which for a variety of reasons, were not covered under your plan. Now you’re out $5000.

Alternatively, you could keep the initial $2500. In many ways all an extended warranty does is prepay for repairs. You could stick the money in the bank and collect interest. Then you could withdraw the money for repairs as needed.

Another consideration that’s rarely discussed is the cause of the problems. Many car repairs problems are the result of wear and tear, neglected maintenance, physical damage, or acts of God—such as flood damage. None of this is covered. The gamble only covers failed components.

If the vehicle you’re driving does cost $2500 to $4500 in repairs due to outright failed components, is it a vehicle you even want to consider keeping? A vehicle that needs this kind of repair work due to mechanical, electrical, or computer failures may not be worth it. The $2500-$4500 would be better spent on an upgrade to a quality vehicle rather than insuring a lemon.

There’s no question that auto repair is expensive, and even quality cars break from time to time. But do they breakdown to the tune of $2500-$4500? That’s a hefty bet on a “possibility.”

Terence O’Hara from the Washington Post makes an excellent assessment about extended warranties in general. He writes:

…extended warranties play upon a basic human trait to avoid loss, even if it means sacrificing a possible future gain…the gain is all the other things of value that a consumer could buy with the money that was spent on a warranty

What’s the best plan?
Money in your bank account!


Source by Theodore Olson

Hennessey’s Srt600 Jeep Grand Cherokee Srt8


It’s faster than a speeding Porsche Cayenne Turbo. It laughs at the face of a BMW X5 and sprints to 60 mph faster than a new Mustang GT. The new super car, Jeep’s rowdy Grand Cherokee SRT8 is equipped with a powerful 6.1 liter Hemi V8, delivering a potent 420 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. This SUV family hauler is definitely not your average SUV and you will know soon enough once you hear its throaty roar as it reach a quarter mile in a matter of 13.5 seconds which by the way is only a muscle car territory.

Despite the power delivered by Jeep’s Grand Cherokee SRT8 it still doesn’t match the performance of the Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe and for this same reason why the Hennessey Performance created the new SRT600 package. The Hennessey Performance was the same people responsible for tuning up the Viper and since it wants to always create something more powerful than its previous masterpiece it has developed the performance package that will enable the Grand Cherokee SRT8 to finally defeat the ferocious Dodge V10 Viper in a 0 to 60 and quarter mile sprint.

Actually this was already accomplished with the new Hennessey SRT600 fortified Jeep, the Viper was outpaced to 60 mph by half a second and cross the quarter mile finish line two-tenths sooner than a much lower and lighter Viper.

Ever wondered where the Jeep’s added Saturn V-like thrust comes from? Instead of a solid rocket booster, a big Garrett turbocharger has provided the boost to a modified 6.1 liter V8. How did the Hennessey Performance accomplish this? First they started by removing the stock SRT8 V8 and tear it down to the cast-iron cylinder block. Afterwards heavy-duty bearings were added before the installation of aftermarket forged steel connecting rods, forged-aluminum 9.5:1piston, and high performance piston rings.

Hennessey has also reworked the cylinder heads creating a full porting on the intake and exhaust runners along with polished combustion chambers. And on airflow test bench conducted by Hennessey the ported heads flow 360 cfm on each intake port which is about 60 cfm more than stock.

To further increase airflow to the cylinders a single Garrett T4 turbocharger that delivers seven psi of thrust was added. The custom-made stainless-steel headers deliver exhaust to the turbo, then boost is fed through the 3.5 inch polished stainless steel tubing, a big front mount air-to-air aluminum intercooler and custom inlet tubing replete with twin billet-aluminum blow-off valves. To keep the turbo’s boost in check is a single 44 mm wastegate while the 180 degree thermostat helps the Hemi to remain cool.

Hennessey has also added a high-volume fuel pump that delivers a continuous flow of petrol likewise the oversized fuel injectors and a special fuel-pressure regulator are being monitored by a custom-programmed engine computer. The result of all these process is a 6.1 liter V8 that delivers 600 horsepower at 5200 rpm backed by 650 lb-ft of torque at 4000 revs. Such powerful torque requires a lot of engine airflow that lead the Hennessey to fit a dual three inch diameter stainless steel exhaust system, high flow mufflers, and a polished four inch diameter exhaust tips. At rest, the SRT600 is like a meek lamb but try to flat-foot the throttle and it awakens into a monstrous beast. A word of caution: The Hennessey SRT600 Jeep SRT8 is not for the faint-hearted.

The modifications done on the Jeep SRT8 was maintained at a minimum level which means that aside from the engine, the basic components of the SRT8 like for instance its Jeep fuel filter, the factory SRT spec Brembo disc brakes and many more were not altered. The exterior was however enhanced by adding a few SRT600 badges and optional 20×10.5 inches forged aluminum wheels wrapped in a Michelin Pilot Sport 2 295/30ZR20 tires.


Source by Lisa Ziegler

Autoflowering cannabis seeds


In the marijuana seeds industry there is a new trend that seems unstoppable: the autoflowering cannabis seeds. But what does it mean autoflowering, and why are they so requested? To answer this question we need to look a little bit closer at the lifecycle of a female cannabis plant.

A long summer of waiting

In nature, the cannabis seeds germinate in mid-late spring and each female plant grows for the whole spring and part of the summer. Then after june 21 (assuming we are in the northern hemisphere) the lenght of the night start to grows. The plant react to the longer period of dark and in the begin of august it start to show the sign of the flowering. The flowers mature then in about 2 further months. For a marijuana grower, this mean one of these 2 things:

– to wait till the end of the summer before having the flowers ready to be harvested


– to provoke artificially the flowering.

The second solution means that each plant must stay in the dark for about 12 hours a day for the whole flowering period. If this condition is not satisfied, the plant will simply not flower. Or it will even stop the flowering process and re-start the vegetative growth.

Autoflowering cannabis seeds: a fast growth solution for a world that run faster and faster.

After 2 decades of selective inbreeding, the cannabis industry has managed to produce seeds that generate female plant that will complete their lifecycle in about 60 days, from seedling to a perfectly ripe marijuana bud. They deserve the adjective autoflowering because they flower independently from the number of hours of dark received every day. They complete the flowering even under 24 hours of light per day. For the growers, this mean to get a very fast harvest under the most different conditions and in the most various locations, indoor and outdoor. Autoflowering cannabis seeds have given the possibility to grow to people that for reason of space or time had never grown marijuana seeds before. The techniques of productions of these kind of seeds are now mature. Compared to the traditional strains, it is today possible to get 90% of the harvest of 85% of the THC content and at the same time, to save 33% of the time.


Source by Paco

Goodyear All Season Tires


It is disaster to have a flat tire during bad weather. Suppose you are rushing somewhere and again you find a flat tire on a deserted road, this would be the most irritating situation ever. To avoid this it is better to make use of Goodyear all season tires. These tires are specially designed to endure all the tantrums of bad weather.

Goodyear is a very renowned name in tire business. The “Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company” was started in 1898. This company was purchased by Seiberling. Over the years with many breakthroughs, improvements, and innovations this company has emerged as global brand in this field. Today this company is the world’s largest and most renowned tire company. This company operates in 6 continents and has an estimated sale of $15 billion annually. In addition to it this company also produces some other famous brands like Dunlop, Fulda, Kelly, Sava, Lee, and Debica.

Goodyear all season tires produce best of the tires that one can use through all the seasons. The famous brands that are suitable to use all the seasons are Eagle Vector+, Vector 5, Wrangler HP all weather, and Cargo Vector.

Eagle Vector+ is one of the most popular all season tires. This tire has special ability to adapt and change in weather conditions and changes in driving also. These tires are very cost effective and use the most innovative technology that is bound to deliver a high end performance in all weather conditions. This tire uses patented weather reactive technology. This tire also has an improved grip in snow and ice.

Vector 5 is also a famous brand in the series of all season tires. You need not have to change the tire according to seasons once you opt for the vector 5 or vector 5+. The latest technology enables these tires to adapt to any kind of weather. These highly cost effective tires are the best among all season tires. These tires are famous for their direct response to varying weather conditions. These tires give you a year-round performance and adaptive compound ensures an increased mileage.

Wrangle HP all weather is an intelligent self adapting 4 × 4 tire. This is a tire that won’t let you down in any condition. This is a true all weather tire and is bound to deliver high performance. The all weather tread compound of this tire gives an effective traction in both winter and summer condition. You can expect a peak performance throughout the year from this tire.

The cargo vector is yet another of the Goodyear all season tires. This tire is very beneficial for vans and trucks. This tire makes bad weathers bearable and ensures a safe journey. In winter this tire provides a good traction in the snow and still delivers the best performance.

Goodyear all season tires are very useful and very cost effective. You can rest assured about high performance and these tire will never let you down. The best of innovative technology and years of experience of Goodyear has resulted in the best Goodyear all season tires.


Source by Dean Brown

OBD1 Codes Secrets for Check Engine light


For vehicles made after 1996, retrieving the codes of the check engine light in your dash panel is simple. All you need to do is find your diagnostic connector located under the dash by the driver side. You can then hook up a scanner and the codes will be displayed for you. If you don’t have any scanner like most drivers, you can bring your vehicle to any local automotive parts store and they will usually scan the codes FREE for you. However, for vehicles made on or before 1995, there is only one cheap way to get it: You do it yourself!

On board diagnostic (OBD) was designed on vehicles equipped with electronic fuel injection so you can generally retrieve the codes yourself. No need buying a scanner or running to any parts stores to check the engine light. This system is called obd1 and applies to most vehicles made before 1995 for domestics and 1993 on imports. In this article, I will discuss the methods used by domestic vehicle manufacturers on how to check the engine light codes in their cars and trucks.

For GM domestic vehicles made before 1995, the diagnostic connector is located under the dash panel by the driver side. To get the check engine codes to flash in your dash panel, use a jumper wire or a paper clip and connect terminals A and B of the diagnostic connector. Turn your ignition key on with engine off and the codes should start to blink. All codes should start with code 12 which is one long flash followed by 2 short flashes. This code 12 means the diagnostic system is normal and will repeat itself continuously if there are no trouble codes. Otherwise, code 12 will flash 3 times before flashing the fault codes.

Ford owners can check their check engine light using the diagnostic connector located at the engine compartment by the fender near the battery. Getting the obd1 codes need a couple of tools: a 4 inch long gage 16 jumper wire and a 12 volt test light.
Both tools are hooked up to the diagnostic connector and when the ignition key is turned on (without starting engine) the codes will begin to flash in the test light, not in the dash panel. If there is no code, you will normally get code 11 or 111. On Fords, there are 2 test modes, the KOEO (key on engine off) and the KOER (key on engine running). Both test modes should be used to get the accurate evaluation of the stored fault codes.

Of all the 3 domestic vehicles, the easiest method to check the engine light is Chrysler products. Why? Because all you need is to turn the ignition key on and off a within 5 seconds and the codes will start to flash in the dash panel.

Counting the codes being flashed is almost the same for these 3 domestic vehicles and most of the codes can be erased or cleared by disconnecting the battery negative terminal for 1 minute and reconnect. Just make sure to check your service manual in case you have electronic equipment such as radio or clock that needs reprogramming in which battery disconnection is not recommended. Finally after performing repairs on the culprit code, always go for a road test to confirm if the problem is fixed.

If you want a detailed way on how the above procedures are done, please visit my blog: . This blog offers free info on how to check engine light codes with OBD1 Codes Secrets for Domestic Vehicles
color pictures and regular repair tips so you can save money next time you see your check engine light.


Source by Richard Trent

How to Permanently Disable GM PassLock System



The following instructions will allow you to disable the PassLock security in quite a few GM Vehicles.

•This will allow you to install a remote starter and not have to purchase a bypass.

•Avoid Costly repairs for an already broken PassLock System.

•Disable Pass Lock system to prevent from being stranded in the future.


A digital ohm meter (optional)

T25 Screw Driver (optional)

Alligator Clips (optional)

Screw driver or other tools for removing interior panels

1/4″ Drive 7mm or 9/32 socket and socket driver


This tutorial varies depending if the ignition is located:

If your ignition is located in the dash then you will be removing the panels on the passenger underside (toe board) of the dash. The BCM (Body Control Module) is there and so are the wires we need to get too.

If you ignition is located in the steering column then you will be removing the driver side kick panels of the dash AND the clam shell around the ignition held in with torx screws.

For Cavalier and Sunfire Owners you ONLY have to remove the clam shell around the ignition that’s held in with 3 bolts.

Depending on the vehicle we will be looking for 3 wires bundled their colours are

(Group1)Red/White Yellow Black 
(Group 2)Red/White Yellow Orange/Black

1.Remove the appropriate dash panels to get to the wire harness.

2.Locate the Pass Lock 2 Wires, they will be coming out of the ignition OR on the BCM they will be located in the grey connector, Pin A6 is your yellow wire, and pin B6 will be a black wire(they should be right beside each other).

3.Strip some of the wire insulation off the black wire, leaving it bare so you can test and solder to it later. DO NOT CUT THIS WIRE!

4.Now cut the yellow wire, make sure to leave enough on both ends to give yourself something to work with. Strip both of the cut ends for testing.

5.Take your digital ohm meter and put your negative probe on the black wire that you stripped back earlier. Put the positive probe on the yellow end of the wire that leads BACK to the ignition. Use alligator clips here to help the probes grab the wires.

6.With the probes hooked up turn the ignition to the run position. Don’t try to actually start the vehicle, it won’t run anyways :). Read the ohm reading of the meter this is the resistance that we need to create to fool the PassLock security. Turn off the car.

7.When selecting a resistance don’t worry about being dead on sometimes being close is good enough. If you can’t find something anywhere near to what you read on the ohm meter you have the option to use a resistor between 0.5K ohms up to 13.6K ohms.

8.With the probes disconnected, take the resistor you selected and attach one of the ends to the black wire and then attach the other end to yellow wire that leads away from the ignition (goes to the computer).  Apply black electrical tape to the yellow wire end that goes to the ignition, we don’t need it anymore.

9.With the resistor connected try and start your car, if you matched the resistance the car will start on the first or second try.

10.If it starts then SUCCESS! Solder all your new connections. Tape up your bare wires and re-assemble your dash you’re done 🙂

11.If it doesn’t start don’t freak out. You will have to do the factory relearn procedure(really easy)

10 Minute Learn Procedure

•Starting from the off position.

•Attempt to start the engine, then release the key to Run position (vehicle will not start).

•Observe the security light located in the instrument cluster, after approximately 10 minutes the security light will turn OFF. Turn OFF the ignition, and wait 5 seconds.

•The vehicle is now ready to relearn the Passlock Sensor Data Code and/or passwords on the next ignition switch transition from OFF to CRANK.


The vehicle learns the Passlock Sensor Data Code and/or resistance on the next ignition switch transition from OFF to CRANK. You must turn the ignition OFF before attempting to start the vehicle.

12.    Your all done, Solder all your new connections. Tape up your bare wires and re-assemble your dash you’re done 🙂

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Source by John Bain

Buying a Car Online: Craigslist versus eBay


Do you need to buy a cheap new or used vehicle?  If so, the internet is a great place to look, as it is a helpful car buying tool.  When it comes to buying cars listed online, and are two popular choices?  Which one is the best?

The Pros and Cons of Buying a Car from eBay

Nationwide sellers.  On, you will find that car sellers are located all across the country.  This can honestly work both ways.  You get more cars to choose from, but you may have to have the vehicle delivered by a car transport service.  Unfortunately, many scams focus on this type of delivery.  To avoid falling for a scam, it is best if you arrange the delivery and take care of payment yourself.

Thousands of cars for sale.  Since eBay is a popular online website and marketplace, buyers and sellers flock to it.  You can find a large selection of new and used motor homes, cars, trucks, vans, jeeps, and motorcycles.  As previously stated, has sellers from all across the country.  You can sort through this huge number of vehicles by location, meaning the closest for sale cars will show first.

The Pros and Cons of Buying a Car from Craigslist

There are some search limitations.  Buying a vehicle is usually a large and expensive purchase.  It is also a very important one.  If you have a preference as to the make, model, or year, you may need to expand your search and look at other Craigslist city pages, not just your local one.  If you want to search multiple city pages, you must visit each page and perform separate searches.  To save time, you can download a Craigslist car finder, which allows you to perform nationwide, statewide, or multi-city searches.

Most of the sellers prefer dealing with local buyers. warns right on their website that vehicles that must be shipped may be a scam.  The website is typically designed for local buyers and sellers.  It doesn’t mean that you can’t buy a car located a few hours away, but you may have to drive to pickup the vehicle, as opposed to arrange a transport delivery.  Luckily, this can lessen the risk of getting scammed.

As shown above, both and have their pros and cons.  It may be in your best interest to checkout both.  To save time, download a desktop classified search tool that allows you to car search eBay and Craigslist together.


Source by Adnan Masood

A collection of Brand Car Logos and their meanings (II)

A collection of Brand Car Logos and their meanings (II)





Peugeot is a major French car brand, part of PSA Peugeot Citroën, the second largest carmaker in Europe. Peugeot’s roots go back to 19th-century coffee mill and bicycle manufacturing. The company’s entry into the vehicle market was by means of crinoline dresses, which used steel rods, leading to umbrella frames, saw blades, wire wheels, and ultimately bicycles. The trademark of Peugeot is a mighty lion, which is the symbol of the region Franche-Comté, where the company is. The lion represents the excellence of their saws in three aspects: saw tooth is as enduring as lion’s tooth; saw blades is as elastic as lion’s backbone; the performance of the saw is as invincible as that of lion. In 1890, when the first Peugeot motor was out on the market, the company decided to carry on the “lion” trademark to signify its high quality.




Aston Martin Lagonda Limited is a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars, based in Gaydon, Warwickshire. The company name is derived from the name of one of the company’s founders, Lionel Martin, and from the Aston Hill speed hillclimb near Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire. The logo of Aston Martin is a flying roc with wings wide spread, on each of which writes ASTON and MARTIN, indicating that the company has the velocity and ambition of a roc.




Bentley Motors Limited is a British manufacturer of automobiles founded on 18 January 1919 by Walter Owen Bentley (known as W.O. Bentley or just “W.O.”). Mr. Bentley had been previously known for his range of rotary aero-engines in World War I, the most famous being the Bentley BR1 as used in later versions of the Sopwith Camel. Since 1998, the company has been owned by the Volkswagen Group of Germany. Bentley’s winged and flying B logo has been used since the first Bentley motor made its appearance.




Lincoln is the luxury brand of Ford Motor Company. Founded in 1917 by Henry M. Leland and acquired by Ford in 1922, Lincoln has manufactured vehicles since the 1920s. Leland named the brand after his longtime hero Abraham Lincoln. In 1927, Lincoln adopted the greyhound as their emblem, which was later replaced with diamond that is currently in use.




Jaguar Cars Ltd., better known simply as Jaguar (pronounced) is a manufacturer of luxury and executive motor cars, headquartered in Coventry, England, and now operated as part of the Jaguar Land Rover business owned by Tata Motors of India. Jaguar was founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company by Sir William Lyons in 1922, originally making motorcycle sidecars before switching to passenger cars. The name was changed to Jaguar after World War II due to the unfavourable connotations of the SS initials. Jaguar cars are designed in an engineering centre at their headquarters in Coventry, England and are manufactured in one of three English Jaguar plants; Castle Bromwich in Birmingham, Halewood near Liverpool and Gaydon in Oxfordshire. The Jaguar logo is a Jaguar leaping across the company name. The leaping Jaguart is possibly built to represent the speed, power and quickness of the car. The Jaguar emblem is also placed on the front of the car.




Chevrolet (of Swiss origin) (also known as Chevy) is a brand produced by General Motors Company. It is the top selling GM marque, with “Chevrolet” or “Chevy” being at times synonymous with GM. Chevrolet offers 18 vehicles and many different enhanced versions in its home market. The vehicles range from subcompact cars to medium duty commercial trucks. Its number one seller in the United States is the Silverado pickup. The straightforward Chevy logo may seem mundane to the spectator at the first glance but it indeed holds huge significance in the corporate world. A brilliant simple cross in customary metallic colors representing the automobile industry defines the Chevy logo completely. Being a very simple yet elegant trademark, the Chevy logo design compels an everlasting impact on the human mind.




Lexus is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corporation. The Lexus logo was developed by Molly Designs and Hunter Communications. The final design for the Lexus logo featured a stylized “L” within an oval, and according to Toyota, was rendered using a precise mathematical formula. The first teaser ads featuring the Lexus name and logo, designed by Team One, appeared at the Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York auto shows in 1988.




Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., commonly referred to as Lamborghini, is an Italian sports car manufacturer, based in the small village of Sant’Agata Bolognese. Founded by businessman and tractor factory owner Ferruccio Lamborghini in 1963, the company has achieved widespread recognition for sleek, exotic designs, and its cars have become symbols of performance and wealth. The Lamborghini Charging Bull Logo stands for the founder’s, Ferruccio Lamborghini, zodiacal sign (Taurus). Most of the company’s cars have been named after famous fighting bulls (oddly most have been Spanish bulls not Italian). Interestingly it is said that the choice of an animal and the colors used on the logo (gold on a black background, and a charging bull) are suspiciously similar to the Ferrari logo (a black horse on a yellow background). It is believed that this was no accident on the part of Lamborghini, who had a long standing (and not always friendly) rivalry with Ferrari.




Cadillac is a luxury vehicle marque owned by General Motors Company. Cadillac vehicles are sold in over 50 countries and territories, but mainly in North America. The Couronne (Crown)-The crown symbolizes the six ancient counts of France. Each tip is topped with a pearl, a symbol of descendancy from the royal counts of Tolouse. The Shield-In heraldry, a shield represents the origins of a noble family. Its shape is of no consequence, and it pertains to those shield shapes used during the Crusades. The original Cadillac shield though, is round. The First and Fourth Quarterings-They display the arms de la Mothe. The color- black against gold- represents wisdom and riches. The “fess” or lateral black bar, represents an award for Crusader service. The Second and Third Quarterings-The red band symbolizes prowess and boldness in action. The silver represents purity, charity, virtue, and plenty. The blue represents knightly valor. The emblem was adopted for use on Cadillac cars in 1905. It was registered as a trademark on August 7, 1906.




Alfa Romeo Automobiles S.p.A. is an Italian automaker founded on June 24, 1910 in Milan. The logo is split in half and contains the emblems of Alfa’s hometown Milan and the one of the great Milanese ‘Visconti’ family. On the left is the red cross on a white background, which refers back to the days of the First Crusade, when many Milanese soldiers were amongst the Lombards who followed Giovanni of Rho to the Holy Land. The red cross was their symbol, whilst the white background symbolised the white shirts they were forced to wear under their armour to protect them from the fierce Palestinian sun. On the right of the badge are the arms of the Visconti family, which later became recognised as those of the City of Milan. Some says the serpent represents the snakes that the Lombards used to wear round their necks in a little case as a lucky charm, – or the dragon which, at the start of the fifth century, plagued Milan and was finally killed by Uberto, Squire of Angera, and founder of the Visconti family, – or it could be the symbol of Ottone Visconti who fought a victorious duel with the Saracen leader, Voluce, during the First Crusade. The city of Milan, however, claims that the serpent has nothing to do with the Visconti family.




The Volvo Group is a Swedish supplier of commercial vehicles such as trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, aerospace components and financial services. Volvo was founded on 14 April 1927 in the city of Gothenburg, as a spin-off from the roller ball bearing maker SKF. The name Volvo means “I roll” in Latin (or “I drive” in modern-day English, appropriate for cars as well as bearings). The word is derived from the Latin word “volvere” which means “to roll”. The logo for Volvo is the ancient symbol of Iron, which is a circle with an arrow pointed diagonally upwards to the right. The iron badge on the car was supposed to take up this symbolism and create associations with the honoured traditions of the Swedish iron industry: steel and strength with properties such as safety, quality and durability. Today, the iron logo also stands for a brand that radiates modern and exciting design and has a strong emotive connection with the customers.




Mazda Motor Corporation is a Japanese automotive manufacturer based in Hiroshima, Japan. t is said that Mazda coincides with the anglicized pronunciation of the founder’s name, Jujiro Matsuda, who was interested in spirituality, and chose to rename the firm in honor of both his family and Zoroastrianism. The word Mazda derives from Ahura Mazda, the Avestan language name for a divinity exalted by the ancient Iranian prophet Zoroaster, as the source of wisdom, intelligence and harmony. The current logo attempts to capture the spirit of Mazda, the stylised “M” evokes an image of wings in flight and symbolises the Mazda’s flight toward the future. The “V” in the centre of the “M” spreads out like an opening fan, representing the creativity, vitality, flexibility and passion that is Mazda. The symbol as a whole expresses the sharp, solid feeling that Mazda will be seeking in all of its products. The dynamic circle symbolizes our readiness to spread our wings as we enter the 21st century.




Pontiac is a brand of automobiles first produced in 1926, and sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico by General Motors (GM), marketed as an “athletic” brand specializing in mainstream performance vehicles. The original logo was that of an American Indian headdress, which was used as a logo until 1956. The American Indian headdress is obviously connected to Chief Pontiac referenced earlier. This was updated to the currently used American Indian red arrowhead design for 1957. The arrowhead logo is also known as the Dart. The logo has a distinctive Red and a silver star in the middle. I am not sure what the significance of the star is but a lot of the Native American art contains elements of nature such as the sun, moon and stars.

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Daily Log Sheets: the Perfect way to stay Organised as a Taxi Driver


All taxi drivers, in any part of the UK, will know how difficult it can be to keep track of their daily workload. In the busiest part of the shift, there are passengers coming and going with increasing regularity, and by the end of the day the driver often can’t remember how many fares he or she had and where each of them wanted to go.

There is a desperate need to be more organised, because the driver will need to keep a record of the journeys that have been made, as well as the money that has been taken. The answer is a pad of taxi driver daily log sheets, which is ideal for making sure accurate records are kept with ease and convenience.

Remain in control of the job at all times

It’s so simple to stay in control with a cab driver daily log sheet. All the driver needs to do is fill in the details of each journey as the day progresses. It only takes a few seconds each time, and will not interfere with the service to the passenger. And when the shift comes to an end, the details of the day’s journeys are clearly displayed.

At the start of the shift, the driver simply fills in the date and, if he or she wishes, the vehicle’s mileage. At the end of the day’s work, the closing mileage is entered, too, enabling the taxi driver to easily work out the total distance travelled during the whole shift. At the end of each individual journey, other information can be recorded, too.

Easy to use columns make it a piece of cake

The driver can use the individual columns to record information, such as the time at the beginning of each individual trip. The ‘from’ and ‘to’ destinations can be entered in the next two columns, followed by the price of the fare that was taken. In the final column, the taxi driver can keep a running total of the income for the day.

Taxi driver daily log sheets are available in books of 100 sheets, so the driver can keep the pad in the vehicle, using a new sheet every day. For extra value, the taxi owner can buy ten books at a time. It works out cheaper in the long run, and every cabbie knows that locating bargains is vital in the current economic climate.


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How to Steal a Car in Seconds


Thieves are becoming quicker, savvier, and more advanced. Vehicles, which are equipped with computer-based security system, keyless entry and ignition systems, can now be stolen in just a few seconds.

How do you steal a car in 15 seconds? Some thieves force the window of the car to have a good opening. The car door is later unlocked and locked. They then pop the hood, disconnect the battery and look for the ignition cable. If still, the method does not work, thieves have ample time to manipulate car alarm. The next thing the car owner knows is that his fancy car is nowhere to be found.

This manner of stealing a car is prevalent in Europe. Thieves further employ decrypting the 40-bit code sequence to unlock the car’s door, disengage security system and – transfer ownership. This is for the reason that the owner of the code becomes the owner of the car.

How do you steal a car in less than 15 seconds? To steal a keyless car, all it takes is the know-how on Basic Encryption 101. In the Johns Hopkins/RSA study, the authors simulated the car’s ignition system using a laptop. They made several scans in less than 1 second without the victim knowing. They use the laptop to try various combinations until the right combinations were yielded. Finally, they gained entrance to the car and started it.

Advanced Anti-theft system is a necessity. Nonetheless, they have to really serve their purpose. These days, OEM and aftermarket immobilizers are now integrated in Chrysler, Hyundai, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Ford accessories. Other cars with this safety feature are Dodge Neon, Lincoln Continental and Town Car, Plymouth Breeze, Toyota Landcruiser and 4Runner, Ford Windstar, Crown Victoria, and Contour, and the Mercury Marquis. Jeep Cherokee accessories and Nissan Pathfinder accessories also integrate sophisticated immobilizer systems.

The immobilizer contains a transponder. The latter also contains unalterable identification code. It works by employing radio frequency and signal powers.

As technology develops, thieves as well, become more and more advanced. Moreover, car owners clamor for cutting-edge ignition keys that no one or nothing can copy.


Source by Shane Morgay

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