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What To Consider When Buying a Fridge Van

When buying a specific type of van it can sometimes be worrying whether you’re purchasing the right model, make and style for you and/or your business. With refrigerated vehicles in particular, it’s not only a set of specifications that may differ from a usual vehicle and so, listed below are the main things you should consider to get you started.

What are you using it for?

This may be an obvious answer, however when relying on a specific refrigeration system in a vehicle, you need to consider all options. Whether you’re a small local food distributor delivering to your weekly customers, or a large commercial fresh produce supplier, you’ll need to decide on the size of the van you need, as well as the level of controlled temperature.

Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a type of refrigerated van to suit your ‘load’ and cater for the distance you’ll be travelling.

Have you established your budget?

If it’s a business investment, or a personal purchase, calculating your budget will allow you to buy your fridge van with ease. Depending on your budget, you’ll need to decide whether it’s a new van or used vehicle that you’ll be looking for.

Subtract personal bills, property bills, supplier fees and any other outgoings from your earnings each month and you should be left with a nice number to use when researching your vehicle dealers. This could be extremely useful if you are considering a loan, or vehicle finance to purchase your van.

Have you researched dealers?

Make sure you research your dealers thoroughly, not only by comparing prices from your budget, but also by looking for trusted companies with strong reviews and a trustworthy source to discuss your current financial situation (if needed). Word of mouth is also a great tool to use when asking around for the best deals.

Have you looked at the vehicle specifications?

Most of this part will be fairly obvious to a vehicle driver, however when it comes to which refrigeration system is installed in the van, it’s best to do your research. Whether it’s a new Hubbard refrigeration system, or a used GAH Lance refrigeration system, there are many different systems that your fridge vehicle could be fitted with.

As well as making sure the inside of your van is tip top condition, make sure that your new or used vehicle comes with a nice long warranty and MOT and that your van has passed it’s way through a multi point checking system to ensure the fresh produce you’re transporting stays fresh.

Read ALL the small print

It’s important when making any kind of large purchase to always read the small print and ensure that you understand everything before providing any personal details and payment.

A good tip is to take a family member or friend with you who may be more experienced in this area and ensure that you always have a second opinion on all your decisions.

Laura writes for Glacier Vehicles who provide new and used refrigerated vans for sale. From fridge vans to freezer vans, they specialise in bespoke and conversion services for any kind of van.

4 Ideas To Store Your Classic Car Safely

4 Ideas To Store Your Classic Car SafelyKeeping your classic car safe during periods it is not being driven can present a problem. If parked along side a street curb it can occur damage from another vehicle, a falling tree, or even vandalism. Renting a storage unit or parking garage space is a great way to protect your automobile. No matter where you decide to store your classic, there are preparations that need to be made.

 

1. Commercial parking garages

 

Renting a parking spot in a commercial garage is another safe way to store your classic vehicle. The disadvantage of this is access to your car might be limited to certain hours during the day.

 

2. Hotel parking

 

A lot in an underground hotel parking lot is a place to keep your classic in. This could be a little more expensive than a parking garage but you will have access to your car day and night.

 

3. An empty garage

 

Maybe you have a neighbor or friend who has a garage that they do not use. This could be a very cheap way to store your vehicle but access to your car might not always be available.

 

4. Storage units

 

A storage unit is a great place to store your classic car. It is locked up and safe from prying eyes. It is a very inexpensive way to put up your car for the winter or longer. Most have rates than are paid monthly, semi-annually, or once a year. You have easy access to your car 24 hours a day which is great if you want to drive your classic auto on the spur of the moment. Renting storage units in Lafayette is an inexpensive way to store your classic vehicle for a month or a year.

 

Being idle is hard

 

It is rough on a vehicle that is not driven on a regular basis, especially older classic cars. Seals and hoses dry out and begin to crack, creating leaks that are sometimes hard to track down. Tires create a flat spot that is noticeable when taken out of storage for a drive. Fuel can go bad causing the engine to run bad, or not even start at all. Even with your vehicle in storage, it needs started every few weeks to circulate the fluids. A short drive is even better, which lets the transmission shift while giving the brakes a work-out. Store your car right and it will always be ready for you.

How To Be Careful With Your Money When Owning a Vehicle

When suffering from bankruptcy, attempting to start your new business vehicle fleet or simply trying to run a vehicle with a poor credit score, there’s no doubt that you may come across some hurdles in the process. Therefore the tips below will help get your started with in order to find the best deals when owning a vehicle.

1.       Purchasing your vehicle

Start by creating a budget and speaking with your accountant to calculate your current income and outgoings to establish what you can afford. Remember that requesting multiple credit checks can impact your total score so be sure to find out from a reputable source and keep a copy with you when approaching dealers.

Consider factors such as, how many miles you will most likely travel, how long you will want to own the vehicle, or arrange a lease agreement to then give it back at the end of the contract. Then search for vehicle dealers who offer low rates for vehicle finance, or companies who provide zero deposit on all purchases.

2.       Vehicle insurance

Don’t settle for the first rate you are offered. This may be from the dealer that you purchased your vehicle with, however this may not be the best deal for you. Search around online and make good use of insurance comparison sites to find an excellent deal for your model and make of vehicle.

3.       Saving money at the petrol pump

Fill your vehicle with petrol in the morning when the temperature of the storage tanks at their coldest. As Petrol warms up, it also expands meaning that your litres may not be to their full capacity.

Removing excess weight from your car and ensuring that your tyre pressure is correct are also great ways to save on fuel.

Some supermarkets also offer vouchers to encourage visitors to choose their pumps. They may also offer 0% credit cards with cash back options.

4.       Don’t miss your servicing appointments

Keeping your vehicles in tip top condition will ensure that you avoid as many hefty repair payments as possible.

Taking care of your vehicle by ensuring it’s locked, parked in safe areas and regularly checked for any problems will overall help you to be careful with your money and save the pennies for more important things.

Laura writes on behalf of The Van Discount Company who supply new vans for sale with a wide range from vauxhall vivaro vans, to renault trafic vans. They also offer guaranteed van finance for new start businesses and those with low credit scores.

 

The Hidden Cost of Buying Second-Hand Vans

As every business knows, vans can be essential to a business but they can also be extremely expensive. It’s understandable that some companies choose to purchase used or second-hand vans as this seems to be cheaper than buying a brand new van – but is there another option?

In this article we discuss why it may work out cheaper to look at van leasing instead of purchasing a second hand van for your business.

There are always more maintenance issues with old vehicles; the more miles on the clock usually means the more maintenance and repair costs you will need to pay out. With a leased van you will have less maintenance issues as it’s a newer van and no MOTs will be required as it’s a brand new vehicle.

You will tend to find that the older vehicles are out of warranty and therefore you will pick up the tab for maintenance on the vehicle, not the manufacturer.

It’s important to remember that your vans represent your company. If you turn up for a job with a beat-up and run down van the customer will presume you are a run-down company, turn up in a brand new van and you will show customers that you care about the appearance of your company.

If you have a fleet of vans it looks nice if all vans are the same, but when purchasing second hand vans you are unable to be choosy about the vans your drivers have and it can result in having a hotchpotch of vans which lacks professionalism.

We all know that older vehicles emit more particulates than newer models and then can also be less fuel efficient. There are two concerns here – firstly you are paying more on fuel than you would if it was a newer model and secondly you may find your vehicles banned from the London Low Emission Zone.

Another concern with a second hand van is that you are locking away the capital. You are putting money into a van and when it comes round to selling the van you will lose money on it – this money could be put into improving other areas of the business.

In conclusion, purchasing a second hand van can hit your pocket in more ways than just the purchase of the vehicle due to maintenance costs. Purchasing a brand new van will cost more money but there will be less maintenance costs, however the money will be needed up front for the vehicle.

Another option is van leasing, as we know when you purchase a new vehicle you need a lot of money up front and the value of the van depreciates immediately but through van leasing you do not need a large amount upfront and the value depreciation is not your concern as after a few years you can take it back to the van leasing company and start again with a brand new van if you choose?

Special 150th Nevada License Plates

The state of Nevada celebrates its 150th anniversary next year, and a series of events will be held during the next 12 months to mark the occasion. Nevada was admitted to the Union on October 31, 1864, becoming the 36th state, and each year on that date the state organizes special events to celebrate the admission to statehood. Since next year marks an important milestone in the state’s history, some pretty special and unique events will be organized that will celebrate its rich culture and heritage. The state’s DMV has decided to join the celebration, by issuing special license plates in honor of the 150th anniversary.

Nevada DMV will allow the state’s residents to be directly involved in the celebrations, by giving them the opportunity to obtain special license plates that will feature a design with raised white reflective letters on a dark blue background, along with the “Battle Born” emblem, which is the state motto. The design was picked by the governor’s office, Nevada Cultural Affairs Foundation, and the Nevada Sesquicentennial Planning Committee.

These commemorative plates became available at the end of July, and Nevada residents can obtain them for $33.50, along with a $20.00 annual fee. That is the fee for the standard plates, and if you want a personalized set of plates, you will have to pay $68.50, and a $30.00 annual fee. The Sesquicentennial license plates will be available for a limited time, and the DMV will stop issuing them on October 31, 2016.

Nevada Governor Sandoval said: “The 150th license plate is an important part of recognizing our state’s 150th anniversary. The proceeds from the plate will go towards supporting the year-long celebration, and I am thrilled that at the end of this month (July, 2013), motorists will be able to show their support for our great state.”

DMV Director Troy Dillard said in a press release: “The DMV is proud to help all Nevadans celebrate our 150th anniversary. These plates are one way nearly everyone can show pride in their state and celebrate an important milestone.”

As far as the production of the anniversary plates is concerned, DMV spokesman said that they won’t be made by prison inmates at a factory at the closed Nevada State Prison in Carson City. The DMV has decided to outsource the production to a company based in Oregon, instead. Irwin-Hodson Group of Portland, Oregon, will manufacture the plates, and will receive $7.50 for each pair of plates, and the DMV has ordered 8,500 sets of plates so far.

Nevada is not the only state that has issued commemorative license plates to celebrate an anniversary. The state of West Virgina celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, and as part of the celebration, the state DMV offered a limited edition sesquicentennial license plates. West Virginia residents were able to get the special plates for free at an event that was held on June 22nd, and those who couldn’t make it that day, can apply for a commemorative license plate at any DMV office for a pro-rated fee.

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Jordan Perch is an automotive fanatic and “green cars” specialist. Currently he is a writer for DMV.com, a collaborative community designed to help ease the stress and annoyance of “dealing with the DMV”.

3 Tips to Simplify Your Search When Browsing Wheelchair Vans for Sale

If a recent event in your life has left you with a disability of any kind, you may find yourself in the midst of a search for a new handicap accessible vehicle. If you  head straight to the dealerships in your area without some pre-planning on your part, you’re going to get very overwhelmed.

Save yourself the misery by taking the time to plot out exactly what you need in your handicap van. You need to be able to anticipate your individual needs in terms of what equipment you’ll need, the amount of space the van should have, as well as the usability.

Here are some great pre-planning strategies to use. Think over these items and you’ll be able to visit those dealerships with a much better idea of the type of van you need. At

  • Consider your own size and shape first. You may want to go as far as having someone measure how tall you are as you sit in your wheelchair. This information will come in handy when your van is being converted as there will be no question as to how much space you’ll need. At The Mobility Resource, I’ve heard countless horror stories from people who have been burned from online dealers after dropping $30,000 or more on a new van and not being able to drive it because their chair was too wide for the ramp. Don’t be that person.
  • Similarly, be sure to get all of the dimensions of your wheelchair. This will come in handy when the time comes to choose your lifts or ramps. You want plenty of room for your wheelchair to enter the van and your ramp and/or lift is the first and most important step of this task. This also helps to understand how much room you need inside the van to move around easily.
  • Do you plan on driving the van or will you likely be just a passenger? This answer can play a huge part in the sort of entry method you choose. On top of that, do you expect to have many passengers? Questions like these can lead you to a more accurate estimate as to how much room you will need in the van—which, in turn, helps decide the sort of conversion equipment would work best.

Yes, there are many other deciding factors in addition to these, but a trained and qualified wheelchair van conversion expert can help along the way. So if you are on the hunt for wheelchair vans for sale, always remember that some initial research on your part will help place you on the right track to finding a van that meets your every need.

Review of the New Golf by VW

Today, we will take a look at the new golf launched by Volkswagen. This vehicle is the latest entrant in the golf series by Volkswagen. Today, we will take an in-depth look at this vehicle and give you our thoughts on the same. During this review, we will cover the performance as well as the features of the car.

Our aim is to provide you with a well-rounded view.

Let us start with how the new golf performs. This series comes with turbocharged engines. Volkswagen offers a number of choices when it comes to engines. You can choose from a 1.2-liter petrol engine that gives you a choice between 84 hp and 103 hp. The other option is a 1.4-liter petrol engine that offers either 120 hp or 138 hp. As a matter of fact the choice does not end here. The 1.6-liter diesel range offers 133 hp and the 2-liter engine offers 148 hp.

This vehicle maintains the amazing reliability of its predecessors. Both the steering and the suspension are extremely solid. This makes the ride comfortable and enjoyable. You never lose control of the vehicle. In addition to that we can also say that the car is extremely quiet. You will not hear the gears shifting or the suspension working hard. The ride maintains its smoothness, irrespective of the engines used. We did not feel any change when switching from the petrol model to the diesel model.

The new golf does not skimp on any safety features. The features included are:

- An anti-locking brake system for all four wheels;

- Airbags for the head both in the front and rear seats;

- An immobilizer system for the engine;

- An anchor for a child seat;

- Disc brakes in the front and the back;

- Traction and Stability control;

- Daytime running lights

These are only some of the features included in the vehicle. The care can seat five passengers. It has two versions – two doors and four doors. The floor of the vehicle can be adjusted to accommodate your luggage. The vehicle can easily seat driver and passenger who are six feet tall.

The standard features included in the vehicle are as follows:

- A cruise control system;

- An air-conditioning system;

- A driver’s seat which adjusts to your height;

- Adjustable armrest and lumbar;

- A navigation computer;

- Sound system with eight speakers, a CD player and an audio jack;

- Fifteen in wheels;

- A keyless entry system;

- Heated mirrors;

- Adjustable steering wheels

The luxury features in the new golf are as follows:

- Heated front seats;

- A Bluetooth interface;

- Option to plug in an iPod or a USB media player;

- Touch screen audio interface;

- Seventeen in wheels;

- Fog lights;

- Ambient cabin lighting system;

- Sunroof;

- LED running lights;

- Premium audio system;

Overall, the new golf from Volkswagen (I read very interesting things about it at the danish Volkswagen ny billig golf website) lives up to its expectations. What do you think? Take it out for a test drive and tell us how you feel about it.

Donating Your Used Car To Charity: Pros, Cons, And Tips

used_carWe donate our used clothing and other items to charity, so why not other items that we no longer have a use for? You can make a difference in a big way by donating big ticket items like boats and cars to charitable organizations. The increase in charities accepting vehicle donations has led to a mutually beneficial and booming business, wherein the donor saves by claiming the donation on income taz returns and the charity is able to sell the vehicle and use the funds to further its cause. While this might seem like a straightforward way to do good in the world, there are some associated risks with donating your car. 

Pros

  • Many charities have started to accept vehicles as a form of donation, so you can most likely find a charity that supports your favorite cause to donate to.
  • You can claim a huge deduction on your income tax returns when you donate your car to a charity approved by the IRS.
  • You get to save yourself the hassle of trying to find a buyer for your used car.
  • Donating a car makes it much easier to make a big difference for your charity with less financial impact to you than a cash donation.

Cons

  • Intermediaries that accept your car donation and then donate the proceeds to the charity of your choice often take a substantial cut away from your chosen cause. If the charities you support don’t accept car donations directly, you may be better off finding one that does.
  • To get a tax deduction, you’ll need to follow up with the charity to get paperwork that proves the vehicle’s value. Your estimate or the fair market value probably won’t cut it if your car is worth over $500.
  • The same paperwork to get rid of the car is still necessary- if you don’t formally re-title the vehicle, you could risk parking tickets and more down the line.

Tips

  1. Avoid 3rd parties and try to donate your car directly to the charity of your choice.
  2. Choose a charity that means a lot to you and has a big impact in its line of work. If the charities you usually support don’t accept car donations, take time to investigate alternatives instead of just picking the first charity you find. The Better Business Bureau can help you to evaluate charities whose activities you aren’t very familiar with.
  3. Make 100% sure that your chosen charity is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is qualified by the IRS for donation deduction purposes. 
  4. If you have to use a middle man, do your research to find out how much of the proceeds from the car’s sale will actually go to the charity. Do they take a percentage, or a flat fee? Using an intermediary not only limits the effectiveness of your gift, but can also have tax implications.
  5. Keep a thorough paper trail for tax purposes in order to claim the donation on your tax returns.
  6. Deliver the car to the charity yourself so they don’t have to take money out of your donation to pay someone to come pick it up.
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Jack Lovegood is a automotive expert and a contributing blogger for Chrysler Group LLC, where you can purchase a Jeep extended warranty at a discounted rate. 

5 Essential Maintenance Tips For Your Tires

After spending good money on tires, most drivers fail to give them adequate maintenance. Tires play an important role in driving safety, so making sure they’re in road-worthy condition is essential. Below are a few tire tips and tricks to follow. Properly purchased and maintained tires will last longer than neglected ones, saving you money, and most importantly, keeping you safe.

1. Buy Quality Tires from a Reputable Brand

First and foremost, when you purchase new tires, make sure they’re from a reputable company and of premium quality. You and your car depend on them. Buying internationally known brands like Goodyear and Nokian tires ensures safety and affordability. Remember, your purchase should reflect your driving style, driving environment, and vehicle. After buying a new set of tires, try driving the vehicle initially for at least 200 miles at medium speed on dry roads.

2. Maintain the Correct Tire Pressure

Find out the right air pressure for your tires and make sure you maintain it. Check the pressure before and after long drives, during cold driving conditions, and when carrying heavy loads. Otherwise, check every month regularly on a fixed date.

Under-inflated tires can overheat, causing excessive and irregular wear from over exertion. This might even lead to a blowout. Besides, tires that have been riding around with the improper air pressure need to be replaced more often. Over-inflated ones lead to loss of proper road grip and less traction on braking, the consequences of which are obvious. Maintaining optimum tire pressure is even good for the environment as the correct pressure helps in making the vehicle more fuel efficient.

3. Select the Right Tire Tread

More tread just means more grip. Although legal limits are 1.6mm, driving with anything under 3.0mm can be risky. Do not just buy tires based on how the tire looks. Use a standard tread gauge and ensure tread depth is sufficient on all four tires. Check the inside, outside and center portions. How long tires will last with good tread in the end depends on the brand.  For example, the usual length of service for quality Nokian tires can be as long as 60,000 miles.

4. Pay Attention to Balance and Alignment

Improper wheel alignment is the main reason for premature tire wear. Poor alignment and balance issues also contribute to over-consumption of fuel and loss of road grip. Check the alignment immediately if you sense the vehicle pulling towards either side while driving or if the steering wheel shakes when driving at high speeds.

5. Stay on Top of Tire Rotation

If you’re only buying two tires, always fit the new tires in the back. Having the better tires in the back means more driving control and directional stability. Also, be sure to have your tires rotated every so often – many people like to have this done at the same time as an oil change – in order to ensure even wear. In addition, replace the valves every time you change your tires. Properly tightened and functioning values with well fitted dust caps make sure the tires remain safe. Check for tears on the side, cracks, bulges, and damage to the wheel rim. Sub-standard products damage easily, but high-quality tires will last longer.

These five tire tips are extremely important to follow, primarily because they concern the safety of the car and its passengers. On top of being a smart car owner who properly maintains his or her vehicle, remember to avoid rash driving, excessive speeds, and frequent braking. Take good care of your car and it will take good care of you!

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James Cash is a master mechanic and part time writer.

Keeping Your Vehicle Safe In New Jersey

The Garden state is a wonderful place to explore, raise a family, or settle down. It offers the upscale pace of cities, beaches and shore living, woodlands and farms, and family-friendly suburbs. There is an environment for everyone, and a different feel to each part. While its diversity in living arrangements is beneficial, one thing to remember is that the laws of the state are all the same, no matter which environment you choose to live in. For your own safety, New Jersey holds high standards and regulations on most of their state laws. Motor vehicle regulations are no exception to these rules. Expect to cruise around in your car with style, while upholding a strict degree of safety. While most states can be fairly lenient in their safety inspection rules, NJ makes sure their residents are in tip-top shape while cruising on their highways.

NJ Inspection
If you plan on driving around with your Toyota in NJ, be prepared to meet all of the necessary requirements to do so. While it may seem like a lot compared to other states, it’s all for safety’s sake! The rules of a NJ inspection have gone through some changes in recent years. Due to budget cuts, decisions needed to be made on what was most important for the vehicles of the Garden state. As of August 2010, residents will not have to worry about working lights, turn signals, or other mechanical safety aspects during their cars’ inspection. Although a damaged brake light or turn signal can still land you a ticket while driving, it won’t flunk you during a mandated inspection test. It’s up to you as the responsible driver to check and fix your lights and signals.

Emmissions Test
The biggest test for your vehicle to undergo in a NJ inspection is the emissions test. While some states negate this portion all together, New Jersey adheres to a strict guideline when it comes to the quality of our environment. While efforts are being made every day to meet the air requirements set by the National Clean Air Act Standards, New Jersey still has not reached its goal. This is why the emissions portion of the inspection process is so crucial, not only for the safety of the vehicle but also for the safety and cleanliness of the environment.  Vehicles that exceed national health standards will fail to pass the inspection, and must be assessed by a mechanic to have the emissions problem fixed. Gas caps will also be inspected to assure that it limits the escape of fumes into the environment.

Inspection Sticker
If you pass the regulations of a New Jersey state inspection, you get shiny new sticker on your windshield saying to come back in another two years. Fortunately for people who reside in New Jersey who purchase a used, non-commercial vehicle inspection does not have to be done until the vehicles model is five years old. The inspection of motorcycles has also been cut and it’s up to the driver to keep their bike safe and secure while braving the roads.

Just like any state, safety and security is a top priority for the vehicles of New Jersey. The laws may vary, but they still exist. When making the move to the popular east coast state, be sure to review the laws and regulations necessary to reside there. It’ll make the transition much less stressful and much safer! Enjoy your ride into Jersey!

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Ashely is a New Jersey resident and has been through all the strict New Jersey inspection laws. To see more, check out her Twitter @ashelymarie1985.