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My Worst Day Ever – Should Have Called a Towing Service

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I have had a lot of bad days in my lifetime. I’m sure the average person can say that they have had some bad days, but I am the reigning champion (with no competition in sight). There is one day in my mind that stands out as the worse day of my life. I could not make this up if I tried so I will just state what I know to be true.

I was coming back from lunch one day and I got in a turning lane on a busy highway and my car cut off. I tried to start back up, but my car would not start. It was a pitiful feeling because a lot of people were turning and I was blocking the lane. In all honesty, it probably was not any more than the usual amount of people that would be turning on that street during that time. It just felt like I was blocking millions of other drivers from reaching their destinations.

They didn’t have any shame ab out letting me know how upset they were. I heard horns and a few expletives that I had never heard combined together before. I had just finished paying for the car. I was thinking that I was going to have this vehicle for another 5 years. As the sweat dripped down my forehead – this was during the summer – I could not help but cry at the thought of another monthly car note.

I had no idea what was going wrong with the car. Someone came over to jump start me after lots of other people passed me by. I was super grateful for the help, but the jump start did not help me at all. It wasn’t my battery. The idea of calling a towing service was as unappealing as sitting in this broken down vehicle.

I was frustrated, but I was also embarrassed. I was in standing out in the highway with a car that would not start and there were pretty girls everywhere just looking at me like I was the most pitiful site they had seen for the day. I was in a college town so there were tons of students just passing to gawk at me and my broken down vehicle. I am sure that they were just headed to class, but it seemed like they were driving just to stare and point at my broken car. It goes down in history as the worst day of my life.

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Tow Truck Service Tips

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Having access to tow truck services can save you both time and money. Many insurance plans offer a free number of tows per year, which makes it easy to forget just how valuable this service is, it’s not cheap to tow your car without insurance. It’s best to have it done though, the risk of having your vehicle stolen or impounded isn’t worth it.

Do’s and Don’ts

When calling for a tow, whether it is due to car problems or in the event of an accident, you should be prepared before the tow truck company arrives and know what to do when they get there. The first thing you should do, if your car has power, is to move it away from the oncoming traffic and off the road. Not just for the safety of passerby’s, but also as a courtesy for the tow truck operator, who must have enough space to position his truck near your vehicle to hook it up.

Turn on your hazard lights as soon as you know that your vehicle isn’t going anywhere on its own. This should be a routine safety measure, but it is often forgotten, especially if you haven’t experienced much car trouble personally. This also helps the tow truck driver find and position himself better with your car at night. As you are waiting for them to arrive, make sure you have all your important belongings gathered and that you stay inside the car until they arrive.


Towing laws

Know your rights to prevent your car from being towed under questionable situations. Often times when a car is towed, it is for good reason and usually the owner’s negligence is to blame. There are exceptions to this rule, though, and there is a segment of the business that operates under more opportunistic conditions. This is known as predatory towing, when towing companies will scout for vehicles that are legally parked in places with little or no official signage to indicate that they are in the right. Some tow trucks will also prowl for illegally parked vehicles in parking lots and tow them to pass the buck to the owner of the property at a higher mark-up. Extortion is unfortunately a part of some company’s business plans, so know your rights.

Trustworthy towing service

There are plenty of honest towing companies out there, you just have to do a little research to find out which ones are reputable for your area. You should not be afraid to call upon smaller tow truck companies, as they will often have the best rates and honest people working for them.

Finding Your Next New Car

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Sometimes I really envy impulsive people. I know that I gain a lot by being careful when making any purchase, but even so it makes things pretty difficult for me sometimes. One of the biggest examples of this is buying a new car. For most people, a new car search is limited to looking at a couple local dealers. They have one brand or two that they are loyal to, and they go and see what is on offer. They don’t do elaborate new car searches, trying to find the best deal everywhere. They don’t do all the consumer reports research that I feel the need to. They simply make a decision and go with it, and things usually turn out more or less alright for them.

Unfortunately, I am much more careful. Although it has been the key to my financial success, it also makes me grouchy from time to time. Every time I take a new car search, it takes a long time. Fortunately, the Internet has made things a lot easier for me. Nowadays, I can do online car searches and find the best quotes from different dealers. Many people don’t realize how much the price of a particular car can vary from dealer to dealer. You can gain or lose a lot of money by missing or seeing the right sales.

One of the best ways to save money during your new car search is to buy closeouts of last year’s model. Few people really realize how little most cars change from year to year. Every once in awhile, the major car manufacturers do big upgrades and change everything. Generally, however, all the parts will be the same in the 2014 model as they were in a 2013. The styling will be slightly updated and a few things might come from different manufacturers, but often that is it. Therefore, if you wait for a closeout sale, you new car search can net you considerable savings on a car that, although a year old, still has not been used.

Another way to save money on a new car search is to check out what are known as floor models. Many of these have been through nothing but a few test drives. People have come and gone, tried out the chairs and contemplated the car for purchase, but little more. Except for a few minor scratches, there is no damage,. These cars, in fact, are barely used at all.

The gas credit card may be the only one you’ll want in your wallet!

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Having one regular credit card in your wallet makes sense, but only to be used in case of emergency. Many of us are trying our best to pay the darn thing off! While I’m not a big fan of credit cards, it seems convenient and sensible to make an exception with the gas credit card, but only when used as a convenience and paid at the end of the month just like the power bill. There are a number of reasons you might want to carry a gas credit card.

If you keep a budget, an essential task these days, it’s easy to keep track of what you owe for gas and treat the expense as a month end bill. Pay it off every month!

For one thing, the current trend at busy gas stations is to install machines at the pumps, which accept credit, debit and oil company cards, as well as cash. All of these options do get you in and out of the gas station more quickly. There’s no need to go into the cashier and stand in line to pay, or wait for the clerk to return with change for your cash transaction. While most gas stations charge a transaction fee when you use a credit or debit card, your gas credit card may pay you for the transaction! Some give you cents off per gallon, while others have rebate programs.

Another advantage of using a gas credit card is that you don’t have to carry a lot of cash just to fill up, particularly on long trips. Let’s say you’ve pulled into a station while on the road while you still have a half tank of gas. You’ve got another 150 miles to go and don’t know where you might next find a station open late in say, the middle of Nevada. The cash machine option only accepts whole dollar amounts, forcing you to estimate what it will take to fill the tank. The gas credit card eliminates this guesswork.

Every time you use a credit card, you’re accruing those transaction fees and inching your credit card further towards its limit, increasing your minimum monthly payment and interest.

Then you also have the added work of separating out those gas expenditures from everything else. Using a gas credit card is particularly useful if you travel frequently on business. Calculating your travel expense is a snap come tax time.

A gas credit card is among the easiest to qualify for, so if you’re looking to improve or build a good credit history, this is one way to do it.

Making the best use of a gas credit card also involves keeping your car in good running condition in order to maximize your gas mileage. Keep your tires properly inflated, check your water and fluids regularly, change the oil, replace plugs, points and filters as needed. Drive 55 instead of 65 on the freeway. You’ll spend less on gas.

Using a gas credit card can be a smart move.

I Wish I Had a Racing Engine in My Car

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You don’t have to be a driver in NASCAR to enjoy racing a car. There are many small tracks all over the United States that feature and host racing for those who have cars that they have built at home because they love to get out there and see what they can do. Racing is not for everyone, but for those who love it, they can not get enough of it. Before you throw together a racing engines and drive to the nearest track, there are some things that you have to remember and things you must do.

Just like NASCAR, your racing engine is going to have to fall within the guidelines. Any track will have specifications for racing engines, and you have to follow them if you want to be included in the fun. There are different categories for cars and engines, and you have to know what you want to race and how to build the proper racing engines. You have to use the right fuel, and that might mean you need things you have not considered.

You should make sure you have racing engines that work well, and you have to keep it in the plural. If you have just one engine, you are asking for trouble. Those tracks have a season and schedule just like the big ones do, and if you blow your engine, and you only have one, you may miss quite a bit of racing time rebuilding. You may find racing engines that you can buy, but you may want to tweak them or make them better. That takes time. If you have more than one ready to go before each season, you aren’t going to miss much if you blow an engine, which, by the way, is a common occurrence.

If you don’t know anything about building racing engines, you don’t have to worry. You can buy them, but you can never be sure what you are buying. Look around for someone who is willing to keep up with you if you have problems, and can assist you when the inevitable breakdown of your racing engines happen. Many are meant to last, but racing is hard. This means you can expect to have problems. Buy from someone who knows that and will be willing to help you when you need it. They are helpful because they built the engines, and also, because they will have the spare part you are going to need.

Living Large with an Exotic Sports Car

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When one of my friends first propose that we get an exotic car rental to blow off some steam and celebrate, I really thought that it was a crazy idea. We had just graduated from college, after all, and were not exactly what you would call independently wealthy. Add to that the fact that my friend was not a very good driver, and you had a recipe for disaster. Nevertheless, we had always been close friends, and had always shared a love of sports cars and exotic cars from around the globe. I don’t know how he managed to do it, but soon exotic car rentals started to sound like a good idea. It was quite an adventure, that is for sure.

When we first started looking at exotic rental cars, we thought that they would be out of our price range. They were pretty expensive, but since we only wanted to drive for a days, we definitely could afford one. The real problem with exotic car rental has to do with the insurance. It costs a lot of money to ensure a Ferrari car rental like we wanted. If you mess up and get into an accident, it make it a little bit more difficult to get affordable insurance rates – at least that’s what my father told me. That is why I was so nervous.

Still, it was worth it. The exotic car rental was like a dream came true. We really lived it up like rock stars for that day. We drove around the city, showing off our wheels, and just enjoying ourselves generally. Then we went to a nightclub. Let me tell you, that was a dream come true. There’s something about driving a Ferrari that makes you so much more confident than usual. All the girls loved us. We both got several numbers, and had a good time that night. The only scary part was when we were pulling out of the club. Some drunken jerk almost sideswiped us. If he had, it really would have ruined what had been a perfect evening. Fortunately, I was at the wheel.

I don’t think I’ll have an exotic car rental anytime soon. It made me nervous to drive something so nice. Still, for special occasion it is a sweet deal. If you have never been behind the wheel of a true precision driving machine, you have never lived! It really is something you have to experience to believe.