Ways to Terminate the Premature Car Leasing Deal

Most of the time renters want to terminate the lease in the middle of the term. Before thinking about it, one must know that it is a very difficult task. Renters never think about terminating the cheapest rental car deals that they get after making painful efforts. The idea to terminate the lease strikes in the minds of the renters instantly. Maybe, they do it because they get relocated to another city or face the financial constraints in paying the monthly rental fees. Whatever may be the reasons of termination but the renters will have the following option with them.

Return the hired car:

Returning the hire car is one of the ways for bringing the lease to an end before time. But, one will have to clear one’s rental car dues such as monthly payments, excesses and charges associated with the tears and wears of the vehicle. One will not be waived of the car rental penalties or excesses if chooses to return the hire car before the dealer. It may not be a befitting solution for the problem in case hirers are not able to pay the unpaid bills at a time.

Bring the term to an end by leasing another hire car:

Leasing another vehicle is the second option. Renters who think that the first option would not work well can try this option. But one must bear one thing in the mind that one can confront the situation leasing another vehicle. But all the outstanding of the first term will be transferred into the second leasing. The burden of payment may be doubled because you will have to pay the fees you are owed to pay and the fee of the new leasing also.

Buying the leasing:

Buying the lease may come heavy on the renters because the rate of the vehicle projected by the dealers is always higher than the market price of the vehicle. So there are off-chances to be profitable in this deal. If the estimated price of the dealer becomes lower than the market price of the vehicle, in that case, a customer may be profitable. But it happens rarely as car hire companies have a great expertise in estimating the true value of the vehicles.

Lease swapping

Renters uninterested in all the above three options may choose it. But, they will have to motivate another party to transfer the lease to his name. He will enjoy many benefits also. Once the process is ended, you will have to pay the outstanding fees. This process is called a lease swapping.



Source by Alissa Dukakis

Automotive Service Facility Secrets That Will Save You Money

I want to talk a little about automotive diagnostic costs and how they get passed on to the average consumer along with the reasons behind this. The inner workings of Automotive service centers are very similar in some aspects and very different in others. Some service centers really try to give the best customer service available while others will charge you for every bit of time that they can scrape up and not even look back.

  • Not all Automotive diagnostic strategies are equal.

The truth about diagnostics is that technicians will not always treat them the same way. There are always different points of view and unfortunately just because you recover a certain fault code, the part it points to may not in fact be the failed part. The technician will use his own experiences to diagnose the problem and not necessarily the "text- book" method depending upon the skill set of the tech.

  • Technicians need to feed their families.

The technician, like anyone else, needs to feed his family and in the automated service profession the techs are paid by the book hour. This means that they receive a small amount of time to diagnose the problem and the standard "book" time to replace the part. This is where things tend to go wrong as the technician is forced to "beat the clock" to diagnose and repair your vehicle.

  • Parts Swapping

When the technician is faced with a fault that is unusual and has to spend a fair amount of time on it, this is where you start to pay. It is not that the technician is untrained or inexperienced, but rather that he or she may have to ask for extra time or start swapping parts which you may end up paying for.

  • Paying for more than you needed

Nobody usually minds paying a little extra if the technician has run into a problem and needs more time, but it is when the fifth part that was replaced has fixed the problem and you are faced paying for the other 4 possibly unnecessary parts. This happens because the technician must fix the vehicle as promptly as possible to get paid and move on to the next job.

  • Be smart about your repairs

When you bring your vehicle in for diagnostic work such as a check engine light, air conditioning, abs light, air bag light, etc. always and I repeat "ALWAYS" tell the service center to call you after they have put an hours worth of time in and convey to you where they are at the vehicle at that time. At that point you can make a determination where the technician is at diagnosing your vehicle and you can then decide how much more time you are willing to let him spend on it. Do not be afraid to push the service advisor into telling you whether he is close or not.

  • Paying for parts you did NOT need

There are many instances where the technician will put 2, 3, or 4 parts on the vehicle and say that they were all contributors of the problem and it seemed to get a little better as each one was replaced. From my experience this is possible only when the vehicle is just so old and neglected or there was consequential damage as something took out a multitude of parts and it usually was not any of the parts but some other undering problem. Again you should instruct the service advisor to call you as soon as they suspect a part and want to replace it and if it is not the problem you will be charged for that part.

  • Generally dealerships will treat you better

Automotive service dealerships usually will be more expensive, but are large enough to usually work with you on possibly splitting the time of the diagnosis. If it was an extensive diagnosis they may consider "eating" some of the time and NOT charge you for any parts that did not fix the vehicle. There are many independent service shops that will grant this negotiation to you, but in my experience there were not as many.

Everyone needs to get their vehicle serviced at some point or another and being aware of the situation will greatly help you in the long run. If you experience a situation that you are not so sure of and need a little advice, be sure to drop us a line at the company website.



Source by John Plocar

Auto Repair and Maintenance

For most of us, a car is an investment. It is our way to work, and it is our way to run errands. In some parts of the country, life without a car can be pretty difficult. If you have a vehicle it will be your most expensive purchase. Auto repair, maintenance, registration, and, in some states, annual inspections come to mind. We all want to be safe and we all want our cars to last a long time. So, what does maintaining your car actually look like? It's not nearly as complicated as you might fear.

The most basic maintenance is an oil change. If you are a do it yourself project this is a pretty basic job. If you do not want to grease on your hands it is thankfully pretty inexpensive, but it is important nonetheless. This should be done every 3,000 miles. If you take it to someone they will check spark plugs, air filters, and fluid levels. It might be a good idea to more frequent oil changes or check the oil level more often if you notice leaks, drive in a lot of stop and go traffic, or tow a trailer.

The suspension of your car needs attention. You will want to have your vehicle's struts, or shocks checked. When you take your car in to have your tires rotated the mechanic will check these things and make sure your car is properly aligned. Also, if you state requires a yearly inspection you will be required to have this checked out. This helps your car handle better. Sometimes a problem can be as simple as low tire pressure. Once you get a little air you may find your vehicle is good as new. When problems with the suspension occur they can be dangerous. Auto repair often just means regular maintenance.

Keeping up with transmission fluids can help your car shift smoother. Replacing a transmission is far more expensive than maintaining your vehicle's fluids. Brake fluids are important to maintain as well as brake pads. You can reduce a lot of costly repairs by keeping an eye on these fluids.

Auto repair is about safety and protecting your investment. It is important to find a mechanic who will help you keep up on your car's repairs. Someone who can do quality work when your car lets you down as well as helping with maintenance so it does not let you down often.



Source by Anders Abadie

Car Breakdown Abroad – Planning Ahead

We've all heard time and again that it's important to read the fine print. This is especially true when it comes to automative insurance, particularly coverage for driving in foreign countries. Missing one small detail could mean a lot of hassle for you and your companions.

When you are in the market for car insurance overseas you want to think ahead. Consider situations that you wish to be protected from. What if your vehicle breaks down in a rural area? You may find yourself in need of a return back to civilization, a tow, emergency repairs and replacement parts. These are important parts of quality foreign car insurance. The last thing you need to be worried about after an unpleasant accident is whether or not your insurance provides all the coverage you require.

When your insurance company works for you and your policy protects you from all the things you face, you can rest easy. For those who desire the greatest peace of mind, comprehensive overseas coverage is recommended. This exceeds collision and injury coverage to shield you from natural disasters and civil unrest. With comprehensive coverage you do not need to worry about being told that your policy will not cover the situation you have encountered.

Thanks to the internet we're now able to learn about our insurance policies easily. By utilizing the web to your advantage you will be able to save money by getting the policy you need while making sure that you have done everything possible to save yourself while traveling abroad.



Source by Edward Fresco

Test Driving The Mahindra KUV100 In SA

On a trip to India In May, I drove the diesel model. After 40 km on Mumbai’s highway, it was clear to me that the high-riding hatchback could very well raise some eyebrows in the SA passenger-car market.

My first experience of the Mahindra KUV100 back in South Africa was a ‘Sunset Orange’ diesel model. It was powered by a 1.2-litre turbodiesel engine capable of a modest 57kW/190Nm. They claim the fuel consumption is 4.4l/100km but you won’t be able to accurately tell as it doesn’t have a consumption gauge.

Specifications:

The K6+ derivatives and above offer a six-speaker sound system with Bluetooth connectivity to the Mahindra Blue Sense app. A multi-function steering wheel and a refrigerated glove compartment are also included.

Despite its low horsepower, the three-cylinder delivered as it did in Mumbai and felt lively with loads of torque between all five gears.

The gearbox really deserves all the accolades. The shifting is solid and precise but sadly the clutch pedal is too low down on the floor. It took me a while to get used to and this is perhaps something Mahindra should reconsider.

On that note, the pedal placement of the brake and clutch are too close together. If you have small feet, you might be OK or just let your toddler drive you around.

Taking to a gravel road showed an acceptable ride but the height of the 1155kg KUV100 meant the ride was rather bumpy, especially at speed. Build quality could also be improved upon as I experienced wind noise while driving on the highway.

I wouldn’t go for the petrol model even though it also has the 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine (61kW/115Nm). It feels lethargic and nothing compared to the diesel. In first, second and third gear it really struggled like the Bulls did in Super Rugby this year.

Is the KUV worth buying?:

Mahindra claims the KUV100 competes with the Toyota Etios Cross, Renault Sandero Stepway, Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10, Chery J2, Tata Bolt and the Ford Figo. It’s a tough ask as most of these cars have great commercial value, brand loyalty, better-perceived build quality and an established dealer network.

There is one area the Mahindra KUV100 outshines the rest and that is on price. It will set you back a little under R150 000 for the entry level petrol model which comes standard with aircon, electric windows, ABS and driver/passenger airbags.

I may have been somewhat reluctant of the KUV100 but at the end of the launch I had really warmed up to the diesel model. The price, equipment level and overall driving experience left a good impression. Let’s hope the automaker ages like a fine wine and not like vinegar.

In conclusion, the diesel engine and gearbox are both more than adequate but the biggest concerns are pedal placement, clutch and wind noise. It remains to be seen whether or not South Africans will be interested in the KUV100 but it’s certainly worth a mention. Even if the Mahindra KUV100 isn’t quite your cup of tea, there is more Mahindra on the way.

*Three-year or 100 000 km warranty on all models and a three-year or 50 000 km service plan on the K6+ and K8 derivatives (optional for K4+).



Source by Gemma Murray