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What To Look For When Buying A Car

What To Look For When Buying A Car

There isn’t anyone on this planet who believes buying a new or even used car is easy. Luckily, our friends over at cardealerreviews have come up with the perfect infographic highlighting everything you need to consider when buying a new car.

1. Maintenance

First, you must consider the maintenance and fuel costs of your new vehicle. Every car is different, and you need to ensure that you can afford not only the fuel, but the maintenance to keep it on the road.

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2. Bragging Rights

Everybody loves to show off their new vehicles to their friends and families. Certain cars out there will inspire envy among your peers.

3. Paperwork

Once you have decided on a new vehicle, you need to make sure that all the paperwork is in order. Check the history of the car to see if the vehicle has been involved in any traffic accidents or altercations that may impact the car itself or its value. Also, make sure you verify the identity of the car to ensure that it hasn’t been stolen. This is especially important if the vehicle is used.

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4. Checking the Car

Once you can confirm that all the paperwork is in order, it is time to give the vehicle a good visual inspection. Sometimes, you can identify problems with the vehicle simply by looking at it. Check the tires for wear and tear, check the paint job for scratches, chips and even rust, and check the electrical and exhaust systems. If possible, give the car a test drive before you buy it off the lot.

For more information, check out the infographic below to see the step-by-step process you must go through when you are ready to buy a car.

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    Of course, after you bring your car home, you want to make sure you take proper care of it so it will hold its value. Seat covers, for example, are a great way to keep your car’s interior in perfect condition and regular maintenance and cleaning will keep the body in the best shape possible. That way you get the most out of it that you can when you do get ready to sell or trade.

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    Buying a car can be stressful for even seasoned car buyers. Trying to find the perfect car while locked into a battle of wits with the salesman can be tough on anyone. Knowing everything you need to check out before you head to the dealership is key, and can help you identify any problems with a vehicle and make the purchase of your next vehicle a much easier process.

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    Last Updated on December 2, 2018

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

    The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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    The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

    Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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    Review Your Past Flow

    Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

    Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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    Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

    Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

    Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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    Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

    Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

    We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

    Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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