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7 Things To Check Before Buying A Used Car

7 Things To Check Before Buying A Used Car

Having a car is both a necessity and a responsibility. It ensures that one will have a reliable and easy means of movement. Before buying a new or used car, you should consider a number of issues; among which are the mechanical and aesthetic state of the vehicle that you want to buy.

No matter what the age is, ensure you test drive the vehicle. Preferably employ the service of a mechanic to inspect the car before you buy. Research has proven that the attractive price of used cars is the main reason why people are inclined to buy. For this reason, here are 7 key points to check before buying a used car.

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1. Brake System and Gearbox

The state of the brakes is undoubtedly one of the key things to review. The condition of the discs, the brake pads and the behavior of the whole braking system under real driving conditions can tell you whether or not there are problems.

Also, take note of possible noise that is generated when the brake is applied. In this test of driving phase, be accompanied by your trusted mechanic. You can also notice the operation of the gearbox. Make sure that each of the gear shifts occurs without problems, without jerks and without any anomalous noise.

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 2. Radiator

The mechanic will also be able to analyze the condition of the radiator, a key mechanical element for the operation and cooling system of the engine. In addition to checking the elements that form the radiator, it is also advisable to check the coolant level, while your mechanic takes an overall checklist of the state of the radiator.

3. Lighting System

When conducting this test, it would not hurt to go to a dark area such as a garage to check for optimum functioning of all car lights. In this visual test, it is important that each of the light is in perfect condition and the corresponding inner lights are functioning.

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4. Tires

While test driving, a visual inspection of the condition of the tires can be made (if they are worn out) by checking the tread and the pressure of the same ones. On the other hand, while you are performing this test, you must also be aware of possible noises or abnormal swings of the body when crossing bumpy areas.

5. Air Condition

In case the vehicle has an air conditioning or air cooling system, it is advisable to activate it and to really check that the air that exits through each of the vents of the passenger compartment is cool and fresh.

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6. Dashboard Warning Sign

On turning the ignition and subsequently when starting the car, it is advisable to be aware of the warning lights on the dashboard. In this test of driving, it is also advisable to check that the speedometer and rev counter are functioning properly.

7. Bodywork

At this point, it is not only appropriate to analyze the presence of dents, but also of paint in bad condition. Check every inch of the body, even in the areas not visible at first glance, such as the interior areas behind the wheels.

Finally, to be quite frank, when buying a used car over a brand new one, it is pertinent not to be hasty. Indeed, there is no denying the pride that comes with being able to buy a car, it is important you take the car for a test drive before you decide to buy it. This way you can be sure that you are going to end up buying a car that will not cost you a fortune to fix or maintain later on. The mechanic can help you decide whether or not to buy the car.

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Last Updated on March 30, 2020

What to Do in Free Time? 20 Productive Ways to Use the Time

What to Do in Free Time? 20 Productive Ways to Use the Time

If you’ve got a big block of free time, the best way to put that to use is to relax, have fun, decompress from a stressful day, or spend time with a loved one. But if you’ve just got a little chunk — say 5 or 10 minutes — there’s no time to do any of the fun stuff.

So, what to do in free time?

Put those little chunks of time to their most productive use.

Everyone works differently, so the best use of your free time really depends on you, your working style, and what’s on your to-do list. But it’s handy to have a list like this in order to quickly find a way to put that little spare time to work instantly, without any thought. Use the following list as a way to spark ideas for what you can do in a short amount of time.

1. Reading Files

Clip magazine articles or print out good articles or reports for reading later, and keep them in a folder marked “Reading File”. Take this wherever you go, and any time you have a little chunk of time, you can knock off items in your Reading File.

Keep a reading file on your computer (or in your bookmarks), for quick reading while at your desk (or on the road if you’ve got a laptop).

2. Clear out Inbox

Got a meeting in 5 minutes? Use it to get your physical or email inbox to empty.

If you’ve got a lot in your inbox, you’ll have to work quickly, and you may not get everything done; but reducing your pile can be a big help. And having an empty inbox is a wonderful feeling.

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3. Phone Calls

Keep a list of phone calls you need to make, with phone numbers, and carry it everywhere.

Whether you’re at your desk or on the road, you can knock a few calls off your list in a short amount of time.

4. Make Money

This is my favorite productive use of free time. I have a list of articles I need to write, and when I get some spare minutes, I’ll knock off half an article real quick.

If you get 5 to 10 chunks of free time a day, you can make a decent side income. Figure out how you can freelance your skills, and have work lined up that you can knock out quickly — break it up into little chunks, so those chunks can be done in short bursts.

5. File

No one likes to do this. If you’re on top of your game, you’re filing stuff immediately, so it doesn’t pile up.

But if you’ve just come off a really busy spurt, you may have a bunch of documents or files laying around.

Or maybe you have a big stack of stuff to file. Cut into that stack with every little bit of spare time you get, and soon you’ll be in filing Nirvana.

6. Network

Only have 2 minutes? Shoot off a quick email to a colleague. Even just a “touching bases” or follow-up email can do wonders for your working relationship. Or shoot off a quick question, and put it on your follow-up list for later.

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7. Clear out Feeds

If my email inbox is empty, and I have some spare time, I like to go to my Google Reader and clear out my feed inbox.

8. Goal Time

Take 10 minutes to think about your goals — personal and professional.

If you don’t have a list of goals, start on one. If you’ve got a list of goals, review them.

Write down a list of action steps you can take over the next couple of weeks to make these goals a reality. What action step can you do today? The more you focus on these goals, and review them, the more likely they will come true.

9. Update Finances

Many people fall behind with their finances, either in paying bills (they don’t have time), or entering transactions in their financial software, or clearing their checkbook, or reviewing their budget.

Take a few minutes to update these things. It just takes 10 to 15 minutes every now and then.

10. Brainstorm Ideas

Another favorite of mine if I just have 5 minutes — I’ll break out my pocket notebook, and start a brainstorming list for a project or article. Whatever you’ve got coming up in your work or personal life, it can benefit from a brainstorm. And that doesn’t take long.

11. Clear off Desk

Similar to the filing tip above, but this applies to whatever junk you’ve got cluttering up your desk. Or on the floor around your desk.

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Trash stuff, file stuff, put it in its place. A clear desk makes for a more productive you. And it’s oddly satisfying.

12. Exercise

Never have time to exercise? 10 minutes is enough to get off some pushups and crunches. Do that 2 to 3 times a day, and you’ve got a fit new you.

13. Take a Walk

This is another form of exercise that doesn’t take long, and you can do it anywhere. Even more important, it’s a good way to stretch your legs from sitting at your desk too long.

It also gets your creative juices flowing. If you’re ever stuck for ideas, taking a walk is a good way to get unstuck.

14. Follow up

Keep a follow-up list for everything you’re waiting on. Return calls, emails, memos — anything that someone owes you, put on the list.

When you’ve got a spare 10 minutes, do some follow-up calls or emails.

15. Meditate

You don’t need a yoga mat to do this. Just do it at your desk. Focus on your breathing. A quick 5 to 10 minutes of meditation (or even a nap) can be tremendously refreshing.

Take a look at this 5-Minute Guide to Meditation: Anywhere, Anytime

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16. Research

This is a daunting task for me. So I do it in little spurts.

If I’ve only got a few minutes, I’ll do some quick research and take some notes. Do this a few times, and I’m done!

17. Outline

Similar to brainstorming, but more formal. I like to do an outline of a complicated article, report or project, and it helps speed things along when I get to the actual writing. And it only takes a few minutes.

18. Get Prepped

Outlining is one way to prep for longer work, but there’s a lot of other ways you can prep for the next task on your list.

You may not have time to actually start on the task right now, but when you come back from your meeting or lunch, you’ll be all prepped and ready to go.

19. Be Early

Got some spare time before a meeting? Show up for the meeting early.

Sure, you might feel like a chump sitting there alone, but actually people respect those who show up early. It’s better than being late (unless you’re trying to play a power trip or something, but that’s not appreciated in many circles).

20. Log

If you keep a log of anything, a few spare minutes is the perfect time to update the log.

Actually, the perfect time to update the log is right after you do the activity (exercise, eat, crank a widget), but if you didn’t have time to do it before, your 5-minute break is as good a time as any.

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