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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 September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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