How to Customize Your Car

Your car is your castle. If you are like most people you spend much of your day in your car. You deserve to be comfortable, and to drive a stylish new car that reflects your personality. They say you are what you drive, so why not customize your car to show off your personality. There are many different ways you can customize your car. Here are a few suggestions.

Get A New Paint Job

The paint job on your car is one of the most versatile ways to customize your car, and to make it an expression of you. You can do something as simple as simply picking different color, or you can be much more elaborate. People have painted elabortate designs on their car, from everything to airbrushed animals, to unique designs that cover the entire car painted by professional artists like this painting inspired by the Day of the Dead or El Dia de Los Muertos.

If you are going to get your car painted, make sure you hire someone who knows what they are doing. A bad paint job can make your car look worse than it did before. Make sure they use the right kind of paint as well. The wrong paint will look unfinished or could get damaged easily. For the best quality, you want high gloss paint specifically designed for cars.

Get Custom Rims and Spoilers

Custom rims and spoilers are one of the most common and popular ways to customize your car. They make the car look sleeker and fancier. Spoilers also can help your car by making it more aerodynamic, which in turn can help make it go faster and help reduce the amount of gas you need to use when driving the car.

Make sure you buy high quality rims and spoilers. Cheap rims or spoilers could break or become damaged easily, making your car look cheap and low quality, which is the opposite effect you want.

Customizations Under the Hood

Some people want to customize the engine or to customize the interior in some way by adding computerized and electronic components. The biggest reasons why people do this is to add speed or to make the car run more efficiently. You could also customize your car to convert it to a different type of fuel, such as biofuel or diesel.

If your are going to make any customizations to the engine or other interior parts of your new or used car, make sure that you get a well qualified mechanic to help you.

Why It Is Important To Get Your Oil Changed

Not changing your cars oil can significantly reduce the lifespan of your new or used car. It can also cause other problems such as grit in the engine, and corrosion. It can also reduce your car’s gas milage. Eventually damage to your cars engine from not getting the oil changed could mean that you have to replace the engine. Oil has a number of funtions and not changing the oil reduces its abitly to perform these functions.

Oil is a Lubricant

As a lubricant, oil forms the important function of making sure that all the parts of your cars engine parts are well lubricated and move smoothly. When the oil gets old it starts to collect dust and debris, making it much harder to perform that all important task lubricating the moving parts.

Additives in Oil Help Keep Your Car Clean

In addition to lubrication, there are detergents and other additives in your cars oil that help keep the engine clean. As the oil gets older, these detergents start to break down, meaning that the oil is no longer performing this all important function of keeping your car clean. Once this happens, dirt and debris start to build up, leading to further wear and tear on your car.

Old Oil Does Not Burn as Clean

As oil is cycled and recycled through your car some of it is burnt off. When the oil burns it leaves particles behind. These particles leave the oil dirty and can corrode parts of the engine.

There Could Be Contaminents in the Oil

If the car has been sitting a long time, and has not been driven every day, some of the other fluids, such as windshild washer fluid, air conditioning fluid, ect could leak into the oil and contaminate it. This causes numerous promblems, one of which is that the oil will no longer burn clean. Contaminates can also cause the engine to corrode faster.

Now that you understand why it is important to change your oil, hopefully you will do so on a regular basis.

How To Keep Your Car Cooler In Warm Weather

If you drive one of the more reliable Atlanta used cars, you likely rely on your air conditioning system throughout the summer and early fall. The heat of asphalt on the freeway, when combined with temperatures of 100 degrees F or more, can make it hard for your air conditioner to keep you cool. Using a few extra tools could help you enjoy a cooler ride without taxing your car’s system.

Stay Cool In The Parking Lot

Preparing your car or truck before you leave it in a sunny parking lot all day can make it a lot more comfortable when you get back in it after work. Most people can’t find a shady spot on a July day in Atlanta, but a basic windshield visor can bounce a lot of heat back out of the glass. It also protects your interior upholstery from fading and cracking due to UV exposure. Don’t forget the rear windshield if you would like a deduction of 10 degrees or more over the course of a day.

Covering the exposed surfaces is the next best option if you don’t have a windshield visor on hand. Throwing a blanket over the front seat and hanging a towel over the steering wheel will keep you from burning yourself if your vehicle features black leather interiors. Toss these extra materials in the trunk and slide in without having to wait for your blistering hot seats to cool. Keeping the windows open a tiny amount is the best way to prevent heat build up. Hot air can escape through even the smallest openings. If you have a modern Atlanta Buick, the security system is designed to prevent anyone from opening the doors through such a minimal opening.

Staying Cool While You Travel

Nothing can be draped over the windshield to cut off the constant glare of the sun when you’re heading down the highway. Window tinting will go a long way to reducing heat when the car is parked or in motion. Consider the health of your engine and tires when the temperatures head into the triple digits. AAA recommends having the engine coolant tested and changed at the start of the season. Driving around without sufficient coolant reserves could result in an expensive and dangerous overheating incident. Visiting Southtowne Motors in the spring will help you prepare your vehicle properly before the heat of summer sets in.

 

Source: WTOP, “Tips To Keep Your Car Cool As Summer Heat Looms“, Adam Tuss