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By xpressauto25415185, Oct 12 2018 05:33AM

If you are living in California, you are paying one of the highest costs of living in the USA. Your vacation in the Golden State, however, doesn’t have to cost you that much. There are numerous scenic places to visit– all close to home. There are several options depending on the type of vacation that you prefer. You can go on a road trip and enjoy many attractions while camping or staying at cabins for the night.

You can choose a popular destination and find a nice hotel and delight in the surrounding beauty without hurting your budget.

Managing your money while on a road trip

Some of the most iconic road trips are in California, so get your car ready and hit the road. There are many scenic drives that await you and lots of entertainment at affordable prices.

Here are a few suggestions:

• The Pacific Coast Highway (also referred to as California State Route 1) is known as the most scenic drive in the state. The 656-mile drive starts near Leggett to the North and runs to Dana Point to the South. The most famous part of this road trip is from Monterey to Morro Bay. Be prepared for tight turns, though, and for fascinating views. Stop as often as you wish to enjoy the Pacific Ocean coastline.

• Big Sur is one of the most beautiful spots in California that offers both luxurious inns and cabins along with affordable sleeping options. You can camp at one of the 12 campgrounds along the way for only $15 a night and appreciate the breathtaking views of the Ventana Wilderness. Cook your own meal at the campfire but treat yourself with a drink from the Big Sur River Inn, where you can have a beer while sitting in a chair in the river itself.

• Calistoga is a charming town that has an Old West vibe and offers cheap accommodations for those who are on a road trip. You can stay at Calistoga Inn for $119-$129/night between Sunday and Thursday. The inconvenience is that you need to share the bathroom, but the brewery on site makes up for it. Besides, you can have ribs with garlic bread at Buster’s Original southern BBQ for just $12. You can also visit the petrified redwood forest for just $10 and see the 3-million-old redwoods that were turned to stone by a volcano eruption.

Budget hotels in famous places

Even the most renowned resorts meant for the affluent can offer affordable vacation opportunities. Here are just three examples that will make you consider a posh holiday on a budget:

• Palm Springs is an affluent desert resort city that also has some hidden treasures for those who are looking for an affordable holiday. You can get a room at Los Arboles Hotel for just $89 per night. The boutique hotel offers a heated pool, a sun deck, a jacuzzi, and poolside dining. You can grab a tallboy for only $6 at The Amigo Room, where you can enjoy a free jacuzzi as well. Play some night golf at the Lights at Indio Municipal Golf Course, which charges $15 for a green fee and a cart during the summer.

• Santa Cruz is the heaven for surfers but it also offers plenty of other attractions. There are numerous camping grounds nearby where you can stay. For those who prefer a bit more luxury – Casablanca on the Beach is a boutique hotel with rooms for $119 a night. There are plenty of places to have a drink and enjoy a free pool or a game of darts.

• Santa Barbara has been dubbed the “American Riviera” and we know why. Hotel rooms can cost $600 a night but there are cheaper options as well. If you stay at The Wayfarer, a hotel and a hostel near the Funk Zone, you will be charged only $49 for a shared room or $125 for a private room per night, which also includes breakfast and a heated pool. If you are a wine lover, Santa Barbara Winery offers six tastings for just $10 and you keep the glass as a souvenir.

Even in California, you can enjoy a vacation without worrying about your finances.

By xpressauto25415185, Feb 23 2018 02:56AM

10 Preventable Car Problems

February 21, 2018 /by admin

If you own a car, you know how important it is to keep up with regular maintenance. While you should take your car in for scheduled maintenance, day-to-day “check-ups” don’t always have be done by professionals. If you pay attention to some signals that your car is sending you, you will be able to prevent a bigger breakdown and even an accident. Here are ten most common problems and how you can prevent or fix them in no time.

1. Flat tire

This is perhaps one of the most common problems a driver can experience. If you hear a loud thumping noise or your car is tilting while you are driving, then you need to pull safely to the side of the road, or off a busy highway using the greatest precautions, review why your car is leaning over. Change that flat tire and safely get back on the road replacing the spare as soon as you can. Quite often forgetting to maintain tire pressure is the cause of the problem, therefore adjust the tire pressure in accordance with the car manual. Since a flat tire can be caused by external factors that you cannot prevent, such as holes on the road, it is advisable to annually check that your spare tire, the jack and other tools are in place and in good condition. Check out the you tube video on changing your tire.

2. Bad belts

If you start hearing a creaking sound coming from your belts every minute or two, this is a sign that something is going on and your belts are already worn-off. It is better to go and have them replaced before they tear while you’re on the road.

3.Dead battery

You know that your battery is dead because your car doesn’t start. Buying a tester and/or charger is the way to solve this problem. The battery dies if it is not recharged regularly and surely, at some point you need to replace it with a new one. Make sure to check for corrosion and clear it immediately as this decreases the lifespan of your battery.

4. Damaged/bad spark plugs

You know that you have faulty spark plugs if there is a hard start, problems with starting or slower acceleration. To avoid problems, make sure that you replace them regularly according to the manufacturer instructions.

5. Problems with the alternator

If you have continuous battery problems, you are not able to start the car or the gadgets inside your car don’t even lighten up, then it means your alternator is dead. The best way to solve these problems is to go and have your car checked by a mechanic and have the alternator replaced.

6. Insufficient oil in the car engine

Do not let your engine run out of oil. Always change it on time – every 3,000 – 15,000 miles or according to you manufacturers specifications, depending on the type of oil you use and the make of your car. Checking oil levels regularly and changing it on time will prevent many issues.

7. Overheating engine

Be prepared when the weather changes. Have the radiator looked at and have your coolant checked. In scorching temperatures, your engine is threatened from overheating, which may entail much greater problems. To prevent them, keep an eye on the car’s temperature gauge. This way, you will know the status of your cooling system. When you see that it reaches critical limits, pull over and let the engine cool down for about 30 minutes before you continue.

8. Head or tail lights not working

Check your car lights before hitting the road. Keep a spare bulb handy so that you can change it in case any of the head or tail lights are off.

9. Missing/broken side-view mirror

If all of the sudden your blind spot grew bigger, it means that something has happened to your side-view mirror. Since replacing this part is fairly easy, do not embarrass yourself by driving with broken, missing, hanging or make-up replacement mirror.

10. Damaged or worn brakes

If you hear loud squeaking sound every time you step on the breaks or it takes you forever to stop, then it is high time to have your brake pads and rotors checked. If there is any corrosion, distortion or excessive wear on the brakes the results may be fatal. To prevent accidents, visit a mechanic and replace the necessary brake system parts.

Key tools to help you diagnose and repair minor car problems on the go:

• A set of service manuals to help you troubleshoot

• A garage toolkit that includes the basic instruments such as a car jack, set of screw drivers and wrenches, and support stands

• A multimeter to test the electrical current

• An OBD code reader that you can plug in and check what the problem with your car is. It can be easily connected to your smartphone for more convenient operation

• A portable battery charger and jumper cables to help you revive a dead battery.

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By xpressauto25415185, Jan 12 2018 06:18AM

One of the top expenses today is gas for every household and without any prospects of its price going down soon, we are often asking ourselves how we can improve the Fuel Economy of Our cars.

Here is the good news; you can improve your vehicle’s fuel economy.

Take a look into these ideas and don’t leave out the fact that we can assist you with purchasing or renting a more fuel efficient car than you presently own. You can even apply for the Replace your Ride Program which helps you by providing a government financial incentive in order to assist you with your newest fuel efficient car.

Maintain your car properly:

One of the most important factors for fuel efficiency is proper maintenance of the car. If you want to increase the mileage follow these tips.

• Keep your tires properly inflated. This may surprise you, but your car consumes more fuel if you i if your tires are over- or underinflated. Keep them properly inflated and you can save about 3% on your fuel consumption. Keep in mind that your tires lose about 1 PSI per month, so it is good to check them at least once a month and even better on a weekly basis. In winter, due to the cold weather the pressure also decreases.

• Opt for narrower tires when possible. Narrower tires have less frontal area and less aerodynamic drag as well. This, however, means that their traction is also reduced. Therefore, you should choose the narrowest possible tires approved by your manufacturer that will allow you to drive safely.

• Buy low-rolling-resistance compound tires. This type of tires can reduce your fuel consumption by a few percent.

• Tune up your car engine. A properly tuned engine will help you increase your fuel efficiency by maximizing the power. Make sure that your spark plugs are in good condition and that your air filter is clean, change oil on time and your car will return the favor by better behavior on the road and less fuel consumption.

• Keep your air filter clean. You need to check the condition of your air filter regularly. Driving on dusty roads will clog it and thus reduce fuel economy since your engine will stall when idling.

Choose your fuel

When we talk about fuel consumption, the main player to consider is the fuel itself. Here is what you need to know

• Buy quality fuel. Do you remember the saying “I’m not rich enough to buy cheap things”? It applies here 100%. Even though discounted fuel may save you a few cents per gallon, you will end up paying more on the long run as it has more ethanol and burns faster.

• Be smart with your AC use. If you are driving in the heavy city traffic where you need to stop and go every few minutes, it is better to keep your AC off as the fuel consumption rises. If you are on the highway, however, it is much better to keep your windows rolled up and your AC on as this improves the car performance and ultimately saves fuel.

• Don’t let your tank dry up. If your run out of fuel this puts stress on the fuel pump. Therefore, it is advisable to maintain your tank more than one quarter full. The best is to fill it up with gas halfway, thus you will have sufficient fuel without adding too much load to your car.

Drive wisely

The way you drive your car affects the level of fuel consumption more than you realize. Here are a few tips how you can reduce it by adopting some good habits:

• Use cruise control. Since using cruise control means that you maintain a constant speed, you usually reduce your fuel consumption.

• Don’t speed up. If you slow down a bit you will relieve the engine since it has to work harder to push through the air when you accelerate the speed. This reduces your fuel efficiency by up to 33%.

• Accelerate smoothly. You should know that engines perform better and save fuel with moderately high air flow (throttle) and at revolutions per minute (RPM)s up to their power peak. This means that if you drive a manual transmission car you need to practice short shifting and shift to higher gears as soon as the necessary speed is reached.

• Don’t brake suddenly whenever possible. Braking wastes the energy from the fuel that you have consumed. Furthermore, accelerating after a brake consumes much more fuel than driving at a constant speed. Therefore, you should drive carefully and strategically and avoid excessive braking whenever possible. Approach traffic lights with the necessary care, for example.

• Avoid idling. Idling wastes a lot of fuel so you need to avoid it whenever that is possible. If you need to warm up your vehicle, it is better to drive it slowly until it reaches the necessary temperature for smooth operation. In very cold weather, however, idling is necessary, so let the engine idle a minute or two.

• Discover the best speed for your car. Each car has a specific speed at which it gets better mileage. Usually, it is around 50 mph but can differ a bit for the different makes. Find the best speed for your vehicle and choose the roads at which you can maintain it.

Combining all these tips will help you reduce your fuel consumption and add some extra cash to your budget. As a bonus, we will also advise you to keep the load in your car to minimum.

By xpressauto25415185, Jun 20 2017 02:18AM

Taking a family road trip is a classic American pastime. As excited as your kids may be, though, you know you’re going to hear “Are we there yet?” multiple times from the backseat. It’s inevitable. Kids eventually get bored being stuck in a car for hours on end, especially if you’ve run out of snacks.

Instead of putting a screen in their hands and sticking headphones in their ears, you should try playing a road trip game that the kids will love and the whole family can get into! Here are 5 car games that will beat boredom and guarantee fun.

License Plate Game

This classic game will have kids glued to their windows trying to spot as many license plates as possible. Everyone in the car can search for license plates as each person tries to find all 50 states. Use pen and paper to keep track of everyone’s progress and to make sure no one cheats. And remember, you can’t use the same license plate twice!

That’s just one way to play, though. There are plenty of variations if you want to switch it up. Play for points instead by getting a point for every out-of-state license plate and then 5 points for the farthest states - Alaska and Hawaii - and any Canadian plate. The person with the most points when you get to your next stop wins!

Alphabet Game

The Alphabet Game is similar to the License Plate Game, but instead of looking for states, you’re looking for letters of the alphabet. Everyone in the car starts with A, and the goal is to be the first person to find the whole alphabet in order. Anything on the road is fair game - license plates, cars, road signs, billboards, etc. - but it can only be used once.

“I’m going to the store…”

“I’m going to the store…” uses the alphabet, too, but it also tests your memory skills. Everyone in the car takes turns naming something they’re going to buy in a store in alphabetical order. After one person goes, the next person has to repeat what they said and then add another item to the list.

Person 1: I’m going to the store and I’m going to buy apples.

Person 2: I’m going to the store and I’m going to buy apples and bacon.

Person 3: I’m going to the store and I’m going to buy apples, bacon, and cauliflower.

And so on. If someone forgets an item, they’re out of the game, but feel free to give kids as many chances as you want or to help them remember an item. You can also play “I’m going on a picnic,” “I’m going on a road trip,” or anything you want that will keep the kids interested!


This is a fun game that has a ton of possibilities. Someone in the car names a category, and then everyone in the car takes turns naming an item in that category. So if someone says the category is Fruit, you will take turns naming different types of fruit - apples, bananas, lemons, watermelon, etc. - until someone can’t think of another fruit. If you can’t name another item in the category, you lose, but then you get to choose a new category to try!

20 Questions

This classic game is great for all ages. Someone in the car thinks of a person, place, or thing and then everyone gets a chance to ask yes or no questions to try to guess what the person is thinking of. You’re allowed to ask 20 total questions, so make sure someone is keeping track. If someone guesses correctly, they win, but if you can’t guess before the 20 questions are up, the person answering the questions wins.

Keep the kids occupied on your next road trip by playing one or all of these games as you travel from one destination to another. And if you’re planning a road trip, consider renting a car to ensure your family is safe and comfortable while you’re driving, playing road trip games, and spending quality family time together.

By xpressauto25415185, Sep 3 2015 06:48PM

Needing a car rental can be stressful on its own, especially if you recently got into an accident or had car trouble. There are some important factors to consider when renting a car so you get the right vehicle for your needs.


You will need to consider if you will require a short or long term auto rental. If you have a small budget, you may need to choose a lower model if you are renting long term. There are a range of choices for everyone, at every price, so speak to the rental company about the best option.


If you are renting for business or short time, you may not have to worry about having any passengers. However, if you need a rental that can accommodate another person or a whole family, you will likely need a large car or SUV. If you have young children or loved ones riding with you it is important to choose a reliable model.


Everyone’s needs are different when it comes to their vehicle of choice. The same can be applied to an auto rental because you will still need some of the features you normally use in your own vehicle. If you often travel for work or pleasure and need a GPS option, be sure to specify this and compute it into your budget. Some vehicles come equipped with this feature or you can rent or request one for a small cost. Be sure to consider all add-on needs when choosing your rental.

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