How to Restore Your Car’s Headlights

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Uncategorized Comments Off on How to Restore Your Car’s Headlights

The headlights of cars fog up over time and they no longer illuminate the road as brightly as they used to. This can make you to strain your eyes as you drive at night. Follow the steps below to make those headlights as clean as they were when you had just bought that car. Step 1: Buy a Restoration Kit Visit an auto shop and find out what headlight restoration products they have and buy the one that your auto mechanic recommends as the best. You can also buy this product online. Read the user instructions carefully before you get to work. Step 2: Clean the Headlights Use any glass-cleaning product you have to clean off any surface dirt that is on the headlights. Leave them to dry, then tape-off the painted parts of the car that touch the headlights. This will save the painted parts from being damaged as you sand the headlights. Step 3: Sand the Headlights Use a spray bottle to make the headlights wet then get the sand paper that has the lowest number from the restoration kit. For instance, the headlight restoration kit may have sand paper numbered “1” and “2”. Use number “1” first. Sand the headlights for as long as recommended by the maker of the restoration kit, then switch to the higher number (with the finer grit) until you have used all the higher numbers of sand paper. Step 4: Apply the Polishing Solution Provided Dry the headlights with a cloth (or what is provided in the restoration kit), then apply the recommended amount of the polishing paste or liquid onto the headlights. Rub or buff the polishing substance into the headlights as advised until you see a marked improvement in their appearance. Dry the headlights with a soft cloth then move to the next step. Step 5: Apply the Sealer Protector Use a pad or towel to put a small amount (or the amount recommended in the user instructions) of the sealer protector in your restoration kit onto the headlights. Gently rub that protectant onto the headlights and leave the car for an hour or so until the protectant dries or sets. This will protect the headlights from being fogged very quickly again. Step 6: Remove the Tape The final step of your restoration job is to remove the tape that you had used to shield the painted parts near the headlights from the sand paper. You can now test the headlights to see how much brighter they have become. This procedure can be used for any other lights you have on your car so feel free to use it on those other lights too. If you do not feel up to the job then ask your auto mechanic, such as those at Treg Smiths Auto’s Pty Ltd, to restore your lights for...

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Tips for Finding Free Places To Stay With Your Campervan

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Tips for Finding Free Places To Stay With Your Campervan

If you are buying or hiring a campervan to take an epic journey around Australia, you probably want to know if you can camp for free. While parking on the side of the road is illegal in most places, there are still ways you can find free spots to park your campervan for the night. Here are some tips to keep in mind: 1. Utilise the couchsurfing paradigm “Couchsurfer” refers to people who travel the world, staying on people’s couches rather than paying for hotel rooms. Typically, the people who offer to host couchsurfers are ex-backpackers or armchair travellers, interested in being around someone interesting. No payment exchanges hands. However, just because you have a campervan doesn’t mean you can’t network with other couchsurfers. Use the internet to find people who are willing to host couchsurfers, and ask them to let you park in their driveways, business parking lots or land for a few days. 2. Ask farmers Hospitable people don’t just hang out online. You can also find them just by knocking at their doors. Driving past a long farm and feeling tired? Try to find the farmhouse and ask if you can park on a corner of their land for the night. 3. Trade parking for labour In addition to just knocking on a farmer’s door and offering to trade work for land, there are many other places that may be open to this type of arrangement as well. Many people trade accommodation for volunteer work on organic farms in particular, but if you post flyers or online ads, you may be able to find people who want to trade land for labour. 4. Explore home exchanges As you are on the road in your campervan, consider doing a home exchange with someone else. In most cases, a home exchange involves you staying in someone’s house for free while they stay in your house for free. You both get a holiday, and you both save on accommodation. With a campervan, you may need to adjust the process a bit — for example, you could let the other person stay in your house for a few days, and in exchange, they could let you camp on their land. Alternatively, you could even barter for free places to stay on your journey from people who want to take an RV holiday. Basically, you drive up to the town you want to explore, you stay at their house for free for a few days while you explore and in exchange, they take your campervan for a few days. 5. Recharge at campsites While staying places for free can be amazing, if there are no hookups, you won’t have power for your campervan. If you have an auxiliary battery, it will work overnight in most cases, but after that, it needs a recharge so you have to get on the road. So that you can get an extra long recharge and dump your waste water, plan to stay at a campsite with services once in a...

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Three Things You Can Do With a Written Off Car: DIY Smash Repairs, Scrap or Donation

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Three Things You Can Do With a Written Off Car: DIY Smash Repairs, Scrap or Donation

After a car accident, your insurer typically gives you the money you need to repair your vehicle minus your excess. However, if your car’s repairs cost more than the market value of the car, your insurer may decide to write off your car. In that case, they give you a cheque for the value of the car, and in return, you give them your written-off vehicle. If you are in that situation with a smashed car, there may be other options. Take a look at these ideas: 1. Keep and repair the car yourself A written off car could be completely smashed and unusable, or it simply could have a long scratch or a series of dents that are more expensive to repair than the cost of the vehicle. If your vehicle falls into the latter category and you have experience doing smash repairs, consider repairing it yourself. You take the money from your insurer, but instead of giving them the car, you ask to keep it. Keep in mind, the insurer may subtract the scrap value of the car from the cheque if you opt for this arrangement. You can use the money to do your own smash repairs, and you keep whatever change there is. However, you can never take another collision claim on that vehicle again. 2. Sell it for scrap As indicated above, if the insurer lets you keep your vehicle, they may subtract the value of its scrap metal from the cash they give you. However, scrap metal prices are constantly fluctuating. You may be able to keep the car, wait until scrap prices are high and then sell it to a scrap yard. Alternatively, you may be able to disassemble the vehicle and sell its parts to mechanics or amateur car repair enthusiasts. 3. Donate it Finally, if you arrange to keep the car after your insurer has written it off, you may be able to donate it. When you donate a car or any other large item, you can subtract its value from your taxable income on your next tax return. In order to qualify for a tax deduction, however, you need to give your vehicle to an organisation that is designated as a deductible gift recipient or DGR. If your car has been written off, you don’t have to hand it over to the insurance company. Instead, with a bit of creativity, you can keep your vehicle, do the smash repairs yourself, sell it for scrap or donate it. If you like, you can even turn it into a flower planter in your front...

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