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Top 10 Tips for Keeping Your Car Clean Internally

Top 10 Tips for Keeping Your Car Clean Internally

e4It’s not unusual to see a shiny and very impressive car and then to glance inside and see what looks like a garbage scow.

That can be off-putting to friends, family and colleagues, many of whom might wonder what such a state might indicate about your wider lifestyle!

So, here are a few tips gleaned from professional luxury limo hire companies about keeping a vehicle clean.

1. Keep dirty people out of it. OK, partly a joke but it has a serious side. If people have muddy boots and shoes on, it’s not unreasonable to ask them to remove them before getting in. Even if you have good mats, mud can still get onto your upholstery. So, keep a plastic bag or box in the boot ready for dirty shoes. A limo hire company couldn’t ask their paying guests to do so but you as a private driver can!

2. Don’t allow eating in the car. Crumbs are a nightmare to get out of nooks and crannies, even with an industrial strength vacuum.

3. Be cautious about liquids. Sometimes hydration is important when driving but ask people to use a cup rather than swig out of bottles in order to reduce spillage risks.

4. Only allow water to be consumed. If someone drops a cup or bottle of water in your car, then it’s a minor nuisance. If they drop a cup of sticky sweet red fruit juice (etc.) then it’s going to be a much bigger staining and removal challenge.

5. Don’t allow pets in your car. If you’ve ever spent hours trying to get pet hair off your seats and carpets, then the sense of this recommendation will be self-evident.

6. Keep a sick bag at hand when travelling with younger children. A child can be fine one second and in the blink of an eye, they’ll start vomiting for no obvious reason. Your notice is likely to be minimal and pulling up isn’t always possible in time. A receptacle of some sort could save your upholstery and a very unpleasant cleaning job afterwards!

7. If you can, choose leather or faux-leather upholstery. It’s much easier to clean and often harder to stain. In fairness, some modern fabric seats are good too but still probably not as ‘wipe-able’ as leather or simulated leather.

8. Keep an emergency seat cover in the car. This is invaluable when your kids have come back covered head-to-foot in mud and you can’t exactly ask them to sit undressed in the car for the drive back home.

9. Don’t allow smoking in your car. There is no position on health here, just one of safety and practicalities. It’s very difficult to get rid of holes in upholstery or carpets caused by a dropped cigarette or cigar.

10. Keep a rubbish bag. Empty wrappers and tickets always seem to mysteriously find their way onto the floor of a car and under seats etc. Soon, the car can look like a truck on the way to the tip. So, keep a bin bag and insist people use that instead of door pockets etc.

Don’t worry, you won’t lose friends over your new standards and they just might appreciate that lift a bit more in future if they think that your vehicle is no longer a health hazard!

Make a Difference While You Drive

Make a Difference While You Drive

maaCars are indeed true wonders of engineering. However, with more vehicles on the roads now than ever before, it is important that each of us is aware of its impacts on our environment. Whether you own or rent a car, whether you have a standard or luxury car, there are things you can do to save money and reduce energy use, CO2 emissions and pollution.

If you care about a eco-friendly drive too, you’ll be pleased to hear there are a few simple ways you can make a difference.

• Slow down gradually: Slowing down gradually at Traffic Lights is better for the environment as it reduces fuel consumption.

• Drive at a consistent speed: Accelerating and breaking hard will cut the efficiency of your drive by around 33%. That’s because sudden stopping and starting requires more energy. Try and maintain a regular speed to get the most out of your fuel.

• Use cruise control: Using cruise control on flat terrain provides a 7% fuel saving on an average because it helps you maintain a steady speed. Avoid it on hilly roads though as this will cause your engine to speed up and slow down.

• Service your car: Ensuring your fuel system is working properly and your tires are inflated and balanced to manufacturers’ specifications can ensure fuel efficiency.

• Switching off the extras: Air conditioning and heaters require huge amount of power, which will cut your fuel economy. That said, driving with the windows open creates drag, so you need to find a balance to maintain a comfy temperature within your car.

• Change gears at lower revs: Over-revving wastes lots of fuel. If you change up a little earlier this will reduce your revs. If you’re driving a diesel car, we suggest you aim to up-shift a gear when the rev counter reaches 2000 rpm. For petrol cars, we suggest 2500 rpm.

• Plan your trip: The more direct your route and the less time you spend slowing down to figure out which way to go, the more efficient your drive will be.

• Shut down: Switch off the engine if you think you will be stationary for more than two minutes.

• Lose the weight: Extra weight means extra fuel, so if there’s unnecessary baggage in the boot you don’t need on the journey, take it out and store it at home.

These few simple little changes to your car and driving techniques can be followed on both owned and rented cars.This would further help you save not just the environment but your money too.

Go Green and Make a difference to our environment!

Why not rent or lease your vehicle from Europcar!

Why Do Companies Buy Junk Cars

Why Do Companies Buy Junk Cars

ffMany people probably may look at companies that buy junk cars like they are crazy, I mean why would they want to pay cash for junk cars? First, the term junk car can be interpreted in many different ways, and of course ultimately lies in the eye of the beholder. I’m sure you heard the expression “One man’s trash is another mans treasure.” And this of course goes without saying for junk cars as well. That car that you may have that you consider junk, and not know what to do with can have some real value to many different people and different types of businesses out there.

Most people associate the phrase “junk cars” with being an old rusted, parted out vehicle sitting on someones lawn, which really isn’t always the case at all. A car can suddenly die, the transmission can go, have electrical failure, get wrecked in an accident, etc. However all of these cars still do have value to someone, somewhere out there. For scrap yards, the cars can be sold for their weight in scrap, or parted out which in the end makes them money. Also, towing companies can pay you cash for junk cars because they can either get paid by a junk yard to deliver the car, or if the car is in decent condition, they may know a dealer that may take it, fix it up and sell it for a profit.

There are also companies that buy junk cars from people directly. Instead of you having to find a tower and may even have to pay them to take your car, and then find a junk yard to take it, which may pay you like a hundred bucks or two, these companies specialize in buying vehicles and determining if they have more value than just to be sold for scrap, so you can then get more for your car than you thought, because they already know who will buy the car and pay a higher price for it. These are the companies you want to look for when getting rid of junk cars, because not only will they pay top dollar for your car, but they will have it picked up and towed for free too. Being able to determine a car’s worth not only significantly increases your profit, but allows them to make a decent profit as well, so it ends up working out well for you, and the company that purchases the car.

What To Do With Your Wrecked Car

What To Do With Your Wrecked Car

wIf you ever get into an accident or unfortunately have been in one, one of the many things that may come to a person’s mind is “What am I going to do with this piece of junk car?” Most people still being in the shock of the moment have the car towed back to their homes, and if they are lucky they have a driveway or garage, but some people are not as lucky and have to have it towed and parked on the street for a few days until they can decide what to do with it. Other people would just have a towing company pick it up and take it away, and goodbye car. Most towers will even charge you for the tow. Even those that had the vehicles brought to their home either by having it towed or driving it themselves now usually look around and try to find a salvage or scrap yard to take the car off their hands because they simply just don’t know what else to do. Still, in these cases many towers will still charge for the tow to the scrap yard and in other cases the scrap yard may pay you like a hundred bucks for your vehicle if you’re lucky. Scrap yards will sometimes pay cash for junk cars but no where near as much as it could be worth. You should ask yourself a few questions before you practically just give the car away for nothing:

  • Is the car still in running condition?
  • Besides being able to start it, is it still drivable?
  • Is it still safe to drive, have any of the airbags deployed?
  • How much would it cost you to fix, and is it worth it?
  • How can I find a place that pays cash for junk cars instead of giving it away for free?

These are just a few of many things you should think of because there is a very good possibility that you won’t even have to pay to have your car towed and will even find a company that buys junk cars. That’s right, you can actually get money for that car that you may in the past have had to pay to have removed. Don’t settle for less than you deserve, and don’t get stuck paying to having it towed to a scrap yard that will make hundreds if not thousands off of your car that you paid them to take.

Hi, my name is Mike Frantel, and besides myself I know many people that have been in similar situations like above. Ironically, I ended up working for a company that pays Cash For Junk Cars. Please visit our website when you get the chance, and please feel free to ask us any type of questions you may have about junk car removal and your current situation.