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Advice on how to minimise your freighting costs

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Advice on how to minimise your freighting costs

If your business needs to use the services of a freight transport professional on a regular basis, it can result in substantial costs. While this method of transport is necessary for your business, there are some ways that you can keep these costs as low as possible without changing freighting transport companies. These tips are relatively straightforward and do not take a lot of work to implement as you will have most of the information available to you. These tips apply to most industries and can help you to get more bang for your buck when transporting goods over long distances. Here are some of those tips. Shipping bulky items Depending on what type of bulky items you are transporting, the products can possibly be disassembled and broken down into their basic form so that they can be packed more compactly. This will mean that each product will take up less space, and therefore, there will be a lot of extra storage space for more products. If you are regularly transporting the same types of product, it is worthwhile developing a concrete packing plan rather than simply putting everything into the freight in any old way. This will save you money as you will not need to use as many freights over the long term to ship products. Match the container to your cargo When it comes to freights, one size does not fit all. Most companies will provide you with a good selection of sizes to choose from. There is no point in transporting your goods in a freight that is too big. This does not necessarily mean that there is a waste of floor space; rather, there could be no available floor space but there is a lot of height space that is not being filled. By discussing this with the freighting company, you will be able to choose a container that suits your specific needs; you will not be wasting space and will save costs by using a smaller container. Identify your transport patterns In your databases, you should have information about how much you ship in periodic intervals, from weekly and monthly to yearly. This will enable you to identify the common patterns and show these to the transporting company. When you know exactly how many regular transporting containers you need, they will be able to plan in advance of your shipments. This means that you can ask for discounts, as it takes a lot of the guessing out of the equation for the transport...

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How To Tell When Your Car Is Having Trouble with The Transmission

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Tell When Your Car Is Having Trouble with The Transmission

It’s not always rocket science. We all have this idea stuck in our heads that diagnosing car problems is something akin to horse whispering or rocket science. While there is some training and experience needed to perfectly diagnose and ‘treat’ your car trouble (hence the presence of professionals), there are ways that the average Joe or Jane can try to figure out what the problem is. This is true even for transmission issues. Granted, a car’s transmission is rather complex and does require professional attention, but there are certain signs your car can give you to indicate that it is time for gearbox repairs. It won’t get into gear This is perhaps the most obvious indicator of transmission problems. If you drive a manual car, you may notice that the transmission won’t budge when you step on the clutch and try to move the gearshift. This often happens if you are moving from stop to the first gear or at any point when trying to move from one gear to the other. It may mean that you are running low on transmission fluid or using the wrong one. It could also be that you need your clutch or shift cables adjusted. If your car has an automatic gear, you may notice a long pause between shifting the gear and actual forward movement. Something’s leaking If you see some spots of fluid on the floor underneath your car, place some card boards down to catch the leaking fluid. If it is bright red, dark red or brown, your transmission fluid is leaking and you need to have your unit checked immediately. Transmission units are generally sealed so leakages could mean overfilling or a damaged unit. Slipping gears Normally, a car should stay in a particular gear until it is manually or automatically shifted to another. If your transmission is slipping in and out of gear or going to neutral while driving, your next stop should be an auto repair shop, such as Gearbox Express. This is very risky and could potentially cause an accident. It may be that the links to the gears are broken or worn out. Noisy neutral If your transmission produces a bump sound when it is in neutral, it may be time to add or change your transmission fluid. If that doesn’t work, you may need to replace worn out bearings, gear teeth or reverse idler gear. Flashing lights Be careful to notice if your lights are flashing: not the headlights, but the engine light on your dashboard. This could go on for many other reasons, but if it happens along with any of the above, then you may be due for gearbox repairs. Don’t wait until your car’s transmission needs complete replacement to have it checked. Repairing it sooner just might save you a lot of time, trouble and...

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Tips for Painting Your Own Truck With Spray Paint

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Painting Your Own Truck With Spray Paint

If your truck needs a new paint job and you’re not quite ready to take it to a professional, you may be able to paint it yourself with spray paint, sandpaper, and lots of patience. To do this, you’ll need an open space with proper ventilation, a dust mask or oxygen apparatus of some sort, protective gloves, and a tarp you can put under the truck. You’ll also need newspaper and painter’s tape, along with several cans of spray paint. Note a few tips for a successful paint job on your truck. 1. Choose the right paint Not all spray paint is the same, so you need to ensure you choose one made for metal and that is rust and corrosion resistant. It should be rated for outdoor use so it can withstand the weather. 2. Invest in a power sander The first few passes with sandpaper will take hours and lots of physical exertion. This is not a job to do by hand; invest in an orbital sander and start with a high grit sandpaper to remove any rust and the current paint. Go over the corners and around edges by hand once you’ve sanded down the entire body, to address small nooks and crannies and ensure the sanding job is done right. 3. Remove as much trim as possible You can cover trim and other areas you don’t want to paint with newspaper and painter’s tape, but it may be easier and safer to simply remove these trim pieces. This will ensure no paint seeps through the newspaper and also allows you to easily spray the paint without having to work around these edges and pieces of trim. 4. Know that the first coat may look bad The first coat you put on your vehicle may look blotchy and uneven, and this is often to be expected. Don’t assume you’ve ruined the entire vehicle or paint if you notice this, but allow the first coat to dry completely and then add the second coat and even a third if necessary. You may see that the paint becomes even and smooth with these additional coats, so don’t get discouraged too soon. 5. Consider plastic bed liner paint Some truck and car owners are now using plastic bed liner paint for areas of the truck that may need added protection, such as around the back corners. This paint may look a little dull but it can keep scratches away from the truck’s body for those who regularly go off-roading.  Alternatively, if your car has suffered paint damage from being in an accident, it may be necessary to take your car into professionals, like those at B.T Ryan Smash Repairs, for paint and body...

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Tips on How to Find the Right Car Mechanic

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips on How to Find the Right Car Mechanic

If your car suddenly starts making weird noises or doesn’t work as well as it should, you may need a visit to a local mechanic. Sure, you could try to pinpoint the source of the problem before, but with the amount of high-tech equipment in newer vehicles it may be almost impossible for you to do so. It’s a much better idea to consult with a professional car mechanic before doing any repairs on your car. Here are three things to keep in mind before selecting a car mechanic. Free Estimates Most mechanics will almost always provide you with a written estimate before they start repairing your car. They will assess the condition of your car, generate a report on what needs fixing, and then estimate the total amount of the repairs. All of this should be done free of charge and should give you a general idea about the quality of the service. It’s also possible for mechanics to find hidden issues after taking your car apart. Such issues cannot be included in the initial estimate, simply because they can only be noticed when the exterior of the car has been taken apart. Before proceeding further with repairing these issues, a mechanic should always consult with you and get your consent. You are not obliged to pay for parts that were repaired without your consent. Guarantees When letting a mechanic work on your car, you should make sure that they offer a guarantee for the parts that were replaced as well as a guarantee for their workmanship. Even though this is common for most mechanics, it doesn’t hurt to have them write and sign their guarantee so you can rest assured you won’t have to pay should the parts stop working unexpectedly. Use of Latest Equipment Before choosing a mechanic, you also have to make sure that they have and know how to use the latest technologies when it comes to work techniques and equipment. There’s no other way to guarantee that your car will be fully restored to its initial condition. By making sure that the mechanics are properly trained to use these pieces of equipment, you can rest assured that your vehicle is in safe hands. Mechanics that make use of the latest advances in technologies can very easily diagnose the problems that lie at fault with your car and fix them according to the manufacturer’s...

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4 Reasons Why Your European Car Needs a European Car Service

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Reasons Why Your European Car Needs a European Car Service

If you have a European car in Australia, then you know that you have the option to either take it to any garage you can find or to seek specialised auto services from a European car service outlet. Although the service may cost you a tad more compared to a general auto service, giving your prestigious car a European service has great benefits as explained below. Your European car has unique needs European cars do not have the same repair and maintenance needs as Japanese or Australian vehicles. They need a more delicate approach when it comes to replacing components and carrying out maintenance. For example, some European cars require servicing more frequently as per their manufacturer’s instructions. The same is also vital to avoid wear of components such as suspension, tyres or lubricants which can be caused by rough driving in the country. European cars also require high quality parts that will prevent damage to the delicate mechanical and electrical systems of your car. Your car’s configuration is different Apart from having more demanding servicing needs, European cars are also configured differently. This is evident in terms of location and positioning of parts such as sensors, wiring, fuses and other integral systems of your vehicle. A non-European service center may therefore lack the requisite knowledge to handle your car’s problems because the mechanics don’t fully understand how to navigate its systems. A European car service guarantees quality  A European car service center is also better poised to offer high quality service every time. This is because specialisation breeds better skills and understanding of how to diagnose and deal with different auto solutions for your car. In addition to that, a European car service has the right tools to service your vehicle in regards to maintenance and repairs. This all contributes to a better functioning car once it leaves the garage. Speedy service delivery Thanks to a regular hands-on experience, a European car service is also better placed to offer you a quick turn around on your car’s repair and servicing. This simply boils down to experience. Mechanics in a specialized European car service center understand your car’s components, common problems and the manufacturer’s recommended mode of service better than anybody else. They will therefore be in a position to get right down to the problem and have your car ready without any delays or guesswork. A European car service centre offers the full range of vehicle service, from repairs to maintenance servicing, parts, customisation and even...

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How to Avoid Having to Deal With Car Window Repair

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Avoid Having to Deal With Car Window Repair

When you purchase a new car, one of the primary things you devote your time to is the vehicle’s maintenance. Making sure that the body is clean and dent-less, ensuring that the engine is running smoothly, and keeping the car’s windows in good condition are just some things that you will end up spending time on. When it comes to car window care, do you think you’re doing everything that you can? Here are some tips that you could use in order to avoid having to perform a car window repair: Keep your vehicle in a sheltered place In order to keep your car’s windshield and side windows in great condition, you shouldn’t keep your car outside. By keeping it unprotected on the outside, you run the risk of things falling down and damaging not only your windshield, but the car’s body as well. While it’s not possible for most people to keep their car in an enclosed place, you could check the weather reports and try to move your car under a tree or anywhere with a minimal amount of protection when there are storm reports. You shouldn’t only protect your vehicle from falling twigs or branches, but from the sun as well. This is a more achievable task, even if you don’t have a garage available. Simply park your vehicle adjacent to or under trees in order to provide a shade from the heat of the sun. Too much sun exposure can also cause damage to your windshield as well as a discolouring of the car’s paintjob. Check the windshield wipers every now and then Windshield wipers are one of the things that can cause severe scratches on your windshield. Sure, they are helpful in removing water and debris from your windshield when driving, but the dust can also accumulate under them. As a result, whenever you turn them on, the dust will continue scratching the windshield until removed. If they become dry and have also hardened as a result of overexposure to heat, they can cause more harm than good. Keep a safe distance from car ahead This is common knowledge, but you might be surprised at the other reasons for this. Sure, you should keep safe distances from the car ahead in order be able to break effectively and in time, but did you know that your car’s windshield can be damaged if you drive too close to another car? This happens because when you tailgate someone, it is likely that the debris on the road will attach itself to the wheels of the car ahead and will be sent flying into your windshield because of the amount of spin the wheels receive. To learn more, contact a company like Precision Windscreens & Autoglass with any questions you...

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Adding Accessories To A Newly Bought Caravan

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Adding Accessories To A Newly Bought Caravan

Buying your first caravan is an exciting time. With a caravan, you have the freedom during your vacation to set your own schedule and explore as you please. However, before you start planning your vacations, you should spend a little time considering which accessories you need for your new vehicle. These accessories can help make the vacation go smoothly; in many cases, you would not even think of needing it until you are out on the road. Here, then, are some key accessories to invest in to complement your new caravan: Caravan Chocks Chocks are the wedges that you place under the wheel to prevent the caravan from rolling. While on vacation, you may notice a beautiful piece of land you would like to stop on, but if it is uneven and you don’t have chocks, it would be risky to stay there. Caravan chocks can be used any time you stop on uneven terrain, offer peace of mind and are an essential accessory to have. Wheel Clamps Many people either forget or don’t bother with wheel clamps. However, if you are security minded, they are an important addition to have. Some insurance companies offer a discount for caravans secured with certain brands of wheel clamps, meaning that you can beef up the security of your caravan and save money at the same time. Caravan Steps It is surprising how easy it is to forget to pick up a set of caravan steps and then spend the rest of your vacation stepping on boxes or other makeshift steps when getting in and out of the caravan. It can also be easy to have a trip or fall on makeshift steps, especially if you have been out celebrating and drinking. A solid a robust set of caravan steps will avoid potential injuries and is an essential accessory to have before setting off on your first vacation. Multi Socket Kit And Extension Cable To enable you to get electricity from any sites that you stop in, you should invest in a multi socket mains adaptor. This means that whatever the connection at the site is, you will have an adaptor and socket suitable to allow you to draw electricity from their supply. It is also a clever idea to have a few meters of extension cable, should you find that your caravan is short of their electricity supply unit. As you take more and more vacations in your new caravan, experience will allow you to add certain accessories to your caravan to make your trips more enjoyable. Contact a caravan sales professional for more information and...

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Hire Your Car Early Before Travelling To Save Money And Avoid Last-Minute Hassles

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hire Your Car Early Before Travelling To Save Money And Avoid Last-Minute Hassles

If you’re travelling, either within Australia or from outside (overseas), it’s important to finalise all your travel plans beforehand. One of the things you need to plan on is how you’ll get out and about upon arrival. Hiring a car lets you enjoy maximum convenience and control over your travel. However, don’t just wait until you arrive before hassling for a car. Book your car before you travel and enjoy a stress-free process. Here’s why: Avoid missing out the car you want You may already have a plan on where to hire your car from. However, that doesn’t’ guarantee you’ll get the car upon arrival. Remember, cars for hire are subject to availability. If the hire company gets many bookings, you might not get the car you want. This might mean starting your car hunt from square one. Worse, if you cannot get the type of car you want, you may be forced to hire a more expensive one. The only way to ensure you lock in your intended hire is to make a booking. This way you’ll avoid last-minute panic and inconvenience. You’ll also get the car that’s perfect for your intended passengers and luggage. Get your car hire logistics handled for you When you hire a car before travelling, the car hire company already knows what you need, when you need it and where you want it. This makes it very easy to facilitate a smooth transport service from the moment you land. If the hire company does not have a stand at the airport, they can organise to have the car delivered there. Other companies will even organise a pick-up from the airport to their nearby outlet where you’ll be issued with a car. The reverse is also arranged when departing. Get a chance to compare and pick competitive rates In regards to cost, hiring a car beforehand makes a lot of financial sense. You have the time and resources to compare different providers. You are not rushed and you have all the options at the table. If you wait until your arrival, you might not have the time or energy to go around looking for the best deal. Moreover, you can only access so many options in person. You therefore stand a better chance when you book your hire early. Planning to travel? Book your car hire early and tick it off your pre-travel to-do items. Then you can concentrate on more important things, like where you plan to go and what you intend to do. For more information, contact a business such as Meteor Car & Truck...

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How to Negotiate for Better Interstate Freight Rates

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Negotiate for Better Interstate Freight Rates

Whether you are moving to a new location or you are shipping customers’ orders, chances are very high that you will need to find ways to reduce freights costs otherwise it may be very expensive to move your items. This article provides some information that you can use to negotiate for lower interstate freight rates when that time comes. Ask for a Single Rate for All Items Many interstate freight companies calculate their rates basing on the density and volume of the products being shipped. For instance, Styrofoam may be charged a higher rate because it consumes a lot of space and yet it is not heavy. This is in contrast to stainless steel machinery, which is heavy but does not consume plenty of space. If you are charged differently for each item then your total bill may be very high. It is therefore better to negotiate for a single rate across all kinds of cargo. You will be able to make some savings in this way. Ask for Deficit Weight Consideration Many freight companies have differing rates according to the total weight of a shipment. For instance, the rate per pound of cargo that is less than 50 pounds in total may be much higher than the rate for cargo that is between 150 to 200 pounds in total weight. You can ask to be charged at the rate of the next weight category if your shipment is close to the lower limit of the next weight category. For instance, ask to be given the rate for shipments in the 150 to 200 pound range if your consignment is 145 pounds. This negotiating tactic will result in some savings for you. Request the Freight Company for a Single Accessorial Service Rate There are additional costs that you are likely to incur during the interstate transport of your cargo. For instance, the company may levy a surcharge for using their vehicle’s liftgate to offload your consignment and they may add another surcharge for delivering the items to your home instead of dropping them off at a collection point. Those additional costs can add up if you do not negotiate to have them reduced or waived. The best way to keep these charges minimal is to bunch them all up and ask for a discount on those that cannot be waived. Interstate freight transportation is generally more costly than intrastate freight transportation due to the longer distance and unavoidable charges like tolls. It is therefore very important that you bring all your negotiating skills to the fore by using the information above when talking to a representative of companies like Aussiefast Transport...

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What to Check if a Cold Vehicle Engine Won’t Start

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

People who live in cold areas will find that their vehicle may be hard to start first thing in the morning. As the vehicle has spent a long time being idle, the cold can affect some parts of the engine; this can make the vehicle hard to start. This article looks at the three things that can contribute to this, and suggests how to avoid it happening in the first place. Cold Affects the Oil Vehicle engine oil changes its viscosity (or thickness) in line with the environmental temperature. In very hot conditions, the oil will become thinner and more free-flowing. However, in cold conditions, the oil will become thicker and more difficult to move. This can mean that when you try to fire the vehicle up, the oil is unable to circulate around the engine. This can make it difficult for the engine to catch. You can avoid this altogether by purchasing and using synthetic oils; these are thinner and will still operate properly in cold conditions. Cold Affects the Gas Another thing that can be affected by the cold is the fuel. While in the tank, and exposed to cold weather, the cold has an effect on the evaporation properties of the fuel. Liquids evaporate less in cold weather, yet the fuel has to be evaporated in the process of running the engine. This difference of evaporation rate by the fuel can sometimes be enough to prevent the vehicle from starting. Fortunately, there is an easy solution to this problem. Purchase a can of ether from a garage and spray it into the vehicle engine. The ether will evaporate almost instantly, helping the engine to fire up. Cold Affects the Battery The last part of the vehicle that can be affected by the cold is the battery. Vehicle batteries rely on their energy from chemical reactions taking place inside the battery. When it is cold, it can slow down, or retard, the process of this chemical reaction. This can mean that the battery is not providing enough energy to the engine to get it started. To avoid this, there is not much you can do other than to keep the vehicle in a covered or protected area. If you are not able to do this, you could cover the vehicle with tarpaulin to create a barrier between the cold and the battery. Taking the above action should increase the chances of getting your vehicle started quickly in the morning if the weather has been cold overnight. Consult companies like Western Suburbs Automatics for more...

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