4 Traits Of Successful Car Owners

4 Traits Of Successful Car Owners 

Owning a car is a more complex concept than most of us really recognize. Sure, if you’re an adult and you’ve had vehicles before you’re probably in a little bit of a groove, so to speak. But if it’s your first time owning a car, or your first time buying one on your own, there’s a lot to consider that you may not have thought of before. Most of it has to do with financing and maintenance, but the purpose of this article is not to go over these details. Rather, it’s to address some of the underlying traits that lead to successful car ownership. Four stand out.

Being Scrupulous

This is more about the process of buying a car, but it may ultimately be the most important trait for a car owner. The Balance did a whole write-up on this same topic, and pointed to ideas like “knowing how to get the best financing” or car insurance, or more simply, “knowing how to select the right car.” These are very broad ideas, but they can all fall under the umbrella of being scrupulous, which is to say maintaining discipline, thoroughness, and attention to detail throughout the research and purchasing process. You want to make sure you’re considering all factors that matter to you and getting the best deal possible on the most appropriate vehicle.

Being Emotionally Intelligent

Emotional intelligence comes up in all kinds of disciplines: in business, investing, starting your own company, etc. An article about its usefulness among poker players framed the idea in a particularly interesting way, discussing the need to take control of emotions and calmly accept thoughts and feelings without having abrupt reactions. This second bit is often ignored. Emotional intelligence is not about ignoring thought and feelings in favor of stoicism. Rather, it’s about being calm about your own reactions. This means keeping a level head when a situation arises around your vehicle, such as the need for a repair, upkeep, etc.

Being Proud

Pride is generally viewed as a somewhat harmful concept. Indeed, some who are devoutly religious would even declare it to be sinful. However, where car ownership is concerned pride can actually be valuable. If you learn to care about your vehicle and take pride in it – its performance, its upkeep, its appearance, etc. – you’ll be more likely to keep it in its best possible state. This should make it run as safely and consistently as possible, and will also keep its potential resale value as high as it can be.

Being Able To Sell

This is a major concept in any kind of investment or ownership. Business owners need to know when to sell part or all of their companies; investors constantly research when to sell stocks as a major aspect of the entire process; even collectors monitor obscure markets to determine how and when to sell for the maximum profit. A car is not necessarily an investment by any means, but as an owner you should at least stay mindful of the possibility of selling, so that you can make the most financially appropriate decision if and when the time comes.



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How to check your brakes 

Have you Checked your Car’s Brakes and Pads? I have…….

Proper brakes and pads can not only damage your vehicle but could also be critical for your safety as a driver or your passengers.  Your brakes are what enable you to stop. If you cannot stop your car it could be very dangerous. It’s very easy to overlook the maintenance of your cars brakes. So here is what you can do. These simple steps can help save a life!!


When to check your Brakes- Every vehicle is different and everyone drives in different areas. For instance one may drive in urban areas and use their brakes more often than one who drives on rural roads due to starting and stopping of city traffic. Normally 6 months or 10,000 miles would be a good time to check them or you may choose to have your tires rotated by a professional technician and at that time they can check your brakes and pads.


Jack up your vehicle and remove a front wheel. (Use blocks for safety)

Look at the brake disc ( also called a rotor) Do not attempt to remove it. 

The brake caliper has to be removed before you can remove a brake disc, and the good news is that there’s no need to do so. If you’re working alone, just check the visible part of the disc for heavy rust, scoring, and uneven wear. Rust generally is harmless unless the vehicle has been standing idle for a long time and the rust has really built up. If your disc is badly scored or worn unevenly, have a professional determine whether it can be reground or needs to be replaced.


Inspect your brake caliper (the component blocking your view of the entire brake disc).

Be careful. If the vehicle has been driven recently, the caliper will be hot. If it’s cool to the touch, grasp it and gently shake it to make sure that it isn’t loosely mounted and its mounting hardware isn’t worn.

Peek through the inspection hole in the dust shield on the caliper and look at the brake pads inside.

If the linings on the brake pads look much thinner than the new ones you saw at the supply store or dealership parts department, or if they are less than 1/4 of an inch, they probably have to be replaced. If the linings have worn to the metal pads, the disc probably has to be reground or replaced as well.

Replace your wheel, lug nuts, and hubcap, and lower the vehicle to the ground.

If the disc and pads seem to be in good condition and your brake pedal doesn’t flutter when you step on it, you don’t need to do anything else.

Always Remember –Relining, caliper maintenance, and disc grinding should be left to a professional unless you do the job under supervision at an auto class.


The Life Of A Recycled Tire

The Life Of A Recycled Tire

Nothing lasts forever, but old tires come close. With nearly 300 million tires being discarded in the United States every year, scrap tires were once a common element of landfills. However, because scrap tires can take more than 80 years to break down in some cases, throwing them into landfills was a solution that was far less than perfect. That’s not even considering the amount of space they take up in landfills, or their tendency to damage landfill liners, cause soil and groundwater contamination, and attract rodents.

The good news, however, is that scrap tires have become far less of a problem than they used to be. In 1990, only 11 percent of scrap tires were put to other uses, whereas end-use markets consumed more than 87 percent of scrap tires in 2015. A significant number of scrap tires today are recycled into rubber mulch that is used in a variety of applications. This mulch can be used as protection on playgrounds, as a component of synthetic turf for sports fields, as a material for running tracks or as a backdrop for shooting ranges, among other applications.

Rubber mulch offers some advantages over traditional wood mulch in many of these applications because it typically lasts longer and does not blow away as easily during storms. These advantages are in addition to the biggest benefit of tire recycling, which is far fewer tires taking up space and contaminating the ground in landfills.

Although rubber mulch is essentially made up of ground-up tires, there’s more to the process than simply throwing scrap tires into a shredder. There’s a highly specialized process that transforms scrap tires into the rubber mulch that protects children from falls on playgrounds or lines stalls in horse stables. Metal sidewalls and other debris have to be removed from the tires, and the rubber needs to be processed with special chemicals to soften them after they are mulched. What’s left after the entire process is complete is an eco-friendly alternative to wood mulch that keeps people safe and keeps scrap tires out of landfills.

The infographic below takes you through the life of a recycled tire, detailing the recycling process as well as some of the key benefits of recycling tires into rubber mulch. Old tires may seem like they can last forever, but recycling scrap tires has been proven to be a great way to ensure that their long lives result in far more good than harm.

Author bio: Penny Klein, owner of Perfect Rubber Mulch, has extensive experience in the industry and understands the best product fit for her clients’ needs. She works with customers to guarantee the right amount of product is purchased, and makes certain the delivery process is best in class. 

Antique Automobiles

Like most salvage yards, Standridge Auto Parts has a good variety of late model vehicles and their newest vehicles can be found on their website. In a recent tour of their yard, I found they also have a great assortment of vehicles that are getting a bit more uncommon to find. Below is just a portion of less common vehicles in their inventory.

The link below will take you on an interesting page created by Antique Automobilia.




After you bought a new car, you might be thinking about getting some additional upgrades to add more personality to your car, such as installing hip fenders and rims or even repaint your car on the color of your choosing. But aside from these, another upgrade that does not only improves your car’s appearance but makes it a lot safer to drive is window tinting.

Many of us have thought that window tint is just another laidback option that you can choose to install whenever we want. However, these components can generally make our driving experience more comfortable, enjoyable, and safer. Check this infographic from Global Tint as they have six reasons why you should tint your car today.





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The Ultimate Guide to Reading Tire Tread

Despite relying on our cars every day to get from point A to point B, we rarely pay attention to telltale signs of hazardous wear and tear. The tires take the brunt of the work when we travel, which means you should pay extra attention to the tread and inflation levels. Avoid dangerous situations by learning how to read your tire tread with this helpful guide from Tires By Web:





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Why You Should Consider Automotive Window Film

Why You Should Consider Automotive Window Film



Why You Should Consider Automotive Window Film


Have you been considering getting automotive window film for your car? Tinting your windows can give your car a more modern and stylish look. That’s not the only reason to consider investing in window tinting, however. While adding style is a valid reason, there are several more substantial benefits that come with window tinting. Here are some worth considering.


UV Protection


UVA and UVB rays from the sun are quite dangerous. These rays can fade your car’s interior, damage leather and vinyl, and even cause substantial damage to your skin. Other than the windshield, normal automotive glass does not provide significant protection from UV rays.


Window film can block as much as 99.9 percent of UV radiation, providing important protection for your car’s interior and the people inside the car. In fact, car window tinting offers similar protection to applying sunscreen with an SPF of 285.


This is an important benefit. Consider this: Citing a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the Skin Cancer Foundation reported that 53 percent of skin cancers in the United States occur on a person’s left side, the “driver’s side” of cars. This has been attributed to the UV radiation to which drivers are exposed via the driver’s side window while driving.


Window tinting can help reduce this risk. You and your passengers will have less of a chance of developing skin cancer, and tinting will help prevent fading and damage to your car’s interior. Sun exposure also can weaken seat belts, and window tinting can make this less of a risk.

Improved Security and Privacy


Want to deter a would-be thief from breaking into your car? Tinting can make it more difficult to see any valuables you may have left inside your vehicle. When a thief is deciding which vehicle to target, the ability to view the possessions inside could be the deciding factor in whether to attempt a quick smash and grab.


In addition to also providing more privacy, some window tints also slightly increase the strength of the glass. With the right window tint, the shattering of glass might be reduced, along with the risk of injury to the vehicle’s occupants, in the event of an accident.


Reduced Glare


Drivers know the importance of wearing sunglasses to reduce glare coming from the environment. Even a reflection from a body of water or a passing vehicle can cause significant glare, limiting the driver’s ability to see and drive safely. Window tinting can help reduce this glare significantly, improving a driver’s ability to safely operate his or her vehicle.


Less Interior Heat


Just about everyone is familiar with the discomfort that comes from getting into a car on a hot day, when the interior temperature could be 10 and maybe even 20 degrees higher than that outside. It can be almost unbearable. Window tinting reflects sunlight away from the vehicle, and this, in turn, decreases heat gain. While your car’s interior still will heat up some in the sun, you will notice a significant reduction in the amount of heat gain with window tinting. (You should still never leave a child or pet unattended inside a closed, hot car.)


You will notice further benefits while driving. Your interior temperature won’t climb as much, so you might not need the air conditioner on full blast the entire time. In addition to enjoying a more comfortable ride, you likely will reduce your fuel consumption with the air conditioner running less.


Window tinting provides significant benefits to you and your car. If you love the look of window tint, embrace it — knowing that you are doing something important to protect your investment at the same time.


Rachel Min is Director of Marketing at Rayno Window Film Inc. Min has been highly involved in promoting the Rayno brand, products, benefits and services since Rayno’s inception.


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Tips For Proper Tire Maintenance


Tips For Proper Tire Maintenance

Tips For Proper Tire Maintenance  

Learn to inspect your tires. Look at the depth of the remaining tread, while you are looking for uneven wear. Look for signs of a separated tire. Pay attention to how the tires ride.While every part that makes up your vehicle is important, some are more important than others — including the tires. Since tires also can be quite expensive and are essential to your safety while driving, you want to take care of them as best you can. Many people don’t think about tire maintenance, instead waiting until the “low air” tire sensor or another person tells them a tire is low. By then, you already could have done some damage to the tires.


One of the most important steps in tire maintenance is ensuring that every tire is properly inflated. If tires have too much air, the center will wear sooner than the outside edges. You also will have less rubber contacting the road, which makes driving in slick conditions, including rain, that much more dangerous.

If the tire pressure is too low, the outside edges will wear faster. You also have some handling problems with low tires. Always check the tire pressure visually before you drive the vehicle, or after it sits for a couple of hours. Check it with an air pressure gauge at least monthly, too. You can find the recommended tire pressure on the sidewall of the tire, or on the sticker on the driver’s doorjamb.


Hitting potholes or bumping the curb hard enough could knock your vehicle out of alignment. You should have the alignment checked at least once per year. If you know you hit a pothole or curb hard enough, however, have the alignment checked as soon as possible. Other actions that could affect the alignment include driving over gravel roads that are particularly bumpy or even a rough railroad track crossing.


Wear and Tear

Even when you keep tires properly inflated, you’re going to get some wear and tear — and tires seldom wear evenly. You might have one front tire that seems to wear faster than the others. To keep the tire wear even, rotate the tires every six months or at intervals of 10,000 to 12,000 miles.

Tire Inspection


  • Shaking in the steering wheel at a certain speed — usually between 55 and 75 mph — indicates that the tires are not properly balanced. Balance the tires as soon as possible, as an unbalanced tire could wear faster.
  • Shaking at slower speeds indicates that you may have a separated tire. Tires are made of rubber layers that are glued together. In many cases, a bubble will appear on the sidewall, indicating that the layers are separating.
  • Check the depth of the tread, which in the U.S. is measured in 32nds of an inch. If the depth is approaching 2/32 of an inch, it’s time to replace the tires. Instead of trying to measure the tread with a ruler, stick a quarter in the tread. If the tread does not reach the top of Washington’s head, it’s time to replace the tires. You also can look for the wear indicators, which are squares of rubber located between the tread on the tires. If the tread is even close to the wear indicators, it’s time for new tires.


Replacing Tires

If you have a tire damaged to the point that you must replace it, yet the other tires still have plenty of life left, be sure to use the same size and type of tire. When possible, it’s better to replace all four tires at the same time. If you just spent hundreds on a set of tires a month or three ago, however, you can replace only the damaged tire.

The Importance of Tire Maintenance

Keep your family and yourself safe by checking your vehicle’s tires often. Watch for balancing, separation and tread issues. When you have the tires rotated, ask the technician to balance them, too. In most cases, they will, but don’t assume it will be done. Keeping an eye on your vehicle’s tires allows you to see minor issues before they become major issues, while also helping you extend the life of the tires.


Ryan Holtzer is Chief Executive Officer of Tires By Web, a leading tire and wheel e-commerce company. Before joining Tires By Web in 2004, he completed General Electric’s Financial Management Program and has served as a Black Belt in GE’s Six Sigma Initiative.









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Car and Truck Recycling Facts

Car and Truck Recycling Facts

According to auto and truck recycling statistics, the car you are driving today will be a source of many recyclable materials tomorrow when it comes that time to recycle your ride. Fact: 80% of a car can be recycled and a good bit of the recycling takes place while your car is still in service, through automotive aftermarket recycling. Below are some basic facts pertaining to auto, Car and Truck recycling.  As a Automotive recycler we encourage you to recycle every part of your vehicle and always purchase Used Auto Parts when you can. Save money, Save the planet, Recycle.  Why buy new when used will do.


  • Every year, automobile recycling industry in USA and Canada provides sufficient steel to produce roughly 13 million new vehicles.
  • Every year, over 25 million tons of materials are recycled from old vehicles.
  • Automobiles are the most recycled consumer product in the world today.
  • The car recycling Industry is the 16th largest in the United States, contributing $25 billion per year to the national GDP. The US automotive recycling industry employs around 100,000 people and earns around $25 billion a year. There are around 7,000 vehicle recycling facilities around the USA.
  • In the U.S., nearly 12 million cars are recycled. This number makes cars the most recycled item in the country.
  • In Europe, every year, nearly eight million vehicles are recycled.
  • Every year, the North American automotive recycling industry saves around 85 million barrels of oil from getting used in making new or replacement auto parts.
  • The current international automotive recycling industry is about 75 years old.
  • According to reports, the gross annual revenue in 1997 in USA was $7.05 billion and in Canada was $1.15 billion. In the same year, auto recyclers in USA and Canada acquired approximately 4.7 million vehicles for recycling. In that year, 6 million car tires and 11 millions of car oil were recycled. And automotive recyclers spent approximately $50 million on environmental compliance.
  • Across North America, automotive recycling provides around 40 percent of ferrous metal for scrap processing industry.
  • Every year, the amount of hazardous fluids and oils reclaimed safely by auto recyclers is equal to 8 Exxon Valdez disasters!
  • Most auto recyclers are small businesses. More than 75 percent of all automotive recycling companies employ about 10 people.
  • Automotive recyclers supply retail and wholesale customers with quality auto parts that cost 20 percent to 80 percent less than comparable new auto parts.
  • Every year, more than 14 million tons of recycled steel in derived from junk vehicles. On an average, a car has around 25 percent of body made from recycled steel.
  • Every year, around 27 million cars that reach the end of their useful life from around the world are recovered for recycling.
  • Just about 80 percent of a vehicle (by weight) is recycled and the remaining 20 percent that can’t be recycled is termed as “auto shredder residue (ASR)” which includes ferrous and nonferrous metal pieces, dirt, glass, fabric, paper, wood, rubber and plastic. Every year, around 5 million tons of ASR is disposed of in landfills.
  • In Europe, 75 percent of a car is recycled; making the ASR items 25 percent of the car. According to an estimate, in Europe, recycling facilities will recycle 95 percent of each car, by weight.
  • Approximately 90 percent of aluminum of a vehicle is recovered and recycled. Although this aluminum recovered from old vehicle represents less than 10% the vehicle by weight, it accounts for nearly 50 percent vehicle’s scrap value.
  • Automotive recycling industry supplies around 37 percent of all ferrous metal to blast furnaces and smelters across the United States of America.
  • Approximately 98- 99 percent of car batteries can be recycled. But most car owners simply return their car battery to the shop from where they replace car battery.
  • Car tire recycling is viable and material can be used to produce sandals and roadways.
  • Automotive recycling reduces accident rates by buying out of order vehicles from the road and keeping roads and highways clear of disabled and abandoned automobiles.
  • Increasingly, car windshield recycling is becoming practiced.

All of the above-mentioned facts and figures about auto recycling demonstrate that the worldwide auto recycling industry a vibrant and entrepreneurial industry.

Source: http://recycling.about.com/od/Recycling/fl/Auto-Recycling-Facts-and-Figures.htm


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