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Buying a new car can be sometime extremely frustrating, especially when having to dealing with pushy, overbearing and sometme agreesive salesmen.

I’ve compiled a list of several important car buying steps that hopefully will help you to reduce the amount of stress involved with purchasing a vehicle.

Dealership Research.

Assuming you have chosen the car that you want to purchase, before you go to the dealership, do a research beforehand about them. Most delearships advertise online and have their own websites and most likely are active on social media too. Check the feedback that their customers have left and the ratings that they have received. That will tell you a lot about their customer service level and trustworthiness.

Bring a wingman with you.

When you are going to the dealership, bring someone else with you, if possible someone who is knowledgeable about cars. Once you've picked your wingman, you'll need to establish who will do what during the trip to the dealership. If negotiating isn't your strong suit, have your friend handle that aspect while you focus on asking questions. On the other hand, if you're comfortable with negotiating, let your wingman ask the questions and occasionally chime in with an opinion. Your wingman should supplement the skills that might not be your strong suit.

Test drive.

Alaways, take a test drive. Before taking the test drive, or somewhere along the route, stop and give the auto a thorough checkup.

Ask Questions

Whatever questions you might have about the car, go ahead and ask them. There is no such thing as stupid questions imo when buying a car.


Do not be afraid to be a fearless negotiator.

Stand Firm

Some salesmen can be pushy and pressure you into accepting a car that may not best fit your needs. If you do not get a deal that you like, simply walk away.

If you have any other tips, please share them with us.

Off Topic / What are you doing right now?
« on: April 08, 2019, 12:45:27 PM »
I am listening to music while I am working on a few custom mods.

Off Topic / What are you listening to right now?
« on: April 08, 2019, 12:44:29 PM »
At the moment I am listening to "Final Countdown" by Europe.

Showcace / Please read this before listing your website here.
« on: April 08, 2019, 12:41:13 PM »
The only type of sites that are not allowed are those of a relegious nature and sites containing adult, warez, or otherwise illegal content.

If you own such sites, please do not showcase them.


I am available for custom work. Below is a list of all the services that I can provide for your forum/website starting from the simplest things like forum installation/upgrade to the most complex ones such as developing custom mods.

1. Installing Smf.
2. Upgrading your forum.
3. Fixing errors that occur in your forum/website. Be that from conflicting mods or other sources.
4. Helping you move your forum from one host to another.
5. Helping you with optimizing your forum and/or your hosting.
6. Providing private support one on one.
7. Converting your forum running on other softwares to SMF.
8. Developing custom mods.
9. Monthly tech admin services.

Payment Method: Paypal Only. Half of the payment upfront and the other half on job completion.

Prices: My prices vary depending on the work that needs to be done.

For small things that will not take much time to do, you can pay me in posts too. Meaning you can make x valid posts/topics at my forum.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me in private, or post here as well.

Many thanks for reading this topic. :)

Forum Support / Please read this first before asking for support
« on: April 08, 2019, 12:30:58 AM »

If you are encountering a problem with your forum, you can post in this forum and I will do my best to help you out. Before asking for support though, please take the following things into consideration:

Be as informative and clear as possible.

Do not be vague in your topic/post, but post as many details as possible about the problem(s) that you are having with your forum. Mention what steps you took, if any, to fix the error. What version of Smf are you running, or the php/mysql versions. A screenshot of the error if possible, would help too.

i.e. help me to help you :)

Mod Requests / Please read this first before requesting a mod
« on: April 08, 2019, 12:19:08 AM »

Please give as many details as possible about the mod(s) that you want to be developed for you and for what version of Smf you want it.

Note: I do not take free requests, although for small mods that will not take much time to develop, you can pay me in posts. Meaning you can make x valid posts/topics in exchange for the mod.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me in private, or post in the forum.

Many thanks for reading this topic.

Cars&Driving / What are your favorite car movies?
« on: April 07, 2019, 11:28:44 PM »
Mine are:

Gone in 60 seconds. The Mustang in that movie was a nice car. Not to mention Angelina Jolie :D

The italian job, both the old and the new version.

Smokey & The Bandit. (Only the first movie though)

The Chase.

What about you guys, what are your favorite car movies?

Road Trips / Road Trip Fun Games
« on: April 06, 2019, 11:52:01 PM »
Oh boy, this takes me right back to the good old days when I was a kid in the backseat of my parents car with my sister and we played several games to help pass the time and keep my dad wake behind the steer wheel as my mom used to say :D

The game we played the most was the the license plate and the 21 questionsons, which I am sure most of us are familiar with.

I still play them now as well to help pass the time when I go on long drives or on road trips with my girlfriend, friends or family.

What about you guys? What are your favorite car games?

Cars&Driving / What is your dream car?
« on: April 06, 2019, 11:42:45 PM »
Let us imagine for a moment that money is no issue, you won that Jackpot or inherited a truckload of money from that rich uncle :D. Mine is the Mercedes McLaren SLR. What a beauty.

Cars&Driving / Why do you love driving?
« on: April 06, 2019, 11:36:22 PM »
For me driving a car is more than just a mode of transportation from point A to point B. It is my key, if you will, to freedom and independence. Another bonus is that driving became a stress buster as well. There is nothing like a drive to clear your mind. it might sound strange but it is like my car is my therapist, and the drive my therapy. It puts metaphorical kilometers between me and whatever it is that was bothering me back at the starting line. A drive is a short escape, but it’s meaningful.

I just enjoy every aspect of driving, the noise of the engine, the howling wind, the sound of rain, the sun rays, everything.

What about you guys, what is it that you love about cars and driving them?

Road Trips / Road Trip Entertainment
« on: April 06, 2019, 12:39:10 PM »
What's your preferred entertainment while on a road trip?

Cars&Driving / The 10 Weirdest Driving Laws In The World
« on: April 06, 2019, 12:32:41 PM »
1. UK: No peeing in public, unless it’s the right rear wheel of your car.

2. California: it's illegal to jump from cars travelling over 65mph.

3. Russia: it is illegal to drive a dirty car.

4. Tennessee and California: no shooting animals from your car, unless whale.

5. Florida: parked elephants must be paid for.

6. Alaska: it's illegal to tether a dog to the roof.

7. Alabama: it is illegal to drive while blind-folded.

8. Memphis and New Orleans: man with flag must walk in front of women drivers.

9. Pennsylvania: drivers on country lanes must stop every mile.

10. Denmark: you must check for people under your car before setting off.

Commenting on how he thought a Ferrari was too noisy and rough for road use, Ferruccio Lamborghini faced insult from Enzo Ferrari, with the supercar guru stating that “he didn’t appreciate such comments from a middle aged tractor manufacturer”. Ferruccio Lamborghini felt so insulted he went off and created his own car. Just four months later in 1963, the Lamborghini 350 GTV was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show.

lol :D

Cars&Driving / Some interesting car facts
« on: April 06, 2019, 12:25:35 PM »
The world’s first automobile was developed by Carl Benz in 1885. The top speed of the motor car was 16 km per hour. It had a one cylinder four-stroke engine installed horizontally on a specifically designed chassis. It was known as the Benz Patent Motorwagen.

In 1908, the Model T developed by Henry Ford became the first car available to the masses. This was a low-cost car. It cost around $850 in 1908 and $260 in 1925 (the reduction in the cost of the car was mainly because of the invention of the assembly line).

irst time in America and the world: the world’s first electric traffic signal is put into place on the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street in Cleveland, Ohio, on 5th August in 1914. Also, the first center painted dividing line appeared in 1911, in Michigan; the first “No Left Turn” sign would debut in Buffalo, New York, in 1916; and left-hand drive became standard in American cars in 1908.

The first self-propelled vehicle–Cugnot Fardier—was made by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot in 1769. It was a steam-powered tricycle.

The world’s first IC engine–The Pyréolophore–was probably built by Nicephore Niepce in 1807. The inventor is also credited with the invention of photography.

Carl Benz applied for a patent for his “vehicle powered by a gas engine” on January 29, 1886. The patent application, bearing the number DRP – 37435 could also be referred as the birth certificate of the automobile. The patent application was registered with the German Imperial Patent Office in Berlin.

The world’s first long-distance journey (from Mannheim in southern Germany to Pforzheim) in the history of the automobile was undertaken by Bertha Benz (wife of Carl Benz) and her two sons in August 1888.

There are an estimated 1.2 billion cars in the world today while there were only 500 million in 1986. According to a report released by a research house Bernstein, there will be a total of 2 billion cars on the planet by 2040.

An average car has 30,000 parts. About 9,770,000 cars were made in Japan in 2014. Of this total, Toyota made about 3,270,000 cars.

Almost 95% of a car’s lifetime is spent parked.

Surprisingly, 80% of an average car is recyclable. In the U.S. alone, 12 million vehicles are recycled every year. Interestingly, automotive recycling is the 16th largest industry in the U.S.

Almost 65% of the world’s population drives on the right side of the road.

A crash typically happens within an average of three seconds after a driver is distracted. According to a source, texting while driving increases the chances of an accident by 23 times.

Driving a car with a standard or manual transmission is not an easy job for Americans. Note that more than 95% of the cars in the U.S. have automatic transmission. On the other hand, in Europe and Japan, more than 80 percent of cars sold have manual transmissions.

In 2013, white was the world’s most favorite car color. According to an Australian study, white vehicles are 10% less likely to be involved in an accident. Moreover, cars that have mainstream colors are prone to theft more than those that have less popular colors.

 In 2017, Tesla became the world’s second most valuable car company.

In case of a crash or an impact, airbags inflate in just 30 milliseconds. Learn the science behind airbags.

Astonishingly, by the mid-1960s, American made cars were delivered to retail buyers with an average 24 defects a unit, and many of these defects were safety related.

In 1980, Japan became the world’s leading auto producer. However, currently, it is the world’s third largest producer of cars (behind China and the US).

Did you know that in 1982, the automobile industry provided one of every 6 jobs in the U.S? Thus, the automobile industry became a key force for change in the 20th century America.

Denmark is one of the most expensive countries in which to buy a new car. Denmark collects 150% tax on all new car purchases. However, according to a source, the country is recently looking to cut the tax rate to 100% for new vehicle purchases.

Interestingly, half of all the new cars sold in Norway are electric or hybrid.

Did you know that how the world famous brand ‘Mercedes’ came into existence? Interestingly, the name ‘Mercedes’ was adopted from the name of a customer’s daughter ‘Mercedes Jellinek’.

Benz and Mercedes were competitors until 1920. When these companies merged, the newly formed company started selling cars under the brand name ‘Mercedes-Benz’.

Did you know that Henry Ford made eight different models of cars (A, B, C, F, K, N, R, S – have a look at all of them here) before he could produce the famous Model T? The Ford Model T had a four-cylinder inline engine that produced 20 HP.

Toyota, Daihatsu, Nissan, Suzuki, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Isuzu, and Honda are all Japanese car makers. Honda is the first Japanese carmaker to open a plant in the U.S. in the early 1980s.

On 15 September 1938, the Railton Mobile Special is the first car in the history to go faster than 350 mph (563.27 km/h). After further development, On 16 September 1947, John Cobb was able to break 400 mph (640 km/h) in a measured test. The car is available at Thinktank, the Museum of Science in Birmingham, England.

About one-quarter of worlds cars are in America.

Did you know that some of the cars by Japanese car makers built overseas are exported back to Japan?

According to a study commissioned by Quadrant Information Services, the average cost of car insurance in America is just over $1300. The highest annual cost of car insurance was recorded in Michigan at $2,000.

Did you know that the Rolls Royce HP-15 is one of the rarest cars on the planet? Wondering why? Learn that a total of 6 of these cars were made. Only one of these cars is still available in the world. And it is estimated worth is $35 million. The car had 3 cylinders and a top speed of 39 miles per hour.

In 1962, the use of seat belt became a law in Wisconsin. Seat belts save one life every six minutes.

Airbags were introduced as a safety measure in 1974.

In 1997, the first Toyota Prius was sold in Japan.

Cars were a horseless carriage when they were built for the first time in 1895.

Toyota Motor Corp. is the world’s biggest automobile company. It is also the world’s richest car manufacturing company.

Dubai has the world’s fastest police car (certified by Guinness World Records). It is a Bugatti Veyron — just one of its 14-strong fleet of supercars. The car uses a 16-cylinder engine which produces 1,000 horsepower. The car has a staggering top speed of 253 mph (407 km/h) and the ability to climb from 0 to 60mph in just two and a half seconds.

The 1994 Honda Accord is the most stolen car in the history of the U.S.

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