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How to Post an Ad on bey3.com in 3 Easy Steps

Happy Monday Everyone!
As a lot of you might have already noticed this week that we made a huge change to our post an ad process. Our goal was to make it easier to understand and a much nicer experience. Hopefully for those of you who have used it you feel it is. :)

With this change we thought it would be useful to go over the steps involved to post an awesome free ad on bey3.com. There are 3 Easy & Quick Steps.

Step 1: Click Post A Free Ad – The Big Orange Button!

Post a Free Ad

This will take you to our sleek new log in page:

Post an Ad Log in Page

On this screen you need to:

  1. Enter your email address (so we can keep fraud off the site)
  2. If you already have an account with us then you can enter your password and click continue.
  3. If you don’t have a password just choose that you’re new, enter a password of your choice and click continue. Before posting you will need to verify your email address, we send you an email with a link that you need to click. This will tell us its a real email address that people can respond to.

Now onto step 2.
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Buying A Used Car? Used Car Buying Tips – Simple to Follow

Buying a used car? – Read our simple to follow used car buying tips.

When buying a used car, beware of getting a “cat in a bag”. Of course you’re not that naïve to buy a rusty old shell, but discovering what’s hiding under the bonnet is a hard nut to crack, especially if you’re not a mechanic. Here are a few tips that might help.

How Fat Is Your Wallet?

simple to follow used car buying tipsYou might find buying an old Dodge Viper very attractive, but you should keep in mind that registration of that vehicle will cost you buckets of money every year, so don’t rush. The purchase itself is only a small part of what you’ll have to spend on the car.

Calculate the cost of taxes and fees, check the insurance rates for that car group, and how fuel efficient the car is. Buying a well maintained car will save you a lot in the long run. Last, but not the least important, unless you plan to keep this ride till one of you die, find out what the car is expected to be worth in the following years.

You Can’t Believe You’ve Found Such a Great Deal? Then Don’t.

Go online and search for the cars of similar type, age and condition. If there’s a big difference in prices, you should be suspicious because if the car is much cheaper from others of that type it was probably hit in a crash, stolen or the odometer was tempered with. It’s not worth your hard earned money!

Private Owner Versus a Dealer

It you decide to buy a car directly from a private seller, you have to be aware of the risk. Although these cars usually cost less and the price is flexible, car owners don’t provide any warranties. Buying from used cars dealers is much safer option, but there are a few bad apples among them. So, be careful to choose a reputable or a franchised dealer whose cars meet the standards of motoring organizations, but still be cautious. Avoid paying in cash, get a receipt and never ever sign a blank form.

Check The Car’s History

When buying a used car, do your homework. The thing of the utmost importance is to check the car’s history. Check that the numbers on the car’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) plate and engine plate match those in the car’s registration papers. For a small fee you can check the car’s history – is there’s a lien on the car, was it stolen or damaged in a crash.

Don’t forget to check the car’s service history as well. Ask the seller for details concerning the previous owners, maintenance and request for MOT certificates for the past years.

Take A Look

simple to follow used car buying tipsIf you inspect the car in the dark or rain you could fail to notice defects like dents, scratches and lousy paint job. If you really can’t wait for the rain to stop, bring a cloth so you could dry certain parts of the vehicle – for example, the doors and wings to see if they match perfectly. If they don’t, the car has certainly been in a crash. Bring a magnet to see if some areas were repaired with filler.

Make sure that you or, even better, a mechanic you trust, take a thorough look over the car. Check for rust and welding marks, examine the tires, suspension, and transmission. Also take a look under the bonnet to see there’s no oil leaking from the engine. If you find anything suspicious – turn around and find yourself another car.

Test Drive A Car

When buying a car, especially second-hand, the test drive is of vital importance. Before you use the opportunity to check that the vehicle is in working order, find out if you are insured to drive other people’s car and if the car is licensed for use on the road. A test drive should last for half an hour minimum and cover different road surfaces so you could see the car’s behavior in various situations. Pay attention on the gear change – it should be smooth, without any strange noises. The brakes should respond well and the pedal must not drop when pressed. The steering wheel shouldn’t shake and wobble.

Remember, these are only some general tips. Every car is specific, so you’ll have to find additional information once you decide on the type and model of the car you want to buy. And Bey3 is the best place to start your search.

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Being Safe When Buying Online

being safe when buying onlineInternet shopping became an inseparable part of everyday life. Online shops are open 24/7, present the widest choice of goods and services and, above all, they save your time and effort. However, there are certain risks associated with the online shopping, so it is very important to pay attention on what and from whom you are buying, so that your credit card number doesn’t end up in the wrong hands. Here are a few tips that will help you stay safe when buying on the internet.

1. First of all, before you make any purchase online, make sure that your computer doesn’t have any viruses or other malicious software. Run a full system scan using some reliable antivirus program and install a firewall on your computer. The scammers may use a virus or a Trojan to gain access to your online passwords, credit card details, or your Social Security number and use them to raid your bank accounts.

2. Whenever possible use payment methods such as PayPal or PaySafeCard. PaySafeCard is probably the safest method available since you purchase it in a local store and all you have to do is enter the given pin number when shopping online. You can protect your PaySafeCard with a password as well. So, what can happen if someone, in spite of all aforementioned precautions, figures out the card’s pin number or a password? Not much. The worst case scenario is that you’ll lose the rest of the money from the card, while your bank account remains untouched.

Using PayPal, Moneybookers or some other e-commerce business requires opening an account and putting some money into it which you do by using a credit card, direct transfer from another online account or even PaySafeCard.

3. If you are not familiar with a merchant, ask the company for an address, a stationary phone number, and company registration details for your country. This way you can do some background checking and confirm the company’s reliability with the consumer agencies. Don’t afraid to call the company if you have any questions.

4. Before you make an order, find out what other customers say about the internet store. Surf the internet to find out how others evaluated the company and services it offers. Company’s good reputation in the real world doesn’t mean that their online service will be as good. If something doesn’t seem right, reconsider your purchase.

5. Always look for additional costs before you make an order. Check how much you’ll have to pay for the shipping and packaging, will you be able to track the parcel from the moment of the purchase to delivery, check the return and refund policy, product guarantees, and so on. If you are buying from another country, don’t forget to check the currency, exchange rates and what additional costs such as duties, taxes, and customs clearance you’ll have to pay. You don’t want to end up with a dollar worth item and a hundred dollar worth duties.

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Most Popular Places to Rent in Beirut

most popular place to stay in beirut

Beirut sits on a shore of Mediterranean Sea with population of over 2 million inhabitants. It is the largest city in Lebanon, also the capital city and the biggest seaport. Beirut’s climate is Mediterranean with warm days and nights so if you’re going to Beirut in spring or autumn, don’t forget your warm clothes, and umbrella if you’re going in winter time.  In Beirut’s 5,000 years old history there were many catastrophic accidents like earthquakes, tidal waves, fire, also bombing in newer days, but nothing managed to destroy its spirit. We all know the old story about the bird Phoenix.

This year Beirut became the most expensive city in Middle East leaving Abu Dhabi (UAE) in the second place.

There are more than 130 hotels in Beirut. Some of them are “crème de la crème” hotels such as: Four Seasons Hotel Beirut (5 stars), Hotel Albergo (5 stars) and Le Gray Beirut (5 stars).  For the top class hotels you have to pay more than $250 per night, but it’s worth it.
Lebanon’s Capital joins the club of 30 most expensive retail rental cities in the world. It is more expensive than many European capitals like Prague, Oslo, Stockholm, and Helsinki. Beirut is listed as the most expensive among 12 countries in the Middle East and Africa region.

If you are more rental type, here is a list of the most popular places to rent in Beirut.
One of the most popular rental locations is the Beirut central district where you’ll have to pay $1,847 (1,470 Euros) per square meter. However, it is lower than global average of $2,272 (EUR 1,808) but, on the other hand, it is higher than Middle East and Africa average of (EUR 779) per square meter.

Also, popular locations are: Achrafieh, Sayfi, Tallet El Khayat, Sassine, Clemenceau, Verdun, Geitawi, and Hamra. Achrafieh is the old part of town.  It’s a combination of residential (numerous neighborhoods) and commercial (prestigious office buildings) district. Saifi Village, located southeast of the downtown, is residential area, also known as Le Quartier des Arts. Its hallmark is boutiques, art galleries, and antique stores. One of the major commercial districts of Beirut is Hamra with numerous restaurants, hotels, and top fashion stores. The rental price depends on location and the property type (apartment, duplex, hotel, house, land, shop, penthouse, restaurant, or studio). The yearly rental price for apartments goes up to $2,800,000 – this particular 401 m2 apartment being in Sayfi.  If you have that amount of money to spend for one year rental, you will be blessed by beautiful location near the beach with breathtaking view of the sea and calm surrounding.  This property is equipped with four bedrooms, two receptions and two parking spaces. Apartments in Achrafieh are among the expensive ones. For example, the 375 m2 apartment (4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a dining room, and one parking space) costs USD 1,350,000 per year. The cheapest apartment for rent is located in Hamra. There you can find fully furnished apartments for 800 USD per one year Contract. Apartments in this price range are usually small containing one bedroom, one living room, kitchen, and bathroom. Average price per month in city center for one bedroom apartment is $712, for 3 bedrooms is $1,955. Average rent per month outside of center for one bedroom apartment is $438, for 3 bedrooms is $944.

Every year 2 million tourists visit Beirut and enjoy in its culture, night life, and theaters. Beirut is connected to the rest of the world through tourism and it is fascinating place where people are trying and succeeding to leave violent history behind.

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5 Things You Should Always Buy Used

used cars5 Things You Should Always Buy Used

Buying used products is a future millionaire’s secret strategy which can save you thousands of dollars per year. You have to invest your money wisely, because not all used stuff are welcome in your home so here is a list of things worth buying second hand.

1.   At the top of the saving list is buying a used car. According to statistics, car industry quality is higher and higher every year which means the highest level of dependability. For example, let us take two cars of the same model – a used and a new one. Used car is two years old and gets you great quality with huge savings. Buying a two year old vehicle can save you around $5,000. Biggest problem in buying a new car is the fact that vehicle value depreciate the minute you leave the shop.

2.   Your kid looks so cute in a brand new shirt making you, a proud parent, so pleased. Take a photo of your baby in that shirt – it will last longer, because your baby will outgrow it in a month. You end up with expensive piece of cloth that has been worn once or twice. Save up to 90 percent by choosing used stuff for your kid or 180% if you have twins. It is not worth spending top-dollars for new baby outfit when you can dress your baby in designer clothes by Ralph Loren, Quick Silver and Baby Gap for much less.  Baby toys and nursery furniture are also good way to save money. However, avoid buying used child car seats and cribs because of the safety risks.

3.   Is there a smell in the whole universe that can beat the smell of the old books? Hell no! That is the first reason for buying old books. The second is, believe it or not, the words in the old books are exactly the same as words in new books. Third reason is that you can save up to 90%. Used books are cheaper than most e-books. Many pros and no cons. If you don’t have enough time to  wait for the new Harry Potter book to get old and buy it half a price, hurry up to take a good place in the line in front of the bookstore.

4.   Sport and exercise equipment is lying around many basements, garages and attics collecting dust. Many owners wanted, but didn’t have time nor will to exercise. That is your perfect opportunity to buy almost new things, just check there’s no rust and take it home for some serious workout.

5.   Video games are similar sources of amusement as honeymoon – they don’t last very long, yet they are very expensive. For the price of one new game, you can get the whole series if you decide to buy it used. Their prices range from 10 to 70 percent lower than the new items. It takes less than 50 hours to complete the game which means you don’t have to wait long for the desired game to hit the second-hand markets. If you are a patient gamer, you can make big savings.

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