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Beirut is Home to the Worlds Largest Collection of Tiny Cars…Model Cars that is.

Largest Collection of Toy Cars in the World

We can’t all afford a collection of BMW’s, Porsche’s and Lamborghini’s so whats the next best thing? A collection of the miniature versions of course!

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A Look at the Increasing Demand for Second Hand Cars

A Look at the Increasing Demand For Second Hand Cars

If you are on a budget you will most definitely have to choose between second hand cars. Don’t despair, even though facing the impossibility of buying a new car may be disappointing, but realizing that our needs can be met by buying a good used car can be as equally cathartic. In less than half price you can buy a used car three, four or five years old which is larger, has better equipment and specifications as for the similar price, or even slightly higher, you could get a smaller, and poorly equipped new car. But, buying a used car comes with certain risks, since you are buying a car that someone else owned and drove, so it is important to check the condition of the car before the purchase, whether or not, and how, it was serviced. One of the biggest advantages in buying a used car is choosing a product to which many have different experiences; they met all of its advantages as well as disadvantages that are no longer a secret neither to the drivers nor the mechanics.

First of all you have a lot more to choose from, for example in 2006 about 16,5 million new cars were sold, but in that same year around 42,5 million used cars found new owners and a sole reason for this are the increase of choice and very attractive prices. Even though used cars typically don’t have the same warranties as the new ones, original factory warranty of a new car is transferrable to a second owner, usually at no charge. By buying a car from a licensed dealer you can purchase a late model with the original warranty.

As good as new – another thing that works in the favor of buying a second hand car is an extension of warranty for used cars. The idea was started with luxury brands, such as Lexus and Mercedes-Benz, and became a very popular alternative to buyers. Keep in mind that as soon as you drive off the new car from the salon its value decreases for about ten to twenty percent which is not the case with used cars. Look for a car that doesn’t have a lot of mileage and is in good condition, they don’t require a lot of service and are much cheaper than new ones. For example, buying a used midsize car could save even more than fifty percent compared to the price of a new car.

So, people who want the most for the money they have, and money is of the essence, have a great chance in finding their perfect car by buying a used one and for a lot less money, so it is no wonder there is an increase in demand for second hand cars.

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How To Avoid Used Car Scams

Used Car Scams And How To Avoid Them

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As most of us know, buying a used car can help you save money on your purchase. However, a big disadvantage of buying a second- hand car is that you are morevulnerable to scams. Unscrupulous car sellers perform scams which can cost you more than $1,000. The number of used car scams is rising a year after year. Here are some tips to avoid being part of them.

One of the first things when buying a used car is checking the car’s history. Vehicle’s service history should give you important information including performance, repairs or other problems. One of the mostly used car scams is odometer rollback. You should know that average mileage per year is 9,000 to 12,000 miles. If odometer mileage seems too low for vehicle’s age, it’s red alert. Be very careful and keep your eyes wide open. If a vehicle has mechanical odometer, check the numbers well. Digits should be in one straight line. Look for any scratches on the glass or fingerprints under it.

 

Scratches and loose screws on the dashboard may be a signal for odometer manipulation. Take a car for the test ride to see if the speedometer will stick. When it comes to electronic odometer, you can use some of the computer programs to check if there are any odometer alterations.

Next thing on the check list is the condition of the interior. Check the seats for any stains, rips, tears or other types of damage. Look for any stickers under the hood that can show that the car had major services.

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As you already know, buying a used car from a dealer is different from buying from a private seller. Except for selling you the car, a private owner has no other obligations toward you or the car. That is why some used car dealers pose as a private seller. Some greedy dealer can charge a “cottage fee” of $200 for the preparation and paperwork. That is a pure rip off so read purchase agreement carefully before you sign it.

Although your desired car looks as good as new, it is a good idea to spend around $100 for professional mechanic inspection. You don’t want to save hundred bucks and wind up with a car made by welding halves of two other cars.

Be cautious when a dealership offers you extended warranty. Remember that there is no better warranty than the original coverage of the new car.

You should be aware that the money scam is going on the moment the seller starts convincing you to take the car home immediately leaving him finish the financing papers. A few days later, they will call you to come back to sign another contract because the initial deal fell through. Normally, new financing deal will be much more expensive.

If a car you like has a price that seems too good to be true, always do some internet research. If the price is much lower than average, don’t believe in any of the seller’s stories. It is probably a scam.

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What You Should Know Before You Buy A Used Car?

used carsWhat You Should Know Before You Buy A Used Car?

You need a new car, you even saved some money, but it’s not enough for a new and expensive model. You decided to buy a used vehicle, but since you’re not an expert you’re afraid you’ll be taken to the cleaners. There are many things you should know before buying used car. Nevertheless, there is a choice between a car dealer and a private seller. First choice is more expensive because of the car dealer’s interest. Here are some tips and advices before you get to the car market.

· First, take a good look at the car. Check for any type of damage, scratches, rust spots, dents, loose parts. Be sure to check under hood too, check Vehicle Identification Number.

· Check the hoses and belts if they have some cracks. Push the fender down and check suspension.

· Check the car interior for any damage, stains, rips. Look at the dashboard for the mileage. Try if the seat belts work. Turn on the air condition and make sure it is blowing cold air. Also try the cabin heater. Try to turn all lights, indicators, siren, electric windows, car radio, and car computer if there is any. See if there is spare tire in the trunk.

· Look under the bonnet if the car is repainted.

· After all checking and looking, now it’s time to start up the engine. If the weather is cold and the engine starts at first turn of the key, then this is a good sign. Listen very carefully the engine sound. The sound of the motor running should be even, without any hick ups or squeaking or some strange vibrations. Pull the handbrake and try to move the car to check if the handbrake works.

· One of the most important things when it comes to inspecting the condition of a second-hand car is the test drive. Test all the gears including reverse. Changing the gears should be smooth and easy. Try the breaks by pressing the pedal hard and make sure that the car is decelerating properly. Enjoy the ride and try to feel how the car behaves on the road.

· After finishing the test drive, if you are satisfied, check the car history and the bargaining part. It is recommended that you should look for a second opinion. The best way to do it is to have the car checked by a professional mechanic. A must do thing is to go through all the documentaton including warranty. Be sure if the chassis number and engine number are matching with numbers in Registration papers.

After the inspection has been done, it’s time for negotiation. Don’t be hasty. Sleep on it. Don’t buy the first car you see. Know your needs. Use your knowledge as a weapon, because you should have some knowledge after all that research. When you came to some reasonable price with the seller, shake hands. Buy it. Congratulations! All you have to do is finish some paperwork and take your new car where it belongs. Not garage. Take it to the open road and ride your beauty to the sunset.

 

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Top 10 Fastest Cars of 2011

Fastest Cars in the World 2011Top 10 Fastest Cars of 2011

Since the beginning of car industry there is a constant and ongoing battle of manufacturers to built fastest car. They are pushing technology to the limits. Here are the top 10 fastest magnificent beasts (measured by tested top speed, theoretical speeds do not count). We are talking about product models that you can find on the market, not concept cars.

10. Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster

This is probably the world’s most exclusive hand-made supercar, with the typical Italian exotics. This is Roadster version of the Zonda Cinque, limited production of five pieces. Instead of a missing roof there is carbon-titanium chassis specially redesigned for this model. Fully adjustable suspension setup and newly developed sequential gearbox will give you ultimate performance and perfect drivability.

Technical Specifications:

  • Top Speed: 217 mph (349 km/h), 0-60 (0-100 km/h) in 3.4 secs
  • Mercedes Benz AMG engine
  • Power: 678 hp
  • Maximum Seating: 2 people
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Cima Robotized
  • Dry weight: 2,668 pounds  (1,210 kg)
  • Base Price: $1,850,000.00 (Euro 1.3 million)

 

9. Lamborghini Aventador

This Aventador is an example of automotive brilliance. Proper Lamborghini, under the skin it’s all carbon fiber, lighter than the previous generations, brand new engine. It takes four years to get this car from clean sheets, that is why it feels so different to other Lamborghinis. There is nothing this car shares with an older model. Brilliant balance and brilliant handling with all 700 horse power.

Technical Specifications:

  • Top Speed: 217 mph (349 km/h) 0-60 in 2.9 secs
  • Engine: 6.5L V12
  • Power: 700 hp
  • Maximum Seating: 2 people
  • Transmission: 7-Speed Automatic-Manual
  • Dry weight: 3,472 pounds (1,575 kg)
  • Est. Price: $379,700.00

 

8. Noble M600

Absolutely brutal British super car. The fastest British car since the legendary McLaren F1. Underneath the body, the chassis is not made of carbon fiber but stainless steel. Noble uses the design elements from its competitors as inspiration to design a car that looks stunning. Although it doesn’t have air bags, ABS, Noble M600 is mind-blowingly fast. It really does ride beautifully.

Technical Specifications:

  • Top Speed: 225 mph (362 km/h) 0-60 in 3.7 secs
  • Engine: Yamaha 4.4-liter Twin Turbo V8
  • Power: 650 hp
  • Maximum Seating: 2 people
  • Transmission: Graziano 6-Speed Manual
  • Dry weight: 2,810 pounds (1,275 kg)
  • Base Price: $324,680.00 (£200,000)

 

7.  Gumpert Apollo

You probably never heard of it, but Gumpert Apollo really represents a dream car. Roland Gumpert after quitting his job as the director of Audi Sport, had a dream, and that dream after ten years came true in a form of Gumpert Apollo. Steel frame and a chrome molybdenum alloy are under carbon fiber body. If you want to park supercar in front of casinos In Monte Carlo with pride, this beauty should do the trick.

Technical Specifications:

  • Top Speed: 225 mph (362 km/h) 0-60 in 3.0 secs
  • Engine:          Engine: 4.2-liter bi-turbo V8
  • Power: 700 HP
  • Maximum Seating: 2 people
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic-Manual
  • Dry weight: 2,600 pounds (1,200 kg)
  • Base Price: $238,00.00

 

6. McLaren F1

If Ralph Lauren is a proud owner of two cars of McLaren 1 you don’t really have to question its beauty and exotics. You have to love this car for what it represents, for its history, for its aura. Due to its untamed character, the testers are not pleased with handling, lack of power assistance and the breaking which requires a very strong push.

Technical Specifications:

  • Top Speed: 240 mph (386 km/h) 0-60 in 3.2 secs
  • Engine: V12 Mid Engine RWD
  • Power: 627 HP
  • Maximum Seating: 2 people
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
  • Dry weight: 2,341 pounds (1,062 kg)
  • Base Price: $970,000.00

 

5. Koenigsegg CCX

At number five we have Koenigsegg CCX, masterpiece and brutal, beauty and the beast at the same time. Designer Sven-Harry Åkesson did a marvelous job. It is very light car. The whole car is made of carbon fiber and it has an aerodynamics like a fish. In a moment when you sit in this supercar you become addicted to it. Who needs nicotine?

Technical Specifications:

  • Top speed: 245 mph (395 km/h) 0-60 in 3.2 secs
  • Engine:          32-valve DOHC V8
  • Power: 795 HP
  • Maximum Seating: 2 people
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
  • Dry weight: 2,822 pounds (1,280 kg)
  • Base Price: $540,000.00

 

4.  Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo

This Americas supercar settles in fourth position of our list. This car is all about outrageous power. When you look at the car, you can say that the wind shaped its exterior. That is why it has a perfect aerodynamics. This high performance vehicle came in limited edition and it’s hand built. If you love fast cars, you’ll want to experience Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo.

  • Top Speed: 248 mph (399 km/h),0-60 in 2.8 secs
  • Engine: Twin Turbo V8
  • Power: 750 HP
  • Maximum Seating: 3 people
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
  • Dry weight: 2,750 pounds (1,247 kg)
  • Base Price: $555,000.00

 

3. SSC Ultimate Aero

From the Company Shelby Super Cars (SSC) arrives ultimate car – SSC Ultimate Aero. This supercar is blink-and-you’ll-miss-it fast. Jerod Shelby essentially designed this brute horsepower American supercar. The Ultimate Aero is a direct competitor to Lamborghini, Ferrari and Bugatti. What separates SSC Ultimate Aero from direct competitors is price. It is much cheaper, but nevertheless is one of the expensive cars in the world.

  • Top Speed: 257 mph (414 km/h), 0-60 in 2.7 secs
  • Engine: SSC Designed V8
  • Power: 787 HP
  • Maximum Seating: 2 people
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
  • Dry weight: 2,800 pounds (1,270 kg)
  • Base Price: $970,000.00

 

2. Koenigsegg Agera R

The runner up on our list is Swedish stunner Koenigsegg Agera R. First of many cool things in this supercar is extra light carbon fiber wheel. Second, the roof is completely removable. This million-plus model has luxury and comfort interior that looks like cockpit of a fighter jet.  Philosophy of its design is truly minimalistic, meaning that Koenigsegg Agera R uses only features that serve a functional purpose.

  • Top Speed: 260 mph (418 km/h), 0-60 in 2.7 secs
  • Engine: 5.0 liter Twin Turbo V8
  • Power: 1,100 HP
  • Maximum Seating: 2 people
  • Transmission: 7-Speed Dual clutch
  • Dry weight: 2,844 pounds (1,290 kg)
  • Base Price: $1,600,000.00

 

Fasten your seat belts!

1. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Step aside Lamborghini, nice try Koenigsegg Agera R, move over McLaren F1. Our champion is Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. This absolutely insane fast, road burning car is pretty easy to drive. It has flat, recognizable silhouette and every single detail of this car is simply unmistakable and gives the best performance.  The interior is exquisite, cockpit is very clean, elegant and simple. This is the fastest supercar in the world and also the most expensive. Everyone wants to take the supremacy out of Bugatti, but probably every car journalist will agree that nothing will beat Bugatti in the next decade.

  • Top Speed: 268 mph (431 km/h), 0-60 in 2.4 secs
  • Engine: 6.2-liter LS9 V8 Twin Turbo
  • Power: 1,200 HP
  • Maximum Seating: 2 people
  • Transmission: Ricardo 6-Speed Manual
  • Dry weight: 4,162 pounds (1,888 kg)
  • Base Price: $2,400,000.00.

 

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Buying Used Cars Online Some Easy to Follow Advice

Used CarsShopping online is taking over the world of traditional retail so, among other things,
today the web offers a huge variety of all types of used cars. Through the specialized websites anybody can see what’s on the market in their own city, country or abroad in only a few clicks.

Development of online trading resulted with a great number of car dealers selling used vehicles over the internet and even greater number of purchasers searching for their dream car from the comfort of their homes. Numerous websites offer vehicle listings from both dealers and private owners and, since most of these websites are financing themselves with advertisements, there’s no charge for service and mediation. Even now, the annual sales through the most visited specialized websites of this kind are measured in hundreds of thousands of motor vehicles that change hands. So, the first step in buying a used car online is a research and reading tons of the experts’ reviews in order to get enough information about the websites, vehicles as well as the prices.

When buying a car online you have to be careful because, like in any other trade area, there are scam cases. Some frauds are easier to detect, while others are more subtle by nature. For that reason, when buying used car online, keep in mind one basic rule – never give a seller any money up front, no matter how large the sum is, because most of the time it’s a scam and it will be really hard or impossible to recover your money. You will often find the advertisements offering cars in excellent condition at a price 30 or 40 per cent lower than expected, with a 5-day test period. All you have to do is pay half the amount in advance plus transport expenses and the desired car will be delivered at your home address where you can test it for five days. If you are not satisfied, you can give it back and the money will be returned. Advertisements such as this one are always
fraudulent. Remember, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Also, it is pretty often a case that a seller claims that his car fulfills all of your expectations and, to prove that, he sends you a scanned image of his driver’s license or some other document. Never trust the scanned images of any documents for they can be easily forged. Ask the seller for the VIN/chassis number and perform a search to check the history of the vehicle before you carry on with the purchase. The car history will tell you about hidden problem of the vehicle – the previous mechanical issues, salvage history, if the vehicle is stolen, if the odometer was tempered with and so on. By performing this check, you will know that the vehicle meets your requests.

Whenever possible, bring your own mechanic with you to check the car. If not, inspect it yourself. For that reason it is better to pick out a car you’re already familiar with, of the same type or the same manufacturer as your previous vehicle.

One more thing – there’s no need to look for a car more than few hours’ drive away.

There are enough nice used cars in your own city, don’t go across the country to negotiate your purchase while all worn out. It will break the spirit of even the most enthusiastic car lovers.

Besides the private owners, some manufacturers, like Audi, BMW and Opel have their own web presentations where they sell used company cars. Also, there are specialized military used car presentations, where you can select and buy vehicles used by the army. Both of these two options are worth thinking about since you’ll get a car already tested and inspected by a mechanic at a price just slightly higher than the one you’d get from a dealer.

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