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Your Quick And Easy Guide To Car Maintenance
Cars are like electric lights. We often don’t appreciate them until they go on the blink.
Regular maintenance checks and simple service can greatly reduce the cost of car
ownership and keep you a much happier traveler!

The author of this guest article has
 included some terrific, easy-to-
     follow tips... for all of us!

Don’t let the thought of car maintenance intimidate you. There are actually several
car maintenance tips you can do – even if you’re totally mechanically-challenged!

For instance, you’ll want to keep your windshield washer fluid reservoir full. This
involves screwing off the cap and pouring windshield wiper fluid in the right spot. You
can quickly check the fluid levels when filling up at the gas station. ...

While you’ve got the windshield washer fluid out, pour some on a rag and clean the
bug guts, etc. off the wiper blades.

If you see any colored fluid leaking from your car, get it serviced immediately.

If you smell any peculiar odor coming from your car, take it to the nearest service
station. Odors mean something inappropriate is going on under the hood of your car!

Every fall, go ahead and replace your wiper blades. You need new ones once a year
– might as well get them before winter sets in and you’re wiping away that ice and

Be sure all your lights are clean and working, including brake lights, turn signals and
emergency flashers. You can perform this quick check while filling up your gas tank.

Check your tires once a month – give a look over for cuts, bulges, or nails or other
foreign objects sticking out.

Take your car to your friendly serviceman once a month and have the pressure in
your tires checked. This service should cost you less than five bucks, if anything.

Every three months have your oil and oil filter changed. Many times an inspection is
done during the oil change. It’s worth it to pay a little extra if you have to and have
this done. Ask to have your battery checked, too.
Have your air filter changed when it gets dirty. You can ask the folks who change
your oil to check the air filter. They’re happy to change it for you.

No matter how non-car savvy you may have felt in the past, finding that you can do
some simple maintenance checks puts you in the driver’s seat. You’re likely to
discover in advance if your car has a problem that should be taken care of

About the Author

Jeff Slokum writes extensively on automotive subjects, and is considered an expert
author by several article directories.

Written by: Jeff Slokum
Why Does A Car Engine Overheat?
There are many different reasons that can cause an engine overheat, but they all
have in common three aspects. The three aspects which all engine overheat factors
have in common are that they cause that the heating system can not get rid of heat,
they cause a loss of coolant or they directly cause too much heat in the engine.

  The author of this guest article
obviously knows what he's talking
about... some really good tips here!

One first problem which might be the cause of an engine overheat is a problem with
the radiator cap and the pressure it holds. If the radiator cap does not hold pressure
correctly then coolant could boil and therefore the engine would overheat. Another
reason might be caused by thermostat failures; it is recommendable that you check
it. ... <!--more-->

The car engine might also overheat due to coolant leaks such as those from the
radiator, the hoses, the water pump, the freeze plugs or any others. Also, problems in
the water pump could be the cause and therefore you should check it and replace it
in case it is needed.

Some other reasons by which the car engine could overheat are problems in the
exhaust system which you can discover by checking vacuum readings, pipes and
converter. Besides, you should also make sure that the radiator hose has not
collapsed and the ignition timing is working properly.

You should also check the electric cooling fan by making sure that the fan motor, the
relay and temperature are correct or otherwise it could cause the engine to overheat.
Besides this, you should also check the radiator in case there are any debris in it as
well as you should check its hose in case it has collapsed.

It is also recommendable that you check the antifreeze concentration which should
be 50/50 in order to be correct, otherwise it could cause the car engine to overheat. If
you do not find why your engine does overheat, you should ask a mechanic or an
expert for advice. You should not try to fix this if you do not have the proper tools and
general car knowledge necessary for it.

About the Author
Jakob Jelling is the founder of Please visit his website to
learn about auto maintenance, auto insurance, auto safety and much more!

Written by: Jakob Jelling
Finding The Right Shop To Work On Your Car
Don't mess around when choosing a mechanic to work on your car. Keep an ear
open for recommendations and warnings when your friends and family have car
troubles. If you know beforehand of a body shop you feel comfortable with, you won’t
need to make a rushed or incomplete decision when you need one.

  The author of this guest article
 knows what he's talking about...
         see for yourself.

Ask friends and associates for their recommendations. I stay in touch with
homeschooling families. They’re often part of a larger group that can share
recommendations for mechanics they’ve felt were honest and reputable. ...

Check with your local Better Business Bureau regarding the reputation of a particular
body shop. Ask about the number of complaints, if there were any, and how the
complaints were resolved. Don’t be too anxious if there were some complaints. No
one pleases everybody, and there are some people you can’t satisfy no matter what.
But if you see a pattern of the same kinds of problems, beware.

Next, pay a visit to the shop and ask if they handle your vehicle make and model.
Check to see how long they’ve been in business. What kind of feel do you get about
the place? Are you treated with courtesy? Does the staff behave professionally?

You don’t need to “white glove test” the place, but it should be neat, and organized.
Also, times are a’changin’, and modern equipment is an absolute must.

Sometimes, vehicle manufacturers recommend specific repair procedures and tools
for the repair of their vehicles. Ask if the shop is trained in these procedures and has
the necessary equipment.

Are there any civic and community service awards hanging on the walls? It’s a nice
touch. Do you see diplomas or certificates of competence? You want a technically
competent staff.

Look around the place. What kinds of vehicles seem to be in the repair stage? Does
everything look like it’s being handled professionally? Don’t be shy about talking to
folks in the waiting room to see they’ve tried the shop before and how pleased they
are with the service they’ve received in the past.
My number one suggestion is to ask around and see where others have had
satisfactory car repair work done. Even if you’re feeling stressed and in a hurry, ask
at least 15 people. That way, you’re likely to get the same place mentioned more
than once. A little time spent on the basics can save you a load of trouble in the long
run. And once you find mechanic you trust, your car’s future looks a lot brighter.

About the Author

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Written by: John Sanderson
eBay Motors: Buy or Sell a Car on eBay
Are you having trouble finding a great deal on a car in your local area? Well, join the
club. Using Online Bidding at eBay Motors can be the perfect answer you’ve been
looking for. More and more people are discovering every day how perfectly easy it is
to purchase large items over the internet, including cars and other motor vehicles.
Skip the runaround you’re going to get at the local car dealer, and start saving money
now when you buy and sell eBay.

 The author of this guest article
  writes for the Online Auction
 Advisor website... so he knows!

A car auction on eBay Motors works just like any other eBay auction. You search for
what you’re looking for using eBay’s great search engine, then peruse the list of
online auctions that look as though they may be offering what you’re looking for.
Once you see something that strikes your fancy, you can give it a closer look by
examining the listing for the vehicle that you’re interested in. ...

If the seller has prepared properly, you’ll see in-depth descriptions and well taken
photographs that show the item from every angle. You then have a chance to start to
bid on whatever items you are interested in bidding on.

Sell Your Vehicle with an eBay Auto Auction

Do you have a car or truck that you want to sell? You might want to take a look at
selling it on eBay Motors. You can reach many, many more people, than you can
using traditional car sales methods, such as newspaper listings and large used car
dealerships. Some people even make their livings entirely off of selling cars on-line.

eBay Motors is the largest seller of used cars in the United States. You can reach
people across town or across the country, which would be next to impossible using
traditional methods of selling a car. Would you rather park it in front of your house for
the people driving by to see, or park it on eBay where millions of people “drive by”
every day?

About the Author

John Lenaghan writes about eBay and other online auctions for the Online Auction
Advisor website, where he writes about things such as dropshippers, how to make
money on eBay and many other auction-related topics.
Written by: John Lenaghan
Car Diagnosis Made Simple
With a little research on your vehicle, you can avoid future repair problems. Whether
you are mechanically savvy or not, you can detect many common vehicle problems
simply by using your senses of smell and sight.


  The author of this guest article
obviously knows what he's talking
 about... and, he loves Corvettes!

Are there any stains or drops of fluid under your vehicle? There may be no problem
whatsoever, however you do want to check for wet spots, as this could be a symptom
of a serious problem. ...

What color is the liquid under the car? Yellowish green, blue or orange colors can
show an overheated engine or an antifreeze leak. You could have a leaky radiator or
a water pump in need of repair. If this is the problem, you need to get to a repair shop

A dark brown or black oily fluid can show that the engine is leaking oil. A bad seal or
gasket could be the cause of the leak. The repair for this problem can be exorbitant,
so you will want to seek out a reputable mechanic right away.

A red oily looking spot shows a transmission or power steering fluid leak. Another
reason to see your car doctor!

Sometimes the liquid is clear, and this is usually normal condensation from your
vehicle's air conditioner. There is no need for concern.

If you see light smoke coming from a wheel - it could be a stuck brake. Call a tow

Smoke coming from any part of the vehicle shows a need for repair.


Sniff around, and you may detect your vehicles problem.

The smell of burned toast can signal an electrical short and burning insulation. Have
a mechanic come to look at your car. Do not risk driving it anywhere.

A rotten egg smell usually shows a problem in the catalytic converter. You will need
to take the vehicle in for repair as soon as possible.

A thick sharp odor usually shows burning oil. Look under the car to see if there is a
leak. There could be a bluish smoke coming from your vehicle, too. This problem
needs to be addressed immediately!

The smell of gas after a failed start may mean the engine is flooded. Just wait a
couple of minutes and try again. If you keep noticing the gas odor, this could be a
sign of a leak in the fuel system - a potentially dangerous problem that needs
immediate attention.

Do you notice a sweet odor? This may show a coolant leak. Watch your temperature
gauge, warning light and drive to a repair shop. Now, if you see steam emerging from
under the hood, stop and pull over. You definitely do not want to keep driving an
overheated vehicle. Your engine will most likely be seriously damaged. Call a tow

The basic rule of smell is that if you do notice an unusual odor - get to a mechanic or
get one to come to you.

Follow these simple guidelines, keep your eyes and nose open, and you could end
saving hundreds of dollars in repair!

About the Author

Tom McKnight is a freelance author and Corvette enthusiast who writes articles for

Written by: Tom McKnight
Can You Write-off Your Car As a Tax Deduction? Maybe...
You've heard it a hundred times: That shiny new car your buddy just bought? It
doesn't really cost him anything. He writes off the car as a tax deduction.

 The author of this guest article is
an adjunct tax professor for Golden
   Gate University's graduate tax
    school... he knows his stuff!

Your first thought is usually, "That can't be right." Your second thought is, 'I got to
figure out how to enjoy that loophole."

But what does the law say? And what are the rules for writing off vehicles? It turns
out that you can write off the cost of buying and using a car if you're self-employed
and use your vehicle in your business. Specifically, you can probably deduct the
business portion of your vehicle expenses on your business tax return. ...

But this deduction is trickier than most people realize. Here's the first big thing that
goofs many people up. You need substantiation to prove your business use. Ideally,
in fact, the Internal Revenue Service wants you to keep a log of your business miles,
your commuting miles, and your personal miles.

With this information, you can then either deduct an amount equal to the business
miles times a standard per-mile rate of roughly $.35 or $.40 a mile (depending on the
year)... or you can deduct the percentage of your vehicle expenses equal to the
percentage that your business miles represent.

Note that only your business miles--and not your commuting miles or personal miles
are deductible.

For example, if your business use equals 5,000 miles, personal use equals 3000,
and commuting equals 2000 miles, your total miles for the year equal 10,000.
Business miles as a percentage of total miles equal 50% because 5,000 divided by
10,000 equals .5 or 50%.

In this example, you could therefore deduct 50% of your fuel, 50% of your insurance,
50% of your maintenance and repairs, 50% of the car loan interest, 50% of the
depreciation, and so on, as a business deduction. This means you can't ever deduct
all the costs of owning and running vehicle--only the business use of a vehicle.
If you don't have exact records about your business use, you can sometimes use
good sampling. For example, if you keep a good appointment calendar of your
business activities, one popular tax reference suggests that you can look at the total
business, personal and commuting miles driven during one week each month. Then,
you can average this data to get good weekly estimates of your business, personal,
and commuting miles. Finally, you can multiple these weekly estimates by 52 (the
number of weeks in a year) to get reasonable estimates of your business, personal
and commuting miles.

But before you go out and buy a new luxury auto, you need to know there's another
complication. Congress limits in most cases the amount of depreciation or lease
rental that you can include in your vehicle expense calculations. The rules are a bit
tricky, but essentially, for purposes of vehicle depreciation and lease payments, you
only get to look at the first $17,000 (roughly) of vehicle cost. In other words, if you
buy a $60,000 vehicle and your friend buys a $15,000 vehicle, you may both have
the same business depreciation expense--even though your vehicle costs four times
what your friend's does.

One other related point: You may have heard about the sport utility vehicle loophole.
This SUV loophole really does exist. Specifically, the luxury auto limits mentioned
above don't apply to sport utility vehicles that weigh more than 6,000 lbs. Note that
Congress partially closed that loophole in 2004, however, by saying that a special,
super-accelerated form of depreciation called Sec. 179 depreciation can't be used to
write off all of the cost of an expensive SUV in the year the vehicle is purchased.

About the author:

Redmond WA CPA & author Stephen L. Nelson is an adjunct tax professor for
Golden Gate University's graduate tax school.

Written by: Stephen L. Nelson, CPA
Buying Versus Leasing A Car
If you are considering whether to buy or perhaps lease your next car and which
would afford you the best deal, most consumer experts agree that from a purely
financial aspect you will be better off in buying your next car.

The author of this guest article has
  many years of experince in the
      automotive industry!

Of course paying cash in full is the best possible scenario since with this option you
would avoid any type of finance charge. But for the vast majority of us and for the
scope of this article we'll take a look [at] those purchases or leases that involve
financing. ...

In the short term leasing may look attractive to you because monthly lease payments
will more than likely be less than the monthly payments of a purchase agreement.
Why? Because with a lease you are essentially only paying for the part of the car you
are going to use. It's kind of like splitting the cost of a pizza with someone. You are
only paying for the pieces that you are going to eat. In car terminology the part that is
left over in a lease is called the residual value of the car. The higher the residual
value of the car the less of the car you will use during the lease so you[r] payments
for the part that you do use (the lease) will be lower.

Typically lease durations are 24, 36, or 48 months. Do not sign up for a lease beyond
48 months. Actually anything beyond 36 months is pushing the value of the lease.
Don't let the car salesman get you into a longer lease just because they make your
monthly payments look more attractive. Remember time costs you money and the
car's residual value will plummet and you loose all the advantages of leasing and still
be left with nothing in the end.

For some drivers the car buying decision isn't based purely on bottom line numbers.
And this is fine. It's strictly personal. Leasing does afford you the ability to always be
driving a new car. A car that is within a few years of the latest body style and
technology. A car that is always under the factory warranty. For the person that has
accepted the fact that they enjoy being in a newer car and that car payments [are]
just another monthly expense, then why not get the most car for the money? Then
leasing could be a good alternative.

If this is your personal preference the other two questions you must answer are how
many miles a year do I drive and how hard on cars am I? The mileage question can
really come back to haunt you if you are not careful. People who are in new cars and
thus enjoy driving them and showing them off more will have a tendency to drive
them more. Be very careful with you[r] mileage. Going over your allotted mileage on
your lease could end up costing anywhere from 15 to 30 cents per mile beyond the
lease mileage allowance and this can get painful in a hurry. In most leases you can
purchase additional mileage up front at the time of the lease but keep in mind if at the
end of your lease you haven't used all of your miles, you don't get that money
refunded back to you.

I mentioned a bit earlier you need to consider how well you treat your cars. Only you
will know this and you need to be honest with this one. Don't think that you can turn
your lease car in at the end of the lease with the car in sub par condition. If you do,
you may be assessed reconditioning fees that could become rather hefty.

In summary, from a purely financial perspective buying your next new car is the best
over the long haul. But, with car ownership, so much personal preference, and
personal priorities come into play. If you think leases look attractive, be absolutely
certain about your mileage you will drive. Take good care of the car. And finally
check with your insurance agent first to make sure that you don't give back the
money you save in monthly payments to your insurance company.

About the author:

Jeff Neilan worked for many years in the automotive industry as a salesman, finance
manager, new and used car manager, and general sales manager. With Jeff's
working knowledge of car dealerships, car sales, and financing you'll find his articles
on getting your best car deal insightful and rewarding when purchasing your next car.
Please visit for more of Jeff's articles.

Written by: Jeff Neilan
A Simple Car Cleaning Guide
"It looks like new! I can't believe that car's seven years old!" Would you like to hear
that from your friends? I'm sure all of us do, but keeping our car looking like the latest
models is tough, even with today's longer-lasting finishes.

  The author of this guest article
 knows a lot about taking care of
    cars, and saving on gas.

However, if we adopt simple techniques such as cleaning out cars regularly and
attending minor repairs immediately, the results can be remarkable.

Some car owners think rainwater is the only enemy to their car, but bird droppings,
highway bugs, atmospheric pollution and road salt can also ruin the beauty of your
car. ...

Many owners think fighting these ever-diligent adversaries is a daunting task, so they
don't usually bother, but truthfully, it's easier than they think.

Step 1: Washing
First, spray water gently to thoroughly wet the surface of the vehicle. This light rinse
helps to loosen the dirt on the vehicle. Then divide your car into five sections: the top,
the hood, the trunk, the right side and the left side. Start from the top, move on to the
hood and the trunk, and then concentrate on the right side and the left side. Washing
should always be done very gentle such that the dirt will not scratch the body of your
car. Re-wet and then rinse each section, finishing in the same order- top, hood, trunk
and sides.

Step 2: Polishing
Polishing should only be done a small section at a time. Add an even coating of
polish onto a towel, and then apply to the vehicle surface gently in small, even and
circular motions. Start at the top and working your way down to the trunk and hood,
finally ending with the sides. The polish should be allowed to sit on the paint surfaces
for at least five to ten minutes. After this time, remove the residue with a different
cotton towel by pressing firmly on the surfaces. The same procedure may be applied
to all other four sections.

Step 3: Waxing
Use a soft and clean terry cloth towel to apply wax to a small section of the car. The
application of wax to the car can be done similar to how polishing has been carried
out. The only difference is you should wait until the wax has dried to a slight haze. If
you're really striving, repeat the whole process again, adding a second coat of wax to
the vehicle.

And there you have it! You've removed the dirt and grime; polished away the small
spots and scratches; and added another layer of protection to your vehicle's finish.
By now your car should glitter like it did the first day you got it.

Don't forget the last step - show off your car!

About the Author

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Affordable Online Car Auctions
Still hunting for the car of your dreams? Public car auctions online are becoming a
happy hunting ground for car aficionados for they bring you a huge selection of
affordable cars in various models at unbelievable prices.

 The author of this guest article
 appears to know a lot about car

With online car auctions you can buy a new car at prices, which are quite less than
the manufacturer’s price in the retail showroom. You can buy a car at price that you
can afford. Automobile auctions have car prices which are among the most
affordable and there are all kinds of options available to suit every kind of budget.

For instance, you can find all kinds of auto auctions online - from recreational vehicle
auctions to buying used cars on line. Buying used cars online is a win-win situation
for you for you can find cars that are practically new in their look and feel but have
prices far less than the new ones. Some of the vehicles listed in internet vehicle
auctions are still under factory warranty.

Internet auto auctions is open to the people residing anywhere. Online auto bidding
auctions include quality vehicles, used luxury and economy cars and even online
auctions for car parts and accessories

If you are on the hunt to buy your dream car, visit * for some
truly affordable online car auctions. Registration is FREE with this auction site. You
can choose to place a bid and if successful you will receive a confirmation message.
If your bid fails to outbid the current high bidder you will be offered the option to place
a higher bid.

About the Author

Written by: Kathy Jones

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A Rookie's Guide To Car Rentals
Renting a car can be a lot of fun, just plain fun. Car rentals offer the renter the
opportunity to drive a car, truck or SUV that they normally would not or could not buy.
Renting a car is for a weekend get away, to impress someone or just to have
something different to drive for a couple of days are some of the most popular
reasons to visit a rental company. However, as fun as it is to rent cars, there are
some not so fun things that must happen before you drive it off the lot.

 The author of this guest article
writes about rental cars online and

1- Keep in mind that most rental companies will not rent to any driver under the age
of 25. If you fall under that magic number, you more than likely will need to get an
older relative or friend to sign the actual contract for you. ...

2- You will of course, need a valid drivers license to rent the car. If you do not have a
license, they will not rent to you under any circumstances. Most companies will also
require you to reserve your car with the use of a major credit card, however, you can
pay in cash if you would prefer.

3- You do not need to have personal auto insurance to rent a car; they will ask you if
you would like to purchase their insurance for the duration of the rental contract. If,
however, you have your own insurance policy, be sure to call your agent to see if you
are covered during your use of a rental car. If your personal auto policy covers you,
there is no need to purchase a policy from the rental company.

4- It is wise to call several car rental companies to inquire about prices, car
availability and specials. Ask about options such as upgrades, pick up and drop off
services, unlimited mileage and weekend versus weekly rental prices. Many
companies will also offer special deals to customers who are members of other
organizations (i.e. credit unions, warehouse clubs, etc).

5- After you have called around, found the best deal and reserved your choice car; it
is time to pick it up. Be sure to have all of your personal paperwork with you,
including your auto policy if you will not be buying theirs. Before you sign the
contract, read through it and ask any questions you may have.

About the author:
John Mancini writes about rental cars online and offline. You can read more about
enterprise car rental and rental cars on his websites.

Written by: John Mancini
A Muscle Car Revolution
The Ford Mustang was built to do battle against the Chevrolet Corvette and the
Corvair Monza Spider, the Mustang came out in 1964, at first with a straight six, but
by 1965 Ford decided that the car actually needed some kind of power.

The author of this guest article is a
 self-proclaimed muscle car guy...
       and mighty proud of it!

A straight six could never make the kind power Ford needed, so in 1965 the 225 HP
289 CID V8 was introduced to the Mustang, and this was a brilliant idea for Ford that
skyrocketed the Mustang's sales, it was the introduction of the pony car. Basically the
idea was to use a smaller mid sized car with a larger engine, thereby producing a
much better power to weight ratio, and making the car more exciting to drive. ...

This would make the car a lot more interesting to the babe boomers, the younger
people from the 1960's time era, these were the kids that were in their late teens and
early 20's, this would be so appealing to the younger people of that time era, that it
would set sales records that it would hold for years to come.

It would sell 500,000 units it's very first year, and this was an unbelievable feat for
any car during those times, and had never been done before, and this had thought
Ford a lesson, they learned that they could produce cars at this rate.

Ford would keep generating interest in the Mustang by adding grundles of new
higher performance models, they created a large stable of these pony cars, during
1965 Ford would release the Mustang GT, yet more power, to make the motorheads
go nuts.

The Mustang had already become a desirable commodity. It's standard equipment
included, bucket seats. It had the immediately popular long hood , short deck look. At
first it came as a sports coupe (two door hardtop), and a sporty looking convert able.

In the fall of 1964 the model the 2+2 was added to the lineup. From the outset, the
option list was important in the making of the Mustang. Buyers could add appearance
and convenience extras, plus some bolt on high performance hardware. However
being based on a compact low priced Falcon, there was some room for improvement
in the go fast department.

Combining available mechanical features with new visual pieces made the GT
package a fairly thorough upgrade. First the buyer had to order an optional V-8
engine, which at the time included the 225 HP Challenger Special 289 at $157, or the
high performance 271 HP 289 CID engine for $430.

The Mustang never did come up against the likes of an L88 Corvette or a ZL1
Camaro or Corvette, it would lose horribly, as the ZL1 Camaro was running in the
10's for the 1/4 mile with a 0-60 of 3.8 seconds, and the ZL1 Vette was even faster,
and the L88 wasn't far behind these cars at all.

Now I know what you Mustang and Ford nuts are going to say, what about the
GT350, what about the GT500, what about the Boss 429 mustang, and most of all
what about the Cobra, well even the almighty Cobra never beat the ZL1 Corvette
down, this is always what you Ford nuts fall back on.

The 289 and 302 Mustangs never beat down the 302 DZ Camaro's, and moreover I
have driven them all, except the Cobra and I know the truth,

It;s true I am a Chevy lover, but I have owned or at least driven most of the Ford and
Chevy model that were ever really considered to be the mean one's and I speak for
knowledge, and not just as a Chevy or Ford lover.

And never did the Mustang or the Cobra even come close to doing battle with the
L88 Corvette or the ZL1 Corvette, and still to this day hasn't done it.

In 1966 Chevrolet would begin to make plans to release it's secret weapon against
the Mustang, this secret weapon would be called the Camaro, this car without a
doubt would live up to Chevrolet's expectations of what it could do.

Just like the Mustang, the Camaro came from the factory with a modest straight six
engine, and was not capable of any really impressive performance, but Chevy would
not wait to add the performance to it's secret weapon, up on it's release in 1967, the
Camaro would be a heavily optioned cars.

Camaro owners didn't have to wait for the next generation of cars to get what they
wanted, the Chevrolet would offer the Camaro in a lot of different versions it's very
first year, you could get a Z/28 Camaro which would come from the factory with a 290
HP 302 CID engine, a Muncy M-21 or M-22 Rock crusher transmission, bucket seats,
front disc brakes, a heavy duty 12 bolt posi traction rear end, a center consol with a
fuel gage, water temp gage, amp gage and oil pressure gage.

You could also order the SS option which came with two different engines, you could
order the big block version with the 396 CID 375 HP engine, or you could order the
L34 had 325 HP & the L78 had 375 HP. The SS was also available with the L48 V8
350 CID 295 HP package.

You also had the choice of rear end gearing ratios of 2.73:1, 3.07:1, 3.31:1, 3.55:1,
3.73:1, 4.10:1, 4.56:1 and 4.88:1. You could also get and RS version of the Camaro,
or and RS/SS version, Chevrolet did go to extents to give the gearhead what they
wanted, the RS version only came with a small block 350 CID, and an option for the
327 CID small block.

As you can imagine the RS/SS came with a 350 CID, 327 CID and a big block 396
CID, and had all the RS & SS suspension and steering upgrades.

Even that first year the Camaro was optioned heavily enough to make you lose your
mind, and you wallet right behind that, but it was giving the gearhead's what they
wanted, a lot of ways to set their cars up, with out buying it and tearing it down to
build up the engine and suspension.

The Z/28 was first designed to go scca racing, and in it's first year in dominated the
scca racing circuit, it was a tremendous success for Chevrolet and their de singers
and high performance teams. By playing with high performance parts like a giant four
barrel carburetor, an aluminum intake manifold and L79 Corvette heads, they got this
motor to crank out about 350 HP @ 6200 RPM.. However to play it safe the
advertised HP was 290@5800 R. P.M. The basic Z/28 package listed for $358.

Camaro lovers had a lot to look forward to for the next couple of years, that first
generation of Camaro's was awesome, and that showed in how popular the Camaro
got over the years. In 1968 the 4 bolt main block got introduced to the Z/28 it had the
rpo code of MO, so you'd know if the rpo number had an MO in it then you more then
likely had a 4 bolt main 302 CID 290 HP engine.

In 1968 there were 602 Z/28's built, and although it was a small number, it impressed
the muscle car community, the Z/28 would leave a mark on motoring history forever,
the Z/28 was crated primarily as a road race car, and it did very well in what it was
intended for.

In 1969 the Z/28 would have a standard four bolt main 302 CID engine in it, and have
the option of adding a 350 CID and 4 wheel disc brakes.

Now during those first three years, Don Yenko from Yenko Chevrolet, would have the
idea to modify a standard Camaro, and add a 450 HP 427 CID engine, this car would
be called the sYc or "super Yenko camaro" this car would hit the streets doing
11.30's in the 1/4 mile, and that is mean, to get the car you's order a copo "central
office production order" copo 9561.

Now you could also take a step up to the Zl1 Camaro, in which case you'd order the
copo 9560, with this option the big difference is the all aluminum 427 CID 450 HP
engine, this made the big block weigh about the same as a small block, and of
course you see the advantage there "right".

Both the Yenko and the ZL1 Camaro had a very modest Hp rating, when dynoed
they were actually around 650 to 680 HP, these were not your basic Camaro's, these
bad boys were only for a real man, a man that could handle having his neck
snapped, and his back cracked.
About the author:

I'm a 41 year old man, who eats sleeps and breathes muscle cars, and the
restoration of them, I own a restoration shop here in Salt Lake, and I build computers
and web sites.

Written by: David C. Atkin
Money Saving Secrets For Buying Used Cars
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Whenever my husband and I buy a used
car, we always save money... thanks to
these simple secrets:

Research The Car's Make And Model
Safety Record:

Visit the reference librarian at your local
public library, and ask for the latest
publication of Consumer Reports on car safety. Or, go to the Consumer Reports
website, click on the 'cars' tab and then on the 'car safety'' tab. ...

A smart buyer always has leverage, and researching Consumer Reports will give you

Check Out The Car's Mechanics:

Get your friends to refer a good repair shop. Talk with the shop owner (in person if
possible), and ask if you can an appointment to bring a used car in for a quick look-

Let them know you may want to buy it if it's in decent condition. Surprisingly, most of
them are willing to fit you in - it's just good public relations. They will help you decide
what the inspection should include... just make sure to ask the cost and how long it
will take.

Get permissiion from the seller to take the car to the auto repair shop for an
inspection (this will be your cost). If they refuse, walk away from the sale!

Personally, no seller has ever refused us.

When you bring the car to the repair shop, ask the staff or mechanics what makes
and models they have to fix most often. If the car you want to buy is one of them, you
may want to reconsider.

When the inspection is completed, get the results in writing from the shop, including
the car's make, model, and VIN, as well as an estimate of what any repairs will cost.

This step should reassure you of the car's mechanical reliability. Also, if the car
needs repairs but you decide to make an offer on the car anyway, you now have
bargaining power! You can negotiate the purchase price down by the amount of the
written, signed repair estimate.
Follow Our Favorite Used Car Checklist:

We learned the hard way, to always check the car's heater and defroster if you're
buying in the summer months... and alternatively, the air conditioner if buying during
the winter months.

Always test drive the car! See how it operates in stop-and-go traffic, out on the
highway, and even on hills. Is it comfortable? Does it have good visibility in all
directions? Does the car fit your size... especially important if you are tiny, tall, or
'extra large'?

You can search online with "used car inspection checklist" for printable lists to take
with you. This greatly increases your credibility as a smart buyer.

Review Warranties and Previous Inspections and Maintenance Records:

Ask the buyer if the used car is still under the manufacturer's warranty, or any other
purchased service contract. Be very careful here... read the 'fine print' to verify if they
will transfer to you after the purchase.

Before a vehicle sale is completed in some states, the seller must pass a vehicle
inspection. Take the time to see if this applies to your purchase. Call the state
Attorney General's office, or a community consumer protection agency, and ask
them. This simple 5-10 minute call could save you a lot of money.

If the seller doesn't have any maintenance records, call the dealership or repair shop
where the work was done. Reputable businesses will often accommodate you... they
want your business. You could even talk with the previous owners, if available.

Of the many used car purchases we've made over the years, these 'secrets' actually
saved us from purchasing a real dud from a dealership and a water damaged car
from a private seller.

Time and effort well spent... every time!
Quick Tips On How To Sell Your Car

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My husband and I have sold at least a
dozen cars over the years. Here are
some of the more important tips we've
learned from experience:

Tip 1... Know The Right Time To Sell.
Selling during holidays can work in your
favor because buyers have time off and
are in the shopping mood. In fact, many
folks save specifically for holiday car
purchases. Selling right after a big holiday, like Christmas, is usually a bad idea
because people have already spent their money. ...

On the other hand, selling during busy times of the year or during the work week can
actually be beneficial. Negotiations can be easier for you when the buyer is pressed
for time.

Tip 2... Make Your Car Irresistable. Have it detailed by professionals - or at least by
your local car wash. Just like those HGTV shows advise, "Buyers do not want see
anything that's going to cost them money to fix. Make the whole process as painless
for them as possible."

Tip 3... Always Go With The Buyer On A Test Drive. This can't be emphasized
enough... never let buyers drive the car unless you go with them. It's also important
to verify that your insurance covers drivers not listed on your policy.

Tip 4... Be Ready For An Immediate Sale. Have all the title and licensing
documents ready. (Your local motor vehicle department can tell you what paperwork
is required when selling cars.) Gather up all the car keys, maintenance logs, and
owner manuals. If a buyer is the least bit undecided, not being prepared can trigger
the dreaded, "I'll think about it."

There you have it.

Frank and Susan Hopkins live in Carlsbad, NM, USA. Frank is an avid runner, hiker,
kayaker, bicyclist, and builder. Susan designs websites and blogs... see the About Us
page for more details.
                            Table of contents
Your Quick And Easy Guide To Car Maintenance
Why Does A Car Engine Overheat?
Finding The Right Shop To Work On Your Car
eBay Motors: Buy or Sell a Car on eBay
Car Diagnosis Made Simple
Can You Write-off Your Car As a Tax Deduction? Maybe...
Buying Versus Leasing A Car
A Simple Car Cleaning Guide
Affordable Online Car Auctions
A Rookie's Guide To Car Rentals
A Muscle Car Revolution
Money Saving Secrets For Buying Used Cars
Quick Tips On How To Sell Your Car
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