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Be prepared: what you must remember in case of a car accident

While most people will be lucky enough to make it through their entire motoring lives without being in a car accident, it is still important for drivers to be prepared should the worst happen and a crash occurs. If you’re in a crash and there is even a hint that you could be held responsible, the first thing to do is seek legal advice from a reputable firm such as . This will ensure you and your family are protected from any long-term financial burdens that could result from the accident.

After a traumatic event, many people start to babble and say anything that comes into their head. In the case of a car accident, the first thing many people do is apologise to the other motorist for the accident. This simple act of politeness could be construed by police or a court as an admission of guilt. By all means, check that everyone else in the accident is okay but avoid saying something that could later be considered as an acceptance of responsibility.

Be aware of your surroundings after the accident and, as much as possible, note down details such as the direction each car was travelling, who was driving what vehicle and any other detail you think might be relevant. Not only will this be useful in the event you are charged or if the case ends up in court, it will be vital in dealings with your insurance company when you make a claim. You should also take photos with your phone; otherwise keep a small camera in the glove box.

Many minor accidents can be dealt with by the parties without police or other legal involvement. You’ll just need to exchange details such as addresses, drivers’ licence numbers and insurance details. It is usually this last one that is hardest to remember in a difficult situation, such as a car accident. Keep the details on a card in your wallet or glove box. Keep several, and you’ll be able to hand one to the other driver to keep.

If you are involved in a very minor accident you probably won’t need the police, and in fact police are unlikely to want to attend. Nevertheless, consider reporting the accident to police regardless. This could help later when trying to make an insurance claim. Some policies require at least an attempt to involve police before payment can be made.

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Buyer Beware: 5 Things to Check Before Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car can be very exciting and a good way to save money. As exciting as it is to buy and drive a car that you really want, it can also be very expensive if you purchase a mechanically inferior car, spend more than you can afford or do not account for necessary expenses, such as insurance, registration, maintenance and other costs that come with running a car. Read on to discover the five things that should be foremost in your mind before buying your new car.

First, you need to work out how much you can spend. As well as the purchase price of the car, ongoing costs including registration, insurance and mechanical maintenance should be factored in. To purchase a vehicle, many buyers need finance in the form of a car loan and it’s important to shop around get the best rate and loan conditions possible. It can be worthwhile and very reassuring to seek professional advice regarding loan options; try consulting specialists in car loans and finance such as

If you want value for money and to purchase a car that not only looks great but is mechanically sound, research before buying is imperative. Commit to having a good look at the vehicles available and pay attention to the current market price of the car models in which you are most interested. Refer to credible price guides and refer to online and print advertisements to build your knowledge.

Unless you have the skills necessary to undertake a comprehensive inspection of a car you love, make arrangements to have it mechanically inspected by a professional or someone who is mechanically minded.

When buying a used car, you want to know about the vehicle’s history and why it is being offered for sale. For example, it’s sensible to ask: • How long the car has been owned by the current owner or how long it has been at the car yard • Why the car is being sold • Previous damage to the car • For specific information about the condition of the car and its service and maintenance history • Compliance for roadworthiness • Particular problems the car may have

When contemplating the purchase of a used car, it’s vital to ensure that it is not stolen, subject to a loan that has not been paid or that the car was previously written off.

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What Can You Really Fit in a Tool Box?

, chances are you’re going to end up with a lot more tools than you ever will cars. By now you’ve likely moved on from that little red box you started with to something with a lot more space. Not content with just sticking a few socket wrenches and a screwdriver in there, the folks over at decided to be a little more creative with the contents of their tool boxes and really test the limits of what they could get in there.

After finding they could fit just over seventy cans of Coca Cola in a regular fold-up, they moved on to stuffing 569 DVDs in an eight-drawer cabinet, and, of course, being Brits they just couldn’t help but finish off by seeing how many cans of baked beans they could cram in a monster, thirty-three drawer cabinet (it was 1,238, for the record).

Check out the full list to see all oddities they tried and give us your best estimates for any other items in the comments. Have any ideas about new tests they could try? them some suggestions or find them on .

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Fake vintage cars?

The car above is a real vintage car. I saw this at the 2011 Councours d"Elegance at Pebble Beach. But now that it's so easy to recreate parts, there are tons of fake vintage cars out there. Check out this from and do your research, and you'll be a lot more careful before opening your wallet on that gorgeous vintage auto someone is trying to peddle. Prices are skyrocketing, but that's just driving more fakes into the market. Buyer beware!

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