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Tips on buying used cars from Japan-HISTORY

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imageRecently many people have asked me about buying used cars online. When Ebay or Yahoo auctions are there why one should go for local dealers is a 64M$ question. Used car business has been here since the start of auto industry.  Japan started mass production of automotives for private as well as commercial use between 1940-1950, but the actual history is much older since 1911. Used Japanese cars became popular in late 1970’s when Toyota and Nissan emerged as global leaders in the car making industry. There have been constant demand since then, because compactness and fuel efficiency were the major factors for the popularity in Japanese cars. In early 70’s Japanese cars appeared on the roads outside of Japan. Did you not see a toy-looking small bluebird parked beside your family’s Chevy or Buick, what a funny sight was that.  But now these Japanese manufacturers putting greatest efforts in becoming the legend and preferring customers’ needs on top of everything. This is purely Japanese tradition and proved great results in open market. Now Honda, Subaru, Suzuki, Hino, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Daihatsu are biggest names in automobile manufacturers of the world. Infact these names are the soul names for best value your money can guarantee. Japan is now leader in the technology of internal combustion engines, and growing more faster to Hybrid vehicles. These hybrid vehicles are now very popular and are even used as taxies. A Hybrid vehicle has both powers, an internal combustion engine + batteries which are supposedly used in idling and when the car does not require mush power. Not contented with hybrids, Japanese makers have rapidly shifted their attention towards more eco friendly cars with 0% CO2 emission. Nissan will launch their first Electric vehicle from 2010 autumn, with 50,000 units from USA & Japan. Mazda is also busy in making hydro powered engines, which will run on water. Did you ever imagine that maybe after 10years internal combustion engine cars may disappear from our roads and who knows that after 20years one will see them in classic car showrooms or museums? Well nothing is for sure these days, it’s a wild race getting wilder with the passage of time. Used Japanese cars are available in every corner of the world but majority of the customers are always interested in JDM (Japan Domestic Models). For some poor countries this huge influx of cheap Japanese used cars have ruined their infra-structure, and to great astonishment some countries even Russia have imposed severe bans on imports of used cars from Japan. The growing demand for Japan Domestic Model Used Cars is ever increasing, and truly speaking it has uplifted and upgraded the status of many from around the world.

Used Cars – Things To Consider

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imageMore and more people are buying used cars in particular Japanese cars this is due to the fact that they are usually maintained in mint condition along with Japan being one of the leaders in car manufacturing.

Monthly Automotive Maintenance Part 7

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imageMaintaining the health and well-being of your vehicle between regular recommended tune-ups is up to you. The manufacturers and the designers of your car, created the best possible automobile for your needs, with the belief that you depend on your vehicle, which you do. In return for providing you with safe, reliable, and comfortable transportation, your car only asks in return to be taken care of and treated with respect. This means that you need to keep an eye and an ear open for any problems or concerns that arise with any and all of the gadgets, thingies, and doo-dads that make your car go.

The list below will give you an idea of what to be aware of and to watch out for that may indicate a potential repair issue. In addition to the other topics we have already discussed in the previous articles. Important items to check every month 1.    Inspect the battery, for any corrosion or leakage. If there is any, then replace the battery immediately. 2.    Open the hood and have a listen for any noises that just don’t sound quite right. After you have owned your car for a little while, you will become familiar with the normal sounds that your engine makes when the car is running as it should. If you do hear any unusual sounds, and cannot determine what is causing the noise, take the car in to be serviced. 3.    While the engine is running, check to be sure that each of the lights is working properly. Head lights, taillights, turn signals, back-up lights, and the dashboard (instrument panel) lights. If one or more is not working, check the wiring, and the bulbs, to determine if any need to be replaced. 4.    Turn on the windshield wipers, if they are not in good contact with the windshield; push them down just a touch. If the blades are damaged, replace them. 5.    Check the pressure level on all four tires, and the spare. If any are low, take them to a gas station, and fill them up. 6.    Also inspect the tread on the tires, if the wear seems uneven, you should consider having the tires rotated. 7.    Take a look under the car, if you see any spots on the ground, find out what is leaking. If you cannot repair the leak yourself, take the car in for an early check up.

Items you may want to have on hand It is a good idea to keep in your garage, a few of the more important necessities for minor repair issues. Just in case you need them immediately. There isn’t always a service station or a hardware store open when you need one.

•    Motor oil •    Brake fluid •    Transmission fluid •    Tire gauge •    Spark plugs •    Coolant and purified water •    Hoses, vacuum and basic •    Belts, for the important parts such as the clutch •    Filters, air, and oil •    Fuses, in a variety of sizes and for various needs •    Windshield washer fluid •    Bulbs for the lights


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