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The new Perodua Myvi sure looks tempting but believe it or not, some of us will still be visiting the used-car dealer nearby to own a good old second-hand car.

Moreover, recent flood incidents on certain parts of Malaysia will affect the industry. It simply means that flood-damaged cars will soon end up in used-car dealerships.

Afraid not, this is how to tell if the car you are interested in buying is damaged.

1. Is the car from another state?

Chances are flood-damaged cars will be transported away from flood zones to areas aren’t affected by the disaster. That’s pretty evil, right?

Months from now, when the weather is all calm and pleasant you’ll have forgotten all about the flood where the car has previously been registered.

2. Check the car’s history using VIN

You can do a complete background check on the car using its vehicle identification number (VIN). Not only you can find out if the car has been overhauled due to flood damage, but you will also know if the car has been in any major accident.

3. Hire a mechanic

If you are not confident with your own knowledge about cars, get a professional to help you out. While you might think that the car is good enough for you, a mechanic could easily spot something wrong with the car.

4. Use your nose

Seriously, your ever sensitive nostrils will instantly pick up any foul odour. Then ask yourself if the car passes your sniff test.

Smell of must, mould or mildew will be quite apparent if the car has been dipped in flood water. Also, if you notice a heavy deodorant, most likely it is too good to be true.

5. Check the carpets

Brand-new carpets do look great especially for a used car but in this case, it can mislead you to think that the car is in great condition when it is not underneath.

The same goes for the upholstery. Peel back some layer of the fabric under the carpet and in the boot to look for sign of moisture or rust.

Don’t forget to take a look at the spare tyre well.

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6. Check seat mounts and bolts

Seats are often removed in the course of drying out a car. So, when life gives you sun-dried seats, you check the seat mounts and bolts to see if they’ve been wrenched.

If you have a portable mirror with you, look out for rusty springs under the seat.

7. Check under the hood

Does the crankcase oil look like the colour of chocolate milk? That can be a sign of water intrusion. Any evidence of a water line on the firewall, the piece of panel separating the engine bay from the cabin.

8. Inspect headlights and taillights

Headlights and taillights are one of the most expensive car parts to replace. Make that to your advantage and check for evidence of a past water line inside. Another sign of water intrusion is that the lights will be foggy.

9. Check screw heads and unpainted metal

Run your finger over hard-to-reach places like gaps and crevices under the hood, under the dashboard or along the backside of a body panel. It is too much work to replace all of those screws when it’s hidden from sight. The goal is to find any dried up mud and signs of rust.

10. Take a test drive

Ultimately, like any other process of purchasing a car, you want to take it for a spin first. Check to see if all electronics work. Do the stereo speakers sound funny?
While second-hand cars are great but if you unlucky enough to own a defected car, the consequences can be really expensive. Know a friend who is planning on getting a used-car? Share this with them!

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A visit to the car workshop can often burn a hole in our pockets. We can at least save some money if we are well-informed about the general pricing of car maintenance. carput car battery delivery

Here’s an infographic to give a rough idea of how much it should cost you to service your car.
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Share this with your friends if you think they are likely to be the victim of a dishonest workshop! 
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Driving in Malaysia, there is no escape from heavy downpour throughout the year. Rain or shine, as a driver we travel a lot and it is important we are in control of the vehicle regardless of the weather conditions.

But is driving in the rain any different from driving in clear weather? A quick answer is yes.

Your car especially its tyres and brakes perform at lower efficiency when it’s damp. Here are the things you can do to ensure your safety as you brave the traffic in the rain.

Use both hands

Hold on to the steering wheel with both hands so that you won’t get caught by surprise. Switch on the headlights, not for yourself but for other drivers to see you easily from a distance.

Maintain a safe distance

Your tyres will behave differently on wet surfaces as it loses its grip slightly. Maintain a safe distance to allow your car enough time to come to a stop.

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Water puddle

Malaysian roads are not known to be of the best condition. When you come across water puddle ahead of you, try to avoid it safely if possible. However, if you are forced to drive over the puddle, steer straight while letting off the accelerator slowly.

Splash surprise

Be careful of water splash caused by the other cars speeding over puddles of water. You will totally lose visibility of the road for a few seconds but don’t panic. Steer straight and do not brake to a halt or else the car behind will just slam into your bumper.

Changing lanes

We all know that the traffic miraculously becomes 100 times slower when a drop of water touches the road. We also know that Malaysian drivers are an impatient bunch. Before you change lane, observe carefully as your side mirror may become blurry. Cars without its headlights switched on will only make it worse.

Fogging window

Foggy windows can be quite annoying especially during the rainy season. How does that happen? A simple explanation is that when the temperature and moisture level outside are greater than inside the car, moisture will condense on the outer glass surface.

Use your windshield wipers and turn up the temperature of your air cond. Another tip is to switch off the recirculation to equalise the temperature and moisture level inside and outside the car.
Are you a better driver in the rain or in clear weather? Tell us what steps do you take as precautions when it’s raining on the highway.

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We all know that maintaining a car is important to make sure that the machine is always in working condition. But with so many parts that make up a car, it can be difficult to keep track on the maintenance schedule for your car.

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The wear and tear on these different parts of the car vary one from another so here’s a guide to help you.


How Often To Check Your Car Parts
Once you’ve got the hang of estimating your car’s maintenance schedule, you will know when to replace or service parts of your car. On the other hand, you will no longer be an easy prey of dishonest workshops.

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Coolant is a mixture of a form of glycol and water. Glycol prevents the coolant from reaching the boiling point in extreme heat. More importantly, it keeps engine within operational temperatures under all climate extremes and driving conditions.

Warning

Never undo the coolant filler cap while the engine is hot as you could scald yourself. Place a rag over the cap and unscrew it slowly to allow pressure to escape. Wash off any splashes of coolant from the skin (poisonous) and from the car’s bodywork (can damage paint).

Check Coolant Level

Most cars have a coolant reservoir with minimum and maximum level marks. With the engine cold, the coolant level should be between the two marks. Normally, it’s best to check the coolant level during every service intervals. Besides, it’s a good habit to check the coolant levels before a long distance trip to avoid breaking down on the highway.

Top Up Coolant

If your coolant level is too low (below or near the lower mark), top it up using a 50/50 mixture of water and coolant (for normal driving conditions). In the case that your car overheats on the road, you can use clean tap water, but make up the coolant concentration afterwards.

Refit Cap and Check for Leaks

Refit the cap tightly afterwards and mop up any spills. Take a flashlight to the underside of your engine to and inspect the area for damp or dripping. The coolant will usually be green, pink or orange so it should stand out under the light. The leak will usually be found near the radiator, the front area of the engine, and the firewall area.

Renew Coolant

It’s best to renew your coolant every 2 to 5 years depending on the type of coolant you use.

Flush the System

Flush the system with clean water, or maybe a flushing compound. A clogged radiator can cause overheating. Try using a cooling system flushing compound to clear it.
If your coolant temperature is approaching dangerous levels, pull over carefully to avoid any further damage to your vehicle. Do not attempt to drive with an overheated engine to avoid a very expensive repair cost. It’s always a good idea to have a big bottle of clean water kept in your car for emergencies such as this.
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Did you know motor insurance in Malaysia is now detariffed or liberalised since 1st July 2017? What is detariffication and what does it mean for you as a consumer?

Motor insurance in Malaysia used to be tariffed where premiums are standardised across the industry. After detariffication, insurance providers will be able to practice risk-based pricing. Car insurance premiums will be packaged based on the risk profile of the customer.

Before Detariffication

Your car insurance premium is determined using only 2 factors: 1. The value of your vehicle (sum insured) 2. The size of the engine (cc) Everyone with the same sum insured and engine size will be paying the same amount of premium.

After Detariffication

Insurance companies will be able to determine your premium based on multiple factors, including both your vehicle and your driving profile.

1. Driving experience

Different age groups may be rated with different levels of risk. So, does a driver who is behind the wheel longer is always a better driver?

2. Gender

One gender may have different driving behavior or profile than the other. Really? Pretty sure that the mildest of road rage happens to anyone driving on Malaysian road.

3. Vehicle make

Vehicles with high risk of theft rate will be considered higher risk. But who would have guessed that the car you own is currently the hot stuff for car theft?

4. Occupation & Education

Better be nice to your lecturers because your CGPA will determine your motor insurance premium. A driver with higher education level may enjoy cheaper insurance premium.

5. Others

Different insurers may consider different factors such as claim history, where the car is usually parked, anti-theft installations and others. Like it or not, the amount of bird poop your car collects overnight under a tree will affect the insurance premium too.
Drivers with good claims history and lower risk profile may enjoy better premium rates. Have you been an exemplary driver on the road?
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Your car is a brilliant machine as long as it’s engine is properly tuned, thanks to the brilliance of engineering. Somehow, you can’t damage any part of the engine if it’s at operating temperature, your fuel injection is accurate, and your exhaust system is not stuffed with a banana, or pisang goreng cheese.

The question you should be asking yourselves is this: Why are you idling for a long period of time in the first place?

Charging your phone  

You can’t survive without your phone and you are no where near a power socket. So you keep your car running to get a some battery charged into your phone. It is not very wise to trade precious fuel for some battery life on your phone. The power bank is invented for this purpose but not your car.

Picking up someone who takes forever

Patience is a virtue, they said. But picture this, you are in your car with the engine running while your friend is trying to take the perfect selfie knowing that you are waiting. Turn off the engine when you know that you are going to wait for more than 5 minutes. Why? Because those hydrocarbons coming from your vehicle is not doing mother nature any good.

Warming up

Your car don’t need no pilates every morning before the journey. Warming up the car before driving is so yesterday. In the present day, almost every car comes with fuel injection and on-board computer systems which practically makes the car ready to go in less than 1 minute.
The next time you are idling in the comfort of your car, do Mother Nature a favor and shut it off. Do you believe it is still practical to warm up modern cars before driving? Share this with your friends if you think they should stop being old school.
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A car is probably one of the most used forms of transportation today. At some point in your life, you must have driven or ridden a car. Although the car is reliable to get you from point A to point B, it is not totally problem-free. These tips will not make you a certified mechanic or solve the worst driving habits but it can help make your drive a little less stressful.
Check out these 5 hacks for your car and driving pleasure!

1. Cool Down in Seconds

Going into your car when it’s parked under the mid-day heat can be a roasting experience. First, roll down the window on the passenger side. Then on the driver’s side, open and close the door for five to ten times. The cooler air outside will rush into the car forcing the heat out. You will immediately have a cooler cabin in less than 1 minute.

2. Using Your Mirrors Right

Most of us think that the correct position of our side mirrors is angled to display the flank of our car and the road behind it. To avoid blind spots, safety experts now believe that side mirrors should be positioned so that no part of your car appears in them.

3. Audio Tape Player Deck

If you still have the old school cassette radio deck, use it to hold a more modern tech. Given it a new found role, it is no longer just a dust collector.

4. Need A Place To Hold Your Trash?

You can buy a cheap cereal container almost anywhere. The container makes the perfect trash can.

5. Stop weighing down your key chain

You do not want to mess up your car’s ignition. Having too much weight hanging off the car key when it’s in ignition will cause the switch to fail. The weight and bouncing while you drive will wear the inside of the ignition.
For as long as there have been drivers, there have been innovative drivers who have thought of some genius lifehack to their driving issues.

Do you have your own creative way to make your journey more pleasant? Why not share it with your friends?

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You have probably been told a million times to check your car’s condition. But let’s be honest, it’s more fun to stalk and check on our friends on Facebook than to check on your car regularly.

The machine that gets from point A to point B is engineered to be safe and more importantly arriving in 1 piece. It’s important to take good care of your car to keep it running at optimal condition.

These maintenance issues are simple but can result in major accident and injuries.

1. Tyres

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The tyres are the only thing between you and the road so it is crucial that you keep them in good condition at all times. The level of inflation plays an important part in fuel efficiency and safety.

It’s not just the tyre pressure that matters, the traction on your tyres depend very much on its tread. Keep a tab on the tread depth and sidewalls of your car’s tyres for signs of wear.

Take extra attention to any bulges or unusual lumps. No, those are not cancer but it is as deadly that could cause a blowout on the road.

2. Engine Oil

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Your car can’t operate without the correct oil level. You can easily check the oil level yourself with the dipstick, it’s there for a reason. You can easily find the dipstick as it usually has a bright coloured handle.

As you pull out the dipstick for the first time, wipe it thoroughly with a clean cloth or tissue. Dip it back in, and it should show you the correct level the second time you take it out.

If you usually park at the same spot daily, check for oil spots. It is an indication of an emerging problem. If there is a leak, check the oil level immediately and top up if necessary. You should also get the leak fixed as soon as possible.

3. Coolant Level

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Coolant makes sure that your car doesn’t overheat. Most cars today are fitted with an expansion tank (shown in above pic). Check that the coolant level is at or slightly above the ‘minimum’ mark when the engine is cold.

At operating temperature, the coolant level should be somewhere between the half and ‘maximum marks. Besides the tank, you should check the coolant level at the radiator when the engine is cold, it should be full. Simply top up the coolant with a mixture clean water if necessary.

4. Lights – All of Em’

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All the exterior lights play an important role whether for better vision or as a warning indicator. To have any of the lights not functioning properly is dangerous.

These lights are crucial to let other vehicles know where you are going, or about to go and preventing accidents. Be sure to check your headlights, turn signals, reverse lights and of course brake lights on a regular basis.

It is easy to catch a non-functional headlight, but you might need some help to check the brake lights. The trick is to check the brake lights and signal lights in the garage by checking their reflection against the walls.

5. Windscreen Wipers and Washers

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You probably don’t use the windshield wipers often, but in rainy seasons they are your sole path-finder.

The heat in Malaysia causes the wipers to wear quickly and when you need to use it, it just makes the vision even worse. Replace the windshield wipers if needed as they are not expensive.

Also, check the plastic reservoir for the washer fluid under the hood. Fill the bottle with clean water and a special windscreen detergent.

6. Battery

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You might not be able to check the battery in terms of performance. But you can do a visual check on the battery terminals for corrosion, usually on the negative terminal. You can use a battery contact protector, comes in a spray form to prevent build up.

Another thing you can spot is bloating. Bloating is dangerous as the battery will explode if left unattended and cause some serious damage. If you think it’s time to change your car battery, contact your car battery specialist for a replacement.

7. Spare Tyre

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The spare tyre is the most forgotten piece of the car. Make sure it is inflated all the time because you won’t know when you’ll need to use it.
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Ever wonder what are the necessary things to be kept in the car trunk or in the glove box compartment? In a standard configuration, every vehicle will be equipped with a basic toolkit  However, these items will not be sufficient. Here are five emergency items you might want to have in your car!

1. FLASHLIGHT

flashlight Emergency It’s dark and cold in the middle of nowhere. Flash away all your fears and those of the alternate universe. Boo….! The item Flashlight should be water and shock resistant. A good flashlight will provide optimal visibility in all conditions. Your mobile phone won’t do if you need a wide area illumination. Using it Even though help may not arrive at the speed of light, your good ol’ flashlight will give you the extended protection while you wait to get back to civilisation!

2. REFLECTIVE TRIANGLE

Emergency It’s not about the destination. It’s the journey that counts. Even when you break down at the middle of the road. The item Not every car is equipped with that reflective triangle. Da heck?! Get one at your nearest car accessories outlet. Some cars have it easy with the reflector attached to the trunk cover. Just pop it open and voilà! Using it Shine bright like a diamond~ No! Diamonds don’t shine, they reflect so does the reflective triangle. Place it approximately 15 metres away from the vehicle to give a distance from the ongoing traffic. In some cases, for certain models of vehicle, flares are available. And yes, flares do shine bright!

3. CLOTH

Emergency A gentleman carries a handkerchief with him all the time. A good driver always keep a used cloth in the car. The item Throwing away your unwanted clothes? Don’t! Use them as rags for your car. Using it It’s super useful when you are doing a basic check up on the vehicle’s engine, gearbox, brake oil level while keeping your hands clean. Find new leaks by wiping off the oil stain in engine bay and get to the source of the leakage.

4. SEAT BELT CUTTER

Emergency Your vehicle turned-turtle and you are stucked to the car seat. The seat belt is never letting you go! The item It’s totally legal to keep a seat belt cutter in the car. Store it in the glove box so you can reach it easily. Using it Seat belt cutter is meant for cutting the seat belt and breaking the glass during an emergency as it has a sharp edge at the bottom and all you need to do is aim and hit it to break the glass and evacuate immediately to a safer ground.

5. MINI FIRE EXTINGUISHER

Emergency Sh*t happens, period. Wiring short circuit, overheated engine caused by leakage, major collisions to the front, you name it. The item Do you have a fire extinguisher in your car? Not every car has it but for some of the new model of cars are equipped with a 1 litre ABC Powder fire extinguisher which located below the dashboard area on the passenger side. Using it Prevent the fire from spreading as much as you can. 
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