Car hacks you just can’t miss

One of our favorite trends on the internet right now is the sharing of “life hacks”, which showcase tips to help people make every day tasks easier to accomplish. It allows people to live more frugally and make the best use of the things that they have. Cars are a huge part of daily life for most people who have to commute to work so we found some car hacks that are just too good to pass up.

 Use a plastic cereal container as a trash can

Overtime it is easy for your car to become a massive bin. We tend to leave papers and food wrappers in our car without even thinking about it. Over time this can amount to a lot of waste. One great option is to convert a plastic cereal container into a bin for your car.

Don’t forget to use a plastic bin liner so you don’t need to clean the container if any of your rubbish contains food or liquid.

13. Tinted plastic as moveable shade.

How irritating is it when you’re driving with the sun at a low angle and your visor can’t stop all the light coming through. At times this can be dangerous as the light can temporarily blind you. One hack is to use moveable tinted plastic sheets. If it is good enough for pilots then it is definitely good enough for the rest of us!

The sheets stick to the surface of windows via surface static, which allows you to place the small sheets on the windscreen or side windows to block some of that unwanted light to give your eyes some relief.

14. Hook a mesh bungee to your roof handles for extra storage.

Coat hooks inside your car serve a limited purpose. Even when hanging coats on them they usually aren’t off the seat and get crinkled or are in the way of whoever is sitting in that seat.

A better use for them is to hook a mesh bungee net (usually used to strap bike helmets to the back seat or fender) to the handles to use as extra storage. You can put anything up there (coats, hats, gloves etc) that you don’t want on you car floor. Most car roofs these days are curved so whatever you’re storing shouldn’t be in the backseat passengers line of site or block the drivers view out of the rear window.

15. Park your car facing east to defrost windscreen in the morning.

Although it seems simple you can save some considerable time in the morning. If you live in a place where frost is a big problem on winter mornings and leave your car parked outside then this is for you.

Whenever you can make sure you park your car facing east. As the sun rises in the east you’re using the suns warmth to defrost the ice on your windscreen rather than you having to stay outside in the cold and scrape it off yourself. With this trick you should be able to use your windscreen wipers to do the not so heavy lifting for you. Who doesn’t want a little bit of added comfort on a cold winters morning.

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New Chevy Electric Car

Electric cars are becoming more of a regular sight on the market especially with how much more affordable these kinds of vehicles are becoming. The designs are becoming more sleek so the electric car is turning into something more and more enticing by the minute. Check out Chevy’s latest design below.
Earlier this year, Chevrolet demonstrated its intention to market an affordable, dedicated EV with the announcement that it would produce a car based on the Bolt concept, which it debuted at the 2015 Detroit auto show. Not just an electric version of an existing model, like the Spark EV, which it likely will replace, the Bolt proves that General Motors is getting serious about EVs.

If the Bolt‘s stated goal of a 200-mile range is realized at or near its target price of roughly $30,000, it could be the most viable electric vehicle yet. Until this point, EVs with that sort of range largely have been the province of the well-heeled, in the form of the Tesla Model S. But it likely won’t be alone for long, as the second-generation Nissan Leaf and Tesla’s own Model 3 are just around the corner.

While the Bolt will share some of its underpinnings with the Sonic, expect the Bolt to be pitched as a crossover, which could explain why the prototype here has subtle roof rails and black fender trim. The crossover proportions (à la Ford C-Max) also could help mask any extra height that might have been required to package the batteries, although we won’t know for sure what is going on under the skin until Chevy formally introduces the car in coming months.

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Used Trucks Prices Falling

Trucks are great vehicles for many reasons. Although gas efficiency is not optimal, trucks are very versatile for a number of reasons that allow you to do more than you would be able to with a regular car. With more room in the bed and a higher frame, you can carry all kinds of cargo and go on roads where cars cannot. Now there is another economic incentive to purchasing a truck as used truck prices are falling. 

The average price of a used vehicle for model years 2010-14 declined 2.8 percent during November, according to Black Book data. 

Cars declined 3.1 percent while trucks declined 2.6 percent during the month. Average pre-recession annual depreciation was continually recorded between 15 percent and 18 percent, and Black Book expects 2015 depreciation near 13 percent.

For the second straight month, cargo mini vans led all vehicle segments with the highest depreciation of the month at 5.6 percent in November. Vehicles in this segment finished November with an average segment price of $7,662, a 20.6 percent drop from a year ago.

Midsize pickup trucks led all segments with the lowest depreciation in November at 1.1 percent. Vehicles in this segment finished November with an average segment price of $17,792, a 7.3 percent change from a year ago ($19,184)

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Truck Prices Rising

Trucks are a wonderful means of transportation because it combines hauling power with ability to carry passengers. Trucks are great vehicles for families or businesses alike. Newer trucks are becoming more fuel efficient but in the recent months, truck prices have been rising on the wholesale front. 

Average wholesale prices rose in October, driven largely by upticks in truck prices.

Still, wholesale values were solid in most model year and sale type categories, with the exceptions being off-rental risk and off-lease vehicles. The off-rental risk price declines were driven mostly by higher mileage vehicles, while the off-lease price softness reflects growing supplies of these units, according to ADESA Analytical Services.

According to ADESA Analytical Services’ monthly analysis of Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices by Vehicle Model Class, wholesale used vehicle prices in October averaged $9,744 – up 1.1 percent compared to September and 0.6 percent relative to October 2014. 

Average wholesale prices for used vehicles remarketed by manufacturers were down 0.6 percent month-over-month but up 5.2 percent year-over-year, as off-rental program units sold had a solid month (though there were a lot of no-sales). 

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