GUIDE TO BUYING A USED MOTORCYCLE

Two-wheelers play a vital role in how people travel in India as it is a better and easier way to navigate through the endless traffic. With this surge of bike availability, manufacturers continue to provide endless options for anyone who wants to purchase a bike. However, if you don’t want to spend all that money on a new bike, there is always the practical option of getting one secondhand.

There are a few necessities to keep in mind when looking at a secondhand option. First things first, where do you buy one? From a reputed dealer. Getting a bike from a dealer will increase your chances of getting a machine that is already thoroughly checked. You might also consider getting one directly from a private seller. You can opt for this type of purchase if you know the seller, or know what to look for.

Inspect the bike:
If you have the choice, take someone along who has already has a bike and has experience with them. Examine the bike cold; it’s really easy to hide starting and running problems on a hot bike. Examine bar ends, levers, and footpegs and other additional damage such as tweaked handlebars. Remember, every small damage can add to the cost of fixing the bike.

Brakes and Tyres: Check the brake pads, the colour and level of the brake fluid and the tyre tread. The treads should not have uneven wear or damage. Brake fluid should be clear and light in colour, like a nice pale yellow, depending on the brand.

Oil and Rust: Check the oil level and for any spillage, especially around the engine. Look for rusty chains and even a rusty fuel tank. Pay close attention to deeper rust; surface rust isn’t a cause for concern, but deep rust could show that the bike wasn’t maintained.

Chains and Chassis: Check the condition of chain and sprocket and for visible deep scratches. Rotate the rear wheel and check if the sound of the chain is uniform, as it should be.

Electricals, wheels, suspension and exhaust:
Thoroughly check that there are no oil leaks around the suspension and the exhaust pipe. Check for cracks in the wheels and make sure the spokes aren’t rusting.

Paperwork:
Last but not least, ensure you have all the necessary paperwork: the RC book, PUC, insurance, a NOC if the registration of a vehicle is going to be transferred from one RTO to another, the manual and the owner’s service records.

Rebuilding brakes, replacing chains and such is not uncommon in a used bike. While it might be a good investment to save some money, take your time in test riding the bike, choosing a good seller and deciding if it is the right choice for you.

Common Causes For Your Car Paint Fading

A car is an expensive investment. Hence we are always wanting our car to look good for as long as possible. But wear and tear is inevitable over time. Some of the most common causes for the paint fading on your car includes:

Sunlight –
Most of the time our cars are parked outside; this exposure to the sun is a major factor to the paint fading on your car. Because of the reaction between the paint and the UV radiation from the sun, the car usually loses its shine.

Lacking Paint Protection –
It’s always a good decision to invest in paint protection. Because of Paint Protection Film’s high impact resistance, its application will protect your paint from chips and scratches caused by rocks and road debris. Investing in auto paint protection film kits for the entire car is also a good choice, as it offers a higher protection level than waxing.

Leaving The Car Uncovered –
Living in a country like India, where summer’s last almost all year long in many parts of the country, it is unwise to leave your car uncovered when parked for extended periods. Parking in the shade helps, but that’s still not enough protection. Whenever possible, always keep your car covered. Purchase a good quality car cover that is easy to put on and remove.

Wash the car frequently and apply a high-quality wax. Waxing is a critical step to prevent sun damage to car paint and help stop pollution, grit and dirt and dust from adhering to the finish and causing pitting. There are also many service companies you can book a good wash and wax package with, as their mechanics will know the best way to fix up your car. A consistent car maintenance routine can help maintain your car’s looks for a long time keeping your car’s exterior in shiny showroom condition.

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The Best Christmas Gifts for Car & Bike Lovers

Christmas is just around the corner. But lucky for us shopping for those car and bike enthusiasts in the family have never been easier! There are plenty of gadgets and kits out there that would make great gifts.

MAX Premium Car Care Kit
This unique kit comes with a combination of 6 selected products for all your Cleaning, Washing and Polishing needs as well as 4 pieces of foam for easy application of polishing products. The Pack includes:
-MAX Dashboard & Tyre Shiner 200 ML
-MAX Clean and Shine Polish 200 ML
-MAX Liquid Wax Polish 200 ML
-MAX Vinyl and Leather Polish 200 ML
-MAX Windshield Washer 200 ML
-MAX Car Shampoo Come Polish 200 ML
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YUNTUO Full Finger Touchscreen Protective Gloves
This one’s for all those biker friends. Made from microfiber, nylon and rubber knuckle, the breathable cloth material makes it comfortable to use in all seasons. These riding gloves come equipped with a touchscreen capacity on the index and middle fingertips. It comes with an adjustable velcro strap so you can adjust this glove to your wrist size.

HOTOR Corded Car Vacuum Cleaner with LED Light
With over 700 positive reviews on Amazon, this vacuum cleaner seems to be a favourite amongst car owners; and for good reason too. This lightweight and versatile vacuum is powered by a HOTOR upgraded motor to pick up all kinds of dirt and fine dust in your car. Equipped with a 5m power cord and an extended tube, it can easily clean those hard-to-reach corners of your car. It comes with 4 accessories: extra stainless HAPA filter as replacement, hard brush for ground-in dirt, crevice tube for deep clean, soft long tube for mobility. All HOTOR products are guaranteed to a full refund or a replacement.

Fisher-Price Laugh N Learn Smart Stage TabletThis one is for all those parents who do carpool every day for their kids back and forth from school or just keeping the tiny tots entertained on a long drive. The Smart Tablet is suitable for ages 2-5 years and introduces the child to letters, first words, animals and more. It includes Smart Stages technology, which provides learning changes as the baby grows, with lots of music, phrases and fun sounds and three levels of play.

Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones
It’s hard to see a biker without a Bluetooth headset these days. Almost everyone who commutes on a daily basis can be seen enjoying their music on-the-go. Gifting a Mi Sports Bluetooth Earphones will be the perfect gift because with it’s 9hrs battery life, adjustable ear hook for comfort and 10mm sound driver, not only is it useful for travelling but also just catching up on Netflix shows with the phone or laptop.
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Safety Tips for Driving at Night

The dangers of driving are always exaggerated after dark. It takes more caution and alertness to drive during the night than it does when driving in daylight. Especially in a country like India where drivers are just a little more ‘slack’ about following road rules.

Drowsy Driving:
Never drive if you are feeling extra fatigued at the end of the day. Always be cautious that there could be other drowsy drivers on the road. Long work hours, extra work shifts, lack of quality sleep, and sleep disorders are only a few of the reasons why accidents happen because of inattentive and overtired drivers.

Blinding Lights:
We have all experienced those blinding high-beam headlights in our face obscuring our view momentarily. But all it takes are those few blinding seconds to cause a serious accident. Only use your high-beam lights when necessary; when visibility is low. Try to switch between low and high beams when you see oncoming drivers. Just because they blind you doesn’t mean you need to blind them as well.

Don’t Stare at Oncoming Lights:
Those High-beam headlights can be extremely distracting; the best strategy is not to stare directly at them and to do your best to cast your gaze down when cars are coming at you. Try to focus on the white line. This will prevent you from being temporarily blinded.

Despite popular belief, don’t buy those yellow-tint sunglasses that would supposedly help you see better at night. They limit the amount of light that passes through them, making distinguishing objects and road hazards more difficult.

Don’t Drink and Drive:
Alcohol is the most common cause of accidents, even more so at night time. Be wary of other drivers when driving at night as you are more likely to encounter a driver who is under the influence of alcohol. Remember, you not only have your own life in your hands when driving but of those around you as well; so never drink and drive no matter how “little” you think you had, that is still too much.

Clean Your Windshield:
Your windshield might look fine during the day, but it can cause glare when headlights hit it. Dust that might not bother you during the day can be spotty and distracting at night, so it’s important to clean your windshield both inside and out. This applies to motorists’ helmet visors as well.

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