How to Book a New Car


Congratulations! You have finalized your new car. It’s not been as easy as one would expect, and only you know the sweat and toil you’ve put into researching and test driving all those cars to finally zero-in on this one. But now comes the most critical part of the buying process – actually booking your car. We’ve outlined a few important points for you to keep in mind while booking your car. We suggest that you print out this document and keep it handy throughout the booking process.

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Before You Book – Things You Should Know

Finalizing the Variant and Colour

This might sound like it’s a simple matter of the features you desire and your colour preference, but in actual fact it’s a lot more complicated than that. Some colours and variants (or specific combinations of both) could fetch you higher discounts and also impact the waiting period. As a thumb rule, more popular colours and variants fetch lower discounts and command longer wait periods. So unless you’re really sold on the ‘Bossa Nova White’, switching to the ‘Minimal Grey’ might help you save both money and some time.


The final on-road price of your car can be much lesser depending on the discounts you are able to negotiate with the dealership. Ask for manufacturer’s promotions, dealer offers and free accessories. You could also be eligible for a corporate discount depending on where you work. Most manufacturers offer a loyalty discount if you’re exchanging one of their older cars for a newer one. Even if it is not their own brand, you could qualify for an exchange bonus if you’re exchanging your old car.

Choose your Finance Wisely

If you’re in the market for a car loan, ask the dealers to help you get quotations from several banks. Most dealers have tie-ups with more than one financial partner and they would be happy to oblige. You can also approach other banks yourself and arrange your own loan. You should choose your loan after considering all the factors – down payment, processing fees, monthly payments, rate of interest, tenure, foreclosure charges, etc. The one with the lowest EMI is not always the cheapest loan available.

Understand the Insurance Cover

Insurance is often treated as a necessary evil by car owners, but it is critical to know the cover that you are buying. Read the policy wordings, especially the exclusions, terms and conditions and the locations where cashless facilities are offered. Several policies cover glass, plastic parts and paint jobs only partially (or not at all!) and this could set you back several thousand rupees in the event of a simple bumper repair job. If you are not convinced with the policy that the dealer is offering you, you can approach other insurers and buy your own car insurance policy.

Clarify Everything

It’s always better to clarify everything in writing with the dealership before you sign on the dotted line. This could go a long way in avoiding miscommunication and giving you a sense of comfort through the entire process. Some of the important points to clarify are:

  • What happens if the price of the car changes between booking and delivery?
  • Note the committed delivery date on paper. If you wish to take delivery on a special day, such as your birthday, or a festive occasion, please inform the dealership at the time of booking itself.
  • What are the charges levied if you wish to cancel your booking?
  • What terms apply if the waiting period stretches longer than committed?
  • Please note all the promised accessories and discounts and the final on-road price that you would be liable to pay.

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How to perform a quick car safety check


How many people put fuel in their car and only ever put water in the windscreen washer bottle when they go to use it and nothing but air comes out… And hardly anybody checks their car tyres and yet they’re vital in keeping you from ending up in the bushes. So, here’s how to perform a quick car safety check.

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Here are safety checks you can perform.

1. The first thing to do is a visual inspection of your car’s tyres. Get down close the wheels and tyres and look at the tread condition, and while you’re here check the tyre pressure using the tyre pressure gauge that you should absolutely have in your car; you can buy them for less than $10 so there’s no excuse. Check your spare tyre less regularly but you want to make sure it’s properly inflated for when you need it – make sure the wheel changing kit is present and in good order. Take the opportunity to check the boot latch works properly.

2.While you’re kneeling by the wheels, have a quick look under the car for any oil or coolant leaks.

3. Jump up and walk around to the back windscreen and make sure it’s clean, then cast an eye over the side windows and wing mirrors. From there go to the front windscreen and check that it’s clean and that there are no cracks. Check that all the windows can be lowered and raised again.

4. After the windscreen, raise the windscreen wipers and run your fingers along them; you want to make sure they feel supple because one they feel hard to the touch they’re useless and need to be replaced or else you risk scratching your windscreen. It’s worth checking the windscreen washer works too.

5. Raise the bonnet and take a quick look at the fluids, these should be in opaque bottles with bright coloured lids and you should be able to see the fluid levels. The one you’ll most likely need to top up regularly is the windscreen washer fluid. If you’re not confident under the bonnet then leave things like oil changes to your mechanic.

6. The lights. Check your headlights, low and high beam are working as well as fog lights. Flick the indicators and run around the car quickly. Checking the brake lights will be trickier unless you’re parked with the rear of your car facing a wall where you’ll be able to see the reflection. That said, depending on the age of your car it’ll probably advise you if a bulb has blown with some car’s able to tell you exactly which light is not working.

7. Finally, have a quick look at the seatbelts in the car, give them a quick tug to make sure they lock. Check the air-conditioning system works as it should and then the horn works too.


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Protect Your Vehicle During Monsoon


Add-on covers for monsoon

Shekhar’s 3-year-old car was in pretty much impeccable condition thanks to his constant care. However, after a few trips on flooded roads during the course of a heavy downpour, his vehicle started giving trouble. Upon inspection, it was found that water had entered the car’s engine and completely damaged it. When he decided to claim expenses for engine repair, he was informed that damage to the engine on account of water ingress (when the ignition key of a waterlogged vehicle is turned on) is considered to be a consequential loss and is not covered under a regular comprehensive motor policy. With a heavy heart, Shekhar had to foot a bill of nearly Rs 60,000 from his own pocket.

Most vehicle owners, even the ones who care and maintain their vehicles meticulously often focus on the purchase of the vehicle alone and spend little or no time to review the kind of insurance their vehicle needs. The monsoon season is one such time where the right insurance goes a long way in providing financial assistance for timely vehicle repair. There are in fact specific add-ons, which are must-haves, especially during monsoon.

Mr. Sanjay Kumar, Head of Motor Underwriting, Bharti AXA General Insurance talks about some of the add-on covers and precautions, which will keep you worry free during the monsoons.

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Add on covers which can come handy during monsoon

Roadside Assistance:

This cover provides ‘Assistance’ to the customers at the time of vehicle breakdown by towing the vehicle to the nearest garage for repairs, fixing the flat tyre, arranging alternative transport facility to safety in the event of major breakdown of the vehicle, assistance in the case of lockout/lost keys, arrangement of emergency fuel in case the vehicle runs out of fuel, etc.,

Hydrostatic Lock Cover:

This pays for losses arising out of repairs or replacement of engine parts due to hydrostatic lock and ingression of water in the engine. This is a must have to avoid situations like that of Shekhar’s.

No Claim Bonus (NCB) Protector:

This cover protects your No Claim Bonus percentage for up to 2 claims made during the policy period.

Consummables Cover:

This offer cover expenses incurred towards “those items or substances of specific use which at the time of loss are either totally consumed or rendered unfit for further consumption” arising out of damage to the vehicle insured and/or to its accessories caused by any peril as covered under the Policy.

Prepare for the rains

Precautions to protect your car during monsoon

    • Avoid driving your car during heavy rains or through flooded water unless your journey is absolutely necessary. If you have to drive through flood water, you may drive on the highest section of the road if it is safe to do so.
    • Avoid driving through water if you are not sure of the depth. Severe engine damage may occur if water gets sucked up into the engine air intake system.
    • Avoid driving through the flood water if a vehicle is traveling in opposite direction.
    • Drive the vehicle at a cautious speed that is just enough to avoid engine stalling and select as low a gear as possible while maintaining constant acceleration.
    • Check the brakes for thorough functionality as it can be affected if the flood water enters the brake lines, pads or discs. Please ensure it is functioning satisfactorily before moving the car further.
    • Check the radiator fan motor for thorough functionality as there is a possibility of its damage due to flood water. Please ensure it is functioning satisfactorily before moving the car further.
    • Should the vehicle stop, avoid cranking the vehicle as it may damage the engine. Push the vehicle to the side and call your mechanic, let the motor mechanic examine it.
    • Do not keep the AC on while driving through stagnant water as it may increase the splash of water
    • Keep the window glasses slightly lowered.
    • Avoid closing the doors with central locking as there is the possibility of it not opening in an event of any electrical short circuit. Keep a heavy object like a hammer or stone handy as it will be useful in breaking of the glass if the door locks are stuck due to short circuit. Breaking window glasses are easy in comparison to the front windscreen which is laminated.
    • If the level of water has entered the passenger compartment, do not turn the ignition “ON” as there is possibility of short-circuit in the electrical system the moment ignition is turned “ON” even without cranking of the engine. This may cause further damage to the vehicle.
    • If the vehicle has been stranded in the flooded area for a prolonged period, record the highest level of water exposure on the flooded vehicle as this will aid the garage technicians in evaluating the extent of damage and help in taking necessary steps to correct the damage.
    • Contact your garage and let the professionals examine it.

A judicious mix of add-on covers along with some precautions like the ones mentioned above can ensure your safety and that of your vehicle. Be safe on those slippery roads!


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Monsoon Car Care Tips


It is that time of the year again when it just wouldn’t stop pouring outside and keeping yourself dry is a hassle. However, in pursuit of keeping ourselves dry, we often forget our inanimate friends on four wheels who are out there putting up with the moisture and humidity without complaining. Just as they ensure we get back home safe and sound, it is our responsibility too to maintain them at their best. Here below are a few monsoon car maintenance tips that will ensure that you have a trouble-free monsoon ahead–


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Follow These Useful Monsoon Car Care Tips


A good set of tyres is the most important factor that should not be ignored, afterall they are the only point of contact between the car and the road. A new tyre begins life with approximately 8mm of thread depth and an easier way to check it is to use a one rupee or a five rupee coin. Place the coin in between threads to see if the numerical on the coin is covered till the tip with the thread. Although most motoring organisations recommend changing your tyres at 2mm under normal weather conditions, it is advisable to drive with atleast 5-6mm of tyre thread depth. Also, check for uneven bulges or wear and tear on your vehicle, which might also hint at a wheel alignment issue which needs attention.


Having good brakes is clearly important in every weather condition. However, to get your car ready for the monsoon, the brake liners will need adequate lubrication to handle that excess contact with water and prevent it from snapping due to friction. The drums or the disc brakes will need examination and cleaning at regular intervals. Rusting on the disc plates and faster wear and tear of drums are normal during the monsoon and with additional precaution these issues can be easily avoided.

Windscreen Wiper

This is one of the most ignored component in a car and it is not until the onset of monsoon that we generally realise its importance. While most parts of India witness a hot climate for most part of the year, it is not unusual for wipers to wear out before time. With limited visibility during the monsoon, it is advisable to replace the worn out ones with a fresh set. Adding windscreen cleaning solution with regular water is a good idea as it helps clean the oil and muck from the vehicle which tends to hamper visibility to a great extent. There are also several aftermarket windscreen solutions which roll off water from the windscreen instantly.


It is advisable to check battery and replace them if necessary. Investing in a good battery will ensure that your car starts quickly in start and go traffic. Check for leakage or false earthing using an amp metre, especially in cars which have aftermarket installations. Rectifying issues before hand will prevent issues like short circuit or malfunction due to contact with water. Rodents can also be troublesome during this season and it is indeed a good idea to run a visual check every morning before you head out to work.

Driving Tips

Avoid driving on flooded stretches and in unavoidable situations drive slowly and rev the engine constantly to prevent water from entering the tail-pipe. In case the parked vehicle is already submerged partially at the door level, do not start the vehicle and wait for the water to recede and get a technician to inspect the vehicle before starting it. It is a good idea to keep a flashlight, a tool kit, a medical kit and rope handy during the monsoon as these might be needed during breakdown or an emergency situation. Do not turn on the hazard lamps, they are not there for monsoons and are supposed to be used only if the vehicle breaks down or the vehicle has been parked haphazardly which can obstruct other vehicle movement. Turn on the headlamps or one can also use the fog lamps in extreme conditions if required. Also, use a good lubricant for movable joints like the doors to prevent those annoying squeaky sounds every time you open or shut the car door.

Exercising a little care and precaution will go a long way and ensure the best performance from your vehicle. A well maintained vehicle will also be the reason behind your smile every time you come across stranded cars on your way, especially those who have skipped getting their cars ready for the monsoon.


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How to Save Fuel


Car Tips

Fuel prices these days are more unstable and even more precious than gold’s. However, despite the sky-rocketing prices your cars definitely need their share of the liquid gold. The best way to get the optimum efficiency from the car is to maintain it well, both cosmetically and mechanically. We, here at CarWale, would like to give you some tips to help you in the noble cause.

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1. Check the engine oil regularly and change the engine oil, transmission oil, power steering oil etc. Good quality oil running in your engine keeps it going smooth thus reducing friction and minimising efficiency losses.

2. Get your engine tuned at every service and get it retuned if you feel there is a drop in the efficiency. An out of tune engine can drink up about 50 per cent more fuel!

3. The spark plugs tell you how your engine has been running. If the plugs are clean, your engine is running optimum. If they are black, you need to adjust the plug gap as the fuel is not burning properly. If it is brown, it’s time to replace the plugs and check the engine tuning.

4. Check the tyre pressure regularly. Under inflated tyres use up almost five per cent more fuel. Carry out thetyre rotation as per the manufacturer instructions, it will help you evenly distribute the rolling resistance.

5. Clean the car daily. It keeps the extra aerodynamic drag in check.

6. Do not accelerate your car before switching it off – you tend to do more harm than good in these modern engines.

7. Many may think it convenient but make it a habit not to rest your foot on the clutch pedal while driving. A slightly depressed clutch pedal wears out your clutch faster and also reduces its efficiency.

8. If you are at the signal or are going to be stopping for more than 30 seconds, make it a point to switch off the engine right away. It can help you save fuel up to 10 per cent in bumper to bumper traffic.

9. We understand it’s hot but as far as possible, do not use the air-conditioner at lower speeds. It uses much of the engine power and hence consumes a lot more fuel. At higher speeds, rolling up the windows also reduces the aero drag.

10. Tank up early in the morning. Due to lower temperatures, you can actually get more bang for your bucks.

11. Drive the car in an easy manner. Shift the gears when needed. Do not rev too much in a gear or drive at low speeds in a higher gear. For the enthusiasts, maintaining a range of 1,500rpm to 2,200rpm gives you the optimum overall economy without compromising much on your speed or the fun of the drive.

12. Like in life, plan ahead while driving as well. If you are approaching a speed breaker or a signal or a toll-booth, it is better to lift-off early and coast to the spot rather than going in till the end on power and then braking heavily. You should use brakes as less possible and also minimise the gear shifts by planning your overtaking maneouvers on the road. You should be able to glide your way through the drive than muscle it and your car will give the best economy figures it can.

13. At three figures on your speedometer, the aerodynamic drag is almost twice as much as at two figures and so your car will need to burn a lot more fuel for you even to maintain speed. Hence, keep the speedometer in check. Also, there are better chances of you surviving a crash at sub three figure speeds.

We are pretty sure that if you follow these little tips, in the long run, you might find your car performing way more than usual. Try it and let us know the difference.

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How Tyre Upsizing Affects Driving Dynamics


We all love those wide tyres with tiny sidewall mounted on a set of massive 20-inch wheels. But it is not as simple as it looks.


There are a few things to keep in mind if you are thinking of upgrading your car’s tyres.


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1. Contact patch

A wide tyre offers better grip and acceleration due to bigger contact patch. There are notable exceptions to the law though as automakers have begun working closely with tyre makers in this aspect. A wide tyre is also going to affect a car’s performance and fuel efficiency numbers.

While upgrading (if you really need to), it is advisable to jump up one size than what the car offers out of the factory. Going two or more levels higher will require you to get wider wheels, which are going to stick out of the wheel arches. A wider tyre is also going to hamper the movement of the front wheel when turning by scraping against the wheel well. So, if you have a 165/80 R14, you can safely upgrade to 175/80 R14 with minimal repercussions, if needed.

2. Profile

The profile or the sidewall is measured in percentage of the tyre’s contact patch. While selecting tyres, manufacturers pay a whole lot of attention to the comfort aspect and a tall sidewall offers better comfort than a short one. A low-profile tyre may improve the handling of the car, but the ride quality will be significantly compromised due to its stiff sidewalls. So, you can take it one notch down and still have respectable comfort.

3. Compound

The choice of compound plays a role in increasing or reducing rolling resistance. It is the ability of the wheel to roll freely. A soft compound tyre, which offers better grip and shorter braking distances, has increased rolling resistance than other tyre compounds. The increased grip will not only adversely affect the fuel efficiency but also sap some power from the car’s engine. Soft compound tyres also don’t last as many kilometres as a harder compound. You should choose wisely based on your car’s performance and your needs. You can go one or even two levels deeper into soft rubber for your car compared to what you got on your car from the factory without greatly compromising the performance and fuel efficiency.

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A Few Tips For Proper Maintenance Of Tyres


Tyres are an integral part of a vehicle and ensure better handling, riding comfort and vehicle’s overall performance.This is the only component, which comes in contact between the road and a car. So, these tend to wear out with time and gradually, they have to be replaced with the new ones. In order to increase its lifespan and performance, it is essential to take proper care of tyres. There are quite a lot of methods that can actually help in prolonging its life and save you some money.


There are several ways that will aid in increasing the life of a tyre. Some of the tips are as follows:

  • Storing the tyre properly will prevent early aging of tyres.
  • Good treads can aid in avoiding the risk of hydroplaning.
  • Tread wear indicators help in detecting the damage and fix it in an early stage.
  • Daily checks are mandatory to find out if there are any damages caused to the tyre.

Methods of Tyre Maintenance:

The following are some significant methods, which you can follow for good maintenance of tyres.


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1) Tyre Balancing:

It is a procedure where the weight of the tyre and wheel are the same around the axle. Any small difference in weight can lead to various problems. In many situations, even tiny weights are also used in order to counter balance it. Imbalance of tyres will cause an uneven wear and vibrations besides putting a lot of stress on wheel bearings and suspension system. In order to balance a wheel or a tyre, an experienced technician usually makes use of a balancing machine to find out if any weight difference exists. This machine functions by automatically measuring and calculating the imbalance. The owners have to get this process done regularly as the wheels go out of balance over time.

2) Wheel Alignment:

Wheel alignment is one important method that prevents an irregular tyre wear and improves handling on roads. In this method, the wheels are set parallel to each other and perpendicular to the road as well. It also requires checking the angle and direction against the specifications of the automaker. This whole thing is normally described using the terms like toe in, out, positive and negative camber. This procedure has a lot of benefits like:

  • It improves mileage and saves fuel.
  • Helps in maintaining vehicle’s stability at higher speeds.
  • It minimizes the strain on other parts.
  • Ensures better handling and results in a safer drive.

Meanwhile, an improper alignment will just result in a rapid wear besides affecting the handling. It also causes uneven braking, stress the suspension system and leads to an unsafe drive. Therefore, to prevent all these problems, you are suggested to get your wheels aligned every six months or get them checked by a professional to ensure good health of tyres.

3) Maintaining air pressure:

Air or tyre pressure is referred to the amount of air present in a car’s tyre. In general, a tyre loses air of around two pounds every month and this measured using a PSI (pounds per square inch) or BAR pressure. The actual tyre pressure normally varies from one vehicle to the other. The correct details can be found inside the fuel filler flap, vehicle’s manual or even on a plate, which is present on the driver’s door. This method offers several benefits like:

  • It reduces carbon dioxide emissions and contributes to a good environment.
  • It ensures safety by avoiding overheating and helps in an efficient handling.
  • Tyres with appropriate air pressure tend to suffer less damage.
  • It saves fuel and increases tyre’s durability.
  • It avoids premature wear and damage to its internal construction.

Some of the drawbacks of an inaccurate air pressure is it affects the traction and lowers the ride comfort. Tyres may get overheated thus, resulting in tread separation. Generally, tyre pressure changes depending on the temperature as well. So, you are suggested to have your tyre’s air pressure checked mainly when they are cold. The technicians usually make use of an air gauge to check this pressure. It is preferable to go through this procedure at least once a month.

4) Tyre wear and depth:

The tread depth plays a key role in the safety of a vehicle. A tyre should be replaced with a new one before the tread wears to 1.6mm. Most of the tyres normally come with wear indicators that are present at the base of tread grooves. A healthy tyre offers a number of benefits like it helps in dispersing more water from the surface and prevents aquaplaning. It increases traction and maintains stability as well as control. Moreover, it also shortens the braking distance and enhances grip even on wet roads. Therefore, you have to regularly examine the depth of the tread so that, they can be replaced when they are damaged.

The above are some of the significant methods that every owner of a vehicle should consider in order to increase the tyre’s life and its overall performance.

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Car Selling Tips


Effective tips will help you sell your car quickly and easily. Without the right tools and planning you might end up selling your car at a price lower than its market value or it could take a lot of time before you find a suitable buyer.

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Clear Outstandings

You cannot sell your car if you haven’t serviced your car loan yet. At least not unless you get your Finance Company’s approval, and this will entail settling outstanding loan amount and addressing other conditional loan agreements. Once you get this hurdle cleared, you are all set to sell your car.

Car valuation

The next step is finding out the right price to quote for your car. This is a bit confusing… if you price it too high, you may not get any sincere responses and if you price it too low, the car will be easy to sell but you will not get the right price for it. A good place to start is

This website offers fairly accurate estimates for every car on sale in India, right to the variant. Just fill in your car details – make, model, variant, year and mileage, and you get a ball park figure to quote. This is just the first step though. The website gives a range, high for a very well maintained car and low for a knackered example. Hopefully you aren’t one from the latter category. What you can do to narrow the pricing down to a quotable figure is research the same car posted by others on sale. If these sellers have followed the right method of car valuation and arrived at a price, they will be fairly accurate. You can also take your car to a used Car Dealers (they will generally quote a low price) or a car mechanic for a price quote. You finally need to make a judgement call on your quotation – slightly higher or lower than competition.

There is no harm is asking for a slightly higher price, at least to test the waters when you post a listing. And that brings us to your sales pitch.

Before your sales pitch

Remember, you are trying to sell something that a buyer is already skeptical in buying. It’s always the case with a pre-owned car because a buyer is vary of the condition of the car even before he/she has seen the car in person. Before a buyer gets to see your car, you need to take care of a few points –

  • Make sure all minor scratches and dents are fixed. You will lose more selling a car as is than spending to fix it and asking for a higher price. It also ensure attention to your car from more buyers.
  • Get your service record and car papers in order. nsure attention to your car from more buyers.
  • Get the car cleaned, inside and out, thoroughly and to its details. That also means you wash your engine bay, clean your boot of unnecessary stuff and get your car upholstery cleaned of stains.
  • What makes an excellent impression is getting the car waxed and polished. It doesn’t cost much, is a DIY job, and almost instantly improves the value of your car.
  • Take pictures of your car. It’s a small effort to take a car out to an open space and get a set of shots – front three-quarter, rear three-quarter and one interior picture. These pictures can be used in your listing. To get your car noticed, the right price and a good picture is critical.

The Sales Pitch

There are a couple of ways to sell your car. A rapidly growing medium is online. You can also post your listing in newspaper classified ads. Word of mouth sale of cars is quite difficult but it should be your first mode of action.

The most important thing while selling your car is being truthful about its condition. For instance, if its squeaky clean and very well maintained, use words like ‘immaculate condition’ and ‘pristine’. If it’s not as good as new, words like ‘well maintained’ work well, and if it is in tatters, get it fixed please before you sell it. Secondly, if you want it off quickly and don’t mind a low quote, use words like ‘urgent sale’ to grab attention. You can also mention if you are willing to negotiate or not in your listing.

One on ones

You’ve made your sales pitch and a prospective buyer has liked it. That’s half the battle won. The second half is inspection time. The buyer is a stranger who is still a bit skeptical about going through the sale. You need to be friendly and welcoming to put the buyer at ease. You can indulge in a bit of small talk too. Answer all questions regarding your car openly. A buyer might also want to inspect the car from a mechanic which is a reasonable request. If the buyer is satisfied, he will broach the price topic.

If you are willing to negotiate, keep it as close to the asking price. If the buyer has come all the way to inspect your car, the buyer is already prepared to purchase the car at the price you have quoted. A slight reduction is price can sway a skeptical buyer to one with a cheque.

The handove

Once the deal has been finalized, you can get started with the paperwork. Payment can be accepted in three modes – cash, demand draft and cheque. Wait for the cheque to get cleared before transferring the documents. If the buyer is opting for finance, the finance company will guide you through the paper work and with respect to the RTO transfers, any agent from the RTO office or a car dealer can help you with it.


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Here’s What Causes Excessive Tyre Wear


Tyre wear may sound simple, but it is one of the most common problems that a car owner comes across. As these are the only part of a vehicle that are in contact with the ground, they wear away gradually. This, in turn, affects their overall performance and handling. These components play an important role not just in offering a smooth driving experience but also ensure safety and better braking performance. So, if you see that your car’s tyres are wearing out, then it is time to replace them. Most of us usually think that regular use and age are the main causes but there are other factors that give rise to this problem too. Let us discuss about some of the major reasons of tyre wear:

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1) Improper wheel alignment

It is quite important that all wheels of a vehicle are aligned so that it runs properly. Problems also arise when there is excessive wear in suspension components such as shock absorbers.


2) Air Pressure

It is necessary that a tyre has the right amount of air. If a tyre is correctly inflated then it improves the ride quality and handling characteristics of the vehicle . But a tyre can also be damaged if it is over or under-inflated. A lot of air pressure can distort the tread and reduce its contact with the surface hence, increasing wear in the center. In case of under-inflation, there will be problems like increased rolling resistance, improper traction and hard cornering besides the tyre wear.


3) High speed and driving style

When a vehicle runs at high speeds, a lot of heat is generated in tyres and this can cause damage to the latter. Moreover, not just speed but driving style as well can lead to this problem.


Things to consider:

Firstly, one of the key functions of a tyre is to drain out water from beneath it to enhance traction and prevent aquaplaning on wet road conditions. If the tread depth goes down below the 1.6mm legal limit, be warned! The tyre is no longer safe.

Check for the tread wear bars on the new tyres which appear like bridges between the treads. Penny test is one of the simple methods which you can use to find out the tyre tread depth. By placing a penny into various tread grooves, you can determine the approximate remaining tread depth and detect uneven wear.

It is also necessary to check if there are any unusual bulges or bubbles present in a tyre ‘s sidewall. This indicates that the tyre’s internal frame is damaged and cracked which causes the air pressure to reach its outer layers. In such cases, it is vital to replace it immediately as it is no longer safe for use.

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Car Care Tips – How To wash Your Car At Home


Washing your car can be quite satisfying sometimes and it also ensures that your car is getting a safe wash without someone else damaging its paint surface or any other part. Though it might be a bit time consuming to wash your car often, but at the same time you will end up saving quite a few bucks in a long run. Before you start off, you need to educate yourself on the proper way to do it. Also, there are a few prerequisites that you need to fulfill to make sure your car gets the best wash treatment. For demonstration purpose, we have used Maruti Suzuki Ignis for washing.


The Prerequisites:

Two Microfiber clothes, wash brush for tyres scrubbing, two sponges/wash mitts, washing shampoo, window cleaner, car polish, two water buckets, and medium pressure water jet.

Also, make sure your car is cooled down and is parked in a shady area before you start working on it. The reason being, the hot surface will end up drying the wash shampoo quickly and hence will make it harder for you to wash off the marks left.


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Step 1. Wheels First:

Start off washing with the wheels first, rinse off the wheels with a water jet, and do not forget to follow the two-bucket method. The two-bucket method involves filling one bucket with clear water and another one with the shampoo water and then repeatedly soaking the washing mitts/sponge in the clear water before dipping it in the shampoo water.

This technique cleans much of the dirt and muck from the washing mitts/sponge and hence reduces chances of scratches when you are using the same washing sponge repeatedly.

Since wheels are the dirtiest part of a car, you should always prefer going with the wheels first. It’s not a hard and fast rule you can also go either way by starting off hood, roof and finishing with wheels. But since wheels are dirty very often, all the muck rinsed off the wheels won’t land back on the car and ruin its already clean parts.

After following the two bucket technique on the wheels, again rinse off the wheels with the water jet and you are done with the wheels.

Step2. Followed by full body rinse and shampoo:

Rinse the whole car through-out using a mid-pressure water jet. This will lose all the body dirt and your car will be ready for full body shampoo session. A variety of car wash shampoos are available online, some are wash and wax while others are simply washing solution.

Start off shampooing the car part by part, starting with the roof, hood, doors and then tail. And as soon as you are done with the shampoo, rinse off the entire car again without any delay to avoid watermarks.

Step3. Soak up and polish:

The next important step is soaking up the water using a microfiber cloth and never let the car air dry. Use one of the clothes and gently rub on the wet body surface, this will ensure that there are not watermarks left and the car is ready for polish. Use another microfiber cloth for polishing and polish the entire car surface portion by portion, leaving the glass area.

Step 4. Window cleaning:

Do not use polish on the windshield area or any other glass area of the car, and use a separate window cleaner. This will wipe off all the stubborn bird droppings off the windshield and will clear out all your car windows like new.


  1. For best results use different washing mitts/sponge on wheels to the entire car surface.
  2. Do not use strong pressure water jet.
  3. Water used for cleaning should be cool, as high-temperature water or warm water might react with the car paint surface or get inside paint cracks and catalyze rusting
  4. Try not to move the washing sponge in circles, as it might leave minor swirl marks on the car surface.
  5. Never let the car air dry.
  6. The polishing cloth should be different to the soaking cloth.


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