How To Save Money On Car Repair On Your Next Roadtrip

Owning a car is expensive enough. With a basic sedan costing an average of $9,122, plus gas and insurance, it’s no wonder that unnecessary auto repair is consistently ranked one of the highest causes of consumer complaint annually in the United States. While exact estimates of the amount of money lost vary, the number is generally agreed to be in the tens of billions, with some estimates ranging as high as $40 billion. Even worse, 27% of Americans report being dissatisfied with repair services they’ve gotten, with most of the dissatisfaction stemming from high costs. So how can car owners cut back on spending on repairs?

 

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First, realize that most of your repairs (which cost Americans an average of $750 in 2013) come from the same few parts of your car. Your engine, for one, is the most important part of your car and therefore must be fixed more often. Your tires and your brakes also have short lifespans and need regular changing. Tire pressure monitoring systems in new cars are subject to bugs and malfunctions that require repairs, and your car’s suspension and timing belts also need regular replacement.

These types of repairs may be common, but they’re not the most expensive. A blown motor can cost from $1,000-$4,000 to fix, and a transmission replacement can cost between $1,800 and $3,500. Even a small head gasket costs $1,200 to $1,600 to replace.

To minimize your spending on car repairs, you can do a few things. Avoid verbal estimates and make sure that you’re not getting charged for repairs that are covered by your warranty or advertised as free. Visit mechanics that your friends and family have recommended, and check with your local Better Business Bureau for any complaints. Ask for details on the various parts and repairs and if your repairs are guaranteed, and get a written invoice that details exactly what repairs were done and what parts were replaced, including itemized costs. Finally, pay only after the agreed-upon repairs have been completed.

Remember, though- most mechanics are hard-working, trustworthy people. If you find a mechanic that you have a wonderful experience with, make sure to pass his name on to friends and family so that reputable mechanics get more business.

 

 

Wine tour at Cape Winelands

Planning a trip to South Africa?  Don’t miss to book a wine tour at Cape Winelands. Take advantage of the  Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour to discover the picturesque vine yards’ spectacular scenery, feel the warm hospitality, fine wine tasting and world-class cuisines.

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The Cape Winelands is situated in the Western Cape Province located in the south-western tip of the African continent. It is known as one of the “pearls” of South Africa’s rural and small-town sub-regions. The district that offers visitors a one-of-a-kind experience while roaming around the wine farms.  Continue reading

Top Iconic Sights to See in London

London, the capital city of England has a bustling population of around 7.5 million people. It is a vibrant melting pot of culture and has a combination of the old and new world that would surely amaze your senses. Before booking online with Venere.com, preparing a list of iconic places to see in this glorious city is a must to avoid itinerary issues and confusion.

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Big Ben

 

There are so many things to do and places to visit in London. It is mandatory for any visitor or traveller to see the iconic Big Ben! It wouldn’t be a visit to London if you don’t get to see this tower clock at all. The Westminster Abbey, a glamorous Anglican cathedral and the Palace of the Westminster, the seat of government where the Big Ben sits are representations of the English Gothic art and symbols of parliamentary monarchy, definitely a grand sight you shouldn’t miss. History lovers will love getting around this side of the city.

 

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Big ben and Westminster abbey

 

A block away from the Abbey is the Parliament Square and the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center. The structures and architecture of these buildings will bring you back in time just marveling at them. But of course, London is never late when it comes to modernity so expect up to date interiors and technology when you peek inside these buildings.

 

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St. James Park

 

From the Westminster, you can either explore St James’s Park and the Horse Guard Palace. If your visit to London falls on a summer, you are in luck, the Buckingham Palace, which is the official residence of the Queen, is open to the public during the summer season!

 

The Westminster Bridge can become packed with visitors, tourist and travelers from around the globe. This spot can give you a splendid view of the Westminster, the Big Ben, and the London Eye which sits right across the river.

 

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London Eye

 

Interestingly, the London Bridge and the Monument to the Great Fire of London also draws in a number history geeks. And from there you can also visit St. Paul Cathedral and the Museum of London to learn more about this amazing city.

 

 

Big thanks to my friend Marie for the photos :)

Skimboarding Adventure in Ka’anapali Beach

Hawaii is considered as one of the loveliest places in the planet. It is indeed a natural wonder that offers plenty of adventure activities and relaxation packages for friends and families. This group of islands is located in the heart of the Pacific so thrill seeking surfers and skimboarders are also allured by what Hawaii can offer. One of the best places to enjoy skimboarding is on Maui – the Big Makena. It is not very crowded so skimboarders can enjoy wider spaces for their exhibitions.

 

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Ka’anapali Beach is also very famous with the skimboarding community because of the “sidewash.” It is also very spacious and not a lot of people visit here though it is gaining popularity with the locals. This beach offers powerful breaks which is ideal for the performance of different tricks. It is easy enough to find Ka’anapali Beach, just pick a map and ask some locals and you’ll easily find your way down there. You and your family or friends won’t find Ka’anapali beach lacking for there are great hotels around such as the Westin Hotel and the Hyatt. Among its neighboring beaches such as Lahaina, Ka’anapali Beach is the best option for its nice beach breaks, accommodations options and nice locals to hang around with.

 

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Villa Holiday Experience: A splendid Home away from Home

Planning for your family’s next perfect holiday destination? Why not try a Villa holiday experience. Villa rentals are offered in most places around the globe.  These wonderful homes give pleasure to both big and small families and what is more fascinating is that you can also handpick a villa which offers child-friendly facilities that can offer added protection for your little ones.

 

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It is indeed a wonderful feel to stay in a fabulous home beautifully situated in the most sought-after location. Villa handlers like PPA Properties offers a wide selection of properties for an ideal villa holiday in different locations and destinations to ensure that your stay will fit your travel plans and requirements.

A Villa rental is an ideal place to celebrate memorable occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries or other important family events. It is a fully furnished accommodation, beautifully designed for comfort and relaxation. It also built in a sophisticated ambiance from which will be irresistible to enjoy whether near the coast or through a stunning scenery and landscapes. Moreover, villa staffs are helpful and friendly to cater your needs.

A marvelous second home away from home, an ideal place to rent for two weeks or more to unwind from the busy and stressful city life. A lodging place which is  a wonderful holiday home to stay for a vacation that offers privacy for leisure and bonding moments with your loved ones.  Villa holiday experience is truly a great holiday treat worth the true value for money.

 

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