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We all want to keep our cars running smoothly. When something breaks or wears out, we tend to go straight to the manufacturer for a replacement part. But aftermarket parts, those manufactured by companies other than the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), are just as good and sometimes even better quality than their factory counterparts. Suppose you're considering purchasing an aftermarket product. In that case, you must understand what could go wrong down the road so that you can avoid those issues and make an informed decision about whether this is worth it for your vehicle. You Don’t Need Every Aftermarket Product The first step to being a good aftermarket car shopper is to know what you're getting into. There are many different kinds and brands of aftermarket parts, and each has its pros and cons. According to Grand View Research,  the global auto aftermarket industry was valued at 408.5 billion USD in 2021, and it is expected to register a growth of 3.4% from 2022-2030. Compared to it, the global auto OEM market size was 32.4 billion USD in 2021, which is expected to be worth 46 billion by 2030. To check which type of part is right for your car or what is compatible

Can You Drive A Vehicle With Expired Registration In PA?   When you live in Pennsylvania, and you are a driver, you need to know that driving without any form of registration comes with repercussions when you get caught. Some regulations have been put in place to protect every driver, and these rules are also set so that drivers can know of the consequences that they will face when they don't follow the rules set.   Registration is very important because it allows the state to know the type of car being driven, and they will also be able to know how to fix a car in case it gets damaged in an accident. As a driver, you need to know that you will have to face the consequences of driving with an unregistered vehicle. What Happens When You Don't Register Your Car in PA? When you purchase a vehicle in PA, you need to register it; if you don't, you will not get legal state license plates or registration documents. When you don't have the right documents, you will be pulled over by the first police officer you meet on the road, and you will have to answer some questions and explain to them why

7 Common Mistakes People Usually Make While Buying a Used Car   Buying a vehicle is one of the biggest purchases you'll ever make. It is estimated that almost 16% of an average American’s total budget goes into transportation, which includes vehicle and fuel costs. That makes it the second biggest expense after housing. You would want to be sure that you're getting a quality car at the right price. But all too often, people make mistakes when buying used vehicles. To help you avoid these common pitfalls, we've assembled this handy list of tips for buying second-hand cars: Not Checking the Car’s Maintenance Records You cannot judge a book by its cover. A car seller would use the best car wax and polish on it before showing it to potential customers. A good wax can give a car a shine of a new one, even if it is many years old. The best automotive wax in the market takes only one to two hours of your Saturday afternoon’s time to give you a high shine new looking car. And though your car’s exterior will change with the best car polishes and waxes, you need to determine its overall condition. Therefore, check whether or not the car

The Fast and Furious Cast: Where Are They Now?  If there’s one question on The Fast and Furious film fanatics' minds, it’s where are the stars now? Released as the new millennium was getting under full swing (feel old yet?) in 2001, the first film was a huge success, grossing a whopping $207 million compared to its $38 million budget. Over the past two decades, the franchise has been churning out sequel after sequel. In fact, the 10th film is on its way in 2023.  Many of us fell in love with some of the characters like Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker). With that in mind, you’re surely wondering what the stars are up to now and whether their lives have changed somewhat since the first film. Here are what the cast are up to these days.  Vin Diesel (Dominic Toretto)  Before joining the Fast and Furious extravaganza, Vin Diesel had famously appeared in an array of blockbuster films, including Boiler Room, Pitch Black, and Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. The actor even lent his voice to The Iron Giant. What we can say for certain is that once joining Fast, his career changed overnight. In 2022, Diesel

Yes, another article about home security tips. Most of you know that I'm into cars. To me, the cars I own or have owned have been very cherished.  Today, now in my 50's, nothing is more cherished than the safety of my family. When we moved to guard-gated community in South Orange County. We felt quite a bit safer than we would have felt in unguarded community.  Nevertheless, we bought and installed state of the art alarm systems , replete with sensors, cameras, motion sensors, touch sensors. We then reinforced every door, changed all the door hardware and installed additional restraints on every window and every door. We are currently adding shatter-proof mylar film on every exterior window. Short of Claymore mines and hidden bunkers with overlapping fields of fire, we've done about as much we could without getting carried away. There are multiple cameras inside and outside,. Virtually every angle of approach to an edoor or window is covered by cameras, My circuit breaker panel is also padlocked and my home alarm system has a backup battery system. My side gates are padlocked, 24 hours a day.  My gardener and pool guy have to knock on my door so I can let them in (I

Top Car Security Tips   Having a solid level of car security is essential for every car owner. According to recent stats, around 56,000 car thefts happened between 2020 and 2021. At the same time, there were about half a million vehicle thefts. This means the belongings inside the car were stolen as well. Since a car is expensive, owners need to go the extra mile when investing in its security. Below, we have mentioned a few tips to improve your car security: ●     Prevent Keyless Theft Keyless entry/start has become a convenient feature for many cars in the modern world. While it is usually helpful, the keyless entry has its drawbacks too. Thieves can break into your car easily without your knowledge. Since most criminals work in pairs, you never know about their next move. They can easily hijack the car signals, diverting them to the nearest accomplice. Use a signal-blocking device when taking your car out for a ride. ●     Use a Car Tracker A GPS tracker is of good help when knowing the whereabouts of your car. Especially if a friend or a loved one has borrowed it for a while, using the GPS tracker will help you understand the exact location of your vehicle. Almost

How Brands Can Market Their Products in Movies   Movies have a great impact on human psychology. They influence our attitudes and buying decisions. Marketers know this, hence the popularity of product placement today. Statistics show that companies’ global spending on product placement reached $23 billion in 2021. This figure is expected to go up further as more marketers continue to cut down on traditional advertising expenditure. But you need a great strategy to succeed at product placement. Your audience may have the wrong interpretation if the movie storyline doesn’t align with the product. According to one study, pairing the right product with a successful movie can bring up to 89% ROI. Here are four tips brands can use to market their products in movies. 1.   Know Your Audience Movies are categorized into genres. Different genres appeal to different people based on specific demographics like age and gender. For instance, many men love action movies and are more comfortable watching horror films than women. Some movies also appeal more to older people than the younger generation. Know your target audience before you approach any movie marketing agency to get your product featured in a film. Viewers will remember your brand more if the product aligns with

How to Lease a Car—and the Mistakes to Avoid   Car leasing is at an all-time high. According to statistics, the worldwide car leasing market will be worth $131.10 billion in 2029. Many people prefer leasing cars to buying cars because it’s affordable. They are also able to drive new cars, cars they couldn't afford if they were buying. But leasing can be hard for first-timers—people with little knowledge of how the process works. They may either walk away with a great deal or pay more than they should have. Thinking about leasing? Here are the top 4 mistakes to avoid. 1.   Ignoring Car Maintenance Just because you’ll eventually return the leased car to the dealership doesn’t mean you should ignore basic maintenance. Scratches and dents on the car may cause you to pay more at the end of the lease term. There’s normal wear and tear the dealer won’t charge you for, but they won’t overlook everything. Also, what's considered normal varies by dealer. Check the damages/wear and tear clause to know what the dealer considers excessive damage. Take good care of the car and do not assume the dealer will be lenient. Dealers thoroughly check vehicles at the end of the lease term for

Top 10 Tips on How to Buy a Cool Car Yet another of my favorite questions, I could easily write 5000 words on the tools, tricks, techniques and evaluation criteria I use personally when buying a car. Let's go into this discussion acknowledging that a lot of people will buy a car just like they pick a girlfriend  - considering looks only, and forgetting about the many issues hiding within. For those people, I can't help you. You're going to make a decision based on emotion and most of the time, you'll get burned, so just buy what you want and don't bother reading these tips. For those who are not led around by the wrong piece of your anatomy, read on. 1) Start with a realistic assessment of your finances. How much cash do you have RIGHT NOW in your bank? What's your credit score? Are you financing? How much can you afford each month? If you don't start with this step, you're wasting your time and the time of sellers. 2) Next, you must assess how you will be using the vehicle? Is it a daily driver? Are you commuting long distances? (ex. 50 miles or more round trip, daily)? Will it

What's the Best Tire for Your Car?   Little known fact: During my consulting days, I spent two years doing ride-and-drive programs for GoodYear tires. I visited two factories, their corporate headquarters and underwent extensive training on what makes a good tire. All the dealers used to say that the most frequently asked question was, "what's the best tire for your car?" My job was to train the tire dealers about the GoodYear tires so that they could speak intelligently to their customers about the advantages of using GoodYear tires. After each training session (there were two per day), I'd get out on a road course and do some performance driving with a passenger car, a sports car and a light-duty pickup. each with dealers riding shotgun. After years of selling tires, consuming tires, shredding tires and blowing out tires, I already considered myself to be somewhat knowledgeable about tires. Turns out, I learned a lot. I already knew the difference between passenger tires and UHP (Ultra High Performance) tires. I knew about drag slicks, DOT radials, even funny car tires (from my experience servicing drag teams during my tenure at NGK Spark Plugs). In my youth, my job at Super Shops gave me the opportunity