Donating Your Old Junk Car

It’s still sitting out there, beside your garage, right were you parked it all those years ago. You’re not quite sure what to do with it. The snow has fallen to cover it, then melted and refrozen so many times that it looks like a poor attempt at an ice sculpture. Then a thought comes to mind, ‘why not donate your junk car’?

There are millions of unused vehicles out there that are just languishing where they sit. Their owners do not have the time or the inclination to fix them up, it could potentially cost more to get them running again than they would be worth, even in good working order.

Towing a vehicle to a salvage yard is expensive to have done. It is dangerous, as well as time consuming, for you to do yourself. So these old junkers just sit, year after year. This is a shame because they could be put to good use. Whether as a fixer project for someone else, or as a handy tax write off for you, if donated to charity.

These old vehicles can become a liability or even hazardous if left to sit for too long. An internal combustion engine has some pretty exotic and dangerous chemicals inside of it. Over time, as metal components rust away, these chemicals can be released into the environment and are exceptionally expensive to clean up. What’s worse, they can be a danger for pets and children. If it were donated; it would no longer be a worry.

There is no other single thing that will make your home look nicer, for less effort and expense, than removing that old four wheeled eye sore. It might be an important first step in improving your relationship with your neighbors as well.

The time and expense involved with selling a used vehicle can add up pretty quickly. Taking out classified ads, fielding phone calls, and an endless line of window shoppers and tire kickers. This is sure to be much worse if the car isn’t in running condition. Nobody wants to buy a car that doesn’t run unless it is a classic or unique auto, very few people will be interested in taking it on as a project themselves. The easiest solution is, to donate your old junk car. Many organizations who would like take your old car off of your hands, will gladly arrange to have it towed away at no expense to you. All they need from you is; the title and keys. They’ll take care of everything else. You’ll have the satisfaction of helping those less fortunate than your self. To say nothing of improving the look of your home and avoiding a potential threat to: children, animals, and the environment.

The best reason for you to donate your junk car is, it becomes a handy tax write off. You just need to obtain a receipt for it, to show that it went to a good cause, and your CPA will see that you get credit for it when tax season comes around.

How to Build Your Own Car Mats?

Everyone wants to make their car a bit more personal. Some people put stickers on the windows or dash while others hang items from the rear view mirror. You can also have some custom car mats to really put a personal spin on your car. So how would you do this?

No limits with customised car mats

Customised car mats are much better than mats you get in a store. The reason for this is that there is no limit to what can be done. You can be as creative as you want to be when it comes to your mats. If you want to put a weird design on them, you can. Additionally you can have any shape you want and not just what car mat companies think is okay.

How to make personalised car mats

So how do you make your own personalised mats?

1. The first step is to measure the areas in the car where the mats will be. By doing this you will ensure that the mat will fit. Estimated sizes can be a bit dangerous as you may make the mat too big.

2. Get some carpet for the mats. The carpet will be the base of your car mat so you need to decide what colour you want and what you are going to do on it beforehand.

3. Cut the carpet into the shape you want. Once you have measured and planned what you want you can start making you mats by cutting up the carpet to fit the car.

4. Place the mat in the area where it will be. By doing this you will be able to see if there are any parts of carpet that need to be cut away. You should mark these parts so you can trim them giving your mat a good finish and a good fit. On the driver’s side you need to make sure the mat does not bunch under the pedals.

5. Add any custom extra you want. Once your mats are the correct size you can then put the finishing touches onto them. This will be any designs on the carpet or different colours you want to put on.

What other mat options are there?

Not everyone wants to make their own mats. For people who are not in the DIY spirit there are a number of companies who will create the mats for you. While this may cost you more than doing it all by yourself it may cost less than you think. Generally you will be able to design the mat yourself and the company will then make it. You can also choose from designs that they have if you don’t feel confident in designing the mat yourself.

Customised car mats are a great way to personalise your car. It is actually rather easy to make them yourself with the majority of the time going into the designing of the mats. Of course you can get a company to make the mat for you off your design if you want to.

How Do Electric Car Batteries Work?

Have you ever asked yourself the question, “How the heck can electric cars run for hundreds of miles with just a pair of batteries?” Needless to say, the curiosity is quite common among car owners. Everybody experienced a dead battery at least once in their lifetime, no?

If you’ve ever left the car lights on for a couple of hours you know that the battery can become extremely weak or die in a short period of time if the car is not running! So how can you possibly have those same batteries power the entire 2000 lb car for hundreds of miles?

To answer this question I’m going to point out some important differences between traditional gasoline powered cars and the new electric cars that you’ve heard so much about. The difference lies entirely in the batteries of those cars.

When it comes to mass producing a product such as a battery for a car the manufacturer has to consider the cost of producing. It’s a crucial factor which is always taken into account, which is why most manufacturers use limited technology to produce the battery that runs your gasoline car. The fact of the matter is, a gasoline car only requires a battery to start the car. As soon as your engine starts running the alternator kicks in and your battery actually starts regaining its charge instead of losing it.

An electric car doesn’t have an alternator that recharges the battery thus having to rely entirely on the batteries as the energy source. For this reason, the batteries found in electric cars use top-notch modern technology that’s not used in traditional car batteries. For example, traditional car batteries have its electrolytes in a liquid form while electric car batteries have it in gel form. Because it’s in gel form, manufacturers can produce the batteries in any orientation they want. This helps produce the maximum number of cells in limited space. Once you pack those highly condensed batteries into an electric car it allows the car to produce better mileage in a single charge.

Electric cars have two types of batteries: the VRAL, and GEL. The GEL batteries use VRAL technology but it’s very advanced and doesn’t require much maintenance. With advanced sealing technology it’s nearly impossible to spill GEL. However, the only downside to GEL batteries is the constant requirement to discharge and recharge it. For regular commuters this isn’t a big problem. However, irregular drivers will find it difficult to always discharge and recharge the battery, thus wearing it out much more quickly.

The industry is making advancements towards the usage of Lithium-Ion batteries. The Li-Ion batteries have been around for decades; however, we couldn’t put its high effectiveness to use in cars: until now, that is. New technology finally allows us to research, experiment, and produce highly efficient Lithium-Ion batteries that are small in size but pack a much stronger punch. These batteries don’t contain any liquid thus allowing users to drive their cars for a much longer time than liquid or GEL batteries.