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Fixing Dents and Increasing Your Cars Value
By David Etienne

We all have them, well most of us. Small dents in our vehicle, dents that possibly came from parking lots, grocery carts, hail - you name it. And then there are the big dents, small collisions with the garbage can or a tree. However you acquired your dents, you can be sure that each and every one of them takes away from the value of your car. Try using the Kelley Blue Book and you will quickly discover a rating system based on your car's condition. The difference in price between your cars condition of Fair to Excellent is sometimes quite significant.

There are other ways you can determine the increased value of your car when fixing dents. For starters, it just makes your car look better. A car that looks good is naturally worth more money than an identical car that has dents or dings marring its appearance. A car's value is higher when it remains closer to its original brand-new condition. A dent-free car also shows that you have maintained and cared for your car. When trying to sell a vehicle, this is an important impression to make. A car that has numerous dents and dings gives the impression that the car has been abused and/or neglected.

Fortunately, there are many ways to remove dents from your vehicle, which include a simple paintless dent removal processes to having the body shop to an all out dent removal.

If you have never heard of paintless dent removal or PDR, it is the process of removing small dents (usually the size of a dime, quarter, or half dollar), which often occur on a car's exterior as a result of door dings or hail damage. Technicians use specialized tools to push the metal back into its original shape from behind the dent and depending on the location of the damage, sometimes the panel is accessed by removing trim pieces, through window openings or by removing inner panels.

The paintless dent removal has become a popular solution for consumers and auto body repair shops due to the many ways it can save the consumer money. First of all, it takes much less time to repair a car with this system than it does when a car has to have pieces replaced or has to be repainted. With the paintless system, there is no sanding, body filler or repainting necessary.

Another benefit of paintless dent removal is that insurance companies recognize its value and therefore often refer customers to shops that provide this service. Insurance companies see how the process is efficient, cost-effective and a value-added service, which in turn keeps premiums down for their clients.

Last, because the paintless dent removal system is a process that takes less time than a full auto body repair, you do not have to be without your car for as long of time. If the repair is small enough, sometimes a repair technician can come to you. This of course means you don't have to drive your car to a shop, leave it, have someone drive you back home and later drive you back to the shop to pick up your car.

Whatever system your auto body technician chooses in repairing your car's dents, one thing is sure, the beauty and value of your car will be improved, which means more money and savings for you.

David Etienne is the founder of FIX-A-DENT, the premier provider of Professional Paintless Dent Repair services in the United States. Established in 1993, FIX-A-DENT continues being the leader in Paintless Dent Removal (PDR), technologies, practices, and techniques. For more information, please visit

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Buying Parts at the Swap Meet - Some Tips For the Novice Buyer
By George Kynman

Swap meet, flea market, garage sale, auto jumble, or Carlisle, no matter what you choose to call it attending events to search out that perfect part for your restoration or vintage driver is a necessity for the classic and antique car owner. Having success at such events is a matter of strategy, knowledge and planning. After 30 years of clawing through heaps of old car parts and bins of miscellaneous in the search for parts, I have learned a thing or two. Here are timely tips for the novice part seeker.

The vast array of parts available at a swap meet can be mind boggling. At larger events such as the Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral, held in Carlisle, Pennsylvania there are literally miles of vendors. They say that to pass by each of the vendor's spots at an event like Carlisle swap meets is a 14-mile hike. Add that to the 1/4 mile walk just to get into the place and you really need to focus on your objective. Good sturdy walking shoes are a must at a big event.

Take it from a veteran when I say you will need more than a strong back to heft your prizes home. You will find your childhood little red wagon, with a big box attached is just the ticket for carrying your parts. While you may be able to heft parts you found at a local garage sale back to your car, carrying a water pump all day will get tiring. At the very least, take a back pack.

Dress for the weather. While it may seem obvious, it is not unusual to encounter cases of heat stroke, sun burn, or even hypothermia at outdoor events. It may seem like a nice sunny, summer day, but after four hours on a concrete parking lot, you may soon appreciate the benefits of cave living. At the very least, take a hat to outdoor events. A sun baked cranium may seem like a good excuse for some of your more questionable purchases. No part is worth the price of having the medics cart your lifeless corpse from the field.

Know what you need, what you want and what you would like. Taking a list is a must. Not only does it assist you in narrowing your search, it will stop you purchasing duplicates of parts you have stacked on the shelves of your workshop. By having a list of needs, wants and desires, it will also assist in making those optional purchases. Knowing that you have the things you need frees up resources for the special little options you would like. Never ask a vendor, "Will this part fit my car?" The vendor has no idea what car you have.

Along with your list of needs, wants and desires, carry a list with interchange information. I have a little black book that fits securely in my pocket. Unlike the local Lothario, my black book is filled with part numbers, drawings and other vital information about my cars. Included in the information packed pages are interchange lists. Just because a part isn't labeled specifically for your car, doesn't mean it doesn't fit. Knowing there are interchanges available between your car and others can save you money and anguish. Few things are as frustrating as finding out later that the cheap part you passed up, fits your more expensive purchase.

"He who hesitates is lost." If you find a rare part you need, buy it. With miles of vendors at large venues you may never cover all of them in one day. The chances of the part still being there after two days is pretty slim. That it is almost impossible to remember where that first guy's booth was is another matter. Going back also assumes that the part was not snapped up by another buyer, or vendor, while you are dithering. This is why you brought the list and your wagon. Buy it, cross it off your list, load it in your wagon, and move on.

I have lost track of the number of times I have heard, "I don't wanna lug it around with me all day".This is why one of the first tips was bring a wagon. I have yet to find a vendor that will not let you store the part you just bought at their space until you're ready to go. Speaking as an occasional vendor, "You paid for it. If you want to forget about it and never come back, it's money in my pocket."

Similarly, vendors often hear, "I saw one on the other side of the field for less". Vendors know that if you were too cheap to buy that one, then forget about this one. Chances are the vendor saw that cheaper one on the other side, too. That is why you are looking at the exact same part, but with a higher price tag.

Imagine the wad of cash you will need to take if you were actively looking for parts. You should add a bit extra to your wad for the unexpected bargains that you had not planned on purchasing. A dozen point sets may seem a bit excessive, but if you're planning to use the car regularly the bulk price tag will more than pay for itself. That little bit extra you take may make the difference between patting yourself on the back for your special purchase, or kicking yourself in the parking lot at the end of the day. Make sure that you have small bills. It is easier to haggle when you have exact change. Never flash the entire contents of your wallet at a vendor. Security concerns aside, it makes it difficult to plead poverty when you have a fistful of dollars.

Set your limits and know your prices. This goes both ways, for vendors and buyers. There is nothing more frustrating for buyers than encountering vendors who do not have clear pricing. Worse are the vendors who want the buyer to tell them what the part is worth. It is equally frustrating to encounter buyers who believe everything should be priced by the pound, preferably pennies a pound. Know what you are willing to pay for a part and be ready to haggle if the price is close to your budget. No foul offering less than asking price, but be reasonable.

At large events, if they have a map of the venue, get it. If they haven't make one. At some events, you can wander for hours only to find that you have been circling the same vendors over and over. A map or location notes will also assist in revisiting vendors that may have had something you wanted as an after thought. If you have some extra cash at the end of the day, a map can help you spend it before you head for the parking lot. Your map is also a great place to write down the names of vendors and other contacts.

The best bargains can often be had at the end of the day. While it is true that vendors often do not want to pack the parts home again, waiting till the end of the day could loose you the rare part you really needed. Better to leave behind a business card with your contact information and type of parts you are seeking, or buy it when you see it.

George Kynman is a cartoonist, writer and antique automobile restorer and driver. His cartoon work and articles have appeared in newpapers and magazines across Canada. George's radio documentaries have appeared on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio network, Canada's National broadcaster.
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GM Bankruptcy - What About the 2010 Camaro SS, the Volt, and the 2010 Corvette?

By Lance Winslow

Can General Motors recover from bankruptcy? Will anybody buy a General Motors car from a bankrupt auto maker? Will anyone want a franchised dealership if the company is in bankruptcy? Will the franchised dealerships of General Motors claim that General Motors is not giving them the services they promised to the franchise agreement and now that they are insolvent they can't? Therefore, the franchisees should have the money back for their franchise fees, royalties and be free to break the franchise agreement.

When General Motors files for bankruptcy protection this means that many other vendors which they have not paid for six months in some cases may not get paid for well over a year or more and they may not even get the full amount. This means all the service companies and the companies that make the components for the cars are out serious dollars and they will have to lay off people, many already have.

These vendors may not be able to recover either and many more dealerships will go at a business. It gets worse because many cities rely on the sales of cars to help generate sales tax revenue for city services. Worse, consumers may not come back to General Motors for a long time, instead they might buy their competitors vehicles, perhaps automobiles made by Ford, Toyota or Honda?

Still one has to wonder, any guy in the world would love to have a 2010 Camaro SS, which will have a 6.2 liter V-8, capable of 4.6 seconds to 60 miles per hour acceleration; all for $30,000. Question is, can GM survive that long? Think on this.

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