Secrets To Keeping Your Car Looking Like New For 10 Years

Most personal finance experts would agree that keeping your vehicle for up to 10 years is a good economical decision. The economics of keeping a vehicle that long are overwhelmingly convincing. So why is it so rare to find someone who owns the same car that long? After all, today most cars will keep working long after a couple hundred thousand miles. So, why do people keep buying a new car when there is nothing wrong with the one they have? Peer pressure? Maybe it looks out of date? This might be true, especially when the new edition undergoes major styling changes. Maybe it is because people start worrying about the likelihood of a major mechanical problem.

We have found that if you can keep it looking new through a proven strategy it will be much more difficult to make that new car purchase. So what can be done to slow down the aging process? How can a car be used on a regular basis and not age. There is no one particular activity, but rather several things that contribute to a common goal. The following is a list of ways to keep the appearance of your car looking like new.

1. By far, the number one way to keep your vehicle looking like new is to KEEP IT IN THE GARAGE AT NIGHT. Most people think the damage results from the grueling midday heat and dust that bake the dirt into the paint and plastic, however, the most destructive time is at night, when the cool moisture condensates on the surface of the car. This is the source of the problem. We live in a basin here in Los Angeles which is packed with automobiles moving about all day. The exhaust, pollution and road grime, rise up into the atmosphere during the hot days and are suspended there until the cool sea air moves in and captures the pollution in the moisture that will condensate on the car. That morning dew sitting on the horizontal surfaces of the vehicle is a sulfur /acidy toxic cocktail of all the junk in our air. It eats into the paint, the trim around the doors, yellows headlights and destroys the rubber parts. No test lab can recreate that! The moisture is not horribly bad, but if this process is done every night for 5 to 8 years, it will take its toll on the exterior.

2. Keep the vehicle under an overhang at night. The next best thing to a garage would be to keep the vehicle from getting dew on it at night. Reread the reason in the paragraph above. The next best long term protection is the overhang. (Car covers are helpful when the vehicle will sit at the airport for 2 weeks or in your driveway for a week. As a daily defense, it is a good idea, but with time it is a hassle as well as too dirty to put on the car. )

3. Regular waxing. Regular waxing is every 3 to 4 months or every 5,000 miles. So by the time your vehicle has 20,000 miles on it, it should have 4 coats of wax. Waxing gives the car a micro thin layer of protection from the elements. As the vehicle gets older, the attention to the exterior should increase. Occasionally, the paint should be polished to restore clarity to the surface. Polishing the paint every 1 1/2 years or ever 15,000 miles will increase the life of the wax, and maintain the paint in top condition.

4. Regular washes on the exterior will keep the vehicle free of dust and contaminants. The longer dirt and dust sit on the paint, the more likely it will start to adhere to the surface.

5. Paint protection film by 3M is the best way to keep the paint rock chip free. By applying this film to the bumper and hood, it will defend the original vehicle paint from damage. This film is removable and does not have any long term effect to the paint. Conceivably, this film could be removed in 10 years after installation, and the paint would look like the day it came off the assembly line. Truly the best long term solution for the everyday driver.

6. Window tint. Protect the interior from fading and drying out with a lifetime warranty film. During the day, the vehicles interior is vulnerable to the harmful effects of the suns UV Rays. Window tint blocks out 100% of the ultraviolet rays. It also reduces the internal heat and cuts down on glare. With regular interior detailing and window tint, the interior will look like the day it was installed. Also, window tint improves the comfort of the passenger and drivers.

7. Biannual cleaning of the motor will ensure proper visibility of fluid levels. It can improve preventative maintenance inspection and keeps the motor running cooler. Furthermore, mechanics respect a clean motor and are more likely to clean up after themselves.

8. Periodic removal of small door dings and dents. The cost of keeping your doors “ding” free is really reasonable and the process of Paintless Dent Removal is non invasive. It is impossible to keep a daily driver from eventually getting a door ding, but the good news is that they can be messaged out and restored to its original position. No painting or bondo is necessary and the vehicle maintains its original factory paint.

9. Deep cleaning Detail. Every 1.5 to 2 years the vehicle should get a complete detail. Most people will wait until the vehicle is so bad, something has to be done. For a potted plant, that is the equivalence of waiting until the leaves are turning brown before it gets watered.

10. Achieving a like new vehicle after 10 years will require preemptive or preventive care. Scheduled detailing appointments over a 1 year time period will help to keep the vehicle on track. The paint job cannot remind you it needs waxing. So do not wait until you notice the car getting a little shabby before you act. Lastly, the mechanical part of the vehicle is just as important. We strongly recommend the adherence to all schedule mechanical maintenance.

The Differences Between a Conductor’s Sheet Music Stand and a Regular Musician’s Stand

While there is no lone characteristic that distinguishes a conductor’s stand from a musician’s stand, the one commonality that conductors’ stands seem to share is that they are much stronger (and very often larger) than regular music stands. Extra strength and size can be built into a stand in several different ways.

A Larger and Stronger Tray

Because conductors typically have to manage many more pages of music at once than performing musicians, it makes sense that conductors’ music stands usually have larger trays (the part of the stand that holds the music). Since musical scores come in all sizes, these larger trays can be either wider, or taller, or both. One typical size is a double-wide tray to allow for the easy folding out of score books.

These trays can also be made larger by the addition of a double shelf (the shelf is the part of the tray that keeps the sheet music from falling down to the floor). A stand with a double shelf, one being a couple of inches below the other, creates a kind of mini-compartment that is especially useful to a conductor because he can use it to store such things as batons, pencils, and other accessories without interfering with the sheet music sitting on the top shelf.

In addition, it is also common for conductors’ trays to be made from stronger or thicker materials because they will need to support more weight. A good example of this is the opera conductor’s sheet music stand. With this design, the tray is three-dimensional all the way around with raised edges. Consequently, music scores cannot slide off any edge and are much more secure. The tray of an opera stand also typically has lighting built in to the tray itself so there are no worries of an attached light accessory falling off.

Stronger and Multiple Shafts

The main support mechanism of a music stand is the shaft, which connects the tray with the base (the part touching the floor). In order to bear the greater weight of music needed by a conductor, the shaft is usually also stronger. For example, this can be accomplished by making the shaft thicker and/or made of stronger materials. Other conductor’s music stand designs include stands with double shafts, sometimes including a connecting crossbar for extra strength, and stands that don’t use the standard pole-shaped shaft, but rather have rectangular-shaped shafts offering four corners of support all the way up and down.

A separate feature of the shafts on these stands is that they have much greater height adjustment, since a conductor will often be standing on a raised platform while directing. This benefit does not come with all conductors’ stands, however, and a potential buyer should be sure to check.

Bases with Greater Stability

In keeping with the same theme, the base of a conductor’s music stand is very often much stronger and more stable than that of a regular stand. One style involves the combination of a double shaft together with a connecting bar between the two bases. Another style abandons the typical three-legged base in favor of a platform design. This makes tipping the stand over almost impossible. Still other styles include using a four-legged base, or a modified three-legged base with a much lower and wider leg span. These also make tipping much less likely.

Conductor’s sheet music stand cost

Finally, as you might imagine, along with all of the extra strength and stability two consequences should be noted.

One is that a conductor’s music stand will typically weigh more than a standard musician’s stand and be potentially less easy to transport. The other consideration is that, naturally, things that are bigger and stronger are also more expensive. Without getting into the use of special materials, a general ballpark cost of a conductor’s music stand will be anywhere from about fifty percent more to double the cost of a counter-part regular sheet music stand made by the same manufacturer. (Some models do cost even more.) That might sound like quite a premium, but most conductors find the added quality and benefits well worth the cost. In fact, many performance musicians use smaller conductors’ music stands because of the greater strength and stability, as well as the added convenient features, such as a double shelf or extra wide tray.

Car Liquidation – What It Can Mean For You

There are two types of car liquidation: voluntary and compulsory. A voluntary liquidation is when a car dealership agrees to have their cars sold at a liquidation auction. There are several reasons why a voluntary car liquidation auction would take place. For one, if a business is struggling they may choose to auction off their merchandise early enough that they will be able to pay their debts before things get out of hand. An individual that owes for a vehicle may find themselves in a situation where they will not be able to finish paying for the car. In this case they may choose to voluntarily have their car sold at an auction in hopes of selling it for enough to pay off the loan.

A compulsory liquidation is when a business or individual is forced to participate in this auction. This type of car liquidation is usually court ordered, which means that they have no choice but to participate. For example, if a car dealership went out of business or filed for bankruptcy, then the cars would be liquidated and sold at an auction. Vehicles that are impounded or retrieved from criminals such as drug dealers are sold at car liquidation auctions.

What does a car liquidation auction mean for you? Why would it be beneficial to know when these auctions are taking place? The majority of these cars are in good running condition. Many of them have great warranties and they are being sold for a low price, which means great savings for anyone in the market for a new or used car. It would be easy for you to check the history of any of these cars that you have an interested in. All you need to do is have the VIN number to receive the history through Car Fax. Then you will have all the information you need to make a good decision about the car you want to buy. Basically, it means that you can get a good, dependable car at a really cheap price.