Category: Automotive

How to Make Money From Your Car

Many people find themselves in situations where they are stuck with old car but cannot find a good buyer for them.  Of course no one will want to buy an old beat-up car and if they do, it will be at a throwaway price. Instead of selling your car for peanuts or having it sit idle in the garage, there is a way you can get some cash from the car through cash for cars services.
What are cash for cars services?
These are services that are mostly offered by car wreckers. They offer to buy your car, as old as it is, for a certain price. They then dismantle it and take out various parts that can still be used on other vehicles. In essence you car continues to live on and you get to have some cash for your next car.
Cash for cars Auckland
The number of motor vehicle owners has gone up in Auckland in the recent years. This has in turn created a booming business for car wreckers. If you need to sell your car, there are many buyers who will eagerly take it off your hands and pay you handsomely. National Car Removal & Car Parts is one of the most popular wrecking companies in Auckland. Whether you need services for car removal Auckland or cash for cars, the company can help you out.
Getting the maximum amount of money from your car
Having a car does not automatically mean that you get paid handsomely for it; you have to make some effort to present your car in its best shape. This will ensure that the buyer is pleased and willing to offer more cash for the car. Below are tips on how to make sure that you have earned well from the sale of your car.
  • The first thing is to of course research where you can sell your car. As mentioned above, wrecking companies such as National Car Removal & Car Parts in Auckland are your best bet.
  • Do some minor servicing to the car and make sure it’s clean. The first impression of the car from the buyer can make all the difference. If the car looks clean and well maintained you are likely to earn more from its sale.
  • You can also do some comparisons. Research several companies and ask for quotes. The quotes will tell you how much they will pay for your car. You can then compare and contrast.
Other services
Other than cash for cars, National Car Removal & Car Parts also offers a variety of other services aimed at car owners. They include;
  • Junk car removal. Having a junk car sit around idle is bad for aesthetics and it can also damage the environment. National Car Removal & Car Parts offers to remove the scrap car for you. This way you get to get some space back and you also conserve the environment since the car will be reused in other ways.
  • Sale of used car parts. This can be very beneficial financially since they are much cheaper than new parts.

Container Trucks and the Fleet Operators’ Choices

Containerisation of cargo for movement across continents by sea was a watershed moment in the worldwide logistics business. Today, hardly a fraction of the general cargo, leaving bulk materials like oil and grains aside, are shipped in break bulk or less than a container load. Once the containers are off loaded from the ships on to the harbour, the container trucks take over and the industry and business rely a lot on these trucks to haul the laden containers from the wharf to the yards or to the different inland destinations, and bring the empties back to be stuffed again with cargo and shipped out.

Some Makes and Models Good at this Haulage

Any logistics related activity is highly time bound. Removing the containers from the wharfs as soon as possible is critical to the shipping companies and reaching them to the destination would be a necessity for the customers and so on. Under such conditions, the wharf delivery trucks need to be reliable, capable of carrying the loads and be economical. In addition, the driver comfort factor has also become critical these days. This is because there is a general paucity of good drivers and the ones you wish to employ prefer those makes and models of container trucks which are good to drive on the roads, especially over long distances.

So the fleet operators give a lot of importance to all these factors while picking up the make and model of the container truck to bolster their fleet. There are heavy duty truck manufacturers of international repute who supply some of the best trucks for this line of duty, where one has to ply the trucks virtually throughout the whole 24 hours. That is how the ports and wharfs operate.

Saving on Costs Helps Pass on Benefits to the Customers

While every factor listed above is important for the fleet operators, the regular operating cost of the fleet of trucks that they run becomes very important for them. Here, two factors come into play. One is the weight that the truck carrying the containers can take and ply smoothly and deliver the cargo at the respective destinations. Even a small quantity of additional weight results in savings for the truck owner and in turn to the end customer; and of course the mileage the vehicle yields for every litre of diesel. So economy matters most.

In the case of the empty container trucks, this becomes even more pronounced if the chassis of the trucks are built such that they can handle double the number of empty containers than the laden ones in one trip. This means that only one vehicle is being used, instead of two and the cost savings are obvious. And the consolidated effect of causing less pollution by cutting down on the trips is a bonus contributed by the vehicle to the environment.

Another area is the need for frequent maintenance. Fleet operators, as already mentioned, work on very tight schedules and cannot afford breakdowns of their container trucks. The manufacturer has to make and supply these trucks to ensure they run smoothly and except the scheduled maintenance for servicing, no major trouble occurs.

Why Choose New Trucks Over Old Trucks

When searching for a heavy duty truck, the very first question we need to ask ourselves is whether to buy a brand new or a used truck. Though there is no right and wrong answers to this question, it is an important aspect to consider when searching for trucks, be it medium duty or heavy duty. The quick answer to the question is “it depends”; this may sound silly, but it really depends on a lot of factors.
New vs. Used Heavy Duty Trucks
Like buying a new car, new trucks come with convenient perks and privileges. The most obvious one is the low maintenance cost and less downtime. Trucks are built for heavy loads and rough roads, thus, a truck with 500,000 mileage is still going to be okay, most of the time. However, once you hit the 600,000 to 800,000 mark, that’s when you can start to feel something odd and different.
Obviously, when you buy heavy duty trucks or buy medium duty trucks, the total cost will be much higher. Used trucks are unbeatable in price. As a matter of fact, you can even get two used trucks for the price of one brand new truck. But the low maintenance cost and less downtime is a great tradeoff, especially if you’re running a time-sensitive business and transporting perishable goods, etc. Also, most new trucks in the market today, such as the UD trucks, are equipped with the latest technology for more powerful pull, smooth and quiet operation and fuel efficient engine, equipped with a variety of features that improves driving comfort and helps minimize the risks of accidents, and less driving fatigue. More and more heavy-duty truck manufacturers today equip their machines with selective catalytic reduction with nitrogen oxide in the exhaust, taking significantly less stress out of the engine.
It All Boils Down to the Application 
Choosing between new and used truck boils down to your own application: if you don’t want to handle diesel exhaust fluid, then you should choose used ones. Make sure you know exactly how you want to use the vehicle, and use it for its proper application. Mainly that your daily operation is similar or at least close to what the vehicle was built for.
Consider the Mileage and How Often Will You Use the Truck
If you’re torn between new or used trucks, and you use your truck to run a lot of miles regularly, then it is wiser to invest to a new truck. If your truck doesn’t travel a lot, say it only puts up 2000 miles a year, and spends most of its days parked, then a used truck will suffice.
Bottom Line
To sum it all up, the only advantage of used trucks over new trucks is the cheaper price tag that comes with them. Other than that, new trucks have the upper hand all the way. Newer engine models are more fuel efficient and more powerful, making them more reliable on the road. Thus, they require low maintenance and have less downtime.
The best way to buy trucks is to ask around. Do your homework, visit auto and truck repair shops, and ask for recommendations especially from people who service and repair both heavy duty and medium duty trucks for a living. Also, talk to people who own trucks.