Friday, November 16, 2007

THE HUMMER : How it evolved from a military vehicle to a high-end consumer vehicle

Hummer was actually designed specifically for military use. Newly developed platform had to replace the flexible and popular Willy (Jeep). Not a small feat by all measures.

Hummers were originally built by AM Corporation, formerly the military and government vehicle division of American Motors, in its South Bend Indiana assembly plant. AM General competed in the development of a vehicle to meet the standards of the military. Consumer level hummers are based on the military High Mobility dual purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), or Humvee. The military M998 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles were developed to replace jeeps and lighter trucks and proved to be very efficient at moving soldiers and equipment in a variety of different environments. Located in South Bend, Indiana, AMG had introduced thousands of Jeeps before winning the Jeep replacement contract in 1983.

AMG officially named the vehicle the “Hummer.” Newly introduced hummers had all-terrain tires, had 36 inches of ground clearance and air pressure could be adjusted from the cockpit. Top speed was just over 60 mph. The Army tested the prototypes over a 5 month period. The Hummer proved to be durable, lightweight, and able to achieve high performance ratings. The U.S. Military liked the prototype and AM General begun to produce a series of different High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle prototypes.

Other specialized versions of Humvees served as battlefield ambulances and shelter carriers. In 1991 AMG introduced the Heavy Hummer (M1097), which had ability to handle heavier loads (up to 10,000 pounds). They are used a cargo carriers, troop carriers, ambulances, automatic weapons platforms, missile carriers, surface-to-air missile platforms and much more.

The first civilian High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, the Hummer, entered the market in 1991 and soon grew immensely popular. In 1992, AM General began production of versions of the Humvee, called the HUMMER for civilian use. Known as "the world's most serious 4x4," Many consumers welcomed this new edition in auto world because of its mobility and strength.

Hummers gained immense popularity in 90s when two Hummers traversed the rough terrain between London, UK and Beijing, China. Then in 1991, due to public demand, AM General announced that it would produce the Hummers for the civilian market.

Although most folks bought Hummers as novelties, for cruising around town or off-road, some were also sold as specialty vehicles. They were adopted to fill a multitude of different roles, ranging from ambulances and, industrial vehicles to fire trucks that could access rough boondocks areas.

By the late 1990s government curb had rolled back sales of the Humvees, and the civilian market never really took off. General Motors has been very active and effective in licensing the Hummer. In 2003, the Hummer H2 – a smaller version of the Hummer H1 – entered the market. Hummers are now becoming immensely popular with civilians and now are a part of automobile industry. Though Hummers have developed a massive fan following it still has its drawbacks. Hummers have very poor fuel economy. In addition to this Hummer are also said to appeal only because of their heavy body and dominant size. In 2005 General Motors is rolled out the 2006 HUMMER H3 midsized SUV. With the big thing in, hummer owners can kick a fashion statement. After all size does matter.

Check out this Hummer for Sale at One Stop Motors:

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Used Car Buying Tips from One Stop Motors

Buying a used car is always a little bit of gamble. You are never sure if the car you are about to buy is accident-free, has actual mileage, was garaged and properly maintained by the owner. It is also possible to not be able to find hidden issues like engine problems, rusty doors or a worn out automatic transmission that may not have been obvious when you had a test drive.

Do not look for cheapest car around! The best deal doesn't necessarily come from buying the cheapest car. It is important to look for a car in good condition for a practical price. If you had to choose between a comparatively cheap car that might have been maintained badly or had an accident in the past or needs some repair versus one more expensive that is in excellent condition, we will always recommend you to go for the latter.

You must ask yourself if you are saving money by buying a used car. How should I do away with the risk of possible problems and is it actually promising to do? We have gathered a few tips listed below that will help you buy a good used car.

A One Stop Motors Exclusive: Used Car Buying Tips

1. Know the real wholesale value of the used car you are about to buy. Also, if it is possible take a certified mechanic along with you to inspect the car before you agree to buy it. This will cost you around $40 - $60, but it is a small price and it will make sure that you are getting the right used vehicle.

Take a good look at the overall condition of the car. Make sure that the engine is clean; if the car has oil leakage or other fluid leakage then this is a moment where you must ponder.

2. Someone who takes thorough care of his house and yard is more likely to have meticulous care for his car. Such people always do regular maintenance services of the car especially changing the oil at the right time.

3. Creating a friendly relationship with a prospective seller always turns out to be crucial when it comes to negotiating a price. A friendly chat will do no harm.

4. Instead of looking for small scratches in the paint, you must look on more serious things. Every car that has been on road goes through wear and tear, the magnitude of this wear and tear is critical when buying a used car. You must look if the car has all parts and that there are no broken parts.

5. Buying a vehicle that has its after market value done wont turn out to be a good deal. The best to find out if the vehicle has been going through proper maintenance service is to ask the owner to show the maintenance records of the vehicle. If owner can not produce this record then this is surely a warning that the vehicle may have been causing trouble.

6. Negotiation: Seldom does a private seller gets the same price that he demanded. Therefore one should never agree to the first offer unless the car happens to be too good to be true. In the equal respect, one should not insult the seller by offering a fair price below what they are asking and get things started from there. If your inspection or the certified mechanic's inspection of the vehicle reveals some slight problems, the best way is to use them as bargaining chips.

Settle on your top price and then start your concession at least 20% below what you're willing to pay. A check book in hand always gets the seller's attention. Having the ability to write a check right then and there happens to be one of the keys in buying a cheap used car.

Your offer will never please the seller and you are most likely to hear, "you are not being reasonable". Accept it with a smile and let the seller know that you will be happy to see him earn something from that car, but still keep insisting on your budget limit.

7. Be patient: mostly, to get a truly good car, you have to be patient and not get anxious. Being more anxious to buy than the seller is to sell, you loose you chance of buying a good cheap used car. You must be in the right place at the right time to get a really good deal and nothing comes your way without patience.

8. If at any time of the negotiation you feel that there is something wrong with the prospective purchase that you are about to make, you always have time to walk back.

Important Questions to ask to seller

1. Why are you selling the vehicle? Keep an eye on the seller's expressions, any signs on nervousness should raise your eyebrows.

2. If the vehicle ever had major accident? Cars that have had accidents always cause problems and are never safe.

3. If the seller wants to get rid of it quickly, you have chance of striking a good deal with him. Creating a friendly atmosphere with him will always help.

To check out the inventory of the best used cars around, visit One Stop Motors.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Some Of Our Favorite Wacky Car Pictures

Found roaming around the Internet are some of our favorite unusual and funny car pictures or situations involving cars:

The Dragon Car

How Some People Fix Cars In Other Countries

Heavy Load

Child Proof Lock

Monday, November 12, 2007

MOTORHOMES - Why do people buy RVs?

They’re big and expensive, hard to maneuver and hard to find storage and parking for – so why do people buy RVs? Recreational vehicles (RVs) or motorhomes are very popular worldwide, particularly in the United States. Since the US has all sorts of climates and landscapes, people often wander about all over the country in RVs.

RVs are not only used for recreation purposes only. In fact they can fulfill the need of a temporary housing solution. Many people, mostly retirees or middle aged working men living in the North of America, love to travel and thus a recreational vehicle allows them to get out there and see the country while taking all the handiness, luxuries, and homelike atmosphere with them. Purchasing a recreational vehicle is very much about adding a new dimension to your monotonous way of life. With RVs, one can pick up their homes and roam to their hearts content. RVs come in different sizes and with different features. Many people who want to roam around in comfort and style consider a Class A, Class C, or 5th wheel trailer suitable.

Similarly, an RV makes for an excellent solution for those who live an itinerant lifestyle -- whether by choice, necessity, or the nature of their work. Some people need the ability to stay mobile, but might stop for days, weeks, or months at a time in various cities or work sites. Miners and construction engineers are just one example of people who fit this description. Building sites, television and film production companies, and traveling shows also make heavy use of trailers and motorhomes for facilities, offices, and to accommodate their talent on set.

The trend of buying RVs is on the rise in the US. This trend is expected to continue as municipalities throughout the United States compel land use restrictions. Therefore, owning your own motorhome can prove very cheap for a number of reasons. Instead of paying away money on house rent, your mortgage expenditure builds equity and may be tax deductible. You can live in an RV and save all that money. Aside from this, your RV can generate income for you if you choose to rent it out. Often people never tend to know where they will find themselves few years down the road, and thus the best way to accommodate themselve for a short or medium period of time is to buy a motorhome. RVs can be used as backup home for a family while someone is building up a proper house, or perhaps looking for an apartment. RVs also come in park models which can be parked in any suitable place, and they appear to be a normal room or transportable building.

Do the math -- fifteen years of rent payments vs. fifteen years of mortgage payments will certainly make you decide which is best. Thousands of RV owners have already made the decision to own.

Many young Americans go camping with their family, making a class B camper van or a folding RV the best choice for them. RVs are easily available at any good RV dealer. People can buy a used RV to save money.

Motorhomes help people find a middle ground between simple camping and expensive hotel bills or short term rental. A very recent vacation cost-comparison report published demonstrates that -- even after factoring in RV ownership costs -- a medium sized family can spend up to 70 percent less when traveling and camping with their RV. RVs are considerably cheap compared to the alternatives, and has the flexibility of being able to drive off at any given moment.

Different types of RVs serve different purposes. A caravan style RV can be attached to a normal car or SUVs to tow the RV and can be detached while the person is living in his home. Reservations are never needed. When you own your own motorhome, you are always guaranteed a good spot during peak seasons in the US.

The best thing about RVs is the financing. People can finance an RV in a relatively easy and straightforward process. Certain Insurance plans are needed to meet the specific needs of owners and their type of RVs.

Self-contained RVs, such as those made by Winnebago, are very comfortable and expedient. They are very roomy, often have air conditioners keeping the air inside fresh and the newer ones have built-in microwave ovens. Some RVs come with TV sets and dish set-ups for a wireless computer internet connection. Larger and expensive models often have units that slide out, usually the kitchen, to give you more space when you are not mobile.

All in all, all considerations taken into play, motorhomes are indeed a good choice for people who can fit these large, oversized recreational vehicles into their lifestyle and vice-versa.

For those of you who may be interested in purchasing a motorhome, check out this one we found at One Stop Motors:

1998 Bluebird Motorcoach For Sale

1998 Bluebird Motorcoach For Sale

1998 Bluebird Motorcoach For Sale

Friday, November 9, 2007

WOMEN DRIVERS – Are they as bad as society portrays them or are they actually safer drivers than men?

The common myth about women drivers has clouded our minds, stamping a permanent negative impression on our minds. Women drivers have been stereotyped as lousy auto drivers with more car crashes then men. However the truth is more intriguing, with some interesting facts analyzing psychology of female drivers and at times also supporting their road actions.

The age long gender battle has cruised into realms of driving and can be credited to ardent fans of gender issues. The myth about female drivers being unsafe is shattered by new study and better road behavior shown by female drivers. The society for long has portrayed tasteless images of women drivers alienating them as dumb creatures possessing minute wit and intelligence in comparison to their male counterparts. Women drivers are a hot favorite for pickup lines and no late night show is complete without cracking a joke about female drivers.

Women should shun all such baseless allegations and hit the road with confidence. Men, with their tailgating habits, and yet they still can’t stop poking fun at female drivers. The statistics tell a paradoxical story, stating that women are involved in more car crashes then men. These statics may be true to some extent, but according to the folks at insurance companies, it’s the men who are more involved in high speed fatal car crashes. Women, on the other hand, transport their children around and go grocery shopping, thus driving more in parking lots and in city centers, having minor fender benders at low speeds.

Women consistently outscored men in learning rules and shifting attention. These skills are helpful for drivers, and help them in advanced road skills. Women are said to have nerve problems and often tend to go white knuckled in accidental situations. Although risk-taking behaviors may contribute to the excessive injury mortality among men and younger drivers, up to now age and sex discrepancies in death rates from motor vehicle crashes have not been well understood. Insurance for men under 25 is far more expensive than their female counterparts which are another solid proof of women power at wheels. The investigators discovered that teenage boys start recklessly, with about 20 per cent more crashes per mile driven than teenage girls. Females over the age of 35, however, are significantly more likely to crash than their male counterparts.

Women should not let all these stereotypical myths affect their nerves and go forward with a more optimistic approach. If you are a girl, don’t wear that miserable and tentative look. Women while driving look too nervous and make faces like meek doll. Stay relaxed, after all it’s just a car and you are otherwise more powerful than men! The whole world now recognizes women equally good behind wheels and many automobile companies have launched special features that enable women to drive safer.

Analysis calculates that overall, about one death occurs for every 100 million passenger miles traveled. And it shows that some long-held presumptions about safety on U.S. highways don't jibe with hard numbers. It lists the risk of road death by age, gender, type of vehicle, time of day and geographic region. Some men tend to disagree with statics, claiming that women have fewer numbers of accidents because they spend less time on the road. However, these statics are based on per hour driven proving that men outnumber women when it comes to road accidents.

Beliefs that women are worse drivers than men are still widely held, despite official figures showing that male motorists are a greater danger. In the USA, men are twice as likely to be killed in traffic accidents than women. Only 27% of drivers in fatal crashes are women (USA, 1998). With support of these statistics, women should feel more confident and energetic. That is why some insurance companies charge less to insure a woman driver.

With power steering, now even strength no longer comes into play when steering around corners. Research also shows that men find it harder to multitask -- so when there are kids in the car, women come up winners again. They can control the kids and the car. Women are more patient and less probable to display road rage, and are more tolerant when stuck in traffic. A woman is able to multi-task between driving, keeping the kids under control while a man can be distracted by an attractive woman passing by.

Being a fantastic driver does not always come easily. It takes continuous practice. Remain confident, put on a good show, and you are on your way to becoming the model driver.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

A Few Little Known Facts & Trivia About the Automotive Industry

(courtesy of Auto Performance Pages)

1782 James Watt builds the first engine crank.

1792 The first U.S. toll roads opened in PA and CT.

1860 Jean Lenoir invents the spark plug.

1887 The Benz became the first car offered for sale.

1896 The Duryea became the first production motor vehicle in the U.S.

1897 The first auto insurance policy is purchased in Westfield, MA.

1900 The first Guide Michelin published mostly containing a list of gas stations in France.

1901 The first Grand Prix race was won with an average speed of 46 mph.

1901 The first American car manufactured in any quantity, the "Curved Dash" Olds is offered for $650.

1913 More than one million cars registered in the U.S.

1914 The Chevrolet bow-tie emblem first appears.

1914 The first electric traffic light was installed in Cleveland.

1923 Powered windshield wipers became standard equipment on many cars.

1923 A radio was first offered as an accessory.

1939 Buick introduces turn signals as standard equipment.

1946 The first power windows were introduced.

1948 Harley Earl introduces the tail fin on the Cadillac. Fins don't go away for over a decade.

1953 Chevrolet introduces its Harley Earl-designed Corvette.

1954 Padded dashboards introduced for safety.

1956 Electric door locks introduced on several luxury models.

1958 The first remote adjusted side view mirror.

1958 Ford introduces the first electric trunk release.

1958 Chrysler introduces the day-night rearview mirror.

1960 All-weather antifreeze plus coolant introduced.

1963 Seat belts first offered as standard equipment.

1965 Rear seat belts became standard on most cars.

1974 National 55 mph speed limit enacted after oil shortages.

1984 Chrysler introduces the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth voyager minivans.

1972 Cars traveled along LA freeways at an average speed of 60 mph. In 1982 the average was only 17 mph!

1974 The average American family spent 33 percent of their yearly income for a new car. In 1995 the average was 50 percent.

1995 the Big Three sold a whopping 97,000 cars in Japan.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Why the Honda Element is a Good Choice for Active People

They call it, among many things, the "Wetsuit Changing Station". The Honda Element is the perfect companion on the road for people with active lifestyles. With its very versatile interior, the cyclist can put in two mountain bikes standing upright into the back, the surfer can easily fit his surfboard, the snowboarder with all his bindings and boots and snowboards and gears all comfortably fit, the active mom can easily fit all the groceries and kid essentials in the roomy cargo, and the college freshman can easily haul big items to and from his dorm.

The possibilities are endless with the Honda Element's configurable seating and cargo design -- up to 64 different space options are available on this rugged vehicle. The un-carpeted flooring allows for easy cleanup when you track mud in after hours of rock climbing, and the waterproof fabric on the seats makes life easy for surfers and snowboarders when bringing in a bit of the ocean or snow inside.

We found a couple of Honda Elements for sale at One Stop Motors, like this one below:

This 2004 Honda Element Is For Sale At One Stop Motors!
(Click Here For Details)

This 2004 Honda Element Is For Sale At One Stop Motors!
(Click Here For Details)

This 2004 Honda Element Is For Sale At One Stop Motors!
(Click Here For Details)

The current owner calls it, "*Totally Versatile & Fun!*", and offers the following description of his Honda Element for sale:

Non-smoking original owner, garaged, maintained regularly and is equipped with alloy wheels, Mostly Highway Miles

Features Include: Air conditioning, climate control, clock, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, power steering, power locks, power windows, power mirrors, sunroof, tachometer, tow package, am/fm cd player and a subwoofer

Safety Features: Abs brakes, driver airbag, intermittent wipers and dynamic stability control
We also found a few more pictures from Honda's website of the different things active people can literally fit into the Honda Element:

And some funny Honda Element video commercials:

For great deals on used Honda Elements and other used cars, visit One Stop Motors.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Living on a Boat

Half-fish men and women -- a.k.a. people who really love the ocean -- would jump at the opportunity to live on a boat. In fact, many Americans declare their recreational boats on their taxes and they benefit from a big tax relief. Statistics show there's about 100,000 people who do live on boats (and other recreational vehicles such as RVs) based on the 2000 US Consensus.

If you don't mind the gentle (or sometimes not-so-gentle) rolling of the waves, and love being in the water just as much as (and maybe more so than) being on land, then living on a boat might be a good alternative housing for you.

Take this 2004 Chesapeake Custom Sportfish For Sale that we found on One Stop Motors:

This 2004 Chesapeake Custom Sportfish Boat Is For Sale At One Stop Motors! (Click Here For Details)

It has all the comforts of a home on land would. Here is the current owner's very detailed description of this beautiful boat for sale:

2004 Chesapeake Custom Sportfish *A Dream on Water!*

Fly Bridge: Fire System Control, Forward and Side Seating with Cushions, Forward Locker, Handrails, Helm Seat, Companion Seat Adjustable, Lighted Instrumentation, Lighted Compass, VHF Compass, VHF Radio Antenna, Electronics, Furno Package.

Cockpit: Cable and TV Telephone Connections, Cockpit Refrigerator/Freezer, Deckside Electrical and Water Connections, Fresh Water Wash Down, Fiberglass Steps to Flying Bridge, Indirect Lighting, Overhead Flood Lights, Sea Water Wash Down, Self Bailing Cockpit, Speakers, Storage Locker, Tackle Cabinet, Bait Center, and Drawers, Walk Thru Transom, Boarding Box, Corian Counter tops with Jenair down draft cook top

Galley Kitchen: Corian Countertop, Trash Compactor, Dishwasher, Four Burner Stove, Microwave Browner, Rope Lighting, Full Size Refrigerator/Freezer with Ice Maker, Sink with Disposal, Custom Wall Coverings, Hardwood Flooring, 42" Plasma TV.

Master Stateroom: Phone Outlet, Salon Door, Stereo Speakers, Storage Cabinets, Mini Blinds, Vinyl Headliner, Deep Tinted Temper Glass Windows, Kenwood Surround System, Kenwood Five Disc Changer DVD, Rope Lighting.

Master Head: Electric Toilet, Skylight hatch, 120V GFI Receptacle, Shower Light, Whirlpool Tub with Shower, Ceramic Tile, Custom Tile, Custom Wall Coverings, 20? TV Behind 2-way Mirror.

VIP Stateroom: 15" Flat Screen LCD TV with DVD, Queen Bed, Stereo Speakers, Storage Lockets, Phone Outlet, Custom Wall Coverings.

Guest Stateroom: 15" Flat Screen LCD TV with DVD, Queen Bed, Stereo Speakers, Storage Lockets, Phone Outlet, Custom Wall Coverings.

VIP Head: Electric Toilet, 120V GFI Receptacle, Shower Stall, Shower Light, Ceramic Tile, Custom Wall Coverings.
And if that written description wasn't enough for you, take a look at these pictures of the interior:

This 2004 Chesapeake Custom Sportfish Boat Is For Sale At One Stop Motors! (Click Here For Details)

Truly a home sweet home! For more information regarding this 2004 Chesapeake Custom Sportfish boat for sale, simply contact One Stop Motors.

Harley Facts

It's the ultimate "Toy for the Big Boys" - the Harley Davidson Motorcycle is a symbol of excitement with the power, mystique, nostalgia, and timeless quality it brings. Even non-motorcycle fans can't help but stop and take notice when a Harley makes it way on the roads.

The Harley Davidson motorcycle is definitely a head turner wherever it goes. Take, for example, this 2006 Harley-Davidson Chopper we saw for sale on One Stop Motors:

This 2006 Harley-Davidson Chopper Is For Sale At One Stop Motors! (Click Here For Details)

Its current owner gives intricate details about this baby below:

2006 909 Chopper with a Fred's frame, 6 up, 6 out, 44 degree rake, radius backbone, single radius down tube, 250 rear tire, 1 inch axle, 6 degree smooth tribal triple trees with internal stops, 16 over forks, rocket style lower legs with hidden axle, custom one off chrome wheels, P.M. hand controls, P.M. hydraulic clutch, P.M. front caliper, Exile sprotor, gold chain, polished gen3 rev-tech 100, polished rev-tech 6-speed transmission, weber 40 IDF carb, hand made spike exhaust with hidden outlets, hand-made one off gas tank, Hot Match gas cap and kick stand, hand-made bars with internal throttle and hidden brake & clutch lines, Twisted Choppers rear fender with integrated oil tank, chrome 3 inch bdl belt drive with integrated oil filter and outer bearing support, hidden coil, hidden voltage regulator, custom battery box under transmission, hidden plug wires, all wiring and plumbing run through frame, black suede and leather seat, candy apple red over heavy metal-flake flames with black diamond base and green pinstripe.

This 2006 Harley-Davidson Chopper Is For Sale At One Stop Motors! (Click Here For Details)

Whether you're a Harley owner or not, or out scouting for that perfect Harley, here are some facts about this American classic motorcycle you might find interesting:

Harley Davidson Motorcycle Facts
(Courtesy of Munising)
  • Per the Harley website: "Harley-Davidson began in a shed, went to war, became the symbol of American individualism and ended up "king of the road", all in 95 years. Buying a Harley is not acquiring a product, but buying an experience and even a lifestyle."
  • The Harley's beginnings goes back to the year 1901 when a young man by the name of William Harley crafted a blueprint of an engine that would fit onto a bicycle.
  • In 1903 the very first Harley Davidson motorcycles were made available to the public when William Harley and his friend Arthur Davidson produced one built as a racing motorcycle.
  • 1905 was an important year for Harley Davidson as one of their motorcycles won a race in Chicago, putting them on the map. The 1950s find Harley Davidson’s winning more and more motorcycle races, being featured on magazine covers with Elvis Presley, and becoming a household name among race and motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere.
  • In 1983 the Harley Owners Group was formed, and was referred to as H.O.G. It became the largest motorcycle club in the world to be sponsored by a factory. In a mere six years, the club had grown to include more than 90,000 members. In 1987, Harley Davidson became listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and owners everywhere realized what a wise investment they had made.
  • Walter Davidson dies at age 65 in 1942.
  • Bill Harley dies at age 66 in 1943.
  • In 1991, all Harleys change to five speed transmission.

Gas Prices Catch Up To Soaring Crude Oil Prices

Crude oil prices have been steadily rising since late August of this year, but retail gas prices only started its own ascent sometime mid-October. Monday was marked by a jump in gas prices above the $3 per gallon mark, an increase which will surely be felt by motorists as they fill up their tanks this week.

Analysts and inventors worry that if the crude oil prices don't stop climbing, we could see retail gas prices anywhere from $3.50 to $4.00 a gallon by next summer.

For some gas-saving ideas, consider these tips (courtesy of BankRate):
  • Fill up with a lower-octane gasoline. Buy the lowest grade or octane of gasoline that is appropriate for your car. Unless your car requires premium gasoline, filling up your car with high-octane fuel is a waste of money. That pricey premium fuel won't boost your car's fuel economy or performance in the least, so skip it.

    If you're not sure what grade of fuel works best for your car, open up your owner's manual and take a look. As long as your engine doesn't knock or ping when you fuel up with regular unleaded, you're good to drive on this much cheaper gas. Passing on pricey premium gasoline could save you hundreds of dollars a year.

  • Don't top off. Don't bother topping off when filling your car's gas tank. Any additional gas is just going to slop around or seep out. Why waste your money paying for gas your car won't use? Stop pumping at the first indication that your tank is full when the automatic nozzle clicks off.

  • Tighten up that gas cap. Gas will evaporate from your car's gas tank if it has an escape. Loose, missing or damaged gas caps cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate each year, according to the Car Care Council. So be sure to tighten up that gas cap each time you fuel up your car.

  • Go for the shade. The hot summer sun that makes the inside of your car feel like a sauna also zaps fuel from your gas tank.

    "If you let your car bake in the sun there's going to be a greater amount of evaporative emissions that take place than if you park in the shade," says Jim Kliesch, research associate at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

    So park your car in the shade of a building or tree whenever possible. And buy a good windshield shade. A windshield shade blocks sunlight and helps to keep heat out of the inside of your car.

  • Use your garage for your car. Got a garage? Clear it out and make room for your car. Parking in your garage will help your car stay warm in winter and cool in summer, and you won't have to depend as much on your gas-guzzling air-conditioning or defroster when you drive.

  • Pump up your tires. Don't get caught driving on underinflated tires. Underinflated tires wear down more quickly and they also lower your car's gas mileage.

    "Tires that have low pressure offer more resistance so the engine is going to work harder to keep the car at 60," says Brian Moody, road test editor at Edmunds.

    Your car's gas mileage may plummet by as much as 15 percent. Driving on underinflated tires may also reduce the life of your tires by 15 percent or more.

  • Check your tire pressure once a month. Buy a digital gauge and keep it in your glove box. Compare the pressure in your tires with the recommended pressure listed in your owner's manual and on the placard in your car door. Then inflate your tires as needed. Be sure to check tire pressure when your tires are cold. A good time is early in the morning after your car's been idle overnight.

  • Keep your engine in tune. Fixing a car that is out of tune or has failed an emissions test can boost gas mileage by about 4 percent. So be sure to give your car regular tune-ups. You'll also want to watch out for worn spark plugs. A misfiring spark plug can reduce a car's fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent.

  • Replace air filters. Keep a close eye on your engine's air filter. When the engine air filter clogs with dirt, dust and bugs, it causes your engine to work harder and your car becomes less fuel-efficient. Replacing a clogged air filter could improve your gas mileage by as much as 10 percent and save you 15 cents a gallon. It's a good idea to have your engine air filter checked at each oil change. The Car Care Council recommends changing your car's air and oil filters every three months or 3,000 miles or as specified in your owner's manual.

  • Use the right oil. You can improve your car's gas mileage by 1 percent to 2 percent by using the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil. Opt for motor oil with the words "energy conserving" on the API performance label. This oil contains friction-reducing additives.

  • Don't skimp on maintenance. Be serious about auto care. Your car's performance depends on it.

For the heads-up on the lowest gas prices in your area, register for a free account at GasWatch.Info.

Welcome to the One Stop Motors Blog!

One Stop Motors is America's premiere choice for buying and selling all motorized preowned vehicles. It is one of the fastest growing Online Advertising companies not only in Nevada, but also across the nation. At One Stop Motors, individuals can utilize the service of industry professionals, as well as enjoy great features such as financing, nationwide shipping, and extended warranties to benefit both buyers and sellers in making great deals.

The One Stop Motors blog caters to the general automotive industry, from descriptions of the latest quality used cars for sale to reviews of the latest import to gas prices to the latest trend in car parts and accessories.

If you're looking to buy or sell a used car, let One Stop Motors be your first and final destination!