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How to Avoid Car Theft
Theft is most often a crime of opportunity - if your car looks easy to break into or steal, thieves will be drawn to it.Difficulty:EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Steering Wheel Locks
Automotive Security Systerms
Car Stereo With Removable Face

Park your car in an area that is well-lit and near lots of people.
Keep the windows rolled up and the car l

How to Check Radiator Hoses
Old radiator hoses or loose clamps can cause a coolant leak, which will lead to overheating and expensive repairs. Check hoses periodically and replace them if they're aged or leaking.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
New Radiator Hoses
Hose Clamps

Find the hood release, usually located beneath the dash. Pull.
Walk around the front of the car

How to Fill Up Your Gas Tank
Filling up a gas tank for the first time can be embarassing, with a few tips you will do it like a pro!Difficulty:EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Gas station
Money or credit card

Pull up to the pump with the side of your car with the gas tank closest to the gas pump.
Follow the instructions on the pump, normally it says to insert your form of payment. The

How to Polish a Car
Polishing a car can be a lot of work, but the gleaming results will be well worth it. Polishes come in liquids, pastes and "systems" of two or more products to be used consecutively. Here's what to use and how to use them.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things You'll Need
Liquid Fabric Softeners
Car Polish
Terry Cloth Towels

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How to Wash a Car
How to Wash a Car. Dirty cars are without a doubt unsightly and the key to a successful car washing is working from top to bottom and one side at a time. Confused? Here are a few easy steps to get your car looking like new.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Car Wash Mitt
Car Wash Brush
Car Wash Soap
Garden Hoses
Large Sponge
Large Bucket

How to Get a Rental-Car Upgrade
Mostly it's a matter of luck, but it never hurts to try.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things You'll Need
Tapes Or CDs
Frequent-flier Programs
Rental Cars
Rental cars

Build up loyalty by renting at the same location as much as possible. Agents who know you are more likely to do you a favor than those who don't.
Express an interest in the car you want.

How to Shop for a New Car
Choosing a car is an important decision that merits careful deliberation, as well as a plan to set you up for the big purchase. Once you have decided on the right car, refer to "How to Buy a Car" to learn how to get the best price for your new vehicle.Difficulty:EasyInstructions PlanningDecide what you intend to use the car for - daily commuting, recreation, weekends and evenings out, carrying

How to Lease a Car
Leasing requires a smaller down payment - usually much smaller - than buying a car. Therefore, you can get a nicer car if you lease, but may have to pay more over time.Difficulty:Moderately ChallengingInstructions Shop for and settle on a car.
Discuss lease terms with the sales representative.
Ask for a complete explanation of your liability in case of an accident or total loss of the veh

How to Shop for a Used Car
Ask your friends, check out the newspapers and search for the perfect used vehicle from a private party.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Kelley Blue Book
Local Newspapers
Used-car Classifieds
Spiral Notebooks

PlanningDecide what you need the car for - daily commuting, recreation, weekends and evenings, carryin

How to Check Belts
A broken belt is painful to the wallet; get in the habit of scoping yours out from time to time, and have all the belts changed at 60,000 miles. There should be no extra labor charge if you ask your mechanic to change them when the timing belt is replaced at 60,000 miles.Difficulty:EasyInstructions Things You'll Need
Car Manuals
Belt Dressings

Turn off the engine.

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