Preparing Your Salvage Car for All-terrain Road Trips

Embarking on road trips not only provides you a break from the mundane life, it also gives you an opportunity to bond with your loved ones. So, what’s the first thing you need to do while planning a trip? Buy a car, of course! If you don’t own one, you can opt for affordable damaged cars for sale. Road trips can be strenuous for your car – long drives, rough terrains, and difficult driving conditions can push the vehicle to its limits. It is, therefore, advisable that you prepare your car well in advance to avoid breakdowns, engine failures, and other hassles. To help, the blog provides some simple yet useful tips to prep your ride for different conditions. Take a look.

Road Trips

1. Rendezvous With a Beach
A trip to the nearest beach won’t stress your vehicle’s engine or impact the mileage due to the even terrain and warm coastal temperatures. You should, however, not forget that the salty air can damage the car’s body. You can follow the below steps to avoid this issue.

  • Prolonged exposure to sunlight and salty air can dampen the car’s luster. To address this issue make it a point to wash and apply a protective coating to the car’s body at least a couple of days before you leave for the trip
  • Clean the underside of the hood to ensure there’s no salt and grime build-up left. Remember, beach salt sticks to the vehicle and can cause significant damage to the electrical components, fuel and brake lines if the vehicle already has grime build up.
  • Use a UV protectant to clean the car’s interiors and avoid any damage to vinyl and plastic components due to exposure to sunlight
  • Ensure correct tire pressure, inflate if required and coat them with a UV blocking gloss to maintain the vehicle’s performance

2. Off-road (Mountain Motoring) Trip
Mountain/off-road trips can push your vehicle to their performance limits. Below are some tips to help you ensure vehicle readiness while conquering insurmountable summits and wade through uneven terrains.

  • Check and replace faded brake pads to ensure you’re in proper control as you ascend and descend the hill
  • Avail professional services to check the fuel engine, transmission, and final drive and ensure everything is in accordance with the owner manual. Use synthetic fuel if the vehicle needs a service to ensure standard engine performance and fuel economy under variable conditions
  • Inspect and replace wiper blades if required to protect them against incessant and sudden rainfalls
  • Check battery charge and account for corrosion as the engine temperature rises by a considerable margin while descending and can damage the batteries

3. Drive Through the Heart of a Desert
If you’re one of the many Americans, who harbor the ambition to drive through the US Route 50(a good part of which consists of desert valleys) or any other desert highway make sure you follow the below tips to tune your car to meet the challenges you can face on the way.

  • Flush out the old coolant and replace it with fresh gas to ensure proper cooling in hot and humid conditions
  • Inspect and replace cracked serpentine belts to ensure the vehicle’s vital performance systems such as alternator, power steering pump, and air conditioning function effectively
  • Ask an expert mechanic to test the vehicle’s HVAC system to avoid risks and inconveniences of driving through the desert without an air conditioner
  • Ensure proper tire pressure as prolonged exposure to excessive heat can damage under inflated tires

4. Trip Through the City Roads
Crowded roads, frequent accelerations and decelerations, and tight corners can prove stressful for your vehicle. To ensure a smooth trip through the city roads make sure you abide by the below guidelines.

  • Replace regular oil with a synthetic variant as they offer enhanced protection against damage caused due to stressful driving conditions
  • Replace clogged air filters to avoid breakdowns
  • Inspect and replace worn suspensions to ensure a smooth, bump-free ride
  • Ask your mechanic to clean the intake valve and combustion chamber deposit; a result of frequent accelerations and decelerations

Happy Exploring!
You can follow the above tips to ensure a smooth drive irrespective of the terrain you choose. Additionally, if you opt for a salvage car, make sure you buy it through a reputable salvage auctioneer such as AutoBidMaster. We offer a wide range of vehicles and can help you meet your on-road as well as off-road driving ambitions. Call us today and let us introduce you to the utilitarian world of salvage cars.

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Kawasaki VN1700: Is it “Your-Type” of Cruiser?

Although it’s usually the Harleys that come to mind when people talk about buying “cruisers”, the Kawasaki VN1700 is a worthy option. It’s a decent alternative to the Harley tourers and less expensive when compared to the likes of Harley Street Glide and Victory Cross Country. What makes it a prominent name in the salvage motorcycle auctions and other places is that the bike retains the Kawasaki Full-voyager’s powerful engine, but less bling, thereby rendering it more manly and giving the impression of a lighter bike. Here’s some more information on the Kawasaki VN1700 to help you decide if it’s the right cruiser for you.

Kawasaki VN1700

Engine and Other Specs
The VN1700 is powered with the 1700 cc V-twin, four-valves-per-cylinder engine that delivers 72 bhp@5200 rpm. It comes with a six speed transmission and the engine offers enough power even in the top gears to overtake other vehicles–thanks to its electronic throttle actuation system that helps control the amount of air intake. The maximum fuel efficiency is 35 mpg, which is normal for such massive cruiser bikes.

Built and Design
Although the VN1700 is lighter than the Kawasaki Full-voyager, it weighs a good 382 kgs. That’s still 30 kgs more than the Harley Fatboy. Short wheelbase, less distance between the steering head, and the seats, contribute to stability, making maneuvering the bike easy at low speeds. The chromed headlamp cover and twin fog lights gives it the look of a two-wheeled muscle car if you see it from the front. Besides, the VN1700 comes with a 13.2-gallon lockable case that provides ample storage to fit two full face helmets.

If money is your consideration, the VN1700 can lure more than the Harley Street Glide and Victory Cross Country. For instance, a 2014 VN1700 can cost approximately $3000 less than a 2014 Harley Street Glide. If you are lucky to find it at a salvage motorcycle auction, you may save even more.

This is yet another area where the VN1700 beats many cruisers out there. It comes with multiple standard goodies, from an ABS system to a twin 40-watt speaker. Other important technologies and features that make it appealing include a cruise control system, side bags on the rear, and a high-mount fairer for comfortable longer rides.

The Kawasaki VN1700 has all the features — power, comfort, and reliability– to make it a great long distance bike. In fact, it’s a sleeker, meaner, and cheaper machine than the Kawasaki Full-voyager, which makes it prominent both in the brand new motorcycle world and salvage auctions. If, however, money is a constraint when shopping for a bike, you can check out our inventory. Autobidmaster maintains a huge collection of salvage and repossessed bikes that are available at unbeatable prices. We keep adding newer bike models to our inventory, many of which are good to go on the road after minimal repairs. To learn more about our services, call us at +1 (503) 298-4300.

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4 Timeless Pontiac GTOs That Define the “True” Muscle Cars

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Comfort, reliability and safety – what else would a car owner desire? These elementary benefits, however, are seldom enough to please the fans of Pontiac GTO. They don’t get lured by the fancy frills that relatively new brands offer; rather, they seek road scorchers that boast the power of a perfect muscle car. Pontiac classics, such as Pontiac’s De-Lux (1937), Streamliner (1942-1951), and Torpedo (1940-1948) are still in demand for exhilarating performance and timeless appeal. Moreover, their superior engineering and minimal maintenance needs cement their place among the most sought-after cars of all times. In this post, we list four variants of Pontiac GTO that must be on your list if you are looking to participate in seized car auctions. Take a look.

1. Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe (2009)

Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe

2009 Pontiac solstice GXP Coupe was the mass-production car based on the Pontiac Solstice Coupe Concept unveiled at North American International Auto Show in 2002. The ride is perfect for those who seek both futuristic styling and breathtaking performance. The targa-topped coupe is sleek and features a removable roof panel and a full opening cockpit. The coupe gets the ecotec powertrain options from 2.4 L with 173 HP and GXP hoontastic 260 HP 2.0 turbo mill.

2. Pontiac Firebird Trans Am WS6 (2002)

Pontiac Firebird Trans Am WS6

The 2002 Pontiac Trans Am WS6 was the last finger-body muscle car by Pontiac. Back in the day, the car was a bargain at $28000, and is known for its striking resemblance to the famous “Ram Air” hood. Later, the value of the car went up with the introduction of yellow and black livery edition powered by a 325 hp LS1 V8 engine and 6-speed manual transmission. The design of Trans Am WS6 was inspired by a coke bottle, and although the car is difficult to find these days, but who knows, you may find one in our seized car auctions online.

3. Pontiac GTO “Judge” (1969)

Pontiac GTO Judge

1969 Pontiac GTO “Judge” is the second generation of the GTO legacy, with a more modern fastback styling than its predecessor. Powered by a 370 HP, 6.5L V8 engine, the car was available in a number of funky color options, matching decals, Ram Air hood, spoilers, and a T-handle Hurst shifter. The car featured a slightly modified grille and taillight, and had no front door vent windows. Additionally, it had rear quarter-panel mounted side marker lamps that resembled  GTO’s exterior emblem badge.

4. Pontiac GTO (1964)

Pontiac GTO 1964

The 1964 Pontiac GTO was a revolutionary vehicle that sold like hotcakes, clocking three times in sales than the manufacturer’s projection. Propelled by a 325 HP, 389 cubic inch V8 engine with a Carter four-barrel carb, the car sported dual exhausts and a three-speed manual transmission from Hurst. Credit it to these unique features for the time, or the exhilarating performance, the fact remains the same that the car has made a special place in hearts of car enthusiasts. The two-door coupe is available in two trims: convertible and hardtop.

Time For Real Hotwheels?
The range of Pontiac GTO models have all the features that make them dream possession for muscle car buffs. Although the production of Pontiac GTO stopped in 2006, when the stars are all lined up, you may find these marvels in seized car auction sales. That’s where Salvage Bid can help. We not only have a large inventory of salvage vehicles, but also list more than a few options with minimal repair requirements. If you have any questions or wish to learn more about any of the vehicles listed with us, simply call +1 (503) 298-4300 or write to us at

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5 Types of Fishing Boats for Boating Enthusiasts

Deep blue waters, doses of fun, and quality time with friends are some of the thoughts that fishing boats evoke in our minds. Just like cars, they are available in various configurations, from multiple-engine boats for high-speed cruising to boats with spacious cabins, where comfort is your companion. Fishing boats, whether you get them from auctions offering repossessed boats for sale or somewhere else, are a great gadget for boating enthusiasts. What type of fishing boat would perfectly suffice your need, however, will remain a question unless you learn about their types. To help you get some of your answers, we present five prominent fishing boat types through this blog post. Check them out.

Bank repo boats

1. Center Console Boats
Center console boats, as the name goes, have a console around the deck. You can ride these watercrafts in both salt and fresh waters. Available in multiple configurations such as T-tops to other types of enclosures, they offer protection from the sun and rain to keep all hassles at bay while you’re on the ride. A center console boat ranges from a 15-footer, with a single engine, to a 42-footer fishing boat, with three to four engines. Many of them include fish lockers too.

2. Walkarounds
Walkarounds are quite similar to center consoles, but they offer a full-length deck for people to move on them. A weatherproof perch for the captain and a cuddy, with ample lounging space, makes them one of the ideal boat types for fishing and other water adventures. Other features include a stowaway seating, rod holders, and steps to climb the forward deck. Simply put, walkarounds are not only great for fishing, but also for regular cruising.

3. Fish and Ski Boats
If you are in search of a boat that you can use both for fishing or other recreational activities over water, then we bet your eyes are reading the right thing. Tow tubes, wakeboard, fish in saltwater, or simply enjoy a high-speed cruise, these boats have got you covered. Aerated livewells help ensure that your catch remains fresh while the flip up seats (available in some models) make space for movement or more storage when you need it. Given their V-hulls designed for aggressive rides and precise handling, you are sure to enjoy riding a fish and ski boat, no matter it’s a bank repossessed boat or brand new model.

4. All-purpose Fishing Boats
All purpose fishing boats resemble close to bass boats, but they have higher fences, which makes them a better choice if you are riding with small children. Deeper-angles hulls for precise handling come by default and some are also equipped with a steering wheel or a tiller on the outboard motor to give you the feel of riding a car. All purpose boats are perfect for small families or a couple of people, who wish to advantage of other watersport activities, besides fishing in salt and fresh water. Most of the models include livewells that provide oxygenated water to keep fish alive; however, it’s better to ensure your selected model has this feature when shopping a bank repo boat.

5. Bowriders
Although bowriders are similar to deck boats, their hulls boast more of a V-looking shape. You can cruise them at high speeds, without worrying about handling sharp turns. Bowriders include a tow eye at the stern to help you carry your skiers, wakeboarders, tubes, and other things you think are essential for having fun over the water. A few models also come with a swim platform and a ladder, to help users easily get into the water and pursue their favorite watersports. Due to their open bow-up front, most large families and groups prefer these sports boats.

Fishing boats include several other varieties such as cuddy cabins, deck boats, dinghies, and inflatables, each offering different features and uses. You can check out some of these models at our website, and learn more about them. Most of the models you’ll find are available at the lowest possible price out there, which means you can now realize your dream fishing boat, without having the need to break a bank. If you have any questions, call us at +1 (503) 298-4300.

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A Beginners Guide to Jet Skiing: Important Facts and More

If you love being in water and cannot get enough of the thrill of speed, jet skiing makes an ideal water sport for you. Thanks to the salvage jet skis for sale available online, you can now easily own a jet ski without having to spend a fortune. However, before taking out your jet ski for a spin, you need to be learn the basics of operating this powerful machine. Safety is exceptionally important, not only due to the sheer power of these machines, but also for the fact that you will take it to water bodies where help may be hard to find. This knowledge also helps you get value from your investment by ensuring proper maintenance.

Salvage Jet Skis

The Basics
For starters, jet skiing requires a jet ski in a good working condition, a calm water body, (preferably an uncrowded one), and a life jacket. Though prior jet skiing experience is not necessary, it is advisable to acquire some basic skills and an understanding of the vehicle’s functionality. You can do this by going for rental services first.

Operating a Jet Ski
Riding a jet ski is as simple as riding a bumper car, the only difference being skiing demands more than just steering and there are handlebars instead of a steering wheel. A typical jet ski is equipped with a set of buttons for functions such as start and stop, among others. The lever on the right side serves as the throttle and they also have a speedometer and fuel gauge. Unlike steering boats, jet skis don’t need a rudder. They move in a particular direction with the help of handle bars. Also remember that jet skis don’t go into reverse.

Safety Tips
Before you out to jet ski, make sure you are in appropriate attire, such as a bathing suit or life jacket. Also place the safety key around your wrist. A safety key, used to start and run the engine, is often available in bracelet form and is secured inside a small plastic clip attached to the handle bar. To stop the engine, simply pull out the key from the ignition and it automatically stops. In addition, watch out for other vehicles on the water and avoid making blind turns. When approaching the dock at the end of your activity, reduce speed to avoid colliding with the dock.

The Bottom Line
Jet skiing is a fun water sport that you can enjoy even more if you have your own jet ski. Salvage vehicle auctions give you a great opportunity to find affordable deals on jet skis and own one without having to break the bank. In fact, you are sure to find a number of viable options in our listing of salvage jet skis for sale. All you need to do is register with the website, shortlist a couple of options, and participate in the bidding process. If you wish to learn more about any of the options listed with us, feel free to get in touch with us for a no obligation expert consultation.

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Debunking 4 Myths about Salvage Cars at Online Auctions

Despite the fact that salvage auctions offer unmatched convenience and various other benefits, several myths and misconceptions are prevalent in the industry, with USA auto auctions being no exception. These myths often confuse and misguide car enthusiasts, making them miss out on great deals. This is why it is necessary to debunk these myths and present the truth. If you wish to buy a salvage vehicle by taking part in any of the USA auto auctions, this post will help clear your doubts and help you make an informed decision. Let’s get started.

Salvage Car - Myths

Myth 1: Salvage auto auctions are not for beginners
This is one of the most common myths about online salvage auto auctions, which of course, is far from being true. A reputable auction company knows that the only way to survive in this competitive market is to make the auction process easy and simple for customers, including beginners. In fact, numerous reputed auction portals run customer services with the aim of helping and attracting the beginners. It is, therefore, incorrect to say that these auctions are not for beginners.

Myth 2: Salvage vehicles cannot be restored
It’s yet another misconception that most salvage cars are totaled cars and beyond repair, which is again not true. The condition of a salvaged car depends on the damage type. If you, for example, are planning to buy a flood damaged car, it’s important to do a thorough inspection. Cars that get damaged by natural calamity, need extra effort to get them back on the road. On the other hand, theft recovered cars are often found to be in good condition, and may prove to be a good deal.

Myth 3. Online auto auctions list totaled cars only
One of the common notions about salvage, or affordable online auto auctions are that only totaled cars or irreparable cars are available here. Though, this is not the case. Online auctions also list salvage-repairable, repossessed or police impound cars come for sale. You can check it out by inspecting the vehicle history including VIN. Therefore, saying that only totaled cars are available in these auctions is just a myth.

Myth 4: What you see is not what you get
When participating in an auction, you can personally inspection through a local agent, to make sure it’s in the described condition. In addition, online auctions have a highly secured transaction network through which buyers can easily process their payments. Therefore, instead of paying heed to rumours and myths about risks associated with online transactions, it is advisable to conduct a detailed research before making the final decision.

The Bottom Line
Most online auto auction scams take place at sites that don’t have the means to service the needs of the bidders. That’s why it’s essential to carry out some detailed research on your chosen auction portal regarding its credibility, before placing any bid. At AutoBidMaster, we hold various USA auto auctions offering clean and salvaged vehicles, motorcycles, trucks, and boats of all makes and models. If you wish to learn more about any of the options listed with us, feel free to get in touch with our team of representatives.

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Top 5 Reasons to Invest in a Salvage Classic Car

If you’re planning to buy a salvage car, there are various platforms and options available to you, including sports cars, sedans, SUVs, and MUVs. There are many reasons to invest in a classic ride, including time-tested performance, comfortable and spacious interiors, and exquisite craftsmanship. To land a good deal, all you need to do is participate in classic car auctions online, and research to learn more about the available options. As far as the question; why you should invest in a salvage classic car, is concerned, we give you not one, but five reasons to click that “bid” button. Let’s take a look.

1. Reduced Transportation Costs
Contrary to popular notions, driving a classic salvage car can be more economical than salvage sports cars and SUVs. The antique vehicles’ design allows them to use parts interchangeably with models from the same period. Some models can even use car parts from different makes altogether. The primary reason behind such a design trait is the fact that most classic cars were repaired in-house. Mechanics did not have access to modern equipment, making it imperative for manufacturers to come up with a design that is easy to understand and capable of using components from different makes and models.

Classic Car Auctions

2. Timeless Value
Classic cars hold on to their value better than their modern counterparts, primarily due to their rarity and in-demand status. In rare cases, the value of some models may even go up. Also, classic car owners pay more attention to maintaining and repairing their vehicles, which is why the cars can hold on to their value better in comparison to contemporary models. Therefore, even if you plan to sell it off sometime in future, it will still be a win-win proposition.

3. Tax Savings
Owning a classic car that was manufactured before Jan 1, 1973 and registered as a “Historic Vehicle”, entitles you to a 100 percent tax rebate. Now, there are very few benefits that can trump this advantage. Tax payments are a major component, when it comes to calculating the ownership cost of a car, more so in modern times when the government keeps on introducing/modifying the tax code. When claiming the benefit, you need to produce the MOT, insurance documents, and tax disc.

4. High Fuel Efficiency
Most classic car models may not be as fuel efficient as modern variants, which are equipped with latest technology and feature top-of-the line mechanisms. There are classic models, however, that can deliver a respectable mileage of 35 mpg and run on unleaded petrol. You can increase mileage by introducing a couple of changes, such as lifting the alternative axle ratio or modifying the overdrive gearbox. However, before proceeding with any mechanical mod, it is important to be sure about the outcome.

5. Experience Lost Wonders
Yesteryear car models include features that are not available in contemporary variants. Exotic vehicles boast characteristics, such as large trunks, bench seats, control knobs, and vent windows. Such features, apart from making more space and comforts available to users, also help the driver establish better control on the vehicle’s movement. Therefore, if you are looking to buy a vehicle that is nothing like the so called modern machines, buying a salvage classic car is a failsafe way out.

Final Words
Investing in a salvage classic car helps you reap all the advantages listed above, and of course, the feeling of owning a part of history. It is, however, important to make the right choice by assessing the condition and value of the options you find classic car sales. Whether you are a collector or want to use the car for daily commute, if you land a good deal, it is sure to be a wise investment. provides a variety of classic cars for sale at affordable prices. All you need to do is register with us, browse the models available, and place your bids. You can also contact our representatives at +1 (503) 298-4300 to discuss your requirement.

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Used BMW Cars for Sale: The Top 3 Contenders

For those who are looking to buy a new ride, the BMW range is an intriguing place to start. Although Beamers are usually priced above the median, you can get some great deals in used BMW cars for sale. These cars are excellent driving machines that can crown the owner a higher status, besides delivering the best in terms of drive pleasure and comfort. The German automaker offers a wide variety of models, all known for exceptional reliability and performance. Therefore, to help narrow down the options, here is our list of the top three BMW models to look for, when searching used BMW cars for sale. Let’s take a look.

1. 1999-2005 BMW 3-Series (E46)

BMW 3-Series (E46)
Available as a sedan, wagon, convertible or coupe; with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the 3-series is by far the most popular BMW model. It offers an excellent combination of handling, performance, style, and interior comfort. The rear-wheel four-door sedan is the only member of the 3-series BMW family easily available at used car auctions, or dealership lots.

2. BMW 3 Series Touring

BMW 3 Series Touring
BMW 3 Series Touring 320d (SE)
The 3 Series Touring is still a good option to drive, with its practical cabin, decent engines, and impressive fuel economy. Nonetheless, it is not as spacious as some of its rivals. The BMW 3 Series Touring is as attractive as it gets for compact executive estate car buyers. As with the saloon, petrol models are a wise buy if you don’t cover extensive distances. Stick with the 320d SE Touring equipped with an automatic gearbox, and it will never make you regret any moment on the road

3. BMW 1 Series
BMW 1 Series (118d)

BMW 1 Series
This one fits effortlessly in the ranks of the best small family automobiles. The BMW 1 Series, having various models, is a cool ride and surprisingly cheap to run. This crowns it as a very desirable premium option. It’s not as roomy as some of its long time rivals, but bridges that gap with decent handling and a comfortable ride. Featuring a combination of top performance, decent fuel economy as well as low emissions, this rear-wheel-drive hatchback is irresistibly worth a pick. The BMW Series, 118d model is one of the best option you can buy at online auctions without any hassles.

When it comes to buying a used BMW car, its mechanical condition and paperwork are much more important factors than age or mileage. If you do not wish to go through the hassles involved with conventional auctions, you can also always look for used BMW cars for sale at online auction platforms such as, and bid from the comfort of your home. We carry a wide array of options to suit diverse tastes and budget. If you’re considering buying a used BMW car and wish to learn more about any of the options listed with us, feel free to speak with one of our representatives.

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5 Things to Consider When Starting a Jet Ski Rental Business

A Jet ski rental business has fairly humble prerequisites, as to get started, all you need is a coastal location that attracts people, the understanding of a jet ski’s operation and maintenance, and of course, some reliable jet skis. When you start digging deeper, however, you realize that there are some small challenges that you have to overcome in your quest to start the business, such as obtaining an appropriate business license. If you feel you can run this type of business, this brief gives you information on some of the basics and how to keep your startup costs low.

Jet Ski

1. Not all Open Water Bodies are Conducive Waterways
Not all places have potential for good returns when it comes to a Jet Ski business. Firstly, you need to find a location that is conducive to your enterprise. The key to finding a great location for Ski rentals is locating a place characterized by a surge in tourists, and where water sports are in high demand. While some water bodies are unfavorable for water sports, some are protected by federal and environmental laws. It is important to explore your local geography and get acquainted with local, regional, and environmental laws before investing yourself in any specific location. Even if your shortlisted area has its share of water sports machinery for rent, it is still wise to cross check with laws and regulations in that area.

2. Consider Investing in Salvage Jet skis
Setting up a Jet Ski rental business is an expensive endeavor, as you need a startup fleet of jet skis. They are expensive to buy, run, repair, and maintain. To get you started and ensure that you don’t overshoot your budget, you can go for salvage Jet Skis for sale. The cost of brand new Jet Skis ranges from $2,500 to $10,000, depending on the make and model, whereas a salvage Jet Ski for sale can cost half that much. You also need to invest a little cash towards repairs and touch-ups to ensure the equipment works perfectly.

3. Seek the Right Insurance Cover
Accidents and glitches are commonplace in any ski rental business, and therefore, it is essential to have a comprehensive insurance plan in place, covering all your equipment. Also, it is advisable to partner with an insurance provider ready to provide short term rider insurance cover. When you apply for any insurance, you are expected to have at least some experience in the industry. As most insurers don’t provide any insurance cover if you don’t have at least 36 months of industry experience. To prevent any such hurdles, consider taking up a job in another jet ski rental agency so that you can learn the ins and outs of what it’s like to take care of the equipment and provide a safe water sport experience.

4. Factor in all Overhead Costs
There are three primary costs that are often overlooked when calculating the total overhead costs of a jet ski rental business, such as:

Storage Cost
When operating a jet ski business, it is obvious that you would require space to store your jet ski’s when they are not in use. Keeping them behind a fenced facility really works, but real estate close to water bodies can be expensive. Don’t forget to include this land cost into your overall costs of running the business.

Fuel Cost
Although you can charge customers for the fuel cost, fuel prices are always changing. It is likely that one day you would be making money due to low fuel price but losing it with sudden increase in the price. This is another important factor you must consider when calculating total business overheads.

Maintenance Cost
Different jet skis have different lifespans, and if you are purchasing salvage jet skis, they may require frequent maintenance. It is important to include maintenance costs in your overheads. If possible, try to keep a contingency fund to meet unprecedented requirements for capital investments during business operations.

5. Know the Right Time to do Business
As jet skiing is a water based sport, it is inherent that not all days will be business as usual. Part of your responsibility towards the safety of your clients is to know when to close shop and wait for the best time. In addition, you need a demarcation line in the waters and advise your clients on the distance they can travel and where it becomes dangerous to continue skiing if you have crossed the line.

The Bottom Line
Some people think that setting up a ski rental business entails simply purchasing ski boats and putting them up for rent. A lot of groundwork is required, ranging from finding the right location to scouring the market for affordable equipment, among others. You need to educate your clients on various safety requirements and proper handling of the boat during skiing to avoid loss of life and limb as well as damage to your equipment. When starting a ski rental business, you need to secure a number of work permits including local and regional permits to operate. In addition, you are likely to need a sales tax license and a proper insurance cover to safeguard your business in the event of mishaps or legal woes.

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Buying a Damaged Car? Here’s a Brief Inspection Guide

Damaged Car auction

The profitability of your decision to buy a damaged car largely depends on the overall cost of the repairs required to make it road-ready. To understand the nature and scope of jobs, you need to know the extent of the damages the vehicle has sustained. Therefore, before putting your money down, thoroughly inspect the car you are contemplating to buy. Though we cannot say for others, Auto Bid Master allows buyers to visit the company’s yards and inspect the vehicle of their choice. To help ensure you cover all critical areas and make an informed decision, we have also put together this brief inspection guide, covering five focus areas that command special attention. Take a look.

1. Clutch
It is common for the clutch to wear down due to continuous usage and rough handling. The biting point for a malfunctioning clutch is usually close to maximum levels and if you go for such a vehicle you’ll need to replace the component. Additionally, while test driving the car engage the handbrake and pull the clutch out if the engine doesn’t stops but the revs increase the car needs a new clutch. Last but not the least, any fluctuation in the engine’s rev (RPM) even when the car’s speed is constant indicates clutch wear and you may need to replace the assembly if you buy the vehicle.

2. Condition of Tires
Take a closer look at the tires to make sure the wear is uniform. One sided wear (on the inner or outer half) is an indication that the axles of the car are misaligned. Additionally, don’t forget to perform the cent test: place a cent head first into the tread grooves across the tire, one at a time. If the top of Lincoln’s head is visible every time, there are good chances that the treads are worn and you’ll need to replace the tires if you buy the car. Last but not the least, check the sidewall and tread for cracks and bulges that may develop due to continuous exposure to UV rays and usage at inapt air pressures.

3. Hood
Check for signs of dents, damage, and rust under the hood. Additionally, ensure all fluid reservoirs are functioning properly and there are no leaks. The hoses of the radiator should not be too soft or brittle, or have any cracks. Check the engine block for signs of dark brown residue. Such stains usually point towards a possible leakage in the gasket. Check if the engine emits any foul smell, as it can be a sign of larger problems. Make sure there is no foam residue on the inner part of the oil filler cap and the fluid sticking to the transmission dipstick is not burnt/brown in color. Last but not the least, check the timing belt and get it replaced on priority, if required.

4. Interiors
Get inside the car and check the upholstery and the seats for signs of stains, rips, or any other damage. Turn on and check the air conditioning, the lights, the parking sensors, and the back parking camera to ensure they’re functional. Additionally, don’t forget to check the odometer to find out the car’s mileage. Lastly, check all power switches, including windows and make sure everything is in order, and if it’s not, factor in the cost of the repairs.

5. Exhaust System
Black spots under the exhaust system indicate oil leakage and is not good news as the issue may require expensive repairs. Run your fingers over the exhaust, and if you see a thick layer of greasy grime, then you may need to invest some extra dollars to get rid of the issue. The issue is caused when either engine oil or unburnt fuel start getting channeled through the exhaust, and the overall cost of repair will be difficult to estimate without a thorough check by a professional.

6. Steering Assembly
The steering assembly is one of the most used components in any vehicle, and its cost of replacement can run into hundreds and even thousands of dollars. It is, therefore, important to check the assembly of the car you think of buying. Start by checking the steering fluid level, and move on to the steering pump belt. If possible, jack the vehicle’s front end and ask someone to turn the steering wheel. If you notice any worn parts or hear a screeching noise, you might be in for some major repairs.

Few Last Words
So these were some of the inspection tasks you can perform to assess the cost of the repairs required. It is also advisable that you hire a mechanic to check the vehicle and advise you accordingly. In addition to following the above tips, make sure you go through all the details concerning the vehicle before planning an inspection. If you have any questions or wish to learn more about any of the damaged cars for sale listed with us, feel free to call us at +1 (503) 298-4300, Monday – Friday (6am – 4pm PDT). Register today to get amazing deals!

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