Choosing the Right Type of Engine Oil for your Vehicle

Engine oil or motor oil plays a key role in reducing the friction between the parts of a vehicle that move against each other. The oil forms a layer between the surfaces of adjacent moving parts, thereby minimizing the heat produced due to friction. When it comes to choosing the right engine oil for your vehicle, there are several factors that you need to consider, such as oil viscosity and classification codes. To help, the post discusses several important factors, which will help you make an informed choice.

Engine Oil for your Vehicle

Oil Classification Codes
To select an appropriate engine oil for your vehicle, look for the starburst symbol printed on the container. The symbol signifies that the composition of the oil is in compliance with the current engine protection standards and the fuel economy requirements outlined by of the American Petroleum Institute (API). Also, look for a two-character service standard of API “SL” printed on the container.

Viscosity Ratings
Viscosity rating of an oil determines its resistance to the flow. There are two types of oil available on the market – single viscosity and multi-viscosity oil. If the oil container has two numbers, for example, 10W-40, it means that it is a multi-viscosity oil wherein 10W indicates oil flow at low temperatures (during winter) and 40 indicates the flow of oil at high temperatures. When selecting an engine oil, choose the viscosity rating suitable for the temperature in which you are going to drive your vehicle.

Oil Additives
Oil additives is another important factor that determines the utility of the engine oil. The additives help oil maintain good lubrication while minimizing the formation of sludge and varnish that can damage the engine. Some of the essential additives used in engine oil include viscosity-index improvers, detergents, dispersants, anti-wear agents, antioxidants, foam, and inhibitors, among other.

Synthetic Oil vs. Conventional oil
As the oil make up for the 80 percent of a motor oil, it is important to choose the right oil base. Many car owners today, prefer synthetic oil over conventional motor oil, irrespective of their price tag. This is because chemically engineered molecules used in synthetic oil have more uniform properties than the molecules found in conventional oil.

Wrap Up
Understanding the factors mentioned in the post will help you choose the right type of engine oil, no matter the type of vehicle you are using. If you are looking forward to buying a used car, browse through our gallery of police seized cars for sale and participate in our online car auction. If you want to participate in an auction or avail exclusive member benefits, register now or call us at +1 (503) 298-4300

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Electronic Stability Control: A Crucial Feature for Every Car

Safety features such as Electronic stability control (ESC) have become significant for every car. ESC detects and helps the driver maintain control of the car while driving on slippery roads or in a panic swerve, thereby preventing the car from skidding and colliding with other vehicles. A finding by the IIHS highlighted that ECS reduces the risk of fatal crashes in single-vehicle accidents by 56 percents and multiple-vehicle accidents by 32 percents. This led the US Government mandating all cars, starting 2012, to be equipped with ESC. So, if you are planning to purchase auction vehicles, it is advisable to look for a car that is manufactured on or after 2012. If you are not aware about ESC, here’s your chance to gain some insight.

Working Mechanism
The main purpose of ESC is to alert the driver and help maintain the control of the car on slippery surfaces. To do it effectively, ESC uses a range of sensors in the car, including steering wheel position sensors, yaw sensors, and wheel speed sensors to learn about the direction in which the driver intends to steer the car, and then compares it to the direction car is heading. If the comparison returns with the result that the car is not going in the intended direction, the system applies brakes on wheels, individually, in an attempt to control the car. This is in sharp contrast to how the brakes are applied manually, by the driver, on all four wheels at once. ESC system, thus, helps recover the car from skids.

ESC and Traction Control: Difference
Before ESC came into the picture traction control was a big car safety feature. Traction control works by sensing the wheel slip which happens when the drive wheels break loose and spin. At that instance, the system either reduces engine power or applies brakes to stop the car. Traction control, thus, helps control some types of skids, however, it doesn’t offer the same level of safety as ESC. Also, ESC programs offer traction control among loads of other benefits.

When ESC System Kicks In
ESC system works on itsjustifyown and ever so slightly that you may not even notice the difference in the car’s direction. In contrast, when other systems work, the change in direction is obvious and you may even hear the sound of the brakes, as in antilock brake system. The only noticeable point that ESC system is active is the flashing warning light. It is believed that ESC activates only on slippery roads, while driving on curvy and hilly roads may also activate ESC.

Performance Stability in Cars
While ESC systems generally kick in the moment it detects the car is about to skid, automobile manufacturers have programmed the system to be more liberal in their range of high-performance cars. These cars are allowed to exceed their limits of traction and skid a bit before the system kicks in to recover it from skidding. Cadillac ATS-V, Chevrolet Camaro, and Chevrolet Corvette are a few high-performance cars that feature multi-mode stability control systems with authority to the driver to control the intervention and protection by the system.

Different Names of ESC
Although every automobile company has adopted ESC systems, for some strange reasons, they use a different name to denote the safety feature in their fleet of cars. Some of the different names of the ESC systems you may come across are:

  • AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • StabiliTrak
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

Last Few Words
ESC is quite an effective system but it is not foolproof. That means the driver can lose control of the car even when ESC is active, but the probability of that happening is significantly less. Factors such as excessively worn or improperly inflated tires, slick roads, and excessive speed can reduce ESC’s effectiveness. That said, the benefits of the ESC outweighs the condition, which is why when you are considering buying a pre-owned car make sure it is a 2012 or later model. AutoBidMaster is a salvage auto auction where you can easily find ESC system featured cars. We offer used, salvage, and wrecked auction cars for sale to help you get your dream car without breaking the bank. To purchase auction vehicles, register with us, explore our inventory, and place the bid for the cars. For you wish to learn more about us, fill out the contact form or call +1 (503) 298-4300

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5 Reasons to Have Rumber Flooring on Your Horse Trailer

If you are planning to purchase a horse trailer, you need to pay equal attention to its construction and safety features. If buying a new horse trailer with the latest safety features is falling too heavily on your finances, you can always check out our online trailer auctions where pre-owned and salvaged trailers are up for sale at easily affordable prices. While most of the trailers available might not be in the best of condition, after getting the needed repairs, they are ready to serve you for tens and thousands of miles. Along with installing fencing in the pasture and padded separators, make sure you get rumber flooring done on the trailer. This blog post lists five reasons to have rumber flooring on your horse trailer.

1. Non-Slippery
Rumber flooring is nothing but a recycled rubber composite placed on the surface of the trailer. One of the biggest advantages of having rumber flooring is that it is and non-slippery surface for the horses to stand on. Also, rumber flooring means a more comfortable surface, which means less stress on the joints and muscles of the horses. Rumber flooring also provides better grip than aluminum flooring and traction than wooden flooring, which makes the ride less skiddy for the horses.

2. Reduced Heat Transfer
Despite having good ventilation in the trailer, it can get really hot inside the horse trailer, especially if the floor of the trailer is conducting road heat into the box. Aluminum is a conductor while rumber isn’t. That means that having aluminum floor will not only get hot but also pass on the heat into the trailer, raising the temperature that can reach dangerous levels if you are on a long trip, while rumber flooring will block the outside heat, protecting the horse from uncomfortable hot floors.

3. Environment Friendly
Rumber is made of recycled tire rubber and plastic both of which are harmful to the environment. Instead of occupying space in landfills both these discarded materials are combined and molded to form a useful flooring surface that serves for a long time. It is in sharp contrast to wooden floors for which several trees need to be shelved or aluminum floors for which aluminum has to be mined.

4. Minimal Noise and Vibration
The road noise and vibrations during travel often scare horses, increasing stress levels. Traditional flooring options do little to ease their trouble and stress, however, rumber helps lower the road noise and vibrations. That is due to the presence of large amount of rubber that dampens road noises and vibrations, thereby, ensuring a smoother ride for horses.

5. Long Lasting
Unlike other flooring options, Rumber hardly ever rots, cracks, or splinters, which means it lasts longer than most flooring materials. Also, it doesn’t increase the weight of the trailer by absorbing fluids, which means you can easily clean the floor of the trailer with water. Although it may be expensive to get rumber flooring on the horse trailer, you won’t have to spend regularly on its maintenance, repair, and replacement.

The Bottom Line
Before you hit the road with your new horse trailer, make sure it has a flooring of recycled rubber composite. Rumber flooring is among the few elements that help improve both safety and comfort, while enhancing the aesthetics of the trailer. If you are searching for an affordable horse trailer, AutoBidMaster is the perfect place to shop. We are an online horse trailer auction site offering a wide variety of horse trailers for sale. Register for the auctions, browse our inventory, and bid on the most suitable horse trailers. If you wish to learn more, fill out our contact form or simply call +1 (503) 298-4300

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Fancy Yourself as a Batmobile Fan? Bet You Can’t Beat us at This!

He is one of the most well known and loved superheroes of all time, yet he is vulnerable beneath that cape he wears to conceal his identity. Yes, you got it right. We are talking about Batman. The caped crusader who has saved the world on multiple occasions. The superhero has had numerous cool gadgets to assisted him in wars against his nemesis, with Batmobiles standing out due to their awe-inspiring designs and grandeur. Whether you are a ‘Bats’ (as Joker refers to him in most of their encounters) fan or a car collector who loves learning about cool gadgets, read on to learn how Batman’s ride has evolved over the years.

The 60s Batmobile
During the 60s, Batman was just getting started and needed a ride. To design the ride, the producers at ABC chose George Barris, who at that time was turning heads with his custom car designs. The producers wanted the final product handed over to them within three weeks, which made creating a car from scratch an improbable proposition. Then one fine day, Barris found a gem; an old concept Lincoln Futura in his backyard. Legend has it that Barris bought the car for $1. Barris got to work quickly and customized the car by extending the fins, and including a few flashing red lights. At first the car was painted in dull gray and included white stripes. Later, Barris repainted it with coats of black. To gel better with the batcave, the designer also painted orange stripes.
Fun fact: Barris got a ticket driving this Batmobile.

The 80s and Early 90s Batmobile
The Batmobile featured in the first two movies: Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). The Batmobile was hand sculpted, which explains its asymmetrical fins. The car’s top speed was 90 mph and included an armory of lethal weapons such as twin machine guns and hand grenades. The car was designed by Anton Furst and included two chassis (borrowed from Impalas). The car was painted in black with a hint of green. The version was inspired by Salt Flat Racing and Stingrays that used to scorch the streets in the 1950s. To enhance the car’s maneuverability, the chassis was restructured for Batman Returns.

The mid-90s Batmobile (1995)
The Batmobile was used in Batman Forever. Designed by Barbara Ling, the car included ribs and wings like structures that resembled Batman’s cape and bats’ wings. The designing team used blue LEDs red and yellow lights to illuminate the engine panels, wheels, and undercarriage, thereby, creating an effect that the engine was breathing. The car is regarded as one of the baddest and meanest versions of Batmobile and used a 25- gallon propane tank. Other remarkable design elements include separate fenders, jet exhausts and a split cockpit canopy. The wheels were designed such as to keep the Bat logo upright when they (the wheels) are rotating).

The Late 90s Batmobile (1997)
The Batmobile featured in Batman & Robin and was (yet again) designed by Ling. She wanted the car to have a larger than life screen presence and turned to scorchers on the racing track such as the Jaguar D Type and Delahaye 165 for inspiration. With a length of 30 feet, this version was one of the longest Batmobiles ever and had a top speed of 140 mph. In addition to the red, yellow, orange and blue lights (used in the earlier version), this Batmobile also included pulsating lights. The “boattail” rear used in the car made it unique from other Batmobiles, most of which featured a single jet exhaust. The car included six exhausts that were positioned in a way to keep the car pointed straight. The first among its kind, the Batmobile was a single-seat convertible and featured tires covered with bat logos.

The Early 2000s Batmobile
Well, technically speaking this is not a Batmobile (was referred to as Tumbler and not Batmobile) in any of the three movies it was used (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises). The car was designed by Nathan Crowley and Christopher Nolan and is a military prototype. Tumbler was stress tested by an aircraft company, and unlike other Batmobiles (for which CGI was used) were used to perform actual stunts. The vehicle was designed using computer graphics. The car has Hoosier racing tires and Super Swampers (in the rear) and can reach a top speed of 100 mph. The car is deceptively lighter, thanks to the use of tube-framed chassis mated with carbon fiber body panels.

The 2016 Batmobile (aka ‘Kryptonian Killer’)
Zack Snyder (Director of Batman vs. Superman) dubs this version of the Batmobile as ‘slightly battier’ than Tumbler. The car was designed by Patrick Tatopoulos and Dennis McCarthy and measured 20-feet from tip to toe. The designers claim the top speed of the vehicle to be 205 mph. The design is a mashup between the 90s Batmobile and the ones used in the Dark Knight trilogy. Unlike the other Batmobiles, this one features guns in the front.
Fun fact: The tires for this Batmobile were imported from Israel.

Wrapping Up
Over the years, Batmobile has evolved from a simple machine (with a few modifications) to a technological wonder. If you think, owning one is out of question think again! There are several auction houses that auction different Batmobile models. That said, you must have a deep pocket to afford one of these wonders. You, however, do not need to give up your dream of driving around in a Batmobile of your own. All you need to do is participate in a salvage car auctioned organized by AutoBidMaster, bid on a model of your choice. Once the car is delivered, get to work in your garage to customize the car as your personal Batmobile. If you have any questions about our online salvage auctions, fill out our contact form or simply call +1 (503) 298-4300

 

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7 Fancy Rides Owned by the Uber Rich

Money help’s you live a lavish and luxurious life and fulfill all your desires. A majority of uber riches are doing just that; from investing their money in new business ideas to owning a fleet of fast luxurious cars, they have it all covered. Speed and luxury, in particular, are common passions shared by the uber rich around the world. In this blog post, we present seven fancy rides of the uber riches that resonate luxury and performance. Take a look.

1. Michael Bloomberg – Audi R8
Michael Bloomberg, the multi-millionaire owner of Bloomberg L.P and ex-Mayor of New York moves around in style in his posh Audi R8. The model is retailing for around $163,000 and is the perfect example of speed, elegance, and stability. Powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine that churns out 540 horsepower, the R8 takes just 2.8 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph. Adding to the car’s awesomeness are its sporty interiors and comforting ergonomics.

2. Carlos Slim Helu – Bentley Continental Flying Spur
Carlos Slim Helu, the Mexican telecom tycoon who regularly challenges Bill Gates for the richest person in the world drives a cool $300,000 Bentley Continental Flying Spur. The car features a 6-liter W12 engine under the hood, which makes 616 horsepower. The car can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 200 miles per hour.

3. Leonardo DiCaprio – Fisker Karma Hybrid
Leonardo DiCaprio, one of the finest American actors and an avid environmental activist, is the proud owner of eco-friendly Fisker Karma Hybrid. He’s among the trendsetter of environment-friendly cars among Hollywood actors. Unfortunately, despite catching the fancy of various auto enthusiasts, the company went bankrupt and was acquired by a China-based auto maker.

4. Richard Branson – Gibbs Aquada
Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group with a net worth of approximately $5.1 billion, has an extensive automobile collection, including private jets and a swanky and unique amphibious land-water vehicle – Gibbs Aquada. Retailing at around $100,000, the vehicle is powered by a 2.5-liter Rover V6 engine that helps the car do up to 100 miles per hour on land and 31 miles per hour or 27 knots on water. In 2004, Richard Branson crossed the English Channel on his Gibbs Aquada.

5. Jay Leno – Mercedes SLR McLaren
Jay Leno is a popular comedian, actor, philanthropist, and television host has a fetish for luxury cars. It is believed that he has a 17,000-square-foot garage to store his extensive car collection that ranges from 1906 Stanley steamer to an EcoJet. His favorite ride from the humongous 286 vehicles collection is the Mercedes SLR McLaren valued at $250,000. The car is powered by a 5.4-liter V-8 engine that churns out 617 units of horsepower and has a top speed of 209 miles per hour.

6. Bill Gates – Porsche 959 Coupe
What do you drive when you are the richest person on the planet? Maybe a limited edition car? Well, the world’s richest person, Bill Gates surely does that. He owns a $400,000 Porsche 959 Coupe, which is owned by only 229 other individuals. The car is powered by a 2849cc twin-turbocharged flat-6 engine that makes 515 units of horsepower and can reach a top speed of 195 miles per hour.

7. Alwaleed Bin Talal – Rolls-Royce Phantom
The last spot in the list is taken by Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud and his royal ride Rolls-Royce Phantom. Retailing at a price range of $246,000 and $447,000, the car features a 6.75-litre V12 under the hood and makes 453 units of horsepower. The Rolls-Royce Phantom can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 5.8 seconds and has a top speed of 155 miles per hour.

Wrap Up
Owning any of these rides will set you back by hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you are on a budget and want to own one of these beauties, explore pre-owned, salvage, or repairable cars for sale listed on leading auction sites such as AutoBidMaster. We are sure you will find more than a few cars worth your time and money in our huge inventory. To learn more about any of the repairable salvage cars or rebuilt salvage title cars for sale listed with us, fill out our contact form or call +1 (503) 298-4300, Mon – Fri (6 am – 4 pm PST).

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Buying a Used Tractor? Here’s an Inspection Checklist

Buying in a tractor is a critical decision for farm owners, as it largely determines the efficiency of various tasks and the quality of the yield. If a brand new tractor is beyond your budget, you can simply participate in our industrial equipment auctions featuring a number of salvage and used tractors. However, before putting your money down, you need to make sure the tractor you buy will prove to be a worthwhile investment. To help, in this post, we give you a checklist of what all to look for, when buying a used or salvage tractor for sale.

1. Structural Damage
Steer away from tractors that have been spot painted, as in most cases, this is done to conceal rust. Make sure the wiring is intact and there are no frayed wires. The linkage arm adjuster must be free of rust. Inspect the blade push up arms and watch out for free space between the trunnion and cap, as it signifies excessive wear. To ensure the undercarriage has worn evenly, check both the sides. Check the top and bottom rollers, idlers, track frames, sway bars and stabilizers for excessive wear.

2. Oil Leakage
Check the hydraulic cylinders and be weary of any signs of oil leakage such as dents and scratches. Open and inspect the engine panels to make sure there are no leakage points. Inspect the remote hydraulics and make sure they are not leaking oils. Look for streaks of oil across the tires and hub.

3. Steering Assembly
Fixing a glitch in the steering box can both be costly and an effort intensive task. To test the steering assembly, hop into the driver’s seat. Evaluate the amount of free travel by rotating the steering wheel. Make sure the differential locks are in place by navigating a turn. For proper control, the steering and the linkage to the steering column must be tight and not loose or floppy.

4. Tires and Rims
Good tire condition is central to maintaining a tractor’s performance. Make sure the tires are not cracked or worn extensively. Look for tractors with lesser amount of wear around the pedals, carpets and mats as they signify less hours on the vehicle. Take note of uneven wear and make sure the tread depth is less than half the lug depth. The rims must not have excessive scratches.

5. Gearbox and Clutch
When test driving the tractor, use low and high gear ratios and check for grumbling noises from the gearbox. The shifter should operate smoothly and must not jump out of gear or grind. To check the clutch slip, attempt to take off in a high gear. If the transmission does not goes up and down smoothly, there are good chances that the clutch plate has worn. An improperly moving shifter through the gears can also mean a dysfunctional clutch plate.

Wrap Up
When buying a used tractor, make sure the seals and rubbers around the cab and rear differentials are not replaced, as in many cases, this is done to conceal fire damage. At AutoBidMaster, we understand the importance of inspection and welcome our registered members to inspect the vehicles and equipment in our inventory. If you have any questions about our industrial equipment auctions, fill out our contact form or simply call +1 (503) 298-4300

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5 German Cars That Dominated the 2015 Consumer Reports

It didn’t come as a surprise, when the Fremont-based company Tesla took the top spot in 2015 Consumer Reports rankings with its Model S for the second time on the trot. German automobiles, however, were not that far behind, by taking up seven spots in the top 11 of this elite car ranking report. The 2015 Consumer Reports rankings further validated the authority of German brands such as Mercedes, Audi, and BMW, when it comes to delivering cars that deliver customer satisfaction, with their suave designs and innovative engineering. The blog discusses five exciting German cars that dominated the 2015 Consumer Reports rankings and are some of the top picks across salvage car auctions featuring salvage BMW, Mercedes, and Audi cars for sale. Take a look.

1. BMW M235i
With a near-perfect score of 98, BMW M235i gave tough competition to the Model S, but lost the top spot by a single point in the 2015 Consumer Reports rankings. The only BMW to feature in this elite list, BMW M235i received rave reviews for its 320-hp engine, top-notch interiors, phenomenal handling and an “ultimate driving machine” experience overall.

2. Mercedes S550
Mercedes put up its flagship S-Class into the competition with the introduction of Maybach, AMG models and the S550 sedan. The S550 proved to be the winner with the testers floored by its sensational ride quality, serenading performance and superlative safety features. The S550 received the total score of 96 to take up the third spot overall.

3. Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec
Next up we have the Mercedes E250 BlueTec in the list. Testers were surprised to see its turbocharged diesel model, effectively returning an economy of 30 miles per gallon, which gave an estimated range of 800 miles in total. The E250 received an astounding score of 93, thanks to its 369 lb-ft torque rating, sportiness, handling, and fine crafted interiors.

4. Audi A8 L
The top-scoring of the three Audis that qualified for the top 11 rankings, the flagship long-wheelbase A8 model wooed the testers with its plush interiors, astonishing fuel economy, and sportiness. The exuberant A8 L received a score of 91 to be tied seventh overall in the Consumer Reports rankings for 2015.

5. Audi A6
Next up in the list, we have the midsize sports sedans from Audi, the A6. The agile vehicle caught the tester’s attention with its smooth supercharged 3.0 TFSI engine that reported the figure of 310 horsepower and sprint timing of 5.3 seconds to the 60 miles per hour mark. The Testers were especially pleased with the plush nature and noise filtering of the car’s interiors, and gave the car an overall score of 90, which is the same as its A brand mate.

Wrapping up
The Customer Report’s rankings for 2015 were full of surprises and barring the top spot contender, the Tesla Model S, it was astonishing to see such close competition. German car models were not far behind the Tesla, and the fact that seven of the top 11 places were secured by the likes of BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and Audi, itself signifies the excellence of German engineering in the automobile market. If the list features the car of your desire, and you don’t wish to dig deep in your pocket to purchase one, online salvage auctions featuring mercedes-benz, Audi, and BMW for sale, offer an exciting opportunity. You can purchase salvage cars for sale by owners, at AutoBidMaster. We are a reputable salvage auto auction website giving you access to various makes and models at rock bottom prices. You can learn more about our bidding process, services, and inventory by giving us a call at +1 (503) 298-4300 or filling out our contact form.

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Diesel or Gas: Which is a Better Proposition for Used Car Buyers?

If you have been exploring wrecked cars for sale, it would not be a wild leap of thought to say you are looking to own a reliable set of wheels, without having to break the bank. After deciding the type of vehicle, the next question is whether to go for a gas- or diesel-powered powertrail. As both the propositions have distinct pros and cons, we take the time to take a closer look at the options to help you make an informed decision.

Performance
Diesel engines, especially turbocharged variants, are known to pump out exhilarating numbers of torque at low rev, making them ideal for those whose like to tread uncharted territories. Gasoline powered engines, on the other hand, deliver peak power at high RPMs, resulting in much faster acceleration compared to diesel-powered engines of similar specs.

Ownership Cost
Diesel might be cheaper than gas, but that’s not all you need to factor when calculating a car’s total cost of ownership. In addition to fuel, you also need to consider the maintenance cost of the vehicle, factoring service cost, the cost of spares, and the frequency of service. Diesel vehicles have low running cost (cheaper fuel); however, have higher maintenance.

Lifespan
This is one aspect where the “capacity” of the engine has a more significant role to play than the “type of fuel”. The actual lifespan, as stated earlier, depends on the capacity and built quality of the engine. Diesel engines will outlast their gasoline powered equivalents but this depends largely on the previous owners maintaining the vehicle.

Resale Value
As far as resale value is concerned, you might be better off with a gas powered vehicle. Thanks to public perception, gas powered vehicles generally go for higher compared to similar diesel vehicles. However, if the car you are planning to buy is less than 5 years old and has significant miles in it, even a diesel engine would not be a bad proposition.

What’s the Verdict?
Diesel or gas – both options have their own advantages and disadvantages. When looking to buy salvage cars for sale, you need to consider all the parameters we have listed and of course, the average distance you need to cover every day. If you have to travel long distances, going for a diesel powered vehicle would be a more cost-effective option, whereas, for short commutes, a gas-powered vehicle would be a better fit. If you have any questions or concerns, or wish to learn more about any of the wrecked cars for sale listed with us, simply call ________ or fill out our contact form and we’ll get back with you, as soon as possible.

 

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4 Affordable Avenues to Own Your Dream Car

Who doesn’t like to own a fancy ride that turns heads wherever it goes? The problem is, their unnerving price tags! Whether you are an off-roading enthusiast addicted to the enthralling torque of AWD monsters or a speed junkie who just can’t get enough of supercars; owning your dream ride would require a significant investment. The dream, however, doesn’t have to be that expensive. To help cross the bridge, we give you four options that let you bring home your favorite car without disrupting your finances.

1. Bank Repossessed Cars
Due to easy availability of car loans, many people end up buying a much costlier car than what they can afford, explaining the ever-persistent number of bank repossessed cars. Sold at both traditional and online auto auctions, bank repossessed cars are usually in perfect condition, unless parked for extended periods. Before placing your bid, be sure to check the condition of the car and the period for which it has been in bank’s possession.

2. Salvage Title Cars
Salvage title cars are your next best bet, if you are looking to buy a premium vehicle at an affordable price. Contrary to common notion, many salvage cars have tens and thousands of miles in them and can be easily restored. The worth of a deal, however, depends on multiple factors, such as the extent and type of damage the car has sustained, the expected repair costs, and its post-restoration market value.

3. Vandalized Cars
Vandalized cars are probably the trickiest of all mazes, as they vary greatly in terms of damages. In acts of vandalism, usually more than a few cars are damaged and all are regarded similarly by insurance companies – even if there is a significant difference in damages. It is, therefore, advisable to hire a professional to assess the condition of the vehicle and estimate the cost of the repairs needed to make the car road-ready.

4. Flood Damaged Cars
Although flood damaged cars have unrealistically low price tags, they may not be the best bet if you wish to restore the vehicle. That’s because flooding permanently damages most electronic components. If, however, you are lucky enough to get your hands on a rare or limited edition vehicle, you may consider adding a memorabilia to your collection.

Wrapping Up
Ask any car enthusiast and they would agree their ride is more than a vehicle to them and how they would probably give a limb to own their dream machine. That is why we, at AutoBidMaster, take great pride in what we do – help manifest dreams. We carry an extensive listing of bank repossessed, salvage, flood damaged, and clean title vehicle, all available through online auction. Find your dream car and feel free to contact us, if you have any questions. You can reach us at +1 (503) 298-4300 , Monday – Friday (6am – 4pm PDT).

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5 Compact SUVs That Rule Salvage Auto Auctions

Sporty styling, confident handling, impeccable off-road capability, and high-performance engine are some of the attributes that make compact SUVs a popular choice among consumers. To own these rugged beauties, you often need to dig deep into your pocket. To buy one minus the high price tag, you can participate in auctions offering salvage and used SUVs for sale at discounted prices. To help you make a prudent choice, the post discusses five compact SUVs that rule salvage auto auctions. Take a look.

Subaru Crosstrek
The Subaru Crosstrek comes with great off-road capability, spacious cabin, and impeccable fuel economy. Some of its standard equipment include cruise control, rearview camera, 6.2-inch touchscreen display with smartphone-app integration, and four-speaker sound system. The base Subaru Crosstrek is powered by a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that kicks out 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque.

Porsche Macan
The Porsche Macan is a luxury compact SUV that features top-notch interior and advanced technology features. The standard model gets power from a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that pumps out 340 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque. Need more power, opt for Macan Turbo that has a powerful 400 hp engine. Electronic features include 7-inch touchscreen display, and 11-speaker audio system with an iPod/USB audio interface and CD player.

Ford Escape
Owing to agile handling, appealing cabin, and powerful performance, Ford Escape has become a preferable compact SUV in the market. The impressive features include MyKey parental controls, cruise control, full power accessories, and Sync voice command electronics interface with AppLink smartphone integration. The car has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque.

Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V offers exceptional fuel economy, generous cargo space, and roomy cabin. All Honda CR-V models feature a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that churns out a maximum output of 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. The combined fuel economy of CR-V with front-wheel-drive is 29 mpg. Advanced safety features include LaneWatch blind spot monitoring system, lane departure warning system, and forward collision warning and mitigation system.

Mazda CX-5
If you are looking for a compact SUV that has great fuel economy, spacious seating, and appealing interior, then Mazda CX-5 is a great option. The impressive features include 7-inch touchscreen interface, Pandora Internet radio, SMS text message reading and audio system voice controls, and automatic crash notification. The front-wheel-drive Mazda CX-5 is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 155 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque matched to a six-speed manual transmission.

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