5 Tips for Buying a New Conversion Van

Buying your conversion van can save you money if you know how to buy an one and how you want it to be equipped.

Making a large household purchase such as a new van can be a mind-boggling experience. Should you wait for the next big custom van show that’s within driving distance, or should you go to your local dealer?

Arming yourself with some conversion van basic buying knowledge can make a huge difference and make you a savvy negotiator.

With so many options available, it can be difficult to know where to even start. Here are some suggestions for finding your dream custom van while also saving you time and money.

Tip 1:

Arrange for financing in advance of negotiating with the dealer if you will be financing the purchase price. This puts you in the position of knowing exactly how much you can actually spend on your new van.

Tip 2:

Once you have established how much you are willing to spend, search your options on the Internet. Many times, you can purchase the conversion van you desire straight from a dealer or designer and have it delivered.

Tip 3:

Purchase your new customized van from a reputable company that has been in business for years and has a solid hold in the market. Check out their website for comments from prior customers. Another good place to look is with the Better Business Bureau. If they have a good rating, then you are on the right track. If they have a bad rating, stay away, far, far away.

Tip 4:

When you hear “the price we are giving you is good for today only,” it generally means business is slow. It’s a tactic to make a sale today. If they truly want to sell you a new conversion van, you will still be able to get the same price on the same unit within a reasonable amount of time after that day. Have realistic expectations, but you should have some negotiation room when buying a new RV.

Tip 5:

Ask questions. Make sure you understand what comes with it and what costs extra. By establishing a good understanding of your expectations, you begin building a relationship with the salesperson. When you are happy with your purchase and the service you received, the company builds countless future customers every time someone admires your new custom conversion van. This is priceless advertising, so a reputable dealer is motivated to do business.

Tips For Buying a Used Golf Cart

Buying a used golf cart can be a very confusing undertaking. There are many variations and types of carts available these days, from the very basic to wildly modified. Buyers have many options, but caution should be used to ensure you don’t inherit someone’s albatross. Knowing what to look for, could save big expenses later. The first decision to be made is whether you want a gasoline or battery powered cart. Each has its strong and weak points. Gasoline powered carts can be more powerful, making them well suited for utility service or hauling loads. They do consume the precious fossil fuel though, and can be noisy with an undesirable exhaust odor. Battery operated carts are stealthy quiet and odorless, but have a limited range between charge cycles. When the batteries are drained, you’re done until they can be recharged, which can take 8 hours or more. After you decide which fits your needs the best, and you’ve found the candidate, determine if it is really what you are looking for. Know what you are buying before you write that check.

  • Tire Wear – Take a general assessment of the tires and their condition. Are they all the same brand and do they have similar and even wear? Uneven wear can be indicative of serious alignment problems, a bent frame or worn out steering components. Tires of mixed brands is an indication that the cart may have seen excessive use or be a rebuild of junk parts. This may not necessarily be the case, but keep it in mind as you continue looking over the candidate cart.
  • Steering – Never buy a cart without taking some time to drive it. Take it over some rough terrain as well as a solid concrete driveway. Sloppy steering should be an immediate concern for you. Worn “rack and pinion” steering boxes are expensive to replace. If the rack and pinion is worn, you can also reasonably expect the steering “rod ends” and spindle bushings also need attention. None of these components are necessarily cheap to replace. The steering wheel, pulling to the left or right can be caused by uneven pressure in the tires or unmatched sizes. If the cart pulls, check the tire pressure first to see if the problem corrects. If it does not help, the spindle (on the same side that it pulls to) may have a bad wheel bearing causing dragging. You can jack up that corner of the cart and see if the wheel rotates freely.
  • Battery age – Most golf cart battery manufacturers stamp the date of manufacture on the top of one of the battery posts. You can easily see a “08” or “09” etc, even with the battery cable connected. Be aware that batteries that are more than three years old will require replacement sooner than later. Expect to pay $600 or more for a new set of batteries, no matter what the configuration or voltages are. Never assume that the batteries are of the same vintage as the model year of the cart either. Also, batteries of mixed years in the same cart could be a clue that the cart has seen some serious use in a fleet environment.
  • Brakes – Be sure the brakes are firm and stop the cart quickly without grinding or squealing. Brake shoe replacement is not usually a big deal unless service has been neglected to the point where the brake drum is gouged or otherwise damaged. Excessive rust and corrosion around the brake backing plates behind the rear wheels can be an indication of possible neglected maintenance.
  • Integrity of the frame – Steel frames are very susceptible to rust and corrosion, especially under the battery compartment. I have seen carts that otherwise look great, actually break in half due to battery acid seeping on, and eating the frame. Some manufactures, like Club Car, are now using fully welded aluminum frames which do not rust, but are still susceptible to corrosion in the form of aluminum oxide (instead of iron oxide). Corroded aluminum has a heavy layer of white fuzzy powder, which is equivalent to rust. Stay away from any cart that you suspect has a frame problem. The cart could end up being totally useless to you later.
  • Smooth ride – A well maintained cart should roll along smoothly and quietly. A wobbling or lumpy motion when driving on a smooth solid surface indicates a problem. A bent wheel, or worse, a bent axle will cause the cart to bob up and down with a frequency proportional to the speed. An “out of round” tire can also cause a similar symptom but is usually not the case. Worn front end components will exaggerate the symptoms dramatically.
  • Wiring – Wiring should be neatly routed and protected from chaffing with factory clamps and terminations. Be wary of modified wiring if it does not look professionally done. Cobbled up wiring can cause you big headaches if you are not savvy with electrical systems. A shorted wire on an electric cart can be devastating. The tremendously high current capability of the batteries can turn a shoddy wiring system into a giant cigarette lighter. Look for splices and taped up connections that do not seem to belong, and then pass on the purchase.
  • Odd Noises from drive train – Turn off any radios and the like when you take your test ride. Listen for any odd noises that may be present. Grinding, excessive whining or clicking sounds can help you identify problems with the cart. The sounds a vehicle makes can tell you quite a bit if you take the time to listen.
  • Gasoline engines – Be sure to look at the engine. Although you may not be an engine mechanic, you can still evaluate a few things easily. Gross saturation of the engine with oil and grease probably indicates a leaking crankcase or gearbox, or worse, a cracked crankcase or gearbox. Check for large amounts of sooty residue in the exhaust pipe, which is indicative of an oil burner (worn out piston rings). Be sure to let the engine warm up before you take a test ride. An engine will only reveal if it smokes a lot, after it is sufficiently hot. Take your time and check it out. Popping sounds in the exhaust or backfires can be caused by poorly adjusted carburetors, but more commonly by burned intake or exhaust valves in the engine. An engine rebuild can cost you dearly if you need one down the road. Be sure to give it the appropriate attention.

A well maintained cart can literally offer decades of reliable service. Taking time to select the right cart to fit your needs now will pay dividends later. After you purchase your cart, visit some of the vendors that offer great aftermarket products to personalize your vehicle. If you want to speed up your cart a little, visit Digital Overdrive Systems on the web for some more great tips.

Choosing The Best Way Of Selling Cars

Owning a car will involve a lot of important responsibilities. Bringing home your car does not stop there. You have to make sure that it is always up and running. You might need to bring it to a car service on a regular basis.

There may come a time when you need to sell it. Know that there are different ways for selling cars and choosing the right option is not easy. Good thing, experts have put together a simple guide to help you choose the best way to go about it. Regardless of whether you want to get the best price or trade-in on a new car, one of these options can be the right for you.

How To Sell A Car

Selling Privately – Selling a car privately will give you the power to better negotiate so you can get the best price. Prior to advertising it, you must set your asking price depending on the market value of your car. Also, you need to photograph it in order to show it off to possible owners. It is also very crucial for you to document all the details prospective buyers would want to know. Fixing any damage will likewise help you get more for your car.

Selling to a Dealer – This is an option for those who do not have time to do so. This is indeed the fastest and the most stress-free way of disposing a car. But prior to approaching a dealer, you have to do your research so you can get an idea about what your car is worth. If you choose to trade in the car, the dealer often has some cushion in the pricing for negotiation; hence, you must be prepared to bargain. Alternatively, you can just sell the car to the dealer when you want to sell fast and is not very much concerned with achieving the maximum sale value.

Car Buying Service – This is likewise another great option for people living busy lives or those who need money fast. There are services giving customers a free instant valuation online. This is indeed a great place to begin the selling process.

Auctions – This allows you to get the open market price for your car. Auctions load images of the car for viewing online and help generate wider reach and exposure. With more and more people attending different auctions every week, the car will definitely get plenty of exposure and interest. Be reminded though to perform your research as well as set a very realistic price for a quick sale.

Transactional Buying Vs Relationship Buying – Which is Better?

Conducting business in today’s dynamic world has become much more complex and competitive. This is primarily due to the wide array of choices available to a firm in every aspect of conducting the business. This decision-making process becomes much more complex if the firm is bigger as complexity increases with the size of the company.

Cost considerations and choosing options which are cost-effective are very important in ensuring that the business is profit-yielding. Even in terms of buying, there are various parameters to be considered before finalizing on the type of purchase by the decision-making authority of the company.

Procurement, being an important aspect has to be decided on the requirements on the company in the most cost-effective way. The new school of buying categorizes the buying procedure into two – Transactional Buying and Relationship Buying – based on the relationship and terms between the buyer and the seller.

What is Transactional buying?

Transactional buying, as the name suggests, is limited to buying one transaction at a time. In this type of buying, the procurement managers are chiefly concerned about “today’s” purchase wherein the buyer thinks and acts in the present. The pricing and terms of sales drive the buying process. The buyer negotiates aggressively with the service provider and tries to get a better deal for themselves. The procurement team often demands more concessions and frills from the purchase. Once the transaction is over, the contract between the seller and buyer ends.

From the seller’s perspective, the only exciting thing is the limited duration of the service period. However, this type of buying is not lucrative for the seller as the negotiation is tough and the salesperson might end up giving a lot of concessions than originally decided. In case of a pure transactional buying, complex/critical tasks should be avoided.

There is another kind of transactional buying called the ‘Pseudo Transactional Buying’. Here, the service provider extends the services on the product sold over a longer period of time. They maintain the product on an ad hoc basis based on the buyer’s need. Here, the contract is limited to the single task/s however the buyer will avail the services over a pre-decided period of time.

What is Relationship buying?

The aim of this type of buying is to maintain a strong relationship with the seller for a long period of time. The buyer and the seller tend to enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship. The seller is considered as a business partner of the buyer. Trust and confidence of the buyer, coupled with delivery and demonstrating expertise of the seller is the key to success in relationship buying. Both the parties look for a win-win situation before entering the partnership. As the relationship is for a longer term, the buyer should ensure that the seller also gets a handsome profit from the partnership and extend the help and support to the seller.

We have mentioned that a large firm, with complex operations should not conduct a transactional buying process. Does this mean that big firm or even a medium-sized firm should go for relationship buying and a small firm should go for a transaction buying? No, the decision of the procurement process does not just depend on the size of the firm. There are criteria to be considered based on which such decisions are taken.

Few of the criteria are as follows:

Relationship Buying Transactional Buying

Nature of Work Complex Simple

Volume of Work High Low

Frequency of work Daily/Weekly/Monthly (Periodic) Ad Hoc

Involvement of the buyer High Low

Transactional buying vs Relationship – Which is better?

To sum it all up, a firm, whether it is a big, medium or small-sized, can choose either transactional buying or relationship buying or even pseudo transactional buying. Considering the hassles of contract creation process, many firms generally prefer relationship buying. The frequency of contract creation is more in a transaction buying process vis-à-vis a relationship buying process. However, due to the constant pressure to reduce cost, transactional buying is also being considered. This type of buying comes to the rescue when there is a cost constraint. It is a boon for the small/ sole proprietorship firms as it is easier for them to follow it. Even the large companies do not fall behind in experimenting this type of buying. The bigger firms are either floating a separate unit/company so that they can take the advantage of transactional buying. Transactional buying and Relationship buying both have their own pros and cons. A good business manager should select the procurement process based on the requirement of the company. Considerations should be made based on what product should be sourced, whether it is periodic or not, how involved the firm wants to be and if the maintenance is complex or simple.