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Choosing The Right Car For Your Needs

Deciding what car is right for you is a long process and an expensive financial decision. There are so many factors to take into consideration such as whether or not you want a new or used car, costs and fuel etc. It can all be a bit overwhelming!

It can be hard to know where to start looking and what you’re looking for? No fear, I have put together a simple guide on what to look out for and what you should consider when choosing the right car for your needs and budget.

The biggest decision is always the choice between new or used? With clear benefits and disadvantages to both. An obvious benefit to buying a new shiny car is it will come with a warranty usually for 3-5 years. But one big downside to new cars is the fact that they depreciate at a much quicker rate than used cars.

Used cars are generally cheaper to buy and are more affordable than new cars. But you need to watch out for used car scams by doing your research and getting a full vehicle check from websites like Cazana. This will usually give you an overall picture of how much the car is worth, if it has ever been written off, or has any outstanding finance on it etc.

 

The next thing you need to think about is your needs:

What do you need transport for?

Is it to drive your family around?

How much parking space do you have?

Will you be driving mostly in the city?

Is it for large road trips?

Will you need to fit a roof rack or do any towing?

Do you have any children?  

How many passengers will you need to accommodate?

When it comes to choosing the style of vehicle that will suit you best these are some of the questions you need to answer to help you narrow down your search.

And finally what’s your budget? Ultimately how much you can afford will influence the type of vehicle you can choose. When it comes to your budget don’t forget to factor in tax, insurance, fuel and any other unexpected costs that may pop up (such as maintenance). Then look into the different types of payment options available to you before choosing which road to go down (pun intended).

Finally, once you have decided on a list of cars suitable to your needs – take then for a test drive and see what feels the most comfortable to you.

When it comes to choosing which car to buy always do your research and don’t rush into a decision too quickly.

Here’s What to Do If You Are Involuntarily Bumped from a Flight

If the highly publicized United Airlines dragging taught us anything,, it’s that getting bumped from your flight is a very real possibility, no matter who you are or what you do — and it’s a situation that can get out of hand in the blink of an eye.

I personally try to protect myself by using credit card points to book first class flights, where airlines are much less likely to bump passengers.

But the majority of my flights and yours are not going to be first class, so we prepared a guide to deal with what to do if you are bumped from a flight.

First, know your rights.

As a passenger, you have rights. It is up to you to not only know those rights, but to take the proper steps to act on them if the situation should arise.

See, there is a very strict set of federal Department of Transportation rules that govern how airlines should treat customers when a flight is overbooked.

We’ve outlined some of the most important ones down below to get you started.

  • They must first ask for volunteers. Before airlines can choose who to remove from a flight, they must first ask if anyone is willing to give up their seats for (sometimes hefty!) compensation.
  • You should receive a written statement of your rights. This will tell you not only why you are being bumped, but what you are receiving in return.
  • You must be rebooked. If you are involuntarily removed and this is going to cause you to be more than 1 hour late to your intended destination, you will be compensated generously for your inconvenience.

Now that we’ve taken care of your rights, it is important to know what steps you should take if you find yourself in this situation. There are few things scarier than feeling like you’ve been stranded at a random airport, so having a game plan probably isn’t the absolute worst idea in the world.

It is a simple fact that airline loyalty members almost never get booted off of flights, so you may want to keep that in mind the next time you fly with your favorite airline. If it does happen to you, however, we have one rule that rises above the rest:

Don’t argue with the crew.

This rule cannot be stressed enough. Although getting booted off of a flight totally sucks, it isn’t worth paying the fine that could come along with it.

According to the FAA, unruly passengers can receive up to $25,000 in fines.

At the end of the day, getting to your destination just isn’t worth the headache, the monetary losses, and the potential danger it could cause. Take the compensation they’re offering and head out peacefully.

What to consider when deciding to move your business to a new location

A change is as good as a rest, so that proverb goes – and, indeed, if you are currently weighing up a shift of location for your business, the prospect could already be generating a lot of excitement for you. However, whether it is just a short trip across the road or a new start in a foreign country that you are mulling over for your company, there are several things that are vital to account for.

How far should your company journey?

This will depend strongly on your company’s specific requirements. You might not want a move any more ambitious than taking up an office that is slightly larger than your current one on the opposite side of the road. After all, your firm might only need more physical space for additional employees.

However, moving to a completely different town, city or possibly even country could be the better decision. In January 2013, Crowdfunder UK made the initially peculiar-looking decision to relocate from London to the much more remote South West England coastal county Cornwall.

However, the firm’s managing director Phil Geraghty explained to The Guardian that, in this setting, employees could “move their lunch breaks around with the tide so that they can go surfing.” He added that these people would return to the workplace “refreshed and ready to go”, which “beats sitting at your desk and eating a sandwich, which is what I was doing in London for many years.”

Consider how accessible your resources will be

By resources, I am referring not only to money, though that is obviously a vital one; I also mean employees, not to mention specialist equipment and services that you might need. Your access to all of these is unlikely to be seriously disrupted if your move will be within the same town or city. However, matters could get complicated if you move much further than that.

For instance, your current workers might struggle to adjust their commuting routines in reaction to the relocation. Transport links to the new location could be impractical for them to use. Also consider that, if your company heavily relies on regularly attracting customers through the doors of bricks and mortar premises, those people obviously won’t stay with you if you move too far.

It’s a different situation if much, or all, of your company’s customer base deals with your staff online. You might even make a previously impossible-looking move more palatable by shifting more operations online. Plus, while on the subject of technology, make sure that your new place will enable your business to draw upon relevant technology when necessary, as realbusiness advises.

If you currently rely on the regular use of externally provided services, you might find that these services will remain available at your new location. The rope access contractor SAS Rope and Rail, for example, can provide its services anywhere in the UK. Thus, wherever you would like them to repair or clean difficult-to-reach high-level spaces in that country, you will be covered.