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How-To and Review: SeatGuru’s 2015+ F-150 Seat Fix

3d-printed-part-and-tubingShortly after purchasing my 2015 Ford F-150, I found out that a fair amount of owners were experiencing less than stellar performance of their front seat coolers.  When the temperatures finally warmed up, I tried mine out, only to find I was one of the unfortunate ones.  User SeatGuru on the F150Forum.com web site has come up with a fix, and I’ve installed it.  Continue reading for the installation instructions, my review, and the results!

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What do you look for in a car?

There are a lot of things to think about when buying a car, and most people focus on the different aspects of the “deal.”  This includes the monthly payment, how much they want to finance, how much money they want or can afford to put down on it, or what the best finance rate they can get is.  I’m here to talk about some of the other things to look for, such as driving dynamics and the myriad of options available on today’s technology-laden automobiles.

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Premium Fuel Recommended: What do you use?

Premium fuel is required or at least recommended on a lot of today’s higher-performance cars and trucks, and yet it seems that every week I’m running into someone who puts mid-grade or regular gasoline in their car, even though it specifically says it requires premium.  Read on for my thoughts on the subject, and some simple math.

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Buying a Car, the Easy way; Step 5

Step 5: Buy the Car!

After all the research, test drives, narrowing down, you’re left with one car.  You know you want it, now to buy it!  This involves going to the dealership, picking out the exact car you want, negotiating, financing, and signing on the dotted line.  We’ll cover each of those in turn.  This step sounds like it’s one of the easier ones, but it is the most complex, so I have broken it into several sections, to ease the pain of digesting the whole car-purchasing process in one fell swoop.

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Buying a Car, the Easy way; Step 4

Step 4: Narrow down the Short List to your favorite car

Using your list of nonnegotiable features, your Short List and test drive memories (as well as notes), take the time to consciously narrow down the cars you test drove, from the original Short List you started with, down to the one you want to buy.  When you put it on paper, in the form of a Pro/Con list, it usually makes this step very easy.  If you’re having trouble eliminating a car, or figuring out which of two cars you prefer, take another test drive of each.  Remember, buying a car is not a decision you want to rush.  Think of the little things, like how difficult it could be to clean (if you’re a do-it-yourselfer), or how wide it is (if you have a narrower garage).  Picture yourself driving it during your normal rounds, and whether or not a particular car would work well for such uses.  Again, a sports car which only seats two isn’t going to have enough cargo space to haul enough groceries for your family of four, and on the flip side, an SUV with 68 sq ft. of cargo room might fit all the groceries, the whole family, your dog, and luggage for a week, but it may not fit in your garage.

By John Suit

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Buying a Car, the Easy way; Step 3

Step 3: The Test Drive

Just because you fall in love with the first car you test drive, does not mean you should buy it!  Make sure you test drive all the cars on your list, and take some time in between test drives (if you take more than one test drive in a day) to gather your thoughts.  Remember that you aren’t picking out a new cell phone – a new (or new-to-you) car is an expensive purchase, one which usually takes years to pay off, and you might own for many more after that.  Take the time to play with all the buttons, look for blind spots, park the car in a parking spot at a location you might visit, and especially put the car on the highway.  You might even close your eyes while parked and try and reach all the stalks on the steering wheel, audio and HVAC buttons, anything you may need to adjust while driving.  This information goes for the dealership as well.  You’ll likely be bringing your car in for routine maintenance or warranty work, so make sure the dealership has at least one person you can work with.  If you come across a high-pressure salesperson, tell them you’d rather deal with their manager or another salesperson.  They’ll switch people out until you’re happy, because after all, for each car they sell to a happy customer, an average of two more people will visit that dealership, through word of mouth on your part.

Continue reading after the break for a crib sheet of things to look for during a test drive:

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