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What You Should Consider Before Buying A Used Car

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There is one clear reason why people will purchase a used car: because it’s cheaper than a new one. If you’re working to a tight budget then you appreciate the need to save a little money wherever possible. Buying a used mercedes benz, for example, doesn’t mean you are buying a poor quality vehicle. Many used cars have durable engines, that still run efficiently years after purchase. Before you head out to buy a used car you should consider the following:

Think About Your Budget

You need to determine a range of cost before you even get started. How much are you willing to spend and how much can you afford. It’s a good idea to also have an idea of how the transaction will be financed. Did you save before you shop? Will you finance through a dealership? Are you using a loan? Etc.

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It’s Essential for You To Test Drive The Car

You should always test drive any car you might buy. Spend some decent time behind the wheel of the car you are considering. It eagles you to gather an idea of how the car responds to you as the new driver. Ask for the test drive to include the motorway, a side street, and areas where you need to make sharp corners and hill stops. You will be able to identify any possible problems and address these if needed.

Research The Car

The internet is really your best friend when shopping for a used car. You can find all the information that you need about a model of a car before you commit to a purchase or even arrange a viewing. Make sure you are looking at the right model first though, speak to the seller of the car and ask them for the exact model and explain you are researching the model first.

What Are Your Requirements?

You need to consider what care is best suited to you and your needs. Your inner child may head straight towards the sports cars, but your family could really do with an SUV. You need to make sure that the car you are purchasing really fits in with your lifestyle and your needs.

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Check Out The Vehicle History

Reviewing the vehicles history report is vitally important for you securing a car that you know has been looked after. The car you buy should have a solid history, this is because every used car has a story and it can’t be ignored. In a perfect world, a used car will have all it’s service and repair history but this isn’t the case, so make sure you ask questions if it can’t be seen.

Look At Some Reviews

Before you buy, have a look at some reviews available online. There are numerous auto-related websites that have different reviews for different models. They’re often aimed at consumers, so these reviews are definitely worth checking out.

Complete The Purchase

This is more than just shaking hand. You need to ensure that all the paperwork is in order. This includes the car ownership slip ( you will receive the logbook later), the service history, any warranties, and a receipt. You may, at this point, be a little stressed and tired of the process, but it’s important for you to be alert and not rush to get things finished.

A used car is an affordable option for many. The closer it fits your needs to more use you will get from it, so make sure you take the time to follow the advice above. Is there anything that you’re looking for in your next car? Please share them in the comments below.

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How to make your birthday in lockdown feel as special as possible

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It’s become a depressingly familiar force of habit in recent years – scrolling through your social media feed in the morning and passively taking note of whose birthday it is, sending a generic Happy Birthday message and getting on with your day.

In a pre-lockdown world, this was fine, as we all had other things to look forward to on our birthdays. However, with so many of us now sequestered in our homes when we would rather be out celebrating with our friends and family members on our ‘big days’, that virtual birthday message needs a serious rethink.

 

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Anyone who is celebrating a quarantine birthday between now and the end of the year is probably in the same boat though. So, rather than relying on your Facebook friends to do something special (because let’s face it, they probably won’t – they have their own stuff to deal with right now), take your lockdown birthday into your own hands this year by considering the following:-

Make a cake 

Not only are we all trying to avoid supermarkets as much as possible right now, there’s something undeniably more special about making your own birthday cake from scratch. It’s not a particularly difficult bake either, as long as you’re willing to keep it simple. Where you definitely shouldn’t keep it simple, however, is in the decoration!

Glam up the house 

We’ve all become so used to seeing the same four walls, so wouldn’t it be nice to give them a little bit of a temporary makeover on our birthday? The obvious first step is to splash out on some birthday balloons to spread around the home, but why stop there? Going really over the top can make it feel more special, after all.

Glam up yourself 

You’ve probably spent every other day in your pyjamas but your birthday is one day where you can afford to spend a little time pampering yourself, regardless of whether or not anyone will actually see the fruits of your labours. So go glam and get your friends to do likewise before logging onto that group chat.

Brunch with friends 

The bottomless brunch has become a bit of a birthday cliche in recent years so spoiling yourself with bottomless food and booze on  Zoom might actually make it seem a little bit more special? Virtual birthday parties might become the rule rather than the exception going forward, so start now before it becomes another boring chore. You could even go a step further and create some interesting drinking games.

Make it into a joke 

Finally, with everything so deathly serious right now on a global scale, try not to take your birthday too seriously. It’s a ridiculous situation and there’s no better way to survive a ridiculous situation than by laughing through it.

Why Macs Make Great Family Computer

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Many parents rightfully worry about how much time their children spend on the computer and online. However, despite this, children need to get on the computer at younger and younger ages, especially if you’re homeschooling your children. If you’re a household of Apple fans, then a family Mac could be the best choice, as you can set it up in a high-traffic area where you can keep an eye on the kids, and have a computer that can be used alongside your other devices. But how what makes Macs such great family computers? 

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Configure Users and Groups

You can make it easy to manage your family computers with accounts for different family members. When you set up new accounts, you have a few choices for what kind of account you give each user; Administrator, Standard, Managed with Parental Controls, Sharing Only, and Group. 

An Administrator account will control most of the functions of the Mac, including installing software, creating new accounts, changing passwords, and modifying and deleting files. This is the account that you need so that you can manage the computer and the accounts you give your children. The Admin will need to understand a bit about computers, from knowing how to install updates to how to run programs like Clean My Mac X

A Standard account can use the Mac in a normal way, but won’t have the amount of control that the Administrator account has. A Standard user can’t install new software, for example. This kind of account stops the user from making changes that could cause problems with the computer, but it does mean you’ll need to take over every time an administrator password is needed. This option could work well for older children who you trust to use the computer in a responsible way, but don’t want to give too much control. 

Managed with Parental Controls is the ideal account for younger children. With parental controls, the Administrator (that’s you) you can limit what the account can do and can monitor what the account gets up to. 

Sharing and Group accounts aren’t all that handy on the family Mac. A Sharing Only account is designed to allow a remote user to access files on the computer. A Group account can be used by a set of users already set up on the computer. 

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Parental Controls

One of the advantages of you having the Administrator account of a family Mac is the parental controls available to you to protect your family.

Apps – You can control access to apps that other accounts have by enabling the Simple Finder. The Finder’s menu bar has fewer available commands, and the Dock only has My Applications folder, a Documents folder, Shared folder, and the Trash, as well as any open programs. There won’t be any options to access anything on the hard drive, and there’s no menu to navigate elsewhere on the Mac. This is perfect for the user accounts for kids who only need access for homework and some games. 

You can also block specific apps, such as allowing access to Pages but not allowing access to the internet browser. 

Web – In the web tab of Parental Controls, there are three options for you. You can allow unrestricted access to websites, try to limit access to adult websites automatically, and allow access to only chosen websites. For the children’s account, do not use the first option. The second option uses the automatics filters that are built into the OS to prevent access to adult content. You can customize these filters too to allow some sites through that you think have been blocked accidentally and restrict access to sites that the filters have missed. The last option gives you the most control and is useful for accounts for very young children. You can choose to make block access to all but a small amount of selected child-friendly websites. 

The internet filters are built into the operating system, so they can be used on whichever web browser you prefer to use. The filters are also smart. Instead of just blocking a list of sites that have been blacklisted, websites are filtered based on the content of their pages. Sites that choose to flag themselves as adult-oriented are automatically blocked. Remember, though, that these filters aren’t perfect, so don’t rely on them entirely. You’ll still need to supervise your kids online. You can use your Admin account to check what sites they visit and block them yourself if you feel they aren’t age-appropriate. 

People – In the People options, you can manage access to programs like Mail and iChat. You can also choose the contacts that your child is allowed to communicate with. If your child tries to send an email to someone not on this list, your admin account will be alerted with a permission request sent to you, which you can access remotely, to approve or deny.

Time limits – You can also manage how much time a child with a controlled user account can use the computer for. You can customize the limits for weekdays and weekends, and set bedtime time limits. You can decide how many hours a day the user can be on the computer. For example, on weekdays, you can allow access during homeschooling hours, and then block it for the evening, so the children have to take a screen break. You can then allow access at weekends to allow for games and other fun use, but only for the hours you choose. The Bedtime limits mean you can choose the exact hours the computer can be used between.  

Other – There’s also an Other tab for Parental Controls where you can handle other safety features. You could choose to hide profanity in the dictionary, limit access to printing, block the option to burn CDs or DVDs, and disable the ability to change their passwords. As the main Administrator, you can also reset passwords for other accounts yourself, so you’ll never lose access, even if they try to keep you out with a password change.

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