Auto Q&A With Tom Torbjornsen: Sulfur Smell, Premium Gas And Oil Changes

I can’t blame you if you are looking for cash for junk cars in RI. These days with money so tight especially in our small state, lots of people are looking for money for their junk cars in RI.

Get it in writing. Any promises are meaningless unless you have them in writing. Car salespeople at car dealerships are notorious liars. What the seller says and what a warranty really covers can be 2 entirely different things. I was sold a car through Ebay by Farmerville Motors in Farmerville, Louisiana and the salesman promised that the car would pass inspection in my state. It did not pass due to a bad OBD system. The salesperson at Farmerville Motors stated that the entire emissions system on the car I purchased was covered. It was not. At a local GM dealership it was found that only the catalytic converter recycler was covered, not any part of the OBD and emissions system. Get any promises in writing.

The problem with poking holes in the exhaust system is that it doesn’t clear out the building gas, which in turn causes the car to slow to a crawl. In order to vent the system you have to pull to the side of the road and let the gas dissipate. As the evening hours turned to night, the car which could only go 55 mph, would suddenly decelerate, and you would have to pull quickly to the shoulder while trucks zoomed up to your rear bumper and careened past you at 80 mph.

The car will only be sold initially in eight states, and I will be one of the first to get one in California. The entire US production run of 25,000, or 50,000 globally, has been sold out for next year, so you will have to wait until 2012 to get one. Nissan plans to ramp production in Tennessee up to 250,000 by the end of 2012, or 500,000 globally. CEO Carlos Ghosn thinks electric cars will account for 10% of the global car market by 2020, or some 5 million units.

Next we have the recycle catalytic converters. These legally required emissions control devices are often accused of restricting a vehicle’s exhaust, but in the new Tundra that’s not the case. They are efficient and they benefit the environment, so they’re definitely off limits.

As with any type of negotiation, your ability to leave the dealer’s salesperson without a contract in hand gives you plenty of leverage. The last thing you want to do is tell that person you’re desperate to buy a new vehicle. If the dealership knows you’re anxious to buy, they’ll be less willing to extend attractive terms. Be willing to walk away from the lot without purchasing a car. At the very least, if you’re desperate, keep that information to yourself. When the salesperson realizes that he or she is about to lose a sale they may become more flexible catalytic converter recycler with the price.

The device is easy to use, yes, I know I do not have one, but I have seen it done at AutoZone and on TV. The hardest part appears to be finding the place to connect it in your car (often under the dashboard). CarMD’s online data based is a good place to start a search.

Talk with other motorcycle owners that have done their own experiments and compare. Talking with experienced motorcycle mechanic is one of the best way to determine which oil to use because they see first hand what oils do on the inside of an engine. Running a few simple test yourself can narrow your selection down fairly quickly. Stick with the synthetics because comparing petroleum oils will be a waste of time.