Here are 5 things you should know.
1. Used electric cars are really affordable, and you save a lot of money on gas, oil changes, and maintenance.
Electric cars only need minimal maintenance like tire rotation, new wiper fluid and wipers, and a new air filter every few thousand miles. Other than that, they’re really easy to maintain. Due to the use of regenerative braking, the brakes are known to last pass 100k miles.
Used Nissan Leafs, for example, cost less than $10k. You can charge your car with a wall outlet at home or use public chargers. Finally, they’re just more fun to drive. It’s like driving a powerful golf cart. Traffic isn’t as much of a nightmare because at least you’re regenerating power while everyone else wastes gas and pollutes the air.
2. translate.google.com can serve as a web proxy. Simply paste your URL into the translate field and then click on the result and view the page in the original language. This way you can navigate any web-page via google.com. Google is almost never blocked so this trick works on most occasions.
Web filters in the workplace, schools libraries, etc. can be pretty strict. But Google.com is almost never banned. So proxying traffic through google.com can effectively allow to most websites in virtually any network.
3. You can save $50 at oil changes by replacing your own air and cabin filters for $18 and 10 minutes of your time.
Oil change places don’t make a whole lot on the oil change itself, especially if you get a coupon (check the store or dealer’s website for coupons, they often have them for oil changes). But it’s a regular way to guarantee a customer has to come in.
Once in, they try to sell you various things. Always, they will say your air filter (which filters air going into the engine, for combustion) and cabin filter (filters the fresh air going into the passenger area) are “dirty” and offer to replace them for $20, $30, sometimes $40 each.
NEVER say yes. Apparently some makes/models (Hondas from 2000 or earlier, Ford Fusions, maybe others) you have to actually disassemble part of the dash, the radiator assembly, or both, in order to replace one or the other filter, so make sure to double-check online first.
You can buy replacement filters for $5-15 bucks, and a Youtube search for “air filter replace” plus your model and year of car, and you can replace it in under 10 minutes.
4. Your local library has a lot more than just books.
Check for: DVDs, computer games, board games, fishing poles, telescopes, binoculars.
Yours probably has a lot more than you think it does!