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Best Summer Maintenance Tips For Your Car

The summer is typically the roughest season on your car. The added heat and strain of the air conditioning system can result in breakdowns and being stranded. Here are some tips for your car this summer that will keep you going, keep you cool and minimize repairs. Basically these tips can keep you out of the breakdown lane.

1) Cooling system flush and fill. This costs around $60-$80 and is important as residue, rust, metal particles, etc… will clog up your system and reduce its effectiveness. If your cooling system is compromised it can lead to engine overheating and very expensive repairs or total engine failure. Sometimes just a top off of the antifreeze or coolant is all that is warranted.

2) Battery test. Take your car to a auto parts store and have the battery checked. Most will do this for free. They will also clean your battery cables and terminals. Sulfuric acid build up will corrode and worsen the connections which can lead to a dead battery or other electrical problem. A bad battery will not hold the proper charge and, especially in traffic on a hot day can leave you stranded. Believe in Murphy’s law and be prepared for it. If something can or will fail it will probably do it when you least expect it and when it will effect you the most. Be prepared by testing your battery and replacing if necessary.

3) Change the oil and transmission fluid and replace the filters. Have this professionally done as a mechanic can tell you of warning signs these fluids can indicate with a change in oil color, smell, etc… that can warn of impending or future issues. They will top off and check all necessary fluids for your car. They will also check the belts, hoses, tires and more if you ask. Choose a place that is well recommended as there are less than honest mechanics out there. Any AAA repair shop is a good bet as they subscribe to the highest code of ethics in the business. And as a good general rule, have this done every 4,500 – 5,000 miles.

4) Remember to take care of your car’s finish. You want the paint to remain in good condition for as long as possible. Wash the car regularly as bird dropping, acid rain, dirt, etc… can ruin the finish. Apply wax and sealant to protect the paint from the sun, salt and weather conditions. Polymer sealants with PTFE and PTCFE work best as they will bond the slipperiest substances known to man to your paint and this will even keep dust and dirt off your car or truck. Also don’t neglect your headlights, which can become cloudy and won’t operate as well. Cloudy headlights make for extremely unsafe night time driving and will greatly detract from your cars appearance. A headlight repair, cleaner and restoration kit will return cloudy headlights to like new condition and is now readily available. Learn more about this headlight repair and similar cleaning products by visiting the below link.

5) AC system check. According to mechanics the average car is a little low on refrigerant (R-134a for most cars). You can do a recharge yourself as kits can be bought for under $30 at your local auto parts store. I advise against this as it is too easy to blow a hose or not seal it correctly. Get it professionaly done. It won’t cost much more and they can do a check to see if it is leaking and fix it the same day. What good would filling it do if it all leaked back out?

These tips will keep your car running cool all summer long, make it safer, and make it look great. And best of all, it will keep you out of the dreaded break down lane.

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David Maillie holds numerous patents including his recently awarded patent for headlight repair, cleaner and restorer. He can be reached at M.D. Wholesale:

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Buying A New Franchiseâ??Do You Still Need Due Diligence?

PART 13 of 21

“Buying a New Franchise—Do You Still Need Due Diligence?”
by Willard Michlin

There are over 2,500 franchise businesses for a business buyer to choose from. Some of these are very well established and can be found in every city in America or so it appears.  Others are still unknown and are not well established.  They are also trying to get your investment funds.  The well-established and known franchises include fast food and non-food franchises.  The not so well established include the same choices.

Well-established fast food franchises include McDonalds™, Burger King™, Quiznos™, Subway™, Jamba Juice™, Johnny Rocket™, Outback™ and many more.  Some of these well-established franchises that are not food include the Gas Stations—Shell™, Mobil™, and Texaco™.  Auto Service franchises include Jiffy Lube™, Perrfect Auto™, and Armco Transmission™.  Non-automotive related established franchises include-The UPS Store™, Mail Box Etc™, Curves™, Jamboree™, and many more.

The one thing that all the fast food franchises have in common, regardless if they are well established or not is that they have a physical location, pay rent to a landlord and can not be moved except at great expense.  If a location is not profitable the owner’s only option is to sell out to someone else who thinks they can do better then the first owner and that is almost always at a substantial loss.  The cost to open a new fast food location including the franchise fee, equipment and location build out runs north of $300,000 and in some cases, like Outback Steakhouse™, can run over a $1 Million.

In order to assure that your fast food franchise is profitable and will support your family, you must do everything possible to get your monthly sales to be at least ten times what your monthly rent, including Common Area Maintenance (CAM) charges.  If your sales are not, you are working for the franchise, your employees and the landlord, instead of for your family.  This rule also applies to non-food franchises as well as most retail or service businesses that require a physical location.  This rule must always be observed.  I have only seen one exception to this rule-an indoor playground franchise where the rent was thirty percent of the gross income and still made a profit.

The promotional material states that over 85% of franchise locations do not go broke.  What they do not spell out is that the location may not close down but the original owner may have sold out at a substantial loss to someone else that also sold out at another substantial loss.  New location restaurants are famous for being sold two or three times before the price paid was low enough that an owner could make a living.  But if the rent is too high, that may not even be true.  The terms of a lease are the single most deadly expense of a business.  I have seen food courts charge $10,000 per month with the tenants earning only $30,000 gross sales per month.

If you are going to buy a new franchise and will be setting up at a new location or you are thinking of taking over an existing franchise location, please consult an expert that knows how to evaluate a business.  It has correctly been said in regards to our health that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  It is just as true for our financial health.  A few hundred or a few thousand dollars spent on reviewing the sanity of any business investment is cheap if it saves you from making a mistake of a hundred times that amount.  Never forget that only one deal in twenty looks as good as it sounds.

Willard Michlin is a Due Diligence and Business Evaluation Advisor.  He is also a California Business Broker and a California Real Estate Broker. He has published many articles and is in demand as a public speaker in the Southern California business community.See other articles and information about his services at:

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Willard Michlin is a Due Diligence and Business Evaluation Advisor.  He is also a California Business Broker and a California Real Estate Broker. He has published many articles and is in demand as a public speaker in the Southern California business community.See other articles and information about his services at:


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Medieval Times Franchise

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‘Castlevania: Lord of Shadows’: Great adventure
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GYM LORE: The History of Bodybuilding

Bodybuilding as a sport goes way back to the 12th century in India where the first training techniques and bodybuilding nutrition were invented. By the 16th century, bodybuilding has become a national pastime and by this time, people from various parts of the world have also taken up its concept. They used stone and wood to create the first dumbbell, thus spawning the vital component of bodybuilding which is weightlifting.

The late 1800s to the early 1900s led to bodybuilding becoming a widely popular commercial sport, especially among the general public. This was also the period where the first national and international bodybuilding competitions took place mostly around Europe.

Eugen Sandow was a key figure in pushing bodybuilding into the kind of sport it is today. Known as ‘The Father of Modern Bodybuilding,’ he incessantly promoted his fitness and bodybuilding ideology and even published one of the first bodybuilding magazines, Physical Culture. His persistence in endorsing bodybuilding finally bore fruit when the first official weightlifting contests were held.

The sport was first incorporated into the Olympic Games as a main event in the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. And five years after that, Sandow was honored as one of the judges in a bodybuilding event that drew 2,000 spectators in the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The 1920s saw bodybuilding as an increasingly popular sport and a very profitable industry. New muscular celebrities like Charles Atlas came to the spotlight, adding more to the whole furor over bodybuilding. Commercially manufactured dumbbells and barbells were selling like hotcakes all over the world while new developments in exercise devices, diet plans, and bodybuilding strategies were increasing in volume every year.

The Golden Age of Bodybuilding happened around the 1940s to the 1970s. This was the era of muscle beaches, movie franchises like Hercules and Tarzan that featured bodybuilders-turned-actors, and bodybuilding legends like Joe Gold, Harold Zinkin, and the two-time Mr. America John Grimek. During this time, bodybuilding separated itself formally from weightlifting. Its basic ideology was finally solidified and its goals set on health, strength, fitness, and aesthetic muscular building.

From 1966 to the present, the latest breed of professional builders led by the charismatic Arnold Schwarzenegger promoted the sport to new heights. Using his talent, charisma, and amazing physique, Mr. Universe Arnold Schwarzenegger transformed his body into the materialized version of every bodybuilding fans’ ideal form to achieve.

It was also around this time that anabolic steroids were gradually introduced in professional bodybuilding and other competitive sports. Its existence and the role it plays tainted bodybuilding as a sport but even so, bodybuilding retained its universal appeal for its core values never changed.

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Post-traumatic snow syndrome: Prepare now for winter’s wrath
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