Daiana Tejada

Picking The Right Vehicle

Are you the type of person who dreams about cars? Or maybe you see them in practical terms only, as a means of transportation and no more. Either way it can be difficult to choose the right rental vehicle. If you work with a decent company they will have all sorts of cars to choose from and while all of them may get you where you want to go they also all create unique driving experiences.

Start planning ahead of time to get the right car. When it comes to car rentals selection may be varied or it may be limited, it depends on a number of factors. Small companies in sleepy towns will almost always have limited selections but even big companies with huge lots can quickly run out of their top vehicles when the busy tourism season hits. You don’t want to be the last one on the lot, left to pick from the remains. See if you can call ahead or go online to find out about the available selection and reserve your ideal car if possible. Because advice on narrowing down your selection is only helpful if you have a decent selection to start with.

When it comes to picking the safest vehicle size definitely matters. If you are visiting a city with narrow streets that are jam packed with cars then you might want to get a scooter so that you can park where cars can’t. But if you have to carry a large party around with you then this isn’t an option and a mini bus hire is more appropriate. Either way the three things you need to consider when picking the right sized car are the environment you’ll be driving in. 

Consider how comfortable you will be in any given vehicle. If you are going to visiting somewhere new then it can be nice to have something comfortable so that you don’t pile on any unnecessary stress. Some people thrill at the idea of driving a new car through a strange city but for others the thought is terrifying. Don’t be afraid to rent a car that’s like the one you drive at home.

Don’t forget to consider looks. When you are dealing with people in your life you don’t want to be too vain but when it comes to cars then you might as well pick one you want to be seen in. Even people who say they don’t care about their appearance find themselves full of excitement when they get behind a truly nice car. It’s great to be sensible about these things throughout most of the year but you also need to indulge yourself every once in a while.

These are some of the top factors you should consider but the biggest one is probably affordability. Trips can be expensive and so can Perth airport car hire if you aren’t careful. Make sure to research everything you need to pay, from base rental costs to insurance and petrol. It’s also good to read reviews to find out if a company charges any hidden fees. And finally, once again it is important to check ahead of time because you can’t expect to walk into a randomly picked rental car lot and walk out with the best deal. Shopping around ahead of time will give you what you need to make the right decision.

Lost Your Keys? Here’s What To Do

We all tend to lose our keys. No matter how much we try to prevent this in some way or the other, the inevitable outcome is that, at some point in our lives, we all have lost our keys somehow. Usually, this ends with us being able to find them right away – or at least, the next day, or when you least expect it (because maybe they were in your pocket all along!) – But sometimes, it doesn’t go so favourably. Whilst the usual key cutter will suffice for when you lose the keys to your house, the matter becomes different if we are talking about car keys.

Even if you don’t lose your car keys, there are other instances where you will need replacement car keys – examples include when your car keys break or suddenly stop working – after all, car keys also have remotes to them. Because of this last point, when repairing or duplicating car keys, you will need to find locksmiths specializing in car keys. If you broke your keys or if they stop functioning, you will naturally not need to go out of your way to let the locksmith know what kind of keys you have, but in case you lost your car keys, then, you will have to look up the VIN of your car. The VIN, or the vehicle identification number, will be the method through which the locksmith will identify the cuts of the key. The VIN is located in the engine bay or the dashboard of your car (you can also find in the legal papers relating to your car); jot this down together with the brand, name and serial of your car when visiting the locksmith.

The next steps depend on how old your car is – older cars have keys which are easy to replicate, whereas newer models almost always have complex car keys:

• If your car key is not a complex one – in this case, normal car locksmiths in Melbourne will suffice. Once you’ve given the VIN and other details of your car, the locksmith will recreate the key for you. Capable locksmiths can also program some of the newer key types (not the newest ones though)

• If your car key is a complex one – in this case, in addition to finding a locksmith, you will also need to find a dealer. The locksmith will recreate the physical key for you, after which the dealer will program it. Some of the newest car models however, are complex enough to the point where only a dealer will be able to replicate the key.

Replicating your car keys will take a week or two at most, so remember that you will have to go about your daily life without a car in the meanwhile!