(53)Buying a New Car? Use Feng Shui to Select Your Success Color..


With September’s arrival comes the annual car buying season. But while selecting the type of car comes easily to most people, making a decision on the color of a car can be a stumbling block. Some people simply go with their favorite color, while others mull over color choices by considering factors such as climate, type of vehicle use, or the most practical choice, going with what is least likely to show dirt. But what if even that fails? Then try feng shui. Yes, feng shui, the Chinese guide used for arranging homes and offices, can also be used for selecting colors based on an individual’s own personal feng shui.
According to personal feng shui, each person has an individual feng shui number that is based on gender and date of birth. This number, also called a “kua” number is associated with a color. By selecting the correct color for an individual’s particular feng shui number, the driver will experience better luck over all because the color is harmonized with that individual.
Use personal feng shui to select a “success” color, which can be helpful when buying that luxury sedan. More into soccer practice than boardrooms? Choose a “family” color. Both colors are determined by the driver’s kua number. To determine the driver’s kua number, and subsequently the color of car that is appropriate, use the instructions below and then check the chart that follow for selecting a success or family color. Now, who should drive the Mary Kay pink Cadillacs? Anyone with a number 3 kua number!

The calculation is as follows:

-Take the year of birth, i.e., 1971

-Add the last two years together (7+1=8)

For men, subtract the number from 10 (10-8+2); 2 is the kua number

For women, add 5 to the number (5+8=13; 1+3= 4); 4 is the kua number

For years such as 1982 which have a double digit, be sure to reduce to one number

8+2=10 (1+0=1)

10-1=9 (Kua for men)

5+1=6 (Kua for women)

Kua Number

Money/Success Colors: Green, Purple

Family Colors: Red, Purple, Burgundy

Money/Success Colors: Yellow, Brown, Beige
Family Colors: Silver, Gold, White, Pearl

Money/Success Colors: Red, Pink, Burgundy
Family Color: Green

Money/Success Colors: Blue, Black, Purple
Family Colors: Dark Green, Brown

Money/Success Colors: Yellow, Brown, Beige
Family Colors:Gray, Silver, Gold, White

Money/Success Colors: Gray, Silver, White
Family Colors: Yellow, Brown, Beige

Money/Success Colors: Gold, Silver, White/Pearl
Family Colors: Yellow, Brown, Beige

Money/Success Colors: Yellow, Brown, Beige
Family Colors: Gold, Silver, Gray, White

Money/Success Colors: Color Dark Green, Brown
Family Colors: Blue, Black, Purple

KATHRYN WEBER is the publisher of The Red Lotus Letter (, the Web's largest weekly feng shui ezine. She is also a certified feng shui master practitioner whose been featured in Seventeen and Martial Arts Professional magazines, among others, and is sought after for her expertise with a witty, down-to-earth style.

Written by: Kathryn Weber

(54)Buying a New Car? Why Not Modify Your Old One?

Ready to buy a new car? If you still have doubts about it why not just consider modifying your car or giving it interior and exterior upgrades? Although this may cause you to spend thousands of dollars, it's much cheaper than purchasing the latest in the market. Giving your car a new look, improving its driving potentials and enhancing its utility is so easy and a lot cheaper nowadays. If you're after changing your typically boring driving routine, upgrading your car's interior and exterior features can save you from--oh well, boredom.

Changing the way your car looks can be just as exciting as buying a new vehicle. But apart from choosing which car to buy, or which auto parts to purchase or add to your car for that matter, you need to choose a reliable and trusted auto parts dealer that cannot only supply you with your exact needs but can help you save big. Don't worry because there's one store that can do these at the same time, Auto Parts Deal. Replacement parts for Ford parts, Chevrolet parts, GMC parts, Toyota parts, Volkswagen parts and a whole lot more are readily available. All these premium quality products can be purchased at very affordable deals.

Most auto mechanics and professionals would recommend buying replacement or aftermarket auto parts only from one source for this will ensure the parts' compatibility and exactness. And not only that, it can help you save time, efforts and money especially on shipping. Installing those new parts can also be easier and quicker if you get them from only one supplier. Auto Parts Deal, however gives you more than these benefits. Added benefits such as security, affordability and convenience can all be enjoyed upon purchasing any of the products.

What are the parts you can use to modify your car? For Mazda cars, you can find here highly durable and quality Mazda spoilersMazda hood, and Mazda bumpers. These parts are made of high quality materials and are perfectly finished to give your vehicle a perfect impression. Combining both functionality and aesthetics, they are the best replacement you can find for your original auto parts.

The Mazda bumpersare specially designed to give you maximum protection in the event of a collision. They have spring loaded sock absorbers that allow the bumper to compress and extend back to its original shape during low impact collisions. While during high impact collisions, these shock absorbers decrease or prevent damage to the passengers and the vehicle by absorbing and redirecting the energy from the impact.

Different kinds of lights are also available here at Auto Parts Deal; these include the finest Toyota tail lights, Chevrolet headlights, and Jeep fog lights. Headlight covers are also available in this store. These auto parts are excellent ways of modifying your car. But aside from changing the way your car looks, they keep you safe as you drive. If you are planning to drive off-road with your Jeep for example, installing high quality Jeep fog lights is one of the best ways of preparing your auto. These lights enhance your visibility especially in severe weather conditions.

Create a truly inspiring image for your car by replacing your wheels. You can resize it, specially the rear wheels to make it look like a sports car; however, make sure to seek advise from an expert in doing so. Resizing your wheels can sacrifice your handling and ride quality if you go beyond what is suited for your vehicle. Meanwhile you can choose among the available durable and premium grade wheels like Ford wheels, Dodge wheels , Nissan wheels and GMC truck wheels online.

These are just a few of the millions of quality auto parts you can choose from. Your choices are immensely available. You actually have a lot of good options in jazzing up your everyday driving aside from buying a new vehicle. Just find time to explore them and you'll realize there are still more ways to modify your car than you can imagine.
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As a manager of one of the largest auto stores in Springfield,Massachussets, Sarah has extensive expertise on auto parts and automotives in general. This 42 year old is a certified car enthusiast.
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   (55)Buying A Used Car - The Wise Way!



I have always purchased my cars used. And each time, I got a great deal. Don't think I counted on luck, though - no siree. There are a few "musts" for making sure you don't end up drinking "lemon"-ade.

Spending a little time now may save you serious money later. Check Consumer Reports on the safest cars out there. Looks are one thing, but don't ignore safety.

Go to a reputable car repair shop and ask if you can bring the vehicle by for a look-over. While you're there, ask what cars they have to repair most often. Take heed. Also, ask what the inspection includes, how long it takes, and the price. Always get this information in writing - just to be safe.

Once the vehicle has been inspected, ask the mechanic for a written report with a cost estimate for all necessary repairs. Be sure the report includes the vehicle’s make, model and VIN. Go over it with a fine-toothed comb and make sure you understand every item. If you decide to make an offer to the dealer after approving the inspection, you can use the estimated repair costs to negotiate the price of the vehicle.

Are you going to purchase from an individual?

Remember, private sellers generally are not covered by the Used Car Rule and don’t have to use the Buyers Guide. However, you can use the Guide’s list of an auto’s major systems as a shopping tool. You also can ask the seller if you can have the vehicle inspected by your mechanic. If he/she says no... beware. No matter how nice the car appears, something fishy is going on.

Now, a private sale likely will be on an "as is" basis, unless your purchase agreement with the seller specifically states otherwise. If you have a written contract, the seller has to live up to the contract. The car also may be covered by a manufacturer’s warranty or a separately purchased service contract. But that doesn't mean that the warranty and service contract are transferable. Plus, other limits or costs may apply. Before you buy the car, ask if it's still under warranty or service contract, and review that baby carefully.

Some states will require vehicle sellers to pass a vehicle inspection before a sale is made. That's not always the case, though. To find out what your state requires, contact your state Attorney General's office or a local consumer protection agency. Hey, it's just a phone call. And it could save you a real headache later!

Whether you end up buying a used car from a dealer, a co-worker, or a neighbor, follow these tips to learn as much as you can about the car:

Examine the car carefully yourself using an inspection checklist. You can find a checklist in many of the magazine articles, books and Internet sites that deal with buying a used car. My favorite book that I've used several times is How to Buy and Maintain a Used Car by Brad Crouch.

Once I bought a used car in August, and never thought to test the rear defroster. Guess what? Come November, I found out it didn't work. If you're shopping in the summer, don't forget to check the heater. And if it's cold as ice outside, still turn that air on full blast and make sure it works!

Test drive the car under varied road conditions—on hills, highways, and in stop-and-go traffic.

Ask for the car’s maintenance record. If the owner doesn’t have copies, contact the dealership or repair shop where most of the work was done. They may share their files with you.

Talk to the previous owner, especially if the present owner is unfamiliar with the car’s history.

Have the car inspected by a mechanic you hire.

There you go. Do your homework, and it's very likely that, like me, you'll find yourself buying used every time!

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If you are considering the purchase of your next used or second hand car, you might at this point be very nervous. Its not a purchase you make regularly like going to the supermarket for your monthly shop or buying that next outfit for hitting the town. Its something you might only do every three or four years sometimes longer.

Some popular makes are:

Audi, Alfa Romeo, Bmw, Citroen, Ford, Fiat, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus,Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mg, Mini and Mitsubishi.

Confused? Who should I buy it from? A large garage group, a medium sized independent, a small independent, or a back street garage? The Answer? Whichever of these have the vehicle that you want! (With certain reservations which we will explore later.) A common mistake is to go out in the car and visit all local sellers in the hope you see something you like, if you do this you will be at your most vulnerable and may well find that you buy something on impulse and may not in the long term be the best for you.

With the world wide web at your fingertips it's a great place to start. By using it and visiting some of the better used car classified sites you will be able to narrow down your choices before even leaving your home.

Some of the best sites are:

Ideally you should list your requirements in order of importance for example:

1. Insurance Cost

2. Fuel type

3. Economy

4. Vehicle size

5. 3/5/4 door etc

6. Price

7. Colour

8. Specification

Don't get to carried away other wise the whole thing will not be the enjoyable experience it should be. Okay get surfing and find that combination of your dreams.

More of the most popular makes of vehicles to search are:

Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, Rover, Seat, Subaru, Skoda, Suzuki, Toyota, Vauxhall and Volkswagen.

Happy hunting and watch out for the next instalment. "The negotiation."
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Written by: Mike Gamble

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