Don’t Buy a Lemon: Things to Check before Buying a Used Car

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A car is no longer just a want, but a need. However, it takes a lot of effort and savings to buy a new car. A lot of people choose used cars mainly because of the reduced cost, but not everyone makes smart choices when doing so. Some car salesmen take advantage of this by overselling cars that are worth much less.

Buying a used car is a risky task, especially if you don’t know what to look for and what dealership to trust. Apart from giving the car a test drive, here are some other things you have to check when going to car dealerships in Indianapolis:

The Body

Check the exterior of the car. See if all the panels have the same color, and look for any serious imperfections such as rust. Open all doors, hood, and trunk,and test all lights to see if everything is working. Check alignments of all panels to see if there was significant body work done, which may indicate a significant accident in the vehicle’s past. Also check the interiors. Check the condition of the seats and lining of the car for any rips, tears, or foul odors.

Windshields and Windows

When looking at Indianapolis used cars, check for any cracks and impact marks on the glass. Some scratches may be negligible, but bigger cracks can cause significant depth perception problems when driving. Also, make sure all windows roll up and down with ease without leaving any gaps. See if the wipers are all working, in sync, and running smoothly. There shouldn’t be any unnecessary noise or squeaks.

Tires

If possible, all tires should be the same brand or at least the same size and make. You should also inspect the tires closely. Look if there are flat spots and worn treads, or any other significant signs of damage. Although you can easily replace tires at the local auto shop, it still bears a factor in the price of a used car.

Other Smaller Details

Sometimes the smallest things have the biggest impact, so make sure to check other tiny details of the car. Look for any leaks, strange engine noises, busted-looking batteries and exhaust, and the like. Check if the seat belts are working, and see if the airbags have been used (rendering them useless).

There are many dependable car dealers that can give you great deals for reasonable prices. It helps to do a bit of online research or to ask your friends for tips and advice. Visit car dealer websites to find out more.

Mantooth Insurance: All About The People

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Insurance companies can be surprisingly limited with their offerings. You will be surprised with how inadequate their options are even if these were created with the customers’ interests in mind. This forces people to just choose among whatever is available and make them compromise when it’s them who should be setting the terms.

This is precisely why Ralph Mantooth founded his insurance agency Mantooth Insurance. Being a part of the industry, he felt that it needed a ‘new blood’ or a new provider of insurance options. Living in Hendricks County where this need is more evident, he started his agency from scratch in 1981. Other than this sense of purpose and his desire to be his own boss, he wanted to re-establish the industry and make it what it should have always been about: the people.

“Getting people to understand what you have to offer, believe, and then react in a positive manner has always been intriguing to me,” Mantooth says when asked about what interests him most about the industry. The dynamic CEO also shares that this is why he founded an insurance agency instead of a financial services company. Mantooth Insurance focuses more on addressing the personal needs of people through the insurance options it provides.

Mantooth takes pride in attracting a large number of customers and keeping them involved for the long term. “Our current retention rate is 91%,” he shares. “This means we’re doing something right.”A CLU (chartered life underwriter) and CIC (certified insurance counselor), Mantooth is involved with the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers on a local, state, and national level. He has also talked with congressional leaders in Washington DC about issues concerning Crop insurance, Flood insurance and changes in the Obama health care reform.

Mantooth credits his company’s success to its commitment to its clients. “We have always taken the time to help our clients understand what they get for their money.” From a commercial insurance standpoint, on the other hand, the company also values and honors its partnership with premium insurance firms. “We also take time to develop an understanding of what the client does as well as their concerns and exposures.”

Mantooth sees a bright future ahead of everyone in the insurance industry. “But you need to think outside the normal confines and be able to adapt to the ever changing aspects of doing business,” he points out. For his part, he and his company continue to come up with options that cater to the needs of its customers. Mantooth assures that, “What we offer always provides the sound basis for everyone’s financial future.”

Mantooth Insurance Agency is full service agency catering to over 3,000 individuals and more than 200 businesses in Hendricks County. If you want to experience the quality insurance services and financial security it offers, call 800 314 5050 or visit www.mantoothinsurance.com.

Grabbing the Attention of Your Target Audience

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Widening your web presence online is important, especially if you’re an entrepreneur. You’ll have a hard time grabbing the attention of your target audience if you don’t have a website or even a social media page. These two Internet marketing tools, however, cannot work alone by themselves. You must make them more visible on the search results with the right digital marketing strategy. This way, you can broadcast important details about your business, and get the chance to attract potential customers.

Digital marketing works only if you can show your website on different devices that can connect to the Internet. These include computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. This exposes you to different techniques, such as search engine optimization, web design, and mobile marketing.

Without the latest online marketing methods, you’ll be ill equipped to expand your customer base through the Internet. Here are some ways you can make your business more visible online:

Accurate Keywords and Links

Many people these days look for different products and services using the Internet. Most of the time, they rely only on the first few websites that appear on the search results. SEO services provide the techniques you need for your website to get high rankings on the search results. They take keywords that your target audience uses and links them the right authority sites to increase your visibility.

User-Friendly Design

Making your website easy to use is your first goal when it comes to web design. Encourage your visitors to browse your website completely through readable and streamlined content. Ensuring that your website loads fast is another surefire way of making them stay long enough to get your contact details. This way, they’ll find the information they need quickly.

Flexible on All Internet Devices

Customers these days are savvier when it comes to their Internet browsing habits. They use their phones and tablets to connect to social networking sites while shopping for the goods they need. This makes mobile marketing important for you to get into, especially if your target audience relies heavily on their digital devices. This way, you have more chances to reach them immediately.

Working with companies with tested knowledge of different online marketing techniques can help you create an advertising strategy that works. Look for an SEO services company to get started on your Internet campaigns.

Food Label Systems To Be Rolled Out

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A new consistent food labelling system will be rolled out in the UK, the government announced. A combination of colour coding and nutritional details will be used to show how much calories, salt, sugar, and fat are in each product.

However, as of yet only just more than 60% of products will be covered by the food labelling because it will stay voluntary. The government’s announcement comes after a decade of debate about this issue and has been recently accepted and welcomed by consumer groups.

buying foodThe Challenging Decision

The roll out of the food labelling system has proved to be problematic mainly because of the difficulty in getting market leaders to agree on the labels and because mandatory rules require agreement on a European level. The challenges resulted in a variety of several systems being presented.

The revealing of new food label system comes after a public consultation in the previous year and months of discussion with the food industry.

Help Fight Obesity

Campaigners, who have debated a clearand consistent system of food labelling, have accepted the deal,saying it would help fight obesity. Over the next 18 months, the new labelling system will be presented across many of the major food groups.

Patty Mills: Spurs Won’t Allow Heat To Force Game 7

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patty-millsPatty Mills may not be playing in game six of the NBA Finals for San Antonio against Miami but he has no doubt about its importance.

“This is the one,” he said. “I think if we want to win it, it has to be this one. We have to break out of the back-and-forth,” he added.

The Back-and-Forth

Mills refers to the nature of the series, with San Antonio drawing first blood in Miami, the Heat then bouncing back in game two, the Spurs racing away with game three, and Miami leveling it at 2-2 in game four.

The Main Objective

The Spurs are looking to end the series by winning game six. This will give them a 5-0 record for entering and never losing in the NBA finals.

Mills is hoping the trip to Miami doesn’t extend beyond game six so he can join Luc Longley (Chicago Bulls 1996-98) and Andrew Gaze (San Antonio 1999) as a member of an NBA champion team.

The Spurs are leading 3-2 in the best-of-seven championship series against the Big Three (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh) and the rest of the Heat team.

Hair Extensions: For a Gorgeous Hair in No Time

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If you’ve ever wondered how celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Jennifer Lopez and others suddenly wear long hairs only days after you’ve seen them in shorter hairstyles, there’s a simple answer. They use hair extensions for their versatile hairdos that change as often as they switch outfits.

Hair extensions are a very popular accessory worn by celebrities and everyday women. Wearing hair extension is now as common as putting on jewelry or wearing makeup. To achieve different looks, women choose several textures and lengths of hair that complement their facial features and moods.

If you love long hair, but lack the patience to grow it, think of getting Brazilian hair extensions.

Clip-In Hair Extensions

The easiest and gentlest type of hair extensions are those you clip into your hair. This makes for easy removal and maintenance. The number of clips used depends on the volume needed. Clip-in extensions are also an excellent way to add highlights to your hair without coloring it. You can choose different colors and lengths and change them whenever you feel like.

Human and Synthetic Single Hair Extensions

Single hair extensions are single strips of hair that can move and swing in sections of your own hair. Synthetic pieces are available in wavy, straight, and curly varieties, matching your hair. They are attached to a small braid of each extension base and then sealed by heat, which melts them into your hair. They come in different shades of colors, ranging from a natural look to brighter colors.

Bonding and Sealing Extensions

Bonding and sealing extensions are used on sectioned real hair. With this style of hair extensions, human hair extension strands are bonded with heat to the client’s natural strands, creating length and fullness in the hair. This hair extension can last up to several months before the bond starts to loosen.

Weaved-In Extensions

These are tiny hidden braids that hold hair extensions against the scalp. This hair type can add tension and uneven weight to your natural hair. This is a concern when washing hair, because it is hard to dry hair that is under the braids. Some people with weaves don’t wash their hair as often as possible.

Women value beauty and appearance, especially when it comes to their hair. Her Hair Company, with more than 20 years of experience, knows every woman’s needs when it comes to beauty. The company only offers high quality Brazilian hair extensions online. Choose from a wide variety of hair extensions, be it curly, straight, or wavy hair. Contact them at 888-597-6667.

Nintendo’s Game Overdose At E3

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In a bid to recover from the fledgling sales of its Wii U gaming controls which sold only 3.45 million units till March, Nintendo went “all out” at the E3 aka Electronic Entertainment Expo with a fantastic collection of games including the new ‘Mario’. There was no flashy presentation but a gripping showcase of exclusive games for the Wii U console.

nintendo1Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime hit the right chord with his ‘No talk, only games’ strategy that aimed at mesmerizing the visitors from the very start. “Today is different… It’s the reason you’re gathered here inside of our booth — standing instead of sitting — because it was our decision to minimize the time from when we said ‘good morning’ and you getting to play the game”, said he.

Nintendo, apart from unleashing its Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8 also displayed the cartoony strategy game Pikmin 3. Other games flaunted at the booth were Bayonetta 2, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Nintendo, however, did not let attendees play their all new action packed Super Smash Bros.

American Airlines-US Airways Merger Has New Post-Merger Leaders

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American.Airlines.Boeing.737-800.YUL.2009New merger. New management. Old faces. New job vacancies.

This was the situation with the new American Airlines after the merger has gone through and the management have been decided. The airlines will now have more top executives from the smaller but more successful US Airways than from the current American.

Five executives of US Airways will follow their current CEO, Doug Parker, when he takes over the yoke after the airlines complete their proposed merger. Three execs from American parent AMR Corp. will be part of the new company’s leadership team.

The proposed merger between AMR and US Airways Group Inc. is set to be completed this summer. The deal is still awaiting the approval of the US antitrust regulators and AMR’s bankruptcy creditors.

Although AMR creditors and shareholders will still control 72% of the new company, and the headquarters will still be in Fort Worth, Texas, the makeup of the top executives shows it was US Airways’ Parker who pushed the merger, and convinced AMR’s union and creditors to support him.

Top execs from US Airways will hold the most important management posts including president, chief financial officer, and chief operating officer. The new company’s 12-member board will have four holdovers from US Airways and three from AMR.

The new company will be called American Airlines Group Inc.

Clean, Beautiful, and Elegant: Exactly What Your Home Should Be

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It’s always exciting to come home after a tiring day at work. But sometimes, getting there may just stress you a bit more. There might not be any existing problems, but how come you still feel tired? The answer could be in your surroundings. Maybe you need to change some things. A little bit of rearrangement and organization and voila—you get a fresh perspective! A clean, beautiful, and elegant space is what you need to reduce stress. Here’s how you can do it.

Clean Up

Keep away all the clutter. This is the first rule you need to follow before revamping the feel of your space. Take away all the things you don’t need, like old newspapers and magazines. Take your indoor plants outside if they scatter too many leaves or pollen. Keep some furniture pieces, like a fold-down table, in the patio to make your space roomier.

Create a Focal Point

A focal point is something eye-catching. It can be a piece of art or a photograph. The right piece can complement your home’s existing theme and décor. Interior designers recommend installing a custom piece of art to achieve a wow factor. One example is cutting an image into three parts and hanging them a little bit away from each other.

Repaint Your Walls

Walls are a great canvas if you want to liven up your home or just change the overall mood of the space. Paint your walls with light colours like beige or white. Light colours can give your room an ethereal feel.

Change Your Furnishings

Furniture pieces draw attention, so make sure that you get quality ones. To ensure quality, get designer tables or chairs. Designer items are handcrafted and can stand the test of time. Their aesthetic value is also timeless.

Upgrade the Lighting

Lighting is important, as it establishes the mood of your surroundings. Use something sleek and luxurious-looking, but be sure that it produces an appropriate amount of light. Use sconces to achieve a more elegant feel.

Rearranging your home goes beyond keeping your collapsible table outdoors or repainting your walls. A new sight can inspire you and help you unplug yourself from stress.

Hollywood Celebrities Turned Wedding Crashers

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travoltaCould there be anything more surprising that Hollywood celebrities coming to your wedding, uninvited?

This could be the latest trend in Hollywood. John Travolta recently made headlines for his surprise appearance at a wedding, and even gamely posed for a shot with the couple. Well, the groom later on admitted he ran into Travolta in a bar the night before the wedding. The next day the Hollywood legend showed up on his big day! John Travolta attended in slacker attire though, donning a tee shirt, blue shirt, and backwards baseball hat.

However, Travolta isn’t the first Hollywood celebrity who crashed a wedding. Here are the other popular guys who helped couples exchange vows:

Meryl Streep

She did it when she was shooting ‘The Iron Lady’ in England. The couple was so thrilled Streep had to send an autograph with some congratulatory messages.

Conan O’Brien

He attended a wedding at Four Seasons Atlanta. The host said he was invited via Twitter, though.

Bill Clinton

The former president just made a quick drive. When he passed by the wedding at the Castle martyr Resort in Cork, Ireland, he went inside and introduced himself.

Taylor Swift

The country singer showed up uninvited in Liam Kerr and Kyle Kennedy’s wedding at Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza. She refused to go when the bride’s mother asked her to leave, as she was causing a distraction.