Luxury Rebuildable Salvage Cars

If you’ve always wanted a luxury car but one has never fit into your budget, or you have the skills to repair one yourself, you might consider a relatively new market online: now you can find luxury rebuildable salvage cars through auction. These cars are sold at deeply discounted rates due to a variety of damages, including theft recovery, vandalism, water damage, repossession, and collisions. Whether these cars need simple cosmetic repairs or major mechanical restoration, the history for each car is disclosed so that you can make an educated decision on a car that you are probably hoping to drive for several years.

The better the condition of the luxury, the more competitive the bids will likely be. One crucial consideration to keep in mind for such a major purchase is whether the car you want will have costly repairs that can potentially make it more trouble than it’s worth. If you bid higher and higher for a car that will need thousands of dollars in repairs, you might run the risk of paying just as much as you would for a used car of the same make and model.

Since online auto auctions last for a limited time, it might be tempting to make a hasty decision; however, you will want to get the professional opinion of a mechanic before you bid. The VIN (vehicle identification number) will be available on each car’s listing, so you can check the car’s history online and ask your mechanic for an estimate of what the repairs will cost.

If you already own a luxury car, you might be interested in salvage cars simply for parts; if this is the case, you might want to know for sure whether the car in question is not repairable. In this case, the same recommendations above would apply; the difference is that you can have the upper hand in the bid, and the bids might not be so competitive on a car that is only good for parts. If you do go this route, always make sure that the make and model of the salvage car is compatible with your own car so that you can make the most use of its parts.

When you buy a luxury rebuildable salvage car, you can buy a car at 1/2 to 1/3 of its sticker price; however, these auction cars require a great deal of research and consideration before you bid on them. When you find a car that you want to buy, it is highly recommended that you look into the car’s history to see exactly what repairs are necessary, and then you can find a trusted mechanic for an opinion on whether the repairs can be done and whether the cost will balance out at the end. Whether you’re looking for a luxury car as a daily driver or you’re simply looking for a few extra parts to restore your own luxury car, you will find thousands of options through online luxury car salvage auctions.

Salvaging your Independence with Portable Power Wheelchairs

There are thousands of individuals who experience fresh disabilities yearly due to health conditions, surgery or accidents. These misfortunes result in traumatic changes within the person’s life style including the loss their independence as well as their physical mobility. Should you be one of these people then a portable powered wheelchair can assist you in regaining your lost freedom.

Years ago those people who required motorized wheelchairs had to purchase the chair with their personal funds. The Insurance companies refused to reimburse these people for those medical devices. Similarly Medicaid and Medicare also failed to approve the funds for these purchases.

This situation has now changed. With the new benefit provisions of the insurance companies today most will pay for these vital pieces of equipment. In addition, many government healthcare agencies will finance a noteworthy portion of the cost for people with chronic and disabling health conditions.

There are many people that are eligible for the power wheelchairs. Those applications from people who may experience the peril of falling or that may be shaky on their feet usually are approved without question by the insurance organizations. Should you encounter breathing ailments as emphysema it is certain that you may be approved. Those individuals who suffer from muscular diseases or arthritis frequently receive the necessary assistance for the purchase of a wheelchair.

As soon as you receive your benefit approval from your health care provider you may begin researching and looking for a chair of your choice. If you are the type of person who enjoys traveling or you like to be active then a portable wheelchair may be your best solution. Portable chairs run on battery packs and can usually go for up to 15 miles prior to being recharged.

The portable wheelchair is well suited for the college bound student who desires to be independent in getting from one side of the campus to the other while pursuing their education. Often times these young people who are wheelchair dependent possess disabilities which would preclude wheeling themselves around. Since these chairs are battery powered they are no longer reliant upon caregivers or other students to push them around the campus.

The speed of powered wheelchairs is generally from four and up to eight mph. Some are capable of climbing curbs or perhaps navigating riders along winding or narrow routes. Most portable chairs are reasonably priced, ranging approximately around $1,200. Due to the number of companies which offer these chairs for sale the competition has created various incentives being offered for you to purchase their chair. These offers can include things like best price guarantee or warranties on the frames and the various electronics components.

Through the help of technology disabled people have the opportunity to remain independent through the use of portable powered wheelchairs. If you happen to be a disabled person don’t let your disability interfere with your chances of realizing your dreams.

Copyright @2008 Joseph Parish

Salvage Auto Auction – How To Get Quality Salvage Cars At Very Affordable Prices

All the things being equal, a salvage auto auction remains the most appropriate venue to secure affordable vehicles. If you want quality cars and at affordable prices, you might want to take a very critical look at the useful tips below to help you out. These tips will help put some facts in the right perspective. 

Be An Early Bird 

Going to a salvage auto auction early helps you to gain some ample time to do many things. Getting to these venues early enables you engage other bidders in very educative chats. Each bidder has styles peculiar to each one of them; being early gives you an opportunity to learn one or two things from some experienced bidders. Some of these bidders have so many years of bidding experience in their kitty, and engaging them in chats will help you a lot. 

Carry Out A Thorough Check 

Experienced bidders do not get carried away by the external looks of salvage cars. Some cars have very attractive external appearances, but have engine problems. Judging vehicles based on outward appearances is capable of making you lose some quality vehicles, thereby going home with cars that are mechanically faulty. Cars that are not too attractive in their outward look are cheaper because they attract lesser attention from bidders. Taking along a professional mechanic to a salvage auto auction will be of immense benefit to you. However, going along with a trained mechanic may not be necessary if you have some basic experience about cars. 

Confirm Every Fact Provided 

When you get to a salvage auto auction venue as a participant, avoid swallowing every hook-line-and-sinker everything you are told by fellow bidders. Remember that everyone wants the best value for money. Every auctioneer wants to project every car in positive light; even if it means exaggerating facts. Never pay beyond the true value of any car, and avoid becoming too excited by some of the details or information you hear from these venues. 

Be At Your Best 

Being at your best in terms of composure is absolutely important when bidding for salvage cars. Being too excited can make you take decisions that may mar your chances of going home with vehicles that fall below your expectations. Check your budgets before putting in any bid, and never make any bid based on your emotions. Weighing what you have budgeted for against what you have on ground at the venue is also very important.  

These tips can help you get the best when you get to these venues; just be yourself. 

Never Give Up! A Story of Incredible Strength of Will and A Man Who Followed His Dreams

When I was 21 years old, I had the wonderful fortune of working alongside a man who was already considered a legend in his field. Later, the world would be introduced to him via a hit motion picture. His name was Carl Brashear but I called him Chief – short for Master Chief Carl Maxie Brashear U.S.N. You may never have heard of him but there is a good chance you have seen the movie or a TV program about his life. His life inspired the movie “Men of Honor” and it stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as Chief Brashear. It also stars Robert De Niro, Charlize Theron and Hal Holbrook. But, this article isn’t about the movie. You can check that out for yourself and I recommend you rent it soon.

This story is about never giving up. There is already a lot of media talk about how 2008 is going to be a difficult one for business. And, you know what? If you believe that then I can pretty much guarantee it will be – for you. But, if you focus on a goal and tell yourself that you will never, ever give up then I can pretty much guarantee it will be a fine year – for you. So much of what happens in our lives has to do with how we believe and what we value. Chief Brashear epitomized the belief that you never give up. Here is a little of his story.

When he enlisted in early 1948 the Navy had barely been desegregated and after basic training he was assigned to an officer’s mess hall as a steward who served meals and polished the officers’ shoes. But, he wanted something more in life and while watching some divers working one day off an aircraft carrier, he decided that he was going to become a deep sea diver. He applied to school but was told that there were no “colored” divers in the Navy. He responded that they were about to get their first. In 1954, he became the first African American to attend and graduate from the US Navy Diving & Salvage School. He later became a Master Diver and a Master Chief Petty Officer, the first in the Navy.

I met the Chief under strained circumstances. I was planning on being discharged from the Navy in November of 1970 after serving a little over three years. I wasn’t supposed to be discharged until a year later but I was one of thousands who qualified at that time for an early discharge. I was looking forward to starting my career as a civilian photojournalist when out of the blue, I got new orders. It seemed the USS Recovery ARS-43 needed someone with my set of unique qualifications and rank (at least that’s what my commanding officer told me) and I wasn’t getting out early. Instead, I was going to spend another year at sea and I would most likely be going to the Mediterranean for six months. I wasn’t happy.

A few months after I had already reported to the Recovery, Chief Brashear was getting orders to report to the same ship to assume the role of Master Diver. It’s funny how life works out but the coincidence of us getting orders to the same ship would change my life. I wouldn’t appreciate how much until years later.

Shortly after getting settled onboard, I started getting to know the people I would be working with. One of them, a First Class diver by the name of George Caswell brought me up to date on the life of Carl Brashear when we heard he was going to be the new Master Diver. He told me the story of how in 1966, Chief Brashear had been working on the USS Hoist. They were recovering a nuclear bomb that had been lost when two of our planes collided while refueling near the Canary Islands. During operations a rigging line broke and a metal pipe flew and stuck Chief Brashear’s left leg below the knee and nearly sheared it off. He spent the next two years rehabbing his leg which was amputated. But, instead of being discharged or taking a desk job, Chief Brashear was determined to be reinstated as a diver. In April 1968, he became the first amputee to be certified as a Navy Salvage & Rescue Deep Sea Diver. Two years later he and I were to meet up on the Recovery.

As I mentioned earlier, I wasn’t particularly happy about having to serve another year at sea. But, I made the best of it and quickly gained the support of the operations officer to whom I reported and my commanding officer. In fact, I was given permission to start a ship’s newspaper as we were leaving for a six month “Med Cruise.” Putting out the newspaper gave me a creative outlet and I enjoyed it very much since I had worked as a reporter and a photographer on a daily paper before enlisting. I typed on a manual typewriter using a two-ply spirit master and then ran it off on a ditto machine. The first few issues were mostly about the ports we were visiting with some current event news thrown in. But, it wasn’t long before I decided to start writing opinion pieces. We were somewhere off the coast of Italy when I wrote my opinion about the Vietnam War, President Nixon and the Uniform Code of Military Justice all in one issue.

As newspapers go, it managed to cause one heck of a lot of furor. My operations officer told me it actually caused a shouting match at dinner that night in the officers’ mess. The career men on board (which would include Chief Brashear) were not pleased by my opinions and several shared their opinions of me with me. The next day the captain ended up explaining to me that as a US Navy Petty Officer I was not allowed the freedom to express my opinions about either our commander in chief or the Uniform Code of Military Justice. I think it was my statement that the term “military justice is an oxymoron” that got them most wound up. That was the end of the ship’s paper.

That evening, after word of the newspaper’s cancellation got out, I was on watch in the Combat Information Center (my office) when I got a knock on my locked door. Looking out the peephole I saw it was Chief Brashear. He had never visited me before so I was pretty much expecting he had something to say about the newspaper. But, he didn’t mention it. He just said he was on the bridge and thought he’d stop in to chat. He then wondered if I would like to join him in the boatswain’s locker (his office) after I got off duty to “work out” with him. He had a look in his eye that told me I’d be out of my mind to accept that invitation. He apparently was also not amused by my opinions. I told him I didn’t think I would be joining him and he said okay and that was the end of the discussion. For the next few weeks, I stayed clear of him except when we had to work together and he ignored me except to give me a stare once in a while. Call it d├ętente. But then something happened that changed everything.

The ship was short on its quotient of officers on board and the result was the officers had to stand 12 hours on and 12 hours off watches as Underway Officer of the Deck (UOOD). The UOOD is person who gives the orders on the bridge while the ship is underway. He’s in charge of giving navigation orders, avoiding running into anything, and assuring the safety of the ship and its sailors. One day, the operations officer was complaining about the watches when he flippantly said to me, “You should be standing UOOD watches since you teach us anyway.” It was true that part of my job was teaching new officers some of the things they had to know to qualify as an UOOD. I said I would be happy to do that if the Navy ever decides to let an enlisted person run a ship underway. I didn’t think anymore about it.

Now it so happened that the operations officer was a tenacious kind of researcher. He checked into all the regulations and found that there were none that said you actually had to be a commissioned officer to qualify as an underway officer of the deck. You only had to pass a written test and be certified by the captain. Somehow, he talked the captain into allowing me to take the test. I passed it and the next thing I knew the captain had certified me as a UOOD and I was put on the watch rotation. In those days if we weren’t off rescuing or salvaging, we usually spent time running drills and also shadowing Russian trawler “spy ships” which made for some interesting watches as UOOD.

I was standing one of my first watches (it might have been the first) when Chief Brashear came up to the bridge. We were going through the formal ritual of changing UOOD’s which involved me stating that “this is Petty Officer Poole and I have the Deck and the Conn.” I remember looking at Chief Brashear who had a look of disbelief on his face. He had never seen an enlisted man be given the Deck or Conn underway. It was unheard of at that time.

The following day I found the Chief, once again, visiting my office to chat. He wanted to know how it came to be that I was standing an UOOD watch. And, he wanted to know how he could do the same thing. I told him how there wasn’t any regulation that said he couldn’t and that he could take the same test I took as long as the captain was good with it. I told him I’d help him with the things he needed to know that he wasn’t already familiar with and a few weeks later Master Chief Brashear was certified as an Underway Officer of the Deck.

From that point on we started talking about our lives and our futures when one of us had a night watch and things were quiet on the bridge. I told him how I was going to continue in photojournalism or maybe even studio photography. He told me about his life since being born in Kentucky the son of sharecroppers. He never once complained about the prejudice he faced in becoming a diver. He never bemoaned the loss of his leg. Instead, he talked about never giving up on your dreams and wanting to experience as much as possible in life. I learned that when he wanted to go to First Class Diver’s School, he couldn’t pass the first time because of the math, physics and chemistry needed. He had enlisted with only a grade school education. He enrolled in the Armed Forces Institute and worked for three years to master the necessary science skills. He got his GED and went back to First Class Diver’s School where he graduated third in his class.

He would get excited when I would talk about my future and he encouraged me to do everything and anything I wanted in life. He was one of the toughest men I have ever known. But, he was tougher on himself than anyone else. He didn’t know the meaning of “you can’t do it” and he pushed himself to withstand mental, emotional and physical pain that would break most anyone else because he couldn’t accept giving up. He taught me a lot about not letting someone else take away your dreams.

Master Chief Brashear died of respiratory and heart failure in 2006. How a man with a heart as big as his can die of heart failure is a mystery of nature. His son, Phillip Brashear, said at his funeral that even while dying, his father seemed unwilling to let go of a life built on determination. “Even though his lungs failed him, his heart was still beating.” Carl Brashear showed us all what a human being is capable of accomplishing when he’s faced with overwhelming odds. Think about that when you find yourself thinking about how 2008 is going to be a “tough year” for business. Go rent the movie, “Men of Honor.” You might find yourself saying, “Never Give Up.”