Buying or Selling Used Cars? Here Are The Smart Choices You Can Make to Get The Best Transaction

While buying a new vehicle may seem like an exciting venture, it is likely not worth the expense. On average, a vehicle will depreciate by 20 percent just by driving it off the car lot. Therefore, if you spend $25,000, you will lose around $5,000 before you even get home. A much more frugal way to acquire the reliable transportation you need to perform your daily responsibilities is to buy used. Whether you are in search of a new vehicle or trying to find a buyer, there are some tips to keep in mind to ensure the process is a smooth one.   Know the Vehicle’s History One of the most important steps to take before buying used is to check the history of the vehicle. Even if it appears to be in good condition, keep in mind that body shops can make it look good again following a crash. A good indicator that there may be something the seller is trying to hide is either a VIN number that is difficult to read or the seller’s reluctance to provide it. If this is the case, it might be a good idea to continue searching.   Closing Tips Once you have found a vehicle that you’re happy with, it’s time to close the deal. Never pay in cash. If things go wrong later on down the road, this can make it more difficult to prove you paid and how much. Not to mention, carrying large sums of cash is dangerous, especially when working with strangers. Also, find out ahead of time if there is a lien on the vehicle...

Leader of the Petra Group and Founder of Green Rubber Global

Datuk Vinod Sekhar, was honoured as “Global Visionary Leader of the Year” by ALDA (the American Leadership Development Association and Leaders International on March 5. Aside from being a visionary leader, he’s recognised as a truly a global Malaysian – one who has achieved several international accolades and personally, is an individual who wishes for the world to be a better place. He’s known to many as a business leader, philanthropist, innovator and write. To others who know him personally, he is a loving husband and father. In a social media posting, he wrote: “I’m very happy and humbled to share with all of you that I was given another award last night by ALDA. The night was made even more special by having friends, family and most importantly, my beautiful and smarter wife.” Vinod is 45 and is currently the President and Group Chief Executive of The Petra Group. He is also the founder of Green Rubber Global, a Malaysian company that takes care of post-consumer rubber by using a recycling method that transforms old rubber into new rubber. Vinod started his career in business while he was still a college student. He founded Vincent Siefer Clothing Co. and the Sitavani Foundation, which focuses its attention on the education of children and on child development programs. In 1990, he and his partners formed the STI Group and it created some groundbreaking businesses such as the world’s smallest optic engine. This was Southeast Asia’s first commercial Internet company, and a variety of other technology innovations. Aside from being the founder of such innovative companies, winning a bevy of awards...

4 DIY Kids’ Craft Projects Using Packing Foam

When you open a box and see all of that leftover packing foam, do you hate just throwing it away? After all, it seems like it should still be useful for something. Fortunately, it’s an ideal material for kids’ craft projects. It’s versatile, comes in many shapes and sizes, free and easy to work with. Here are four DIY kids’ craft projects using packing foam.   Decorative Foam Nameplate All you need for this is a one to two-inch thick piece of foam board, some sequins and scrapbooking embellishments, floral pins and potentially some glue. The floral pins allow your child to fasten the sequins to the foam to create the letters of their name. They can also be used to attach embellishments, which are great way to make this nameplate even more personalized. If your child wishes, he or she can even use glue to add glitter for a fun sparkle.   Fun Foam Shapes Those thin sheets of polyethylene foam are bursting at the seams with untapped creative potential. PE foams are thin, flexible and soft enough to cut easily, yet durable. Consider having your children draw shapes of their favorite things on the foam sheet, cut them out and color them in. These shapes can then be used for other craft purposes, like scrapbooking, wall decor or added to paintings or drawings for a 3-D look.   Packing Peanut Jewelry Packing peanuts are popular among kids for their fun shape and texture, so this next project should be a big hit. Have your kids pick out different colors of tempera paint and use them to paint...

Smart Ways To Repurpose Corrugated Boxes

Whether you are looking to save money, cut costs, reduce waste or take advantage of recycling opportunities, repurposing corrugated boxes will reduce clutter in the home or office and save you money as well. Many companies charge homeowners and businesses to dispose of cardboard. Finding alternative uses for boxes is not only smart, it is also necessary in many instances.   Durable Printer Paper Boxes: An Eco-Friendly Alternative to Plastic Totes According to CLPG Packaging Industries, printer paper boxes are durable enough to hold everything from children’s toys in the playroom to files in the office. A sturdy printer paper box with a lid is also wonderful as a makeshift car trunk organizer for holding everything from soccer balls to jumper cables and water jugs. They also work great to keep grocery bags, and their contents, from rolling all over the back seat. Printer boxes also make great alternatives to laundry baskets. As an added bonus, many printer boxes already have side handle cutouts for easy carrying.   Disassemble Your Boxes: Common Uses in the Home and Garage Corrugated cardboard boxes can be disassembled and used for a variety of uses around the home. Wrap a section of cardboard around a window, floor vent or air conditioning unit for instant insulation around any vent or window. Cut cardboard also makes a great makeshift dustpan for larger debris and cleanup in any room of the home. For greasy undercarriage projects or oil changes in the car, cardboard boxes prevent spills and mess from staining your garage floor or driveway when placed directly under the work area.   Kids, Pets and...