Do you know what the 3 most important questions to ask when buying a used car are? Continue reading to find out more.
While the smell of a brand spanking new car is irresistible, not everyone
can afford one. If you can’t, the options available to you are clear; get a
bicycle, take public transit or walk. If none of those options are viable,
your other choice is to purchase a used vehicle. To many, the sound of that
sends shivers down your spine and not in a good way. I’m here to tell you
that your instincts are not wrong – for the most part.
There are so many used car dealers that give the industry a bad name.
Typically, dealers buy their cars at dealer-only auctions. What is
important is what they do to these cars from the time they purchase them
until the time they are sold. There is no secret that mileage decreases the
value of a vehicle. If an unscrupulous dealer spins back the odometer, he
can potentially double his profit and unfortunately this crime still
occurs. The other most common faux pas is that they will sell a car with
the knowledge that it has a major hidden problem.
Too many dealers will purchase a car from the auction, wash it, take
pictures of it and advertise it for sale. No inspection and no repairs are
done. If the potential buyer doesn’t notice anything or isn’t very
knowledgeable, the dealer has just made a tidy profit without having to
incur any additional expenses. The buyer will be the loser if there are
problems with the car.
By now, you’re probably asking yourself if it’s even worth considering a
pre-owned purchase. The answer is a thundering yes.
The key is protecting yourself from buying a lemon. What can you do about
it? The following are the three most important questions you can ask when
looking to buy a used car:
1. Do you mind if I have my mechanic inspect it?
If the dealer tells you that he’s too busy or that his insurance does not
allow the vehicle to leave his lot unless it’s sold, or anything else of
that nature, back out right away because he knows something that he doesn’t
want your mechanic to find out.
2. Do you have a list of the repairs done to it prior to sale, and the
bills to back it up?
If he gives you a story about paying his mechanic cash under the table for
parts and labour and therefore has no receipts, chances are it’s because he
hasn’t done anything to the car.
3. Do you offer extended warranties?
All licensed dealers have access to extended warranties if they are
licensed and in good standing. If they can’t offer one, it’s usually
because they have tried to “beat the system” by selling cars with major
hidden vices, relying on the warranty companies to fix their problems, and
have since been banned.
Try: When shopping for a used car, talk to someone who is knowledgeable
about pre-owned vehicles, if you are feeling unsure about a given prospect.
If the dealer seems shady or evasive, he’s probably not honest. Move on to
the next one.
I believe that each person has the potential to tap into their own healing energy. Most of us go through our lives not even thinking about how we feel on a deeper level or how our energy is used. If this is starting to sound very "out there" to you, then let me try to clarify this for you with some examples:
If you are having a great day, you will project to the world a happy demeanor. The energy that you put forth is one of confidence, happiness, acceptance of self and others and love. That energy directed to yourself can bring on feelings of contentment, peace, calmness and joy. That energy can be felt by others as a positive energy.
Now on the other hand, if you are having a terrible day, full of woes and mishaps, you will project to the world an unhappy demeanor. The energy that you put forth is one of anger, unhappiness, irritation and perhaps even fear. That energy directed to yourself can bring on physical illness such as headaches, muscle strain and stiffness and/or exacerbate an existing illness. It can also prompt a negative mental response such as sadness, irritability and moodiness. That energy can be felt by other people as a negative energy.
So How Does All Of This Tie Into My 3R's of Reiki To Help You?
As your Reiki practitioner I use my skills and knowledge to channel the energy that is all around us. (Known to Reiki healers as the universal light energy) and direct that energy to flow into your body using various hand positions directly on or above your body. Your body then takes in that energy, and with my help it is directed to the various energy points in your body (commonly called Chakras) where it will finally naturally settle itself in the areas of your body that needs it the most.
The 3 R's Of Reiki:
Step 1~ Realize: Realize the energy that you possess, both positive and negative. Neither is to be feared or placed higher than the other. The two balance each other out and you need both to be able to live. It is when there is an imbalance of the energy that people suffer. Realize this and you are on your way to healing.
Step 2~ Respect: Embracing the energy you feel and letting it work for you. Respect is truly earned. if you fight the process of Reiki healing, like any process it will not work as well for you. Imagine Reiki healing as if you were fighting the current of a river. Yes you could probably fight your way across it and make it to the other side, exhausted and no doubt scratched up from your trials, but surely would it not be easier to simply go with the river? Let it take you where it needs to go and trust that you will get there. Respect the process and the results are far more effective and less tumultuous.
Step 3~ Release: Allow yourself to heal. Allow yourself to breathe deeply, feel and grow. We live in such a fast paced world which doesn't seem to allow anyone to stop and take a moment to release. There never seems to be any time to focus on our inner self. Release is just that. Let go. Allow the energy to flow. Allow your muscles to relax and your lungs to fully breathe. Release your tension and constant inner dialogue and trust that your body and your mind can center itself, if you allow it to happen.
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Everyone has a level of compromise that they are comfortable with, but what if you level of compromise leads you to forsake your own beliefs? How do we determine what is considered to be accommodating and what is considered to be giving up too much of ourselves?
In our society assertive personalities are often considered to have the most desirable traits. Assertive persons seem to have little trouble in having their voices heard and leading the charge. What if you are not an assertive person by nature? Can you still have your voice heard? Do you have to sacrifice who you are in order to get ahead? What if you just can’t see yourself in that light? How far are you willing to allow others to determine what direction your life should take?
Introverted people often get a bad reputation, especially in the world of business which tends to be fast paced and not for the meek at heart. Having said that, many introverted people can be successful in business and life in general without sacrificing who they are. They have learned to walk the fine line between being quite but forceful when needed and being overlooked completely, as is the case with a Doormat personality.
A Doormat personality tends to not believe in themselves very much, to the point that they believe their wants and needs don’t matter, so they give in and let the stronger voices rule. I know of one woman who for years thought that she was being a team player in an office setting, taking shifts that others didn’t want and even giving up her own days off to cover for others. She thought of herself last for so long it was easy for her fellow co-workers to undervalue her. Years later she was angry and bitter that no one had ever appreciated her or offered to take her shifts. She had been accommodating to the point of being a doormat. She had allowed herself to be walked on so many times that no one thought anything of doing it to her over and over again.
An accommodating person knows their true value, but doesn’t see the need to fight for every little thing. They will compromise on small matters that are not of great importance to them. They are able to be true team players, working with others, voicing their needs when required and taking charge when needed. They will not allow themselves to be stepped on or used by others. In a work setting for example where there is the option to take others shifts, they may do so but only if it is convenient for them and is based on their desire to, and not from pressure to please others.
Do you find yourself in the uncomfortable position of being a doormat? How does that benefit you? Consider this: something about being so overlooked, so invisible must be comforting to you on some level. If you are tired of being a doormat, your answer to change your life lies in that question.
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