William Gholson’s Tips for Cheaper Boat Owning

It’s no secret that owning a boat can be costly. One mistake often made is that people assume they can simply buy the boat and have their fun, then they feel blindsided by all of the extra costs. While some costs can’t really be avoided, it is good to be aware of a few simple tips to help reduce the overall annual cost of owning a boat. Take it from William Gholson, a long-time boat supply salesman, who knows all too well that many repairs come from not taking the initial time to take care of your boat.

First of all, wash it. You wash your car, clean your house, scrub your body, so wash your boat when you pull it out of the water. Getting all that grime off it can do wonders for your boat. Saltwater is especially corrosive, so spray that outboard off each time you get out.

Second, make sure lines are securely fastened when docking and storing your boat. If docked, throw a few buoys off the side to prevent damage from the dock. Check lines and covers to be sure there is no excess wear.

Lastly, invest in quality products. The upfront cost may be a bit higher, but some things shouldn’t be cheap. Pre-owned boats will always require more maintenance, but when maintained properly, they can be just fine.

There is plenty of good advice and great products out there for preventative maintenance. As long as you invest a little time and aren’t afraid to spend a little more up front, you’ll be on the right track. There will always be issues with a boat, but hopefully you can avoid a few trips to William Gholson’s Marine Supply!

 

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William Gholson – How To Store Your Car For Winter

As William Gholson often tells his customers, not all cars were created equal, and some of them were simply not built for winter. People often ask him how to store their car properly during the coldest months, and he usually gives them the same advice.

Clean It First

The first phase of the storing process should always be cleaning. If the car is wet and dirty, covering it wouldn’t do any good. A good hand wash and some proper waxing should take care of that problem.

Treat the Unpainted Parts

If there are areas on the car’s body that are no longer covered by paint, make sure to take care of those as well. These spots tend to rust much easier, and since the covers would just lock the moisture inside, that process would speed up even more. First spray these spots with some rubberized undercoating, then finish it up with a protective layer. Make sure that you don’t use any of this stuff near the exhaust, as they are highly flammable.

Use Fuel Stabilization

Most fuels have a shelf life of three months, which means that by the time your car returns from its temporary retirement, your fuel could have already reached the point of no return.

Cover Your Car

If your car can stay inside, preferably in a sheltered environment, a basic cover will do just fine. If, however, you want to store your car outside, you will also need a car jacket that can be zipped around your car, sealing it away from the elements. William Gholson always takes the process of storing his car for the winter very seriously.

Sources:

https://www.cars.com/articles/2013/10/how-to-store-your-car-for-winter/

William Gholson on the Process of Buying a New Car

As an expert mechanic and successful car parts dealer, William Gholson knows everything there is to know about cars. He often meets with clients who just bought theirs, and sometimes, mere days after the purchase has been completed, there is already something wrong with these vehicles. In the vast majority of these cases, these problems are not coincidental in their nature, but rather a mistake on the buyer’s part. Unfortunately, not every seller will be honest, as some of them will try to hide the true condition of the car. Never assume that a seller is telling you the truth – do your own research.

Level Ground

It is very important that the car is parked on level ground, so that you can easily check its tires. One of the tires or a rim could be faulty, and spotting that on an uneven ground is often much harder. An expert mechanic who does this for a living would likely be able to spot shenanigans like this, but for the untrained eye, they may easily go unnoticed. Regardless of the type of the car, an even ground makes it possible to spot these problems more easily.

Tires

The car should have matching tires in a similar condition. Check for signs of feathering. This happens when the tires are not aligned properly. If you see something like that, ask about them. Never be afraid to ask too many questions. It’s important to do so, because if there is an alignment problem, there could be a number of things causing that. The owner of the car likely knows the answer.

Always Check the Paint Job

Checking the paint thoroughly, all over the car, has more to do with functionality than aesthetics. A new paint job can be used to hide rust spots and dents, which could considerably lower the car’s price if discovered. Make sure to thoroughly check the car from all angles and from different distances. You can even take photos, as sometimes it is much easier to spot faulty characteristics on film.

Check the Trunk

The trunk is one of the most important elements of the car. Check for rust, as its presence likely means that water can find its way inside, which is far from ideal.

The Frame Is Extremely Important

As the main supporting structure of a car, the chassis is very important. Its condition can affect a vehicle’s price considerably, making it unusually high or unexpectedly low. The suspension, the panels, and the engine are all attached to the frame, making its quality level a primary concern. Think of it as the foundation of a house.

As an experienced auto salesman and expert mechanic, William Gholson wishes that people were as cautious about their vehicle purchase as they are about buying a house.

Sources:
http://www.wikihow.com/Check-out-a-Used-Car-Before-Buying-It