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A friend of mine spent several years working for a prominent local car dealership in the area, and though I’m not a “car guy”, I got a chance to learn about some of the inner workings of the business from a guy who was living it. And that’s what they do in the car business, by the way—the Continue Reading
10 Driving Distractions That Can Cost – Everything
Driving a car - a several ton mass of metal, plastic, rubber, and electronics - is serious business. It takes training, paying attention, experience and alertness. Getting behind the wheel can have a lasting impact on more than just yourself. Driver education courses in schools are doing a much bett Continue Reading
Never Go Into a Car Dealership Alone!
Most of us dislike confrontation. In fact, unless you’re certifiably neurotic you’d probably rather deliver a speech to a large crowd rather than engage in face-to-face confrontation. OK, that was a bit over the top, but I’m going somewhere with this… One place you can fully expect confronta Continue Reading
Your Kid Does Not Need a New Car
Comedian Jeff Dunham says people who buy new cars for their kids have it all wrong. 16 or 17 year old kids, he emphasizes, don’t need a new car - they need a bumper car. And he was talking about his own daughter! I totally agree! A kid does not need a new car! It's mostly a want, either by the kid Continue Reading
How to Save Money Buying a Car – New or Used
Do you want to save money buying a car? Don’t go out to a dealer, at least not right away. First do some homework, get the information you need--then head out looking for cars. You’ve heard it said, “knowledge is power”, and no where is that more true than when it comes to buying a ca Continue Reading
How I Cut My Car Repair Bill in Half – Again
I’m not bragging here, but I just did it again – I cut my car repair bill in half. And I’m hoping that the information I’m sharing here will be of some benefit to you on your next car repair episode. Car repair bills are a major part of the stealth expenses that are raising the cost of li Continue Reading
Know the Value of the Car You’re Buying – and the One You’re Selling
When ever we buy a car, a process known as “haggling” is set in motion. From a car dealer’s perspective, this process has two over-riding objectives: a) To charge as much as possible for the vehicle they’re selling us, and b) To pay as little as possible for the vehicle we’re tradin Continue Reading
How Much Can You Save by NOT Owning a Car?
Pssst…wanna lower your cost of living — I mean really lower your cost of living and do it for good? Ditch your car. No, I’m not kidding, ditch your car! Most people cut costs by trimming along the edges — clipping coupons, reducing eating out, eliminating vacations and the like. But so Continue Reading
Save Money on Car Repairs with
Last week in New Car or Used Car – Which is the Better Deal? we talked about the many virtues and monetary advantages of buying a used car. One of the common objections to buying a used car is the higher cost of repairs and maintenance. Well, we may have at least a partial solution to that problem Continue Reading
Control Car Expenses With a Sinking Fund
Cars are a budgetary black hole, and one we don’t always fully comprehend. On Friday we discussed the high and rising cost of new cars in Are You Feeling Priced Out of the New Car Market. The price of a brand-new car today averages about $32,000, making it unaffordable for the typical middle-class Continue Reading