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Are Certified Pre-Owned Cars Worth The Premium Price?

In a recent post, we talked about why you should (almost) never lease a new car. But let’s say you want a used car. As with new, there are also multiple factors to take into account. You can buy the typical used car, either from a private owner or … [Read more...]

Why You Should (Almost) Never Lease A Car

We make choices every day beaded on personal preference, whether it’s coffee versus tea or boxers versus briefs. Some financial choices, however, aren’t so clear cut. After all, we can't making spending decisions based on preference alone. If we di … [Read more...]

Auto Financing For Smart People: Tips For Saving On Your Car Loan

Earlier this week I wrote about mistakes we make when buying a car. One of those mistakes is overlooking the importance of the auto financing in the overall cost of your new car. The example I gave is if you are buying a new Honda Civic, the … [Read more...]

Will Your Car Insurance Come Through After An Accident? Lessons Learned From A Total Loss

Last Fall, I had the misfortune of being on the receiving end of a rescue scenario for which, as a former firefighter and EMT, I had trained and performed numerous times: an auto extrication. As I passed through one of Boston’s beloved rotaries ( … [Read more...]

For The Best Price On A New Car, TrueCar.com Levels The Field Between Buyer And Dealer

In the ever-growing pool of car shopping resources, TrueCar stands out as one of the most useful, and genuine, tools for consumers. TrueCar is free service that gives you data on what thousands of people paid for the exact car you want to buy. It … [Read more...]

How Much Should You Spend on a Car in Your 20s?

Oh, cars. How we love to both love and hate you. It’s easy to get caught up in the manufactured romance of the automobile. The new-car smell. The comforting feel of cool leather cocooning you as you grip the wheel and accelerate into a curve. The p … [Read more...]

Why ‘Reliable’ Cars Aren’t Safe from the Mechanic’s Bill: The Most Common Repairs on Popular Sedans

Over the summer I wrote about my intrepid white minivan, a 1998 Toyota Sienna well on its way to hitting 200,000 miles. And as the mileage racks up, more problems pop up: some mechanical, some related to the body and construction. With the brutal … [Read more...]

Funny Money: You Don’t Need a Mechanic: Car Repairs Even You (Yes, You) Can do Yourself

There are people who tinker with cars for fun, change their own oil with ease, and know what an air filter is. And then there are people like me, who consider it an achievement when they manage to get the hood open without setting off the … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Reduce Your Car Insurance Rates After an Accident

If you’re reading this article, you are probably one of the 11 million Americans who got into a car accident recently. First, we hope no one was seriously hurt. Secondly – and we hate to give you more bad news – there’s a chance that even if you we … [Read more...]

Rolling in the Dough: How to Drive Your Car to 200,000 Miles

My white 1998 Toyota Sienna minivan, which I lovingly refer to as "the Lamborghini," has 156,712 miles on it, give or take. And I'm determined, come hell or high gas prices, to ride my beast to the 200,000 mile mark — even 250,000 if I can help i … [Read more...]