Archive for: Cars

DIY Car Maintenance Every Adult Should Know

The first car I owned, I wish I still had. It was an oldie but a great-ie: A metallic, twilight-blue 1977 Chevy Nova with a “three-in-the tree” stick shift mounted on the steering wheel, even though it operated with a clutch. That Nova boasted anot … [Read more...]

These Redneck Car Repairs Are So Ridiculous, They’re Actually Impressive

Nobody likes spending money to fix your car, but that's what your emergency fund is for, right? And though taking a DIY approach to auto maintenance can save you some cash, there's a line. The following people have definitely crossed it with these … [Read more...]

7 Tips To Help You Get The Best Deal On A New Car

Everyone loves having a new car. But not everyone loves buying a new car. The car buying experience can be both uncomfortable and unsettling. There’s always the nagging thought that you’re not getting the best deal possible. If you’re looking to buy a … [Read more...]

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, 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...]