Archive for: Cars

Are Certified Pre-Owned Cars Worth The Premium Price?

debating used versus pre owned cars

Auto manufacturers offer certified pre-owned programs to alleviate car buyers’ concerns about buying a lemon. But how much more should you be willing to pay for a certified pre-owned car?

Why You Should (Almost) Never Lease A Car

Car leases are tempting: You get brand new wheels for a low monthly payment. Financially, however, it's a terrible idea.

A car lease gives you a brand-new car for a low monthly payment; what’s not to like? Everything. Here are the many reasons why you should never lease a car.

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

window smashed open on crashed car

Last fall, an errant driver broadsided my Ford Escape, trapping me inside until firefighters cut the car apart with the jaws of life. This is what I learned about the hassles and — even though I had car insurance — the significant costs of being in an accident.

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

TrueCar provides and easier car buying experience.

TrueCar provides car buyers with pricing data so you don’t have to negotiate blindly. My recent experience using TrueCar to buy a new Ford Fiesta ST.

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


Even if you own a trusty, boring sedan, you still need to set aside money for auto maintenance. Learn the most common repairs on reliable cars like the Toyota Corolla, Honda Accord and Ford Focus.

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

car repair

Are you a mechanical moron like me? Even so, there are at least four easy car repairs you can do yourself to save a few hundred a year. Then again, there are a few auto maintenance jobs you might be tempted to tackle but you really shouldn’t try at home. Trust me.

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


I’ve never owned a new car, and I don’t think I’m missing a thing. For starters, a new car depreciates the second you drive it off the lot. And monthly car payments, whether by lease or purchase, saddle drivers with yet another monthly expense to bear. That’s why I’ll be driving my sweet 1998 Toyota minivan to 200,000 miles and beyond.

Pump Up the Savings: 10 Ways to Spend Less on Gas


These days — and especially with the summer driving season in full swing — conspiracy theories abound as to what’s behind high gas prices. It’s hard to believe that as recently as late 2008, you could find gas at $2 a gallon. In Chicago, where I live, it’s nearly at the $5 a gallon mark. […]

Get the Best Deal on a New Car with One Simple Email

Get the best deal on a new car by creating a public email bidding war among dealers.

How can you get the best deal on a new car? Learn how to send one simple email that will have car dealers scrambling to give you the best deal on a new car.

10 Used Cars Under $20K So Fun To Drive, You’ll Forget How Little You Paid


These affordable used cars are all under $20,000 but are so fun-to-drive, you’ll forget how little you paid as soon as you drift through your first offramp.