Archive for: Cars

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...]

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, … [Read more...]

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

As somebody who makes a living running a profitable car business, I argue it’s not always a good idea to grind car dealers into a bare minimum, below-invoice price on your next new car. (Yes, I know most of you disagree.) That said, I’ve seen eve … [Read more...]

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

When Dave asked me to write about the best used cars you can buy for under $20,000 – and have a little fun doing it – I wondered: How does a “car guy” have fun writing on a financial blog? By stirring the pot, of course. Being the guy that apprais … [Read more...]

Funny Money: How to Deal with Mechanics When You Know Nothing About Cars

Some smart people really love dumb people with problems. Because they are smart enough to know they can trick the dumb people with problems into giving them lots of money to fix those problems ... that only they are smart enough to fix. The smart … [Read more...]

Car Dealer Secrets: How To Buy An Extended Car Warranty

In my last post I gave you some questions to ask before you say yes to an extended auto warranty. Today we’ll dive deeper and explore how much car warranties cost and, if you do buy, how to choose the best extended warranty for your needs. As a pr … [Read more...]

Car Dealer Secrets: Four Questions To Ask Before You Buy An Extended Auto Warranty

When I was a kid I went along with my father and watched him buy things like televisions, furniture, and even a few cars. He was a shrewd buyer and I remember being impressed how quickly and firmly he said NO to any sort of extended warranty. He … [Read more...]

Car Dealer Secrets: How To Maximize Profit When Selling Your Car On The Private Market

Want to maximize the money you get from your used car? Forget trading it in. Sell it yourself. In my experience, there are a couple of key items that will improve the quality of your car’s listing and hopefully increase what you’re able to sell it … [Read more...]