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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...]

Car Dealer Secrets: Get 21% More Money When You Sell or Trade Your Used Car

Last week, I wrote about what goes into calculating an accurate trade-in value so you can better understand that figure when the dealer presents it. Armed with this information, what steps can you now take to maximize how much you’ll get for your u … [Read more...]

Car Dealer Secrets: How To Be Confident You’re Getting A Fair Deal On Your Trade-In

Note from David: This is the first post from my friend, Tom. I hope he will be a regular contributor on a subject that is one of the biggest things many of us spend money on: our cars. Tom works in the car industry and has deep insight into how cars … [Read more...]

Q&A: Should I Buy A Second ‘Commuter’ Car With Better MPG For My Long Daily Drive?

Q: I just bought a brand-new pickup truck last year when my commute was only about three miles. I chose the truck because I've always preferred to drive a truck, but also to tow some toys and do dump runs. I'd really like to [keep] the truck, but now … [Read more...]