Category: automotive


3 Used Car Negotiation Tactics That Can Help You Save

From a financial perspective, buying a used car as opposed to a brand new car is beneficial in a number of ways. Not only is the asking price lower, but you are in a position to avoid the massive depreciation in value that occurs during the first year of new car ownership.

Of course, just because you are saving money by purchasing used does not mean you should agree to pay the sticker price. There are steps you can take to negotiate a better deal – so why not save even more money?


How to Buy Cheap Discount Car Tires Online and Save Money

Buying a set of new tires for a car is not for the faint of heart. Sure, buying a replacement tire now and then isn’t all that bad, especially if your car has really small tires. But when your car needs all four tires replaced at once, well, the expenses sure do add up. I bought my Mini Cooper S used last year, and even when I bought it I knew that the tires weren’t going to last all that long for two reasons:

  1. The treads on the front set are different than the rear set, meaning it doesn’t track all that well

Buying a Car with a Credit Card – Can You Do It?

I bought a car with a credit card. There, I said it, and now everyone can gasp for air as I explain how I bought my latest car with a credit card. I drive a Mini Cooper S, a used car that I bought for just under $19,000 earlier this year, after selling my Subaru Forester for a more city-ish car. After all, I didn’t really need a 4WD station wagon in Los Angeles, did I? But back to the topic at hand – buying an automobile with a credit card. It’s generally frowned upon to buy a car in this matter, because you are at the mercy of the credit card company in terms of your interest rates, monthly payments, fees and charges, and just a general sense of dread when one gets a credit card bill every month saying one owes $18,000 or so. Sure, you can get 0% cash advances or promotional APR’s to buy a car with, but what if you don’t pay off that balance when the interest rate reverts back to 23.9%? What if you miss a payment and the interest rate goes back up only one month into making payments? That wouldn’t be too fun, nor would it be too smart a move. That’s why we all generally take out auto loans direct from lenders, where we know up front just what the interest rate is, how much the monthly payment is, and when we will be done paying off the loan. But with a credit card, a lot of those variables can change at any moment. Unless…


Used Car Values – How to Sell Your Car at the Right Price

Just a month ago I completed the sale of my 2008 Subaru Forester. After making payments on it for 2+ years, I decided that I wanted something different, something that I had owned before. So I bought myself a 2007 Mini Cooper S that is still under the factory warranty with just over 40,000 miles on it. I couldn’t be happier with my decision! But I digress – I want to talk about selling my Subaru and the steps I went through in order to discover what it was worth, what I could possibly get for it, and then finally deciding on a buyer.


11 Tips For An Accurate Vehicle Repair Estimate.

My car knows when I get paid. Like clockwork it demands a new repair with every paycheck. As a result, I’ve had to gather estimates for such big jobs as replacing the timing belt, repairing all four brakes (including replacing pads, shoes and rotor).

Much to my chagrin, I learned that although a timing belt costs just $55, estimates for replacement ran as high as $850. Why so much? Because two out of three shops recommend also replace the water pump, front engine seals, drive belt, idlers and tensioners.

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