There is something about all those zeros appearing on the odometer that makes people think their car is going to blow up on them in any moment. Even my own mother is guilty of this, recently mentioning during dinner that their Toyota Corolla has almost 100,000 on it and it was becoming less reliable. A Toyota, of all cars! This came up because that little check engine light popped on when she was driving it one day and she immediately turned around and went back home.
Perhaps your parents are taking you off their auto insurance policy now that you’ve graduated from college or you’ve been paying for your auto insurance for years without a second thought of what you are paying for or what you actually are getting. Auto insurance doesn’t have to be confusing.
Learn more about insurance and how you can save money on your car insurance.
A few weeks ago I found a nice desk on Craigslist that someone was giving away for free. It was perfect for the office my brother was planning to lease, so we headed out to pick it up. The person who was giving it away lived about 30 miles away and Google Maps showed that it would take 50 minutes to drive there. Only it was 6 PM and the middle of rush hour. By the time we got there it was over an hour and a half later with a lot of time sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
This is an all too common occurrence in many cities every morning and again later in the evening. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2016 the average American spent 26 minutes in their car commuting from home to work. As a nation we are wasting billions of hours of our lives sitting in our cars.
For many people, starting up their ice cube of a car and letting it warm up a bit is something that we don’t really think about because it was something that’s always been done. Our parents did it because their parents did it or you hear how someone had a friend who didn’t warm up their car and the engine blew up and so on.
It turns out in modern vehicles, the practice of idling your car during the winter is no longer needed. In fact, most manufacturers and auto experts recommend driving off gently after about 30 seconds. You are actually hurting the engine, wasting gas, and polluting the environment when warming it up for much longer than that.
For most people, unless you live in a city with great public transportation or within walking or biking distance to work, you will probably need a car to get you where you need to go.
With the average person owning 9.4 cars in their lifetime, and the average new vehicle transaction price hitting an all-time high of $34,077 in 2016, if you are shopping for a new car, knowing when to buy a car could save you hundreds or maybe even thousands of dollars.
Costco members join the warehouse club for a variety of reasons. For $60 a year, you get access to great deals on electronics, clothing, food, alcohol, office supplies, tires, hearing aids, and so many free samples you can skip dinner later. What if you have no need or the space for an entire year’s worth of toilet paper? Is it worth the membership fee to join Costco only to save on gas and never even step foot inside the warehouse?
One of my favorite sites and apps for saving money, GasBuddy, has announced their new payment option Pay with GasBuddy to help drivers save money every time they fill up their tank.
GasBuddy says when drivers use their payment card to purchase gas, they will save 15 cents per gallon off their first purchase upon using the card, and at least 5 cents off every gallon after that. By using their app or website coupled with their card, drivers can save up to $340 a year on gasoline.
Does the brand of gas matter when you are fueling up your car or do you pull into which ever gas station at the corner that has the lowest price posted on the sign? After all, gasoline is gasoline, and it’s all the same stuff right?
According to results from independent laboratory testing, AAA has found that there are significant differences in the quality of gasoline sold in the United States.
For many people, buying a car is the second most expensive purchase in one’s life behind a house. With the average new vehicle transaction costing $34,077 in 2016 according to Edmunds, you may be wondering if you should choose a new or used car for your next purchase. I had this same dilemma when I was car shopping at the end of last year. Both choices have their own advantages. To help you decide which one to choose, here are some reasons for going with each option.