How to get the Lowest Price when Car Shopping

How to get the Lowest Price when Car Shopping

Haggle How-To Nothing is more anxiety-inducing than the thought of having to negotiate price on a car lot. Know-how and a good poker face are definite requirements. Here are some simple tips to help you proceed with confidence. Think Long-term It is very easy to get caught up in the idea of a lower monthly payment. It very well may seem like the better option. Pause a moment and think logically. Smaller payments means paying…

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8 Things You Should Always Keep In Your Vehicle

8 Things You Should Always Keep In Your Vehicle

Being prepared for the unexpected.  Imagine with me for a moment that you’re driving along on a nice and relaxing ride. There is a decent amount of gas in your tank, the music is at the perfect volume and you are just living the life. This would be the perfect moment for something to happen, and BAM it does. You went from cruising along to slowly drifting off to the side and hitting those hazards. Do…

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4 Reasons to Stop Running On Empty

4 Reasons to Stop Running On Empty

Running your car on empty is a bad idea. You have done this a million times. You watch that little gauge sink lower & lower towards the left, and for whatever reason, you skip stopping at the next gas station and just decide to power on through. As your eyes keep darting back to your ever-illuminated dashboard, you secretly say a prayer and hope that you make it to your destination. Sound familiar? While this…

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Should you Fix Up or Break Up with your vehicle?

Should you Fix Up or Break Up with your vehicle?

It’s not you, it’s me.  It can be quite surprising how attached we get to our vehicles. But if you stop for a moment and look back, we tend to go through a lot with them. I never considered myself attached to my Chevy Malibu, but when it got totaled, and it was time to say goodbye, you better believe there were some unexpected tears. When there are memories involved, it can make it hard…

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3 Ways to Keep Your Vehicle Healthy

3 Ways to Keep Your Vehicle Healthy

“The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.” –  Charles R. Swindoll Taking your car in for routine maintenance is often a ”small” detail that gets overlooked. Why is this? For some, taking your car in is the equivalent to a dentist appointment or filing your taxes; a necessary but tedious (and potentially more expensive than planned) part of life. For others, it just may not seem all that pressing. That…

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Top 10 Cars to make it past 200,000 miles

Top 10 Cars to make it past 200,000 miles

Searching for the most dependable vehicles. As you find yourself on the hunt for a new car, you may be wondering how long you should expect a new car to last. A recent study was done by USA Today that revealed the top ten cars with a chance to make it past 200,000 miles. To put these upcoming percentages into perspective, it’s worth noting that the average car only has a 1.2% chance to even…

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Car Negotiating Secrets for the Savvy Shopper

Car Negotiating Secrets for the Savvy Shopper

Know Your Numbers. Always do a little research before you head out shopping. If you plan to trade in your current vehicle, make sure to get a few car value estimates. Know how much your trade in is worth and decide how much you are willing to accept. If you know what kind of vehicle you are looking for, take a few minutes to check out its current market value. Pay close attention to the…

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The #1 Car Buying Mistake

The #1 Car Buying Mistake

There are many mistakes to avoid when purchasing a new car. One of the more common and perhaps the biggest mistake we see people make is listening to the advice of an unqualified person. “The number one mistake car buyers make is, they go, ‘My friend said it’s really good.’ You know, this is the only country in the world where people do that,” – Jay Leno  We live in a society where friends, co-workers,…

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5 Essential Car Buying Tips

5 Essential Car Buying Tips

1) Read Reviews. Be sure to check out some online reviews before going to any dealership. Who you buy from is just as important as what you buy. Reviews can be found in number of places. Google, Facebook, Yelp, and other websites can provide you with plenty of honest reviews. If you don’t manage to research a dealer prior to showing up, you can always pull up some reviews on your phone. 2) Have a mechanic check the vehicle you…

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