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Money Saving Auto Tips

Save money on auto loans, buying a car, vehicle maintenance...

We've got you covered with a wide variety of tips, tricks, and articles to reduce your expenses on car payments, find discounts for gasoline, get your automobile serviced for less, buy a new or used car the smart way, and generally reduce your transportation-related costs.

Power Budgeting - Use this Essential Business Principle to Save More Money in Less Time

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Sometimes, a nifty rule-of-thumb rule can be a handy reminder to do things that are either difficult to imagine or hard to remember. Ideas like the Pareto Principle are one of those that can help break through the background noise and help you focus on saving money where it can have the greatest impact.Read the rest...

Make Money or Save Money with Private Car Rentals

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private car rentalsFacing a large monthly payment on a car loan? Have an extra car in the garage doing nothing? Need to rent a car in another location for your vacation or for business? Some enterprising companies have come up with an idea for those car owners who would like some extra cash for no labor and renters who want to save money. The system is called Peer-to-Peer and it is quickly gaining popularity, particularly in cities like San Francisco.Read the rest...

Make Your Car Last Longer than You Ever Thought Possible

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100,000 miles can be the new 50,000 miles if you care for your car well.

For me, driving an old junker makes me feel much more proud than a new car with a payment. It makes me feel wiser, freer and - okay I admit it - superior. I’m proud of my 2009 Dodge Dakota. It’s got 239,000 miles on it and it cost way less than a Toyota. How did it get to this point? It didn’t hurt that I had a mechanic for a husband. But it was more than fixing what went wrong. He knew how to treat a car and helped to keep this beast running so long. I’m hoping the bed will rust off before the engine goes. Here’s how you can keep your car running to 200,000 and beyond.Read the rest...

How to Get More Money Selling Your Car

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Selling your car is a great way to make some extra cash or acquire a down payment for your next vehicle. Trade-ins often leave you feeling like you didn't get the best bang for your buck, but selling a vehicle on your own can be tedious as well. Get the most money possible for your used car by following these tips.Read the rest...

Don’t Rent Tires, Buy Used Safely

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High prices are driving more motorists to financially risky tire renting. 

So, you’re tires are going bald, running on the steel belts under the rubber, and you don’t have $600 - $1,000 for a new set. What do you do? Many people are turning to a wallet-sucking abomination called tire renting. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, people pay up to four times the cost of a new set of tires because they see no alternative. Worse, if they can’t pay, the rental company comes to repossess the tires! Don’t get yourself stuck in this trap. There is a better way.Read the rest...

Nailed for Speeding? 6 Tips to Minimize the Financial Damage

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Driving is a big part of most modern people’s daily routine. Cars have become extensions of our lives. We regard them as a cattle herder does his horse. Statistically, every time you get behind the wheel, you’re one step closer to getting a speeding ticket. Why? Because in huge parts of our country, going even one mile over is technically breaking the law.

Whether it’s a 10mph over the limit ticket, or reckless driving, you can ease the financial consequences. Here are six things that can be a big help if you get nailed for speeding.Read the rest...

Helping Mom and Dad Choose a Car

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Car manufacturers generally target buyers between the ages of 18 and 45. You might think that would mean senior citizens are left out of the cold. Not so. In fact, many of today's models can be considered more appropriate for senior citizens. You just need to know what to look for. If you're helping Mom or Dad shop for a new car, watch for these features.Read the rest...

How to Find Affordable Roadside Assistance

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Ever heard the dreaded puttering of your car or gotten a flat tire in an abandoned, rural area? Being stranded can be nerve-wracking for anyone and can actually be quite dangerous. Never get stranded on the side of the road again with an inexpensive roadside assistance program. Everyone thinks of AAA when it comes to roadside assistance, but what most people don’t know is that there are numerous and affordable assistance programs offered by insurance companies, car manufacturers, cell phone providers, and even credit card companies. But how do you find the most inexpensive and best roadside assistance program? Continue reading to find out details about many of the leading assistance programs and some costs comparisons.Read the rest...

10 Simple ways to Save Money on Car Repairs

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When you were a kid, the ability to fix your own car, or at least perform routine maintenance, was an assumed part of every adult male’s repertoire of skills. It was equal parts economic necessity and rite-of-passage. It was a convenient excuse to spend most of the day in the garage with your friends. While the complexity of modern cars have made most major repairs problematic for the home mechanic, there are still a variety of simple maintenance and repair  projects that can be easily done at home for a fraction of what a professional mechanic would charge.Read the rest...

Purchasing a Vehicle: Is There Room in Your Budget?

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With car prices in the tens of thousands of dollars these days, buying a car should be approached as carefully as buying a home. The difference is that your home will most likely appreciate over time but your car will lose value as soon as you drive it off the dealer's lot. Many people decide whether they can afford a car based on the monthly payment rather than on the overall investment. If you plan properly, you can buy a car that fits in your budget without paying double the sticker price in interest rates. Budgeting for a car even before you begin shopping will avoid the trap of a car loan that stretches your finances too thin.Read the rest...