Cars

What is Multi-Car Insurance and Do You Need It?

If you've been looking into car insurance policies lately and trying to figure out what kind of coverage you need for the best protection, then you might have found yourself considering the benefits of multi-car insurance. Multi-car insurance is one of the most common insurance options in the UK today, and it offers protection for up to five cars on the same policy. Most of the time, a…
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How to Use New Car Buying Websites

Once you’ve determined your new car criteria, it’s time to visit the new car buying websites. I’ve tested several and found a few that I rely on for the most reliable information as well as the simplest interfaces. Gas Mileage Ratings The government fuel economy site is simply the best. You can compare several cars, and you can input your local gas prices and annual mileage to get a true estimate…
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Are Hybrids Really Worth the Extra Cost?

This weekend, I heard a CNN expert say that switching to a hybrid won’t really save many people much money, once you factor in the cost of the new vehicle and the lower trade-in for the older vehicle. So how much money do hybrids really save? Factors in Favor of Hybrids There are three main factors in favor of buying a hybrid: Lower cost for fuel Less pollution…
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How to Buy a New Car

I’ve been waiting a long time to buy my new car. My trusty Toyota Corolla had just turned thirteen-and-a-half when the mechanic informed me that three of the four engine mounts were broken. It would cost $538 to repair it. I already planned to buy a car in November, so my husband and I decided to bump up that timetable rather than pour more money into the old…
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12 Ways to Save Money on Gas

Gas is officially over $4 at some L.A. gas stations. I’ve also noticed some stations holding the line at $3.99 for regular, while prices continue to shoot up for the two higher grades. My station hasn’t yet reached that point, but I can feel it coming. Since I can’t afford to buy a Prius just yet, here are my twelve tips to help you save money on gas.…
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Lease vs. Buy a Car – Running the Numbers

I’ve never leased a car, nor have either of my parents. We simply don’t believe in it. I’m fortunate that my husband agrees. I do have friends who lease, though. I ran the numbers to compare the costs. Which is better: leasing or buying a car? Arguments for Leasing I polled my friends who lease and these are their reasons: A car is not an investment They’re able…
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RepairPal.com: Compare Local Car Repair Estimates

About four months ago, my car started to make a very bad noise. After checking to make sure I hadn’t run over a few rubber cones or a giant stick, I took it to the shop. I left with a large repair bill. My husband also recently got walloped with a big repair bill. I wish we’d known about RepairPal.com at the time. It might have saved us a few…
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Why We Switch to Summer Gas

For years, I’ve listened to reporters say that gas prices go up in the summer due to the switch to summer gas. That made me wonder why we switch to this more expensive gas and whether not switching would reduce gas prices. It turns out that summer gas is actually a very useful thing. Please excuse any errors – I’m not a scientist. What Is Summer Gas? All gas…
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How to Reduce Car Expenses

In addition to using a Goodyear card to reduce my car expenses, I have a few other ways of keeping my car costs down. As I mentioned yesterday, Goodyear sometimes offers a “12 months same as cash” offer. I learned Saturday that they’re offering it now through April 5. The manager made sure to remind me that the finance charges will apply if I don’t finish paying the bill before…
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Manage Car Expenses with a Goodyear Card

I drive a Toyota with over 100,000 miles on it and it still runs great, but obviously a car with that many miles has also needed a lot of routine maintenance over the years. I’ve had to replace the tires, brakes, struts, belts, starter, and a few valves and sensors. Nothing major or unusual, but auto repairs can get expensive even if you expect them. A few years…
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