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Buy or Lease Car | Which is Better?

When it comes to having a car, you have two options: buy it or get it on a lease. There are short-term cost advantages to leasing, but you lose the asset ownership benefit over the longer run. The decision depends on your budget and personal preference. However, to make your decision easy, we have mentioned

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Should you buy a car used or new?

When it comes time to buy a car, one of the most frequent questions we hear are whether new or used cars are better? Many people’s knee jerk response is that used cars are a better value (lower cost than new, less depreciation, etc). While this is frequently true, it is worthwhile to fully evaluate

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Should I Repair an Old Car or Buy a New One?

This past week I started hearing some weird noises from my 12 year old van. Anytime I started my air conditioning unit it started making a sputtering noise. So, I took it into the repair shop that I regularly have all my maintenance done at. After getting it inspected they told me that the air

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What To Do About Unexpected Car Expenses?

As the Christmas season moves in, like a thief in the night (not really but it sounds cool), it puts pressure on our budget. To mount even more on top of the holiday season, we are having problems with our car. Doh!!! Ya we have 140,000 miles on our 2005 Honda Odyssey and we have

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6 Ways to Make Extra Money With Your Car

Recently I’ve been looking at different ways to make some extra side income with my vehicle. And, there are lots of new services out there that are making this more and more easy. I like this idea of using my car as a side gig because many times the jobs are “at will” – meaning

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Try This to Get the Best Deal on Car Repairs

Do you ever feel like you are just emptying your wallet, time and time again? It feels like we are in that season right now. Several months ago we made some major car repairs, next we got notice in the mail that everyone in our neighborhood would be assessed $500 for street repairs (“What are my taxes

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How Long Should You Keep a Car?

I’ve come to a fork in the road with my beat-up, 210,000 mile, 2004 Saturn Ion. I wrote about her awhile back, when I duct-taped the passenger-side door (I’ve had to tape ‘er several times since then – and the door is still hanging on!). The issue: how long should I keep driving it? Here’s my default, thrifty

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Eliminate Gas Costs By Leasing an Electric Car

A few months ago my brother and I were talking about thrifty living and he mentioned someone he worked with who leases an electric car – saving him a lot of money in fuel and auto repair costs. I’d never really heard of anyone doing this – and thought the idea was genius. Being that

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How to Register at Uber

I’m sure you have heard all the fuss about a new ride-sharing service called Uber. The gist of it is that Uber uses Average Joe drivers that have cleared their background checks and hooks them up with folks that need rides to and fro via their smartphone app. Now, the “drivers” could be anyone, really.

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