Tag: car buying

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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Why Have Auto Dealerships Stopped Negotiating?

This past weekend I had the pleasure of accompanying my mother in her quest to find a new car. We visited a couple of smaller dealerships and each one was singing the same tune: We don’t negotiate. In fact, as soon as we got into the car with the salesman from the second dealership, he …

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Turning Down the Upsell

I bought my very first laptop during the summer of 2000. There are cell phones today that have better specs than that laptop, but back then, it was a top-of-the-line machine. Another way to say this: I paid way more than anyone should ever pay for a laptop with a 20GB hard drive. It was …

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20 Tips to Keep Your Car’s Value High

Your car is the second largest investment in your life (coming in right after your home). Yes, it’s an investment, not a commodity. In order to maximize that investment, you need to make sure you keep its value high. While there’s nothing you can do about market depreciation (the process that starts as soon as …

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How to Change the Oil in Your Car

This is a guest post provided by my (Aaron) 17 year-old step-son, Haäkin – who is enrolled in auto tech classes at school, loves riding motocross and is a “Thrifty Guy in Training”. Doing an oil change yourself is an easy way to save money. First off, you will want to have a set of …

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My Dumbest Money Mistake

There she was. Sitting all shiny and looking brand new. “What do you think of it Aaron?” asked the salesmen. “Oh – that is sweet.” “Yeah – it certainly is. We just got ‘er in a few days ago and I’m sure it’ll go fast.” “I’m sure..” I uttered – mesmerized. “Should we go and …

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How to Get the Best Car Insurance Rates

I recently reviewed my car insurance policy with my local agent to see if we could get lower rates. It’s something I like to do at least once a year and would highly recommend doing it yourself. We were able to lower our car insurance rates by about $200 $400/year. Not bad! Most good insurance …

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What Printer Should I Buy?

I certainly wasn’t planning on being in the market for a printer a couple weeks ago when our new(er) one suddenly stopped working. I think we had it for about a year or so when she (though I really don’t know the gender) decided to up and quit. Printers are kind of a tricky purchase. …

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Will You Buy a New Car in 2012?

A recent report by the Associated Press says that car sales were pretty strong at the end of 2011 and they look to be even stronger this year. My car Currently, I am driving a 2004 Saturn Ion – which is a hand-me-down from my wife (she has the newer car). It runs great, gets …

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How to deal with a car dealer

So my wife and I have decided to bite the bullet and replace my junker-of-a-car. It’s been a decent clunker. But she’s starting to leak oil like a sieve and it’s usually 3 or 4 turns of the crank before I get ‘er started. So, it’s time. There are many different schools of thought on …

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