Several life events signify that you have become an adult: graduating college, moving out of your parents’ house, and buying a car. That last one can be tricky, as up until this point in your life, it isn't likely you've made a purchase of this size. There is a lot to learn before you start this process, and the consequences of failing to prepare yourself adequately are costly. But you can learn and we can help! Let’s get started.
Deciding on buying a new or used car is one of the first decisions you'll need to make in this process. Used saves you money, but new ensures better quality. Which do you want?
Of all the aspects of car shopping rookie shoppers need to learn, financing is arguably the most important. You don't need to learn from mistakes here, and we recommend you don't. Learn and save!
The three magic words of car shopping are “suggested retail price.” Whether you use Kelly Blue Book or other services, know the price you should be paying, not what dealers tell you to pay.
If you are buying a used car, you should ideally have a mechanic inspect the car to make sure it's working properly. If that isn't possible, we can teach you some DIY inspection tips!
The weather stripping on your car prevents rain and dirt from getting inside your car. The weather stripping will typically become dirty over time, especially if you roll the windows up and down frequently. The following steps show how any car owner with basic cleaning skills can clean a car’s weather stripping with the following items: Plastic covers Soft cloth Rubbing alcohol Stainless steel brush Silicone sealant Step 1. Cover the seats. Place plastic sheets over your seats to protect them [...]
Although many people choose to buy the cheapest brake pads they can find, there are several advantages to choosing a more expensive set. The material that your brake pads are made from will have an impact on their noise level and the amount of dust that they produce, and paying a bit more for a premium set can increase the lifespan of your rotors. Here are the three most common types of brake pads and [...]
Having a great relationship with your mechanic can result in faster repairs (among other benefits), but such a relationship won’t blossom overnight. Use the tips below to build and nurture a mutually beneficial relationship with your favorite mechanic. Be Loyal The first tip is to be loyal to your mechanic. Almost all businesses will reward you for your loyalty. So what does it mean to be loyal? It means: Consulting your mechanic for all your car’s problems Asking your mechanic [...]
If you are worried about disaster scenarios, or you would like to prepare for a disaster just in case, then you need to make a bug out vehicle a part of your emergency plans. A bug out vehicle is usually a truck or SUV that you will use to get you, your family, and any supplies you need out of the city in a disaster scenario. Two tips to preparing a bug out vehicle are [...]