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Holiday Road Trip
Every holiday season, there is one tradition that millions of Americans participate in that can be delightful and relaxing, but might also be difficult, dangerous, infuriating, expensive and fraught with the perils of high adventure: the road trip. No big deal, right? It depends on many factors, and no one knows better than you do how easy or tricky it can be to cram your family into your vehicle and get from one place to another. If the family that you are visiting lives nearby, then bringing the clan to see the relatives on a holiday may not be too… Read More

KBB’s best buys for 2015
When I first saw the Kelley Blue Book ratings for the “Best Buy” cars of 2015, I was both surprised and happy to see Chevrolet represented in two of the key categories. Kelley annually picks a car from each category, or type, that they determine to be the best all-around car for its price. Growing up in a family that owns both a Chevrolet and Volkswagen dealership, naturally, those were the only types of cars that my family owned. In the category for “Best Full-Sized Car” the 2015 Chevy Impala took the prize with a completely redesigned exterior that is… Read More

Car accident – five things to know before it happens to you
It’s an unfortunate reality that car accidents can happen to anyone, no matter how carefully or responsibly they drive. Hopefully you will never need to apply this information, but here are five things you need to know* about responding to an automobile accident. Never leave the scene. Despite every instinctual, emotional, or maybe even financial worry that might tempt you to escape the situation, leaving the scene will only make things worse for everyone involved, regardless of who is at fault. Tim Cadet of Cars.com suggests you remain calm and pull over to the side of the road to the extent… Read More

Lessons I learned while visiting the Pacific Northwest
Relaxing time away – on overdrive. That’s the only way I can describe traveling with my former college roommate, Shaye, and her sister, Marrianne. Except for the destination, our trips rarely have a plan or involve much sleep. Yet we always manage to see some astoundingly beautiful parts of the country. We somehow manage to get the fantastic photos and have the most amazingly fun-filled time. And we laugh. A lot. This year’s destination – the Pacific Northwest. Here is a list of a few things I learned while visiting. Do NOT let the airline ship your bag to Fort… Read More

Even with bad credit, auto loans are not out of reach
When you're looking for an auto loan, bad credit can be the determining factor in what kind of deal you can get. Your story might go something like this: One cold morning, you get in your car to go to work and have trouble starting it. This is because your electrical system is, as you now believe after many attempts to get it repaired, simply haunted. You then remember that your right windshield wiper doesn't work anymore and you have to aim wide to turn out of your driveway because your left CV joint is rattling at almost 100dB, and… Read More

The price is right…for gasoline
What’s the first thing you think of when the gas light comes on in your car? I don’t know about anyone else, but what comes to my mind is: $$$$$. Since I’m a typical “broke college student,” I usually have to drive on empty for a day or two until I manage to put enough money into my bank account to pay for at least a partial fill up. Recently, as I pulled into the gas station, I refrained from jumping for joy when I saw the drop in the price per gallon. As a native Chicagoan, I immediately called… Read More

Thank you, veterans
This Veterans Day, we salute the veterans of the armed forces of the United States by giving a brief history of the founding of each of the five services. All information below, and much more can be found at the U.S. Army Center of Military History.   U.S. Army The Continental Army was created on June 14, 1775, by the Continental Congress as a unified army for the colonies to fight Great Britain, with George Washington himself appointed as its commander. In 2011, the regular Army reported a strength of 546,057 soldiers, the Army National Guard reported 358,078 and the… Read More

Snow in your eyes? Winterize.
Whether it’s been freezing where you are for some time now or you live in some unholy latitude you aren’t sure winter will ever touch again, these are five things you need to do to attend to your vehicle’s wintertime needs. Check all of your vehicle’s fluids. Make sure you have the appropriate ratio of water to antifreeze in your coolant system (about 1:1). Look into using lower viscosity engine oil, as it will lubricate better than higher viscosity oil in the cold, but to get the correct type of cold weather oil for your vehicle, check your owner’s manual.… Read More

Easy car loans – what are they?
Easy car loans. It sounds counter-intuitive, doesn't it? There is car shopping of course, and that is a whole, big thing. The shopping around, the choosing of colors and options, or the search for just the right combination of features and price; that is "shopping for the right car." Shopping can be a lot of fun, or a giant chore, depending on your preferences and a lot of things that might be out of your control. But in the end, it's similar to a hunt for a rare beast in the midst of a jungle full of options that are… Read More

Formula 1 – My day at the race
Last week, I blogged about what I had heard from others regarding the Formula 1 races in Austin, Texas. But this past weekend, I got the amazing opportunity to actually attend the United States Grand Prix in person. My first impression was, “Whoa, this is one of the coolest things I have ever seen.” The Circuit of the Americas track had a magnificent set up. There were bright lights, fun colors, fountains, green grass, bleachers, luxurious VIP tents, fun merchant tents and much more. It was truly a spectacle – fitting for such a big event. A few friends and… Read More