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Woman sitting in new car
  If you’re buying a car this month then Presidents Day could be the time to do it. A range of deals including cash back and lower prices make a buyer’s dollars go further, and set them up nicely for the year ahead in their vehicle of choice. Deals are available on both new and used cars and, besides holiday weekend sales events, there are added reasons why you may be able to walk away with a sizeable saving. Auto dealerships could be more prone to sweeten deals if recent snow and cold weather have kept customers at home, while… Read More

Man repairing car
  Cars with rebuilt titles can be worth thousands of dollars less than those with clean titles, and offer buyers attractive potential savings. But on the down side, there are also risks to taking this option, mainly involving safety. A vehicle typically ends up with a rebuilt title following a significant accident or flood that meant it was deemed a total loss by the insurance company, after which it was sold for repair or parts with a salvage title, rebuilt, and given its new certificate. Buying up these cars for repair and resale is common, but that’s not necessarily reassuring.… Read More

Car wrapped as a gift
  If you’re currently in the market for a vehicle, congratulations on your timing because now is one of the very best times of year to make that purchase. December is when the highest discounts on manufacturer suggested retail prices occur, according to Edmunds, while it’s a hot period for used-car discounts, too. Deals often improve as the month goes on and Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve are all in the top 10 times to buy preowned, data from iSeeCars reveals. But what should you buy? If you’d like to save on a new car, check out… Read More

Traffic on holiday roads
  Congested traffic, pressured drivers and bad weather all contribute to a wintery mix of holiday driving hazards which make this one of the riskiest times of year to be on the road. The good news, however, is that there are plenty of things you can do to help keep you and your passengers safe, and enjoy the season incident free.   Plan ahead Plan your route and check traffic and weather conditions to allow enough time to comfortably reach your destination – especially if you’re setting off on a road trip. You may want to leave early or late… Read More

Car insurance policy documents
  Here’s some food for thought as you contemplate the options for your next car purchase – insurance. If you’d like to keep your premium to a minimum and those operating costs within budget, take a look at the cheapest vehicles for coverage as compiled by Insure.com. In a list dominated by SUVs and minivans, least expensive is the Jeep Wrangler Freedom which leads a group of four Jeep models, the highest of any automaker among the top 20. With an average premium of $1,169, it’s almost 29 percent less than the national average of $1,645. The Jeeps’ low insurance costs… Read More

Reasons to get a pre-purchase vehicle inspection
  Is that used car you’re considering lightly worn or actually worn out? When you’re making a commitment that runs into thousands of dollars and miles on the road, it hardly seems worth taking the risk – for your finances or your safety. That’s why experts agree getting a pre-purchase vehicle inspection is one of the most important steps you can take before signing on the dotted line, especially if the car has no warranty. While a vehicle history report is an invaluable resource detailing services, any accidents and repairs and title status, having a trained mechanic inspect the vehicle… Read More

Snow-covered car and home
  The comfort and convenience of a car provides a wonderful means to wend your way through winter, but it’s easy to take its reliability for granted as you set off into the elements. Even modern cars appreciate some help to get through the season in good health, so here are seven ways to give your vehicle a hand.   1. Check your tires, and change if necessary After summer and fall, tires start to feel a little deflated at this cooler time of year, so check their pressure against the recommended levels located on the sticker in the door… Read More

A Honda CR-V sports utility
  How much of a premium do you place on reliability? If you’re looking for additional assurance on a used-car purchase or a less expensive alternative to a new car, a certified preowned vehicle (CPO) may be for you. The benefits of buying a car that’s typically been inspected, reconditioned and given an extended warranty come with a higher price tag than a non-CPO car, but rankings from iSeeCars can point you in the direction of the lowest premiums. Analysis of more than a million used cars of the 2015 model-year onwards compared this cost difference. It uncovered a list… Read More

Car terms to know when you're a first-time buyer
Talking about cars can get complicated at times, especially if you’re not familiar with the terminology. The following articles explain some automotive terms you may come across in different situations, from trading in a vehicle to getting a service. Click the headlines to learn more.     Car terms to know when trading in your vehicle Walk into the dealership with the confidence to negotiate a better deal by understanding the likes of “trade-in allowance,” an “upside down loan” and “rolling over.”   Car terms to know in the F&I office When you sit down to pay for your vehicle,… Read More

Ozark Mountains waterfall
  Having seen little of Arkansas but enough to want to see more, we set off for “The Natural State” looking forward to some of the great outdoors. Arriving at a secluded homestead in a valley of the Ozark Mountains several hours later, we immediately felt we’d got what we came for. The drive from the Dallas metroplex had got progressively more scenic as we crossed the Red River into Oklahoma, traveled over Lake Eufaula and the Arkansas River further north, then crossed into Arkansas before finding our way along the backroads. Now, my family and I sat back on… Read More