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What I learned when buying a car for my teenager
  Car shopping. Depending on your thoughts on the subject, it can be a thrilling, emotional, befuddling, comprehensive, satisfying, fun, (not so) fun experience. Often all of these things are felt as you move through the entire car-buying process. If you’re a teen driver looking for your first vehicle, I’d say the feelings lean more toward the thrilling and fun side of the emotional equation. Getting your initial set of wheels is an event that happens only once in your life, and more often than not, leads to a series of stories talked about for years. I recently reflected on… Read More

The best states for your summer road trip, ranked by WalletHub
  Summer is in full swing and nothing adds to that sense of enjoyment like a carefree road trip. Near or far, mountain or coastal, or somewhere in between, there’s always a new place to go, different things to see, and reasons to be thankful you decided to fit in that break. But where to this time? WalletHub covered some ground to give you a hand. The personal finance website left almost no stone unturned as it compared the 50 states across 31 criteria to rank them for your road-tripping pleasure – those that are fun, scenic and wallet friendly.… Read More

The 10 most American cars – some of these may surprise you
  You might think you know an American car when you see it. But in a complex auto industry with parts sourced from all over the world, the badge on the front is only part of the story. These and other factors are taken into account in Cars.com’s American-made index, which ranks the most American 2018 model-year vehicles on the market. The Jeep Cherokee, put together with 72 percent domestic parts in Belvidere, Illinois, flies the flag in first place. And while the inclusion of such an iconic U.S. brand (though under the wing of European-based Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) may… Read More

How to calculate the gas cost of a trip
  It’s easy to jump in the car and just drive, but when you’re taking a road trip, or even starting a new commute, a little planning goes a long way. Calculating the gas cost of a trip is a smart trick to budget travel expenses and can be completed in a few simple steps.   1. Calculate your miles per gallon Fill up your gas tank and set the trip odometer button on the instrument panel to zero, then drive normally until it’s time to stop for gas again. When you next refuel, note the trip odometer reading to… Read More

Car terms to know to save money
There are many easy ways to save money on a car, both when purchasing the vehicle and during ownership. Here are some simple terms to keep in mind. Even remembering just one or two may save you some cash.     When buying a car …   Incentives Automakers and dealerships often run special offers to knock down prices or provide savings over time. These include rebates, which give cash back that can be applied to the price of the vehicle, and other incentives such as zero percent interest financing.   Preapproval It helps to know about preapproval as you… Read More

Big reasons to buy a small car
  The shift among car buyers from sedans to SUVs is adding a stream of larger vehicles to our roads, and while sport utilities are sound choices for many situations, here are 10 good reasons to look at buying a smaller vehicle, from saving money to versatility.     Lower prices Small cars are among the most affordable vehicles to get on the road. Many new subcompact models come with sticker prices from $14,000 to $17,000, while some start even lower, such as the 2018 Nissan Versa at $12,110 and the 2018 Chevrolet Spark at $13,050. Whether you want to… Read More

Do you need a license to buy a car?
  You do not need a driver’s license to legally buy a car, but laws preventing you from driving present something of a roadblock if you had planned to get behind the wheel. There are situations in which a buyer with no license may want to purchase a car for someone else to drive, however, and there are processes to make that happen. Buying a car without a license for someone else to drive There are all kinds of reasons why you might want to buy a car without intending to drive it yourself. It could be a gift for… Read More

Safety tips for spring driving: How to handle seasonal hazards
  With clocks going forward this Sunday and springtime approaching, you may be anticipating some better driving weather. Spring forward with a little caution though, as there are seasonal hazards to negotiate before summer arrives. These driving tips will help. Slow down on wet roads Rain is a big deal and the deadliest weather-related driving hazard. There’s plenty of it at this time of year with spring showers making roads slick when water mixes with oil on the pavement. The first 10 minutes of a light rain can be most dangerous for hydroplaning, when tires slide across a wet surface,… Read More

The pros and cons of electric cars
  10 Points to consider when shopping for an EV Growing choice, dropping costs and greater range are just some of the reasons electric vehicles are increasingly popular and a realistic choice for many motorists these days. If you’re considering going electric for your next vehicle, have a look at the pros and cons of electric cars, and how they stack up against conventionally powered vehicles, to help you make a decision. Pros Cheaper to run Electric cars are generally one third cheaper to run than conventionally powered vehicles on a cost-per-mile basis, which could make a welcome difference to… Read More

Useful tech to look out for when buying a new car
If it’s been a few years since you bought a car then you might be taken aback by the level of technology now available. To help you get more familiar with what’s on offer, here are some of the most useful features to consider when buying a new vehicle in 2018.     Self-driving features for safety and ease While fully autonomous cars are still a way off, automakers are loading new models with more self-driving features to improve safety and comfort. Adaptive cruise control is one that might help if you have a demanding commute, as it regulates the… Read More