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Lots of troubled consumers wonder whether they can get auto loans while in bankruptcy. The answer isn’t simple. In fact, the best answer is, “it depends.” First of all, there are two different types of personal bankruptcy: Chapter 13 and Chapter 7. These aren’t the only kinds of bankruptcy in the law books. There are also chapters 9, 11, and 12, but these are for municipalities, corporations and fishermen/farmers. Chances are pretty good that you and your family will be dealing with Chapter 13 or Chapter 7 if you’re looking for auto loans while in bankruptcy. With Chapter 7, any secured… Read More

A 1989 Chevrolet Cavalier. Credit: MomentCar
  Ahhh, my first car and the open road… Whoa. Hold on. Wait a minute. Uh oh. Oh no. Hmmm… Whelp, that can’t be good. Welcome to a typical trip in my first car. Hop in. Let’s take a ride down memory lane. No doubt we’ll stall out along the way, but what’s the rush? We’ll eventually get to where we’re going. My first car was a 1989 Chevrolet Cavalier.* No, not the convertible that the girls would have admired. Nope, not the coupe that the gearheads would have wanted… Read More

Celebrities and their cars: 25 tweets to love [Infographic]
Celebrities adore their cars. And their unique position in life means they have some entertaining experiences in the world of automobiles. Not to mention a few thoughtful reflections. They’ve taken to Twitter to give us all a look through the window, and here are 25 of their most hilarious and heartwarming tweets. Have you tweeted about your ride? We’d love to hear it. Let us know on Twitter and Facebook.     Read More

A 1998 Buick Park Avenue, similar to Myrtle. Credit: Kelley Blue Book / General Motors Corporation
  Myrtle. That’s the name my brother bestowed upon the 1998 Buick Park Avenue that became “the kids’ car.” My parents bought the car from my grandparents in 2008 for a grand total of $1,000. The name perfectly fit the car’s personality, not only because she was at one point owned by my grandparents, but she was definitely a car from an older time. Myrtle had an elongated, narrow body style that was indicative of the late ‘90s. Her exterior was a deep maroon with glitter in the paint that would shimmer when the sunlight hit her just right. At… Read More

Keep your little horrors safe: A trick-or-treating checklist
Ghosts. Ghouls. Scary amounts of sugar piling up in those candy buckets. It’s got to be Halloween and the season of trick-or-treating. If your little ones are taking part in the tradition, whether with friends or accompanied by an adult, read our simple Halloween tips to help them stay safe while having a good time. Happy Halloween!     And some safety tips for the road Remember to be extra careful when driving and crossing streets at Halloween. Take a look at our eight Halloween safety tips for pedestrians and motorists before heading out, too. Read More

What is the Monroney sticker and what’s on it?
  When you’re shopping for a big-ticket item like a new car, you probably want to know exactly what you’re getting for your money. And when you’re on the dealership lot, that’s when the window sticker is of great help. Known in the auto industry as the Monroney sticker, the window sticker is a white label containing essential information about the vehicle that must, by law, be displayed on the windshield or side window of all new cars sold in the United States. To be specific, that means every new vehicle under 8,500 pounds, and it shouldn’t be removed before… Read More

11 Big reasons to buy a small car
  The perks of a small car? Drivers in many countries lean towards the small vehicle while Americans cannot get enough of the “bigger the better” ideal. So this raises the question, why buy a small car? Here are 11 reasons for car buyers to look at smaller cars, from saving money to versatility. 1. Parking Let’s just state the obvious. You can fit into the smallest areas of street parking, which can be a novelty in most big cities or crowded towns. You can also fit into the newly popularized compact car spots found in many modern parking lots.… Read More

6 Ways to avoid a bad car loan
Buying a car can be fun and exciting. However, getting a car loan can be anything but. After all, the auto loan process can be confusing and intimidating, causing buyers to make mistakes that result in a bad car loan. If you’ve got bad credit,* dealers or insurance agents may take advantage, and you could be stuck with a car loan that will end up costing you tons in the long term. So if you’re in the market for a new or used car, don’t get swindled into having to pay more than you really need to. Here’s a look… Read More

How car repossession works
  Whether used for work or play, the automobile is a staple of American society. With many drivers getting on the road thanks to financing, so too is the monthly car payment. It’s not always a smooth ride though, and something like car repossession can be a big obstacle to negotiate.* What is car repossession? When you signed for that loan or lease, you signed a contract that gave the creditor or lessor rights until the vehicle is paid off, or until the lease ends. If you don’t fulfill your obligations, like meeting your payments, the creditor may have the… Read More

Minimalist motoring in a modern-day Model T
  It was slightly underwhelming, and by no means my first car of choice, but I grew to appreciate my Ford Fiesta Mark III and from Mondays to Fridays we became inseparable. While some new drivers bask in the glory of a sporty convertible, a hot hatch or a rugged 4x4, my Fiesta was memorable as a stunning example of mediocrity in miniature. With the Fiesta 1.1L, Ford took the idea of basic and really made it their own, and then enabled countless lucky drivers across the UK to make it their own too. There were no bells and whistles,… Read More

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