In case you haven't noticed, prices are going up and up and up at the pump. And if projections are to be believed, they'll continue to go up and possibly reach $5 a gallon this summer. That's a hard hit to anyone's pocketbook. But in this current economy, it can be especially tough. So what are struggling families to do to get by? Continue Reading »
Fixing up your old car can feel like a real drag, especially with all that scrubbing and cleaning. However, most people get the job done. On the outside. Unfortunately, a lot of people forget to apply that cleaning process to the interior of their cars as well. This can result in dirty, rundown interiors that make your friends cringe and send potential buyers running in the other direction. Continue Reading »
Even though today’s cars are more sophisticated than cars from the past, the same rule applies to car maintenance. If you don’t keep up with simple car maintenance you could run into more serious problems down the road. Let’s face it-most of us don’t have extra money to blow and we sure don’t want to invest in any unnecessary car problems that could be unavoided. You can avoid car difficulties by keeping an eye on a few simple things and making you’re your car is properly maintained on a regular basis. Here’s the best part of car maintenance-you don’t need to be a rocket scientist and it won’t break a hole in your bank account. But rest assured, if you fail to keep up with these few simple maintenance rules-you will be driving into more difficulty down the road. So where do you begin you’re your basic car care routine? Continue Reading »
For some people their car is a symbol of who they are. They treat their car as if it were a member of their family. They make sure it is bathed, fed, and in perfect health. And when possible that person will spend more money trying to fix up their ride. That is known as “pimping’ your wheels. Some people are satisfied with the wheels parked in their driveway. They keep the oil changed and the car gassed up. But for others this just isn’t enough-they want to pimp their wheels. Continue Reading »
Since buying a car, then paying for insurance, gas, and parking can be so expensive, car-shares with friends may seem like an attractive option. Before you go this route, consider the implications carefully. Continue Reading »
A colleague of mine recently drove all the way to Boston to attend his son's graduation at one the esteemed universities in that part of our nation. I enjoyed talking to this co-worker about his trip, since I lived in the Boston area for many years before moving to Northern Virginia.
"Really - you drove?" I said, shocked, thinking of the inconvenience, the cost of gasoline. Continue Reading »
These days it seems a lot of people want used cars, even though there aren’t that many around. This reduced supply and increased demand leads to higher prices for used cars, or what many are calling a "seller's market." To understand why this is happening, first we have to look back a few years. Continue Reading »
BOOM-BOOM. BOOM-BOOM. This is the sound that you may hear the next time that you are stopped at a red light. As you turn your head toward the sound, perhaps you’ll see a brand new Lexus - or maybe a rust-covered 1994 Mitsubushi. Continue Reading »
In the D.C. area, most people who “slug” are not hitting a baseball or the left side of someone’s face. They are standing in lines with other commuters in designated public parking areas, waiting to catch a ride. One at a time, drivers en route to the highway pull up to the “slug lines,” as they are called, and two “slugs” get in. With a total of three people now in the car, the driver can use the HOV lanes and avoid excessive traffic. Continue Reading »
When you buy a car, it can feel like you have to jump through a lot of hoops before you’re able to freely enjoy your new set of wheels.
One of these requirements is owning car insurance. Each state has its own minimum coverage levels for liability insurance. Some people choose policies that cover more than the minimums. Additional options, such as collision and comprehensive, are available as well. To make matters even more complicated, many different companies offer auto insurance plans. Continue Reading »