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Mortgages Aren't The Only Loans That Can Be Refinanced
Mortgages Aren't The Only Loans That Can Be Refinanced

If your car loan is a few years old, chances are your monthly payments are higher than they need to be. Why is that? Because interest rates are at their lowest in more than 50 years.   Most people hear about interest rates and only consider refinancing their home mortgage. And like many...Read More»

2000 Mazda 626
How To Get Used Car Value

Buying someone else’s lemon is an old school expression when it comes to describing the purchase of a used car. Today, that’s where to find real value when buying a vehicle. Here are some ways to insure that the value is real. Identify Your Purchase: Take some time to figure out what kind of...Read More»

Gas pump
BP To Compensate Distributors For Lost Sales

There are 1,100 BP gas stations in the country of which very few are owned and operated by the giant oil company. This is a point that has been difficult to drive home for the many local retailers who have suffered the effects of boycott efforts by consumers who are disgruntled over the damage the...Read More»

2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser Classic 4-door Wagon Angular Front Exterior View
Recalls Should Be Resolved Promptly

The importance of the timely resolution of recall issues was clearly pointed out in a recent court settlement involving Enterprise Rent-A-Car. A jury in California awarded $15 million to the parents of two sisters who perished in a wreck with a truck after crossing into oncoming traffic. The case...Read More»

2010 Ford Escape
Car Buying Guide: When To Get A Car Loan From A Dealer

Readers can send in questions about the car buying process and get answers from an industry insider! We have been discussing how an unprepared car buyer can spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars more than necessary by not arranging for a car loan prior to walking into a car dealership. However...Read More»

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe
Car Buying Guide: Car Loan Do’s & Don’ts

Readers can send in questions about the car buying process and get answers from an industry insider! We discovered in yesterday’s column that paying a higher interest rate than necessary on your car loan can cost you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars more than necessary over the term of...Read More»

2010 Ford Escape
Car Buying Guide: Pre-Negotiate The Entire Car Deal

Readers are encouraged to send in their questions about the car buying process. Get answers from an industry insider! We began this thread a few days ago with the question: What is the best way to start looking for a new car? Should I begin online or visit my local car dealer? The short answer is...Read More»

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
How To Cheat Death: Get A Mercedes-Benz

Death, it's as certain as taxes. There is no avoiding it. Part of nature. There is a whole "deathcare" industry out there. I know someone who is part of it, and he has assured me that you can't cheat death. So has my family doctor and he has suggested many ways to not hasten its arrival. He...Read More»

Honda Diesel/Electric Hybrid Transport Truck
Ivory Coast Roadblocks And Is This 9 Iron Enough Club

If you have ever fumed at being backed up at a toll booth or done a slow burn when faced with grid lock on the ride home from work, you might consider the commuting situation in Ivory Coast, once West Africa’s most hospitable place for doing business.The country has had a system of informal...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck Wheel Cap
Tire Aging: The Unseen Danger

Most car owners think that the best way to measure how safe their tires are is by using a tread depth gauge (or Abe Lincoln’s head on a penny), but maybe you should be using a calendar instead. This issue was taken up in a paper delivered to the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in 2006. The...Read More»

1997 Saturn SL
Buy Here Pay Here: A Tough Way To Buy A Car

It’s tough to have no money and need a car. Throw in a bad credit history and the chances of you having something to drive to work are like finding a '57 Chevy in an Amish barn. Your last resort may be a “Buy Here, Pay Here” (BHPH) car lot. Their practices are so suspect that the new Consumer...Read More»

2009 Toyota Corolla 4-door Sedan Auto S (Natl) Tail Light
Prevailing In A Real Life Car Repair Dispute

Patrick and Vanessa Ryan figuratively raised their window and yelled at their insurance company: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” But from the description of the extended repair as related at nj.com, it took a lot of persistence and perseverance to overcome multiple...Read More»

2010 Nissan Pathfinder 2WD 4-door V6 SE Side Exterior View
A Green Approach To Car Repair

Are you ever concerned that the process your car undergoes while being repaired does harm to the environment? It shouldn’t be a worry, because there are many ways that the facility that you choose can be green. There are also personal positions about the repair of your car that will promote a...Read More»

Consumer Reports rates the Subaru Legacy
Help! Doug: Why The Discrepancy Of Subaru Engine Ratings By Consumer Reports?

Question: The April 2010 Consumer Reports' "Annual Auto Issue" gives the 2004 Subaru Legacy's four-cylinder engines the worst possible rating. I read this, but still had a mechanic look a 2004 Subaru Legacy over I might have purchased, except the mechanic told me: "It's got Subaru's classic head...Read More»

2000 Pontiac Grand Am SE
Types Of Car Repair Customers

Car repair facilities are aware that there are many types of car repair consumers, ranging from the person that doesn’t like surprises on the road to those that take the “if it isn’t broken don’t fix it” approach. Do you fall somewhere on this spectrum? Depending on the slant the customer...Read More»

Mazda MX-5 Cup In BRE Livery
Indy 500 Champ, Mazda, And SCCA Community Racing MX-5 For Charity

Quick! Name two creatures that like driving down the road with the top down and the wind blowing through their hair. The only two I can think of are people and their pets, so the idea of turning next week’s Playboy MX-5 Cup at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca into a fundraiser for the Monterey Society...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe 2-door Man Angular Front Exterior View
Movie Star Gets A Facelift

Let’s play a game. I’ll give you ten facts about a car and you tell me the name and make of the car. Ready? Here we go. This car: Is one of the most popular cars of all time with over 22 million produced and a life span of over 75 years. Was the brainchild of, and named by, Adolph Hitler. Was...Read More»

2009 Honda Accord Sedan 4-door I4 Auto EX Angular Front Exterior View
Automobile Insurance: Why Car Insurance Premiums Continue To Rise in 2010

As 2010 continues to unfold, millions of Americans are still experiencing record-level increases in their automobile insurance premiums. As of January of this year, 23 states had been jolted with heavy car insurance rate increases during the prior 12 months. Eleven other states showed no...Read More»

Guy Fieri's custom garage
Do Garage Floors Matter?

For decades people have parked their cars inside of their garage for safe keeping during their vacation and even over night on a daily basis. Walk in to your garage and look down at the floor. Is it concrete, dirt, tile, chunked rubber or commercial aluminum plate? Is it sealed or unsealed? Do you...Read More»

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