The Hows & Whys of Our Car Purchase: A 2009 Toyota Prius

If you had told us a year ago when we started our research that we would wind up settling on a new car for our


Twelve Tips for Frugal Christmas Travel

As you read this, my wife and kids and I are in the midst of a lengthy Christmas trip. We’re visiting friends and family strewn


Gas Price Deflation

In just a few short months, the price of gas at the station I regularly use has dropped from $4.09 per gallon to $1.49 per


How to Save Money When Buying a Car

Many car-buying guides tell you how to save money beforehand – how to research the right car for you, how to negotiate, how to get


How Much Extra Should You Pay for Fuel Efficiency? Here’s How We’re Calculating It

Over the past few weeks, my wife and I have begun seriously shopping for a replacement for my truck. There are two big reasons for


Low Monthly Car Payments? Look at The Long Term

One of my friends bought a 2008 Cadillac CTS about a month ago. In order to pay for the $32,000 in debt he incurred, he


Finding an Auto Mechanic That You Trust

Over the last few months, I’ve been documenting in depth the various mechanical problems that my truck has been facing and how it’s affecting our


When Should You Downgrade Your Car Insurance?

One of the common nuggets of financial “wisdom” tossed out there by personal finance writers is the idea of downgrading one’s car insurance to save


A Vacation Disaster and What to Do Next

Last week, I spent seven days in northern Wisconsin at a cabin on Shell Lake, owned by a friend of a friend. It was truly


The Big Debate #2: Leasing, Buying New, or Buying Used?

This week, The Simple Dollar is taking a deeper look at five common personal finance debates. Going to the car dealership always feels like a


Downsizing Your Automobile Count

Over the last month or two, my wife and I have seriously discussed going from a two car to a one car household. She’s a


How To Buy a Car As a Good Investment For The Future

Automobiles are some of the worst investments you’ll make in your life. They immediately start losing value the second you drive them off the lot.


Hyundai’s “Dollars and Sense” Ads

Recently, Hyundai has begun airing car ads for their “Dollars and Sense” campaign, in which they’re offering a “cash back” promotion on new purchased Hyundais.


How Important is Fuel Efficiency When Buying a Car?

Julia wrote in a few days ago with the following questions. My question is about cars, inspired in part by your post this morning. We


Eight Frugal Ways to Prepare for Winter Driving

Yesterday, I spent seven hours on the road in Iowa. When we left, the weather forecast looked rather clear and we figured the trip would


Planning Ahead For Our Next Car Purchases

With my previous car purchases, I did very little planning ahead. My first car was discovered in a semi-functioning state in the yard of an


Starting The Thought Process Behind Buying A New Vehicle

As the months pass, it looks more and more likely that we’ll need to buy a new vehicle sometime between now and next summer. My


When Should You Trade In Your Car? Don’t Listen To What Others Say – Run The Numbers Yourself

A reader writes in describing a debate she’s having with her husband: I’m not sure but someplace on your site I think I saw something

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