Automobile

Five Minute Finances #1: Clean Your Car’s Air Filter

Five Minute Finances is a series of tips on how you can save significant money or reorganize your financial life in just five minutes. These tips appear Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on The Simple Dollar. Tip #1: Clean your car’s air filter In general, most cars should have their air filter replaced every 15,000 miles. …

Categories: Automobile, Money

Time To Buy A Car? Follow These Ten Steps To Maximize Your Deal

Car salesmen are no dummies. They love nothing better than to see a “smart” buyer come wandering onto a lot, married to the idea of buying a specific model that they’ve researched. They get this person in the back room and quote them some “wonderful” monthly payment price, but stretch it out over plenty of …

Categories: Automobile

Mother Jones: This Guy Can Get 59 MPG in a Plain Old Accord

I was reading the latest issue of Mother Jones magazine when I stumbled across an article entitled This Guy Can Get 59 MPG in a Plain Old Accord. Beat That, Punk. Normally, Mother Jones focuses on progressive political topics, but I still read it even though I’m not really interested in leftist or rightist propaganda. …

Categories: Automobile, Frugality

Is An Auto Loan Good Or Bad Debt?

This is an issue that I continue to hear contradicting perspectives on. Is an auto loan considered to be “good debt” or “bad debt”? Let’s look at the viewpoints. An auto loan is a “bad debt” because Automobiles depreciate quickly When you borrow money against an asset that depreciates rapidly, you’re simply purging money. Automobile …

#21: Auto Leases

This is part of a series in which we re-evaluate Money Magazine’s “25 Rules To Grow Rich By”. One “rule” will be re-evaluated each weekday until the series concludes; you can keep tabs on the action at the 25 Rules index. Rule #21: Lease a new car or truck only if you plan to replace …

Categories: Automobile, Money

#20: Automotive Purchases

This is part of a series in which we re-evaluate Money Magazine’s “25 Rules To Grow Rich By”. One “rule” will be re-evaluated each weekday until the series concludes; you can keep tabs on the action at the 25 Rules index. Rule #20: The best way to save money on a car is to buy …

Categories: Automobile, Money

Ten Ways To Save Money On Your Evening Commute

If you’re reading this at work just before leaving, you might want to think about the many ways you can save money on the way home with almost no effort at all. Here are ten useful ways to save cash during your evening commute. Clean any junk out of your car before you go This …

Categories: Automobile

Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Car (And One After Buying)

If you’re going through the process of buying an automobile (as I am right now), there are many thoughts that are likely to pass through your head – and none of them should involve kicking tires. To avoid being suckered into buying a certain car when you get on the dealer’s lot, it’s a good …

Categories: Automobile

Facing My Financial Fears: Buying A Car

This week, The Simple Dollar is doing a five part series on financial topics that scare me just a bit. Researching and then writing about them will (hopefully) alleviate some of that fear. Purchasing a car is a significant financial move for many of us. It’s almost traditional to visit several dealerships, select one, and …

Categories: Automobile, Shopping

A Gas Station Trick That Puts Money In Your Pocket

The next time you fill up, spend an extra few minutes at the gas station performing a simple, free task, and you’ll put a few dollars right in your pocket. The secret is air. Most gas stations have a free air pump for your tires available on the side of the station. A lot of …

Categories: Automobile, Frugality