Buying a car is often a stressful and confusing process, with salesman pressuring for the sale while you try to juggle sticker prices and discounts and upgrades in your head. Smartphones helped alleviate some of the stress of a visit to the car lot, as you can now quickly search and compare … [Read more...] about Is it time to buy a car online?
Think finding the lowest airfare is tricky? Try getting the best deal on a rental car. These days, car rental rates change faster than television networks launch reality series. But there are ways to both save and be satisfied, without making you feel like a contestant on Survivor. Here are … [Read more...] about 10 ways to get the best deal on a rental car
Tools can be very expensive. Unless it's part of your trade, it's often not cost-effective for "do-it-yourself-ers" to buy tools for quick repair jobs around the house or on a car. Thanks to Auto Zone's Loan-A-Tool, there's no more need to pay for tools you need temporarily. Using the FREE service … [Read more...] about Auto Zone’s Loan-A-Tool service offers free tool rentals
Cooler weather has started to spread across the United States, and snow isn’t far behind for many states, if you haven't seen it already. As you start to pull out your winter gear (or light jackets for those in warmer climates), it's a good time to make sure your car is stocked with a few things … [Read more...] about How to pack a winter emergency kit for your car
The last thing any of us need is to have the car break down in harsh winter weather. Spending some time winterizing your car could help prevent a breakdown or accident and save on repair costs and gas in the bargain. Here are 12 quick and easy fall and winter maintenance tips. Some things you can … [Read more...] about 12 ways to get your car ready for winter
Car rental insurance is at best, confusing and, at worst, a waste of your money. Are you covered by personal car insurance? How about a credit card? And if you’re covered ... what's covered? Here are some tips to navigate the fine print. Do your pre-trip homework This may not be the advice … [Read more...] about Do you really need rental car insurance?
If you own a car made between 2002 and 2008, you might need new air bags. Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced an agreement with the Japanese company Takata that doubled the number of cars it will recall due to the potential of faulty air bags. The first Takata … [Read more...] about How to find out if your car has been recalled
Cold weather and winter driving conditions cause your vehicle to use more fuel and battery power. Even though gas prices are lower now than they’ve been in years, it's always smart to save money on fuel. Whether you're taxiing the kids to school or making a quick milk run, making a lot of short … [Read more...] about How to save gas during winter driving
Here are five free and cheap ways to get hundreds of dollars more for your used car Old Breakdown, whether you are trading it in or selling it for a newer model: Clean it up. Similar to “staging” a home or apartment before you rent or sell it, making the goods sparkle is the first and most … [Read more...] about 5 ways to get more cash for your used car
As the 2015 model cars arrive in showrooms, now is a good time to get a good deal on a 2014 model car at what could be considered clearance prices. Here are five ways to get the best deal on a new car, now or any time. Know what you want. Do your research on the make and model that best suits … [Read more...] about 6 ways to get the best new car deal
You read the manual and installed your baby’s car seat, but how do you know it’s safe? According to the CDC, child restraint systems are often used incorrectly. One study showed 72% of 3,500 observed car and booster seats were misused in a way that could increase risk of injury. Fortunately, there … [Read more...] about Where to get a free car seat inspection
If you are in the market for a used car for yourself or for your off-to-college offspring, be sure your comparison shopping includes a vehicle history report. This report will tell you the repair history of the vehicle, including whether it’s been involved in a safety-related recall and repaired … [Read more...] about Used car shopping? Save with a vehicle history report