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Hybrids Worth Their Extra Cost?

Currently, gas prices have dropped down again, but whether they are high or low, having to spend less for gasoline is always alluring. So, when you see a hybrid advertising an estimated 49 mpg’s in the city, you begin to wonder if you should consider buying one. But, you may be asking yourself, “Are hybrids […]

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Most Bang for Your Buck for $10,000 or Less

We’ve all seen the lists with titles containing “Most Bang for Your Buck” that compare cars’ costs to their respective performance. However, most of these lists deal with the new vehicles for each model year. While it is true that car performance in general is at an all-time high, new cars, whether performance oriented or […]

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What Do Those Numbers on Motor Oil Cans Mean?

So, you’re at the auto parts store to buy motor oil for your car, and you’re wondering what oil you should choose. But, what in the world? What do those numbers on motor oil cans mean? 10W-30, SAE 30, or 5W-30? Luckily, the employees there can look in their databases to see what oil weight, […]

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Most Reliable Used Cars You Should Consider

I just spent several hours scouring the internet researching the most reliable used cars, and, unsurprisingly, the lists were surprisingly similar, even when looking at different model year ranges. Since there was some variation among the lists as they regard specific models but little variation among manufacturers, I’m going to structure my list by manufacturer […]

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How to Jump Start a Car the Proper and Safe Way

So, you climbed into your vehicle and turned the key, but it didn’t start. Now what? Commonly, this condition is caused by a dead battery, but how do you know if that is the problem? First, notice if the dome light illuminates when you enter the vehicle- if it does but appears dim, you have […]

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Understanding Tire Numbers and Letters

Have you ever wondered what all of the letters and numbers on the side of your vehicle’s tires mean? If you’re like most of us, you simply drive to a tire store and choose from the tire options the salesman shows you on his computer monitor without considering tire numbers and letters. However, having a […]

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Buying A Used Car- Part 8: Deal Closing

Well, you’ve test driven the vehicle, and you’re sure it’s the one that will work best for you. It’s now time for negotiating and deal closing. If you’re buying from an individual, the process will be different than if you’re buying from a dealership, so we’ll look at those two processes separately. If you’re buying […]

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Buying A Used Car- Part 7: Test Drive- Mechanical

We’ll finish our test drive in this article by looking at the last aspect of the automobile: the mechanical aspect. Hopefully, you started the car when you first approached it, so the engine is already warm before you leave to drive. At this point, it’s time to head out onto the road. Depending on who […]

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Buying A Used Car- Part 6: Test Drive- Interior

In this article, we’ll continue by outlining the second major part of a test drive. Once you’re satisfied with your examination of the exterior, it’s time to move to the interior. As a side note, though, you should have left the car running to this point to allow it to reach operating temperature. Before sitting […]

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Buying A Used Car- Part 5: Test Drive- Exterior

We last talked about calling the seller to get an appointment in the fourth part of Buying a Used Car. Now that you’ve called, asked any pertinent questions, and arranged a time to meet, it’s time to go for a test drive. However, before you do, it may serve you well to think over all […]

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