Buying a New Car Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

Friday January 9th, 2009 at 1:11 PM
Posted by: m35man

new car keysPeople are wary of buying a new car during this shaky economy and who can really blame them? There are many questions out there and very few answers. For instance, will GM, Ford or Chrysler be around in three to five years? How tough is it to secure an auto loan right now? How will buyers be able to cover their car payments if they suddenly lose their job? And are there any advantages to buying a new car now?

Our first bit of advice to you is this—take a deep breath and relax. Getting caught up in all the gloom and doom and letting negative thoughts about purchasing a new vehicle creep into your psyche will only stress you out.

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Driving Safety Foundation Class: a fun way to improve safe driving skills

Wednesday December 3rd, 2008 at 7:1212 AM
Posted by: hollyrrr

Driving Safety Foundation
By Holly R.

Driver education and skill has a lot of room for improvement in this country. How many times in a day do we complain that driver’s licenses are as easy to get as pulling a prize out of a box of Cap’n Crunch Berries after watching some clown pull a Bozo move on the road? Even if we do consider ourselves above average drivers. How often do we practice ultra-safe driving skills and know how to react if a dangerous situation catches us while we sing-a-long happily to our favorite song on the radio? Or we get caught on a road slicker than Leisure Suit Larry picking up women at O’Leary’s Bar and the rear-end unexpectedly breaks loose and comes around. Do you know how to stay calm, instinctively countersteer and brake smoothly or do you snap into hyper-panic mode, scream like Fay Wray, and then drive your feet through the floor attempting to stop the car as you envision your life flashing in front of you?

Unless you spend a lot of time at the local raceway or kart track, your everyday driving skills could use some improvement. By the way, playing Gran Turismo 3 is a poor substitute for real seat time behind the steering wheel. Fortunately, Mary-Ellen and I had the opportunity to attend the driving school taught by Sia and Jeff at the Driving Safety Foundation (http://www.dsf-usa.com). Jeff was our instructor for the afternoon and introduced us to the Skid Monster.

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Hidden Costs of Online Vehicle Purchases

Friday November 14th, 2008 at 5:1111 AM
Posted by: Derek

vehicle transportAlthough numerous consumers are now shopping for vehicles online, many still prefer to personally inspect their prospective purchases before buying. If you happen to share this disposition, several additional costs should certainly be factored in before signing any deals. On top of the vehicle shipping rates, you must also budget for travel, a professional inspection and shipping insurance.

Airfare and hotel accommodations will probably compose the majority of travel expenses and for the sake of this article all costs must be estimated. While rates fluctuate widely and date, distance and carrier all come into play; we will take the average round-trip flight to be $350. Similar variables affect the cost of a night’s stay, so we will settle on two nights at $75/night. Throw in $150 for car rental, food and everything else, and the trip comes in at somewhere in the neighborhood of $650.

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Auto Delivery in the Era of Online Car Shopping: Terminal to Terminal Vs Door to Door

Tuesday November 11th, 2008 at 6:1111 AM
Posted by: Derek

The internet has given shoppers a great new landscape for finding a vehicle, and with so many options at the touch of a button, chances are good that the right car at the right price is only a click away. Unfortunately, odds are also strong that the car you want is in another state and you are now faced with the reality of contracting a shipper to deliver it. What now? Well, when faced with this issue you should consider several options. Depending on your budget, time frame and desired level of service, you can choose between terminal-to-terminal shipping and door-to-door delivery.

Terminal-to-terminal shipping involves transporting your vehicle, along with many others, to the shipping company’s regional storage facility. By consolidating your vehicle in a bulk shipment you will be able to save money. Read the rest of this entry »

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