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The One-Two Punch for Finding an Honest Car Mechanic

You're reading the blog of a woman who has never had a car payment in her life. Not one. And I should mention that I've owned a vehicle since the age of 17. Instead of buying new, I've always opted to pay for a beater car in cash,…
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Why I Don't Consider Our 221,456-mile Beater Car Repair a Sunk Cost

Whether or not something is a sunk cost is not always black and white. Last week, yours truly was duct taping two trash bags together, so that she could then duct tape those trash bags across her entire driver side window. It was going…

Why Asking Extra Questions Nets You Savings on Auto Insurance

The average person today is facing some pretty tough budgetary constraints. With inflation and and the job market the way it is, people are doing everything they can to save money. One easy way to cut costs? Lowering your auto insurance premium.…

There are Some Downsides to Owning a Beater Car

In my 32 years on this earth I've never actually bought a new car, and I've never been in car debt either (whether by lease or loan). Instead, I've paid cash for beater cars and driven them into the ground (or rather until a huge repair…
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To All the Car Owners: Would You Ever Consider Trading Your Car in for Public Transportation?

My husband Paul and I have something in common (well, there is more than one thing): we love the public transportation systems in other countries. Japan's is amazingly efficient. During rush hour and anytime at special stations you can expect…

New Car Vs. Used Car: Why We Will Buy Used

Much of the decision of whether or not to purchase a second vehicle after our 1999 Nissan truck died is based on the cost of the second vehicle. We are one month into being a one-vehicle household with decent results. Our optimum commute is…