December 6, 2018
Search Budgets in the United States premium
Interactive Search Budgets Map The wonderful world of data.  It’s so easy sometimes to fall down a black hole of numbers, trying to make sense of what we’re seeing and how those data points should drive what we do.  The linked Tableau map you see above is what happens when a car nerd turned data […]
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November 19, 2018
Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Winter premium
This time of year, many of us are gearing up for the winter season, which can bring snow, ice, freezing temps, and much longer nights. Cold weather can do funny things to vehicles, but there are steps that can be taken to prepare for the season’s challenges.  A few months ago, we looked at the […]
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October 25, 2018
Understanding a Vehicle History Report premium
Wouldn’t it be nice if we were able to just see into the past of a vehicle we’re buying to determine if it has ever been in a wreck or needed major repairs? If only there were some record of all the owners, or all the places the vehicle has been registered. By now, you’re […]
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October 4, 2018
In The Market for a Used Car Bargain? premium
Some people love having the newest, nicest, flashiest vehicle money can buy. Just as many more don’t care at all what they drive, as long as it takes them from place to place without much complaint. Most are somewhere in the middle of those two extremes, but there’s a decent chance that many of us […]
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Is Buying a Certified Preowned Vehicle Worth the Cost? premium
You’ve probably seen the certified preowned (CPO) label while shopping for a vehicle, but do you really know that it means?  More importantly, are CPO vehicles worth the price premium that comes along with them?  We’ll answer these questions in this post, but first let’s take a look at what CPO labeling means and how […]
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September 3, 2018
Depreciation Steals: Former $100K Vehicles premium
Exclusivity, rarity, and performance all cost money.  At least the perception of those things costs money.  Automakers know this, and have no problems charging for the privilege of owning one of their most prized models.  The problem for most of us is that dropping $100k on a new car is not only out of the […]
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August 14, 2018
Three Car Seats? Here are Five Vehicles That Will Fit Them premium
There are few things more rewarding in life than having children.  But with so many child-related things to worry about, your vehicle may be the very last item on your list.  That is, until you try to fit more than one car seat into your previously right-sized hatchback.  In many cases, as our families grow, […]
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August 2, 2018
The Most and Least Reliable Used Vehicles premium
The used market is a great place to start searching for your next vehicle and can help save thousands off the price of buying new. Just like new cars, however, not every used car is a great buy. Some suffered quality control and reliability issues when new and some simply show wear more quickly than […]
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July 17, 2018
Choosing the Best Vehicle for Fun and Daily Driving premium
Which vehicle will give you the most fun for your money while handling your needs for daily-driver duty? Let’s cut right to the chase: It depends. The answer to this question will look a lot different person to person. The best all-around vehicle for me, with two kids and a dog to haul everywhere, will […]
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How to Buy a Vehicle Out of State premium
After a long search you’ve finally found the perfect car. One problem: the car is located on the other side of the country. This is a common scenario, even more so for those of us that don’t live in areas with large numbers of people. It has gotten a lot easier to find the exact vehicle […]
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