How Much Should It Cost to Replace a Tire?

Getting a tire replaced on your car is a relatively simple procedure that doesn’t take very long. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it can be a costly proposition – tires are among the priciest car repairs. But cheer up! This isn’t always the case. How much you pay to get a tire replaced really depends on what kind of car you drive. An Overview of Tire Prices Tire prices can vary wildly. If you drive a compact commuter car, the likelihood is that you’ll be able to get away with a ... (Read More)

7 Tips for Driving in the Rain

Whether you live in Boston, where wellie boots are your constant companion, or reside somewhere where rain is less expected, most of us will have to drive in the rain many times in our lives. 23% of vehicle crashes each year are weather-related. Of those crashes, 74% occur on wet pavement and 46% occur during rainfall. When roads are wet and slick, not taking proper precautions could be costly or even deadly. Here are some tips to drive safely in the rain: 1) Go Slowly. The first few hours during and ... (Read More)

Car-Lovers' Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Ideas for Drivers & Car Enthusiasts Looking for last-minute holiday gift ideas? Whether you’re shopping for your die-hard car enthusiast or a teen who’s got keys to her first clunker, we’ve gathered our favorite car-focused presents. For Irreverent Springsteen Lovers  Pink Cadillac Menorah $70 We can’t look at this bit of Hanukkah fabulousness without singing Springsteen’s famous lyrics. For the big-data guys and gals Dash Device to complement the app: starting at $10 Not sure ... (Read More)

5 Facts You Didn't Know About Your Tires

Your car’s tires are among the most expensive vehicle-maintenance items you’ll have to cover. Tires are also among the most important safety features. Most of us would never dream of sliding behind the wheel without buckling our seatbelts. And in many cases, people make buying decisions based on the availability of front- and side-impact airbags. So why wouldn’t you take every precaution necessary to ensure your tires – the very things that keep you on the road – aren’t in tip-top ... (Read More)

7 Cars That Cost More Than a House

Ever weighed the decision between buying a Porsche 918 Spyder and a home in Berkeley, California? Probably not, but they cost about the same. Next to paying for a house or college, a car is among the most expensive items many of us will buy. Eighty percent of cars on the road are out of warranty, and many buyers aim for cars that cost less to maintain. After all, getting approved for a car loan is hard enough when you’re getting a run-of-the-mill vehicle. Many buyers need good credit to afford ... (Read More)

How to Change a Tire in 10 Steps

If you’re among the 41-million Americans taking a 50-mile road trip this weekend, you should keep this info in your back pocket. Why? Because about 75% of drivers have experienced a flat tire, which could put a huge damper on your trip to Grandma’s.  Changing a tire yourself is an especially intimidating prospect, especially if you’ve never done it before. But here’s the good news: it’s not rocket science. Heck, it’s not even intermediate-level auto mechanics! Changing out a flat tire ... (Read More)

5 Tips to Prepare Your Car for Winter

Those living in seasonal climes know that the days of perfectly crisp air and turning autumn leaves will soon come to a swift end, only to be replaced by violent, frigid temps. Breaking down by the side of the road is a nuisance even in clear, warm weather. Getting stuck on the side of a road in a blizzard is even worse, and it can be dangerous. And then you have to deal with the bill afterwards. Car repairs can put a major strain on your budget, especially during the holiday shopping season when ... (Read More)

7 Ways to Avoid Getting Overcharged By a Mechanic

If you’re like the average American, your car was born the same year Apple’s iTunes store was launched, and when Janet Jackson had a wardrobe ‘malfunction’ at the Superbowl. In other words, the average car on the road is more than 11 years old, meaning your wheels are likely in need of regular love and maintenance. A few years ago, I brought my car in for a wheel alignment. It should have cost less than $200. The dealership’s service adviser took a look at my car and returned with a ... (Read More)

3 Cheapest Cars to Own & Maintain

We all dream of driving fancy cars, but in reality, many of us drive clunkers. The average age of a car on the road is 11.4-years old, and 80% of registered vehicles are out of warranty. They can be a pain to maintain, or if your car’s on the older side, you might be in the pricey repair phase. It’s a  great time to buy a new car at the end of the calendar year — dealers and manufacturers are trying to clear the previous model years off their lots. For cost-conscious new-car shoppers, ... (Read More)

Is Pricey Premium Gas Worth It?

Fuel prices are making headlines, and they’re not the “pain at the pump” ones we’ve become used to in recent years. Prices are actually dropping, and as of this article’s live date (November 6, 2014), the national average is just below $3.00 per gallon. That’s welcome news, given those with low incomes spent nearly 13% of their income on fuel. But Americans don’t think the low fuel prices will last, according to The Washington Post, so they’re not willing to work the savings into any long-term financial ... (Read More)